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Cruelty-Free Perfume Guide: Fragrance Companies That Do And Don’t Test On Animals

If you’re looking to make better choices when shopping for perfume, I hope this list will be helpful! I’ve reached out to both designer and niche brands, as well as smaller companies, and I’m happy to finally share all my research!

There are 4 parts to this post.

1. Fragrance companies that test on animals (Note: This includes companies that decided to sell their products in China, therefore taking part in mandatory animal testing as per Chinese law)

2. Cruelty-free perfume companies (No animal testing at any point during production, no animal testing from their suppliers, no distribution in mainland China)

3. Companies I’ve contacted but never heard back from (I’m still trying to hear from these companies and doing my best to reach out! Refusing to share their policy means potential animal testing)

4. Brands with unclear animal testing policies (These companies might be cruelty-free, but they refused to provide enough information or refused to answer some questions)

Enjoy!

2019 Update: We added some brands to this list! Byredo unfortunately tests on animals where required by law and is not cruelty-free. New cruelty-free additions include Commodity, NEST, Phlur, and Pinrose.

1. Fragrances Tested On Animals

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Let’s start with the brands that DO test on animals. Note that some of these brands don’t conduct any animal testing themselves, but fund animal testing by selling their products in mainland China.

Fragrances Tested On Animals
  • Acqua Di Parma
  • Aerin
  • Alexander McQueen
  • Atelier Cologne
  • Balenciaga
  • Burberry
  • Bvlgari
  • Calvin Klein
  • Chanel
  • Chloe
  • Cire Trudon
  • Clinique
  • Coach
  • Demeter
  • Dior
  • Dolce & Gabbana
  • Donna Karan
  • Elie Saab
  • Elizabeth Arden
  • Escada
  • Estee Lauder
  • Fendi
  • Givenchy
  • Gucci
  • Guerlain
  • Guess
  • Hugo Boss
  • Issey Miyake
  • Jimmy Choo
  • Jo Malone
  • Juicy Couture
  • Kenzo
  • L’Occitane
  • Lacoste
  • Lancome
  • Lolita Lempicka
  • Marc Jacobs
  • Michael Kors
  • Miu Miu
  • Nina Ricci
  • Odin
  • Prada
  • Ralph Lauren
  • Tom Ford
  • Valentino
  • Vera Wang
  • Versace
  • Viktor & Rolf
  • Yves Saint Laurent
  • Byredo

As you can see, the vast majority of designer brands are not cruelty-free, the major reason being that they’re widely available on the Chinese market.

One more thing I gathered is that a lot of these designer fragrances are licensing deals. And as you might have guessed, the licensers are industry giants that test on animals.

For instance, Procter & Gamble has a lot of fragrance licensing deals which include Gucci, Dolce & Gabbana, Escada, Hugo Boss, Escada, Lacoste, and more. Coty is another big one and owns Balenciaga, Chloe, Marc Jacobs Fragrances, Vera Wang, and Guess among many others.

Niche fragrances that aren’t cruelty-free (from the list above) include: Acqua Di Parma, Atelier Colone, Cire Trudon, Jo Malone, and Odin.


2. Cruelty-Free Fragrances

Finally we get to the cruelty-free brands! It’s tricky when even the perfume brands that market themselves as cruelty-free are vague about their actual policies. Below, I’ll list the brands that are confirmed to be cruelty-free, from niche brands to indie companies.

Cruelty-Free Fragrances
  • Arquiste
  • D.S. and Durga
  • Penhaligon’s*
  • Le Labo*
  • Honore des Pres
  • The 7 Virtues
  • My Daughter Fragrances
  • Pacifica
  • Harvey Prince Organics
  • Lurk
  • Commodity (NEW)
  • Lush
  • Aromi
  • Lavanila
  • Tsi~La
  • A Perfume Organic
  • Ecco Bella
  • Vered Organic Botanicals
  • Terra Nova
  • Lotus Wei
  • Strange Invisible
  • Auphorie
  • French Girl Organics
  • Forager Botanicals
  • Pour Le Monde
  • Tallula Jane
  • Silk Naturals
  • Haus of Gloi
  • Black Phoenix Alchemy
  • Fortune Cookie Soap
  • The Body Shop
  • Molton Brown*
  • NEST (NEW)
  • Phlur (NEW)
  • Pinrose (NEW)

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1. Arquiste (niche)

Arquiste have confirmed that they don’t test on animals at any point during production, and neither do their suppliers or any third parties. They also don’t sell to China. This company is US-based, and their Eau de Parfum retail for $165 – $190. Available at Barneys.

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2. D.S. and Durga (niche)

100% cruelty-free company that creates fragrances in small batches with “premium-sourced raw materials”. Their inspiration includes “outdated herbal wisdom, native ritual medicine, lore and legends, historical movements and Americana.” A bottle retails for $98 – $145 and you can purchase them from Barneys.

3. Penhaligon’s (niche — parent company not cruelty-free)

Another niche brand that answered all my questions and doesn’t sell in China. This UK perfume house has been around since 1827, and their perfumes are in the $95 – $150 range. You can purchase them from Bloomingdale’s.

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4. Le Labo (niche — parent company not cruelty-free)

Although they’ve been recently acquired by Estee Lauder, Le Labo remains cruelty-free and still have not entered the Chinese market. “We believe that there are too many bottles of perfume and not enough soulful fragrances”, they state. You can purchase Le Labo from Nordstrom.

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5. Honore des Pres (natural)

You can also go the natural way with a brand like Honore des Pres, who create beautiful high-end perfumes using 100% natural ingredients. Absolutely no synthetic ingredients, and a full-size bottle retails for $84 at The Detox Market.

6. The 7 Virtues (natural)

I really wanted to include this company because they create perfume with a message. Their slogan is “Make Perfume, Not War” and they source their fair-trade ingredients in countries that are being rebuilt after being destroyed by war. You can buy their Eau de Parfum from Sephora and they’re very fairly-priced. Do check them out!

7. My Daughter Fragrances (natural)

A small and lovely company creating perfume without harmful ingredients such as phtalates or parabens. Their perfumes are made in France and retail for $85 each. You can shop at MyDaughterFragrance.com.

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8. Pacifica

Pacifica is great if you’re a perfume newbie, because they have a huge selection of scents. Plus they’re affordable and 100% vegan! A full-size bottle is only $22, and you can buy them online at Pacifica.com or from Target stores.

9. Lush

I’m sure you’ve all heard of Lush by now! They carry some nice spray and solid perfumes. Their spray perfumes are alcohol-based and run for about $50 a bottle. Personally, I have a soft spot for Sikkim Girls which has notes of Jasmine and Tuberose. Visit your local Lush store to check them all out!

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10. Aromi

Aromi is mostly known for their lipsticks, but they also make solid perfume (for women) and cologne (for men). Great variety of scents, and each solid perfume is only $12. You can buy them from Aromi.com.

11. Lavanila

Lavanila are popular for their “healthy deodorants”, but they also make some great fragrances that are just as healthy and free from potentially toxic chemicals. Their full-size fragrances retail for $58 at Sephora.

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12. Tsi~La (organic)

They’re completely organic and natural, but also 100% vegan. A full-size perfume bottle starts at $125, and you can buy them from TsiLaOrganics.com.

13. A Perfume Organic (organic)

100% natural and non-toxic perfume, and it’s vegan as well. They currently offer 5 scents in beautiful and eco-friendly packaging. They’re $65 each and you can purchase them from their official site.

14. Ecco Bella (organic)

Ecco Bella is a green beauty brand that makes everything from skincare to makeup. They also offer a collection of organic Eau de Parfums free from synthetics, that use only essential oils. A bottle retails for $30 from EccoBella.com.

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15. Vered Organic Botanicals (organic)

Another organic and cruelty-free that offers skincare and more. Check out their fragranced body oils at VeredBotanicals.com, which are 100% vegan and use a blend of essential oils.

16. Terra Nova (natural)

A collection of perfumes, body mists, and other bath and body products that are all-natural and affordable. Check them out at TerraNova.com!

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17. Lotus Wei (natural)

Lotus Wei is based on relieving stress through flower aromatherapy. They make lovely perfume mists that are natural, with some organic ingredients. You can purchase them The Detox Market at $40 per bottle.

18. French Girl Organics (organic)

French Girl Organics is not only cruelty-free, but also all-vegan and natural. With their ingredients being mostly organic and their minimalistic packaging, what’s not to love? They offer quite a few fragrances at their official site.

19. Forager Botanicals (natural)

Forager Botanicals offer natural scent that free from potentially harmful chemicals. Their perfumes are also vegan and retail for $98 per full-size bottle. You can shop at ForagerBotanicals.com.

20. Auphorie (vegan)

Auphorie is a Maison de Parfum dedicated entirely to highly original luxury handcrafted perfumes and scent solutions, made in small batches using an eclectic selection of the finest natural extracts and innovative raw ingredients.” They’re 100% vegan.

21. Commodity

Newly added! Commodity confirmed their cruelty-free status. They’re a popular brand of perfume available at Sephora.

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22. NEST Fragrances

Newly added! NEST is another perfume brand available at Sephora. I was always drawn to their fragrance because of the beautiful, dark packaging with florals.

23. Phlur

Newly added! Yet another cruelty-free brand which can be found at Sephora. Phlur fragrances are actually greener (as in less toxic) than traditional fragrances and are under the “clean at Sephora” category.

24. Pinrose

Newly added! Also available at Sephora, Pinrose fragrances come in a more whimsical and sometimes iridescent packaging. They describe themselves as a “fun and fearless” brand.


3. Companies With No Response

I’ve also contacted the following companies, but haven’t heard back from them. This doesn’t mean that these companies test on animals. However, it’s often a red flag when a company refuses to share their animal testing policy.

  • L’Artisan Parfumeur
  • TOCCA
  • Juliette has a Gun
  • Clean
  • Carven
  • Frederic Malle
  • Histoire de Parfums
  • Serge Lutens
  • Amouage

I’ll be adding companies here as I contact them. When I do hear back, I’ll be moving those companies to the appropriate section.


4. Companies With Unclear Policies

There are some companies that refuse to give us their full animal testing policies, or remain vague about some aspects. I couldn’t trust these brands as being fully cruelty-free, so here they are, along with the explanation.

1. Elizabeth And James

The Olsen twins own this brand. They make a fragrance called Nirvana, which is a best-seller at Sephora.

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According to PETA’s Caring Consumer list, Elizabeth and James Fragrances are cruelty-free. But when I reached out to the brand, they couldn’t answer a single question about their animal testing policy. This is the only answer they gave me:

The Elizabeth and James Nirvana products are not tested on animals.

Elizabeth and James are licensed to a company called Butterfly Beauty LLC. I reached out to them but received no response.

2. Stella McCartney

The Stella McCartney brand is one of the fashion industry’s most ethical brands. They don’t use leather or fur in any of their products, and they’re completely vegan, including their perfume.

However, it’s Procter & Gamble that own their fragrance license, and all other P&G fragrances are tested on animals. It’s possible that Stella McCartney has a deal with P&G which ensures that no animal testing is performed for Stella McCartney, and their fragrance may not be sold in mainland China.

But then again, in the response I received, they weren’t able to confirm that their suppliers don’t test on animals. Here’s the full response:

Stella McCartney is a proud vegetarian company. Therefore we do not use leather, skins, feather or furs on any of our products. None of our products are ever tested on animals, by us or anyone else that work on the Stella McCartney Ltd fragrances. P&G Prestige produce our fragrances as a licence of Stella McCartney’s beauty products, but we can assure you that we respect a very strict ethical charter and that none of our products have ever been tested on animals. All Stella McCartney fragrances are vegan friendly, which means that no ingredient is tested on animals or comes from animals origins, including bees.

We stand by our ethics regarding animal testing, and we have even chosen not to sell our fragrances in China. In order to sell fragrances in China we would have to meet Government regulation which requires animal testing and that is something that we will not allow for any of products. We hope that by promoting these types of values that other fragrance licensees of P&G Prestige to follow us and say no to animal testing.

To sum this up:

  • Finished products are not tested on animals, either by Stella McCartney or anyone else.
  • The products are vegan.
  • Their products are not sold in China.
  • No mention is made about the suppliers!

I followed up, but they still wouldn’t touch base about their suppliers.

3. TokyoMilk

TokyioMilk is a company I’ve tried to contact multiple times but never heard back from. Years ago, they were in the process of acquiring Leaping Bunny certification, but they stopped the process and never followed through. This to me raises a red flag.


I hope this post is helpful to all the perfume lovers out there! I’ll be updating this list as I hear back from companies, so keep an eye out for that as well.

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  • Hi, my mother has purchased a perfume sample from Scent bird and the fragrance is Nanette Lepore Beautiful times. I was wondering if it’s cruelty free

  • Could you please check in Miss Kay? They seam like a really nice perfume company and I would love to know about them!

  • Hello,
    I am an ethical vegan and I’m wondering if buying a Juicy Couture sportswear track suit for my girlfriend would contradict ethical vegan values in your opinion?
    Thanks a lot,
    Paul

  • The Body Shop carries fragrance now, I was informed by a sales person their entire line is cruelty-free! Should it be added to the list?

  • Can anyone tell me if Passion by Elizabeth Taylor is cruelty free? I know white diamonds is produced by Elizabeth Arden but can’t find any information regarding Passion.. Thanks

  • Hiho, I stumbled upon this page trying to find out anything about Desire Fragrances whose name I’ve seen on Disney-license scents such as Frozen, Minnie Mouse and Iron Man. Do they belong to any of the names you listed?
    Regards!
    Petra

  • For those looking for a wonderful scent that I feel lasts awhile and is also CF– I highly recommend Cocoa Woods by NEST. Enjoy!

  • Can anyone find out if Johan B fragrance are cruelty free?… I couldn’t find much of anything on them. We know about the big companies that are not cruelty free but what about the smaller companies.

  • I feel awful! Everything I wear makeup and fragrance wise is tested on animals. I thought if the site claims they don’t test on animals then they don’t, I had no idea about the Chinese market animal testing! I have been wearing Marc Jacobs Daisy for years and Maybelline BB cream for the past few months since it has acne treatment in it. This is crazy! Thank you so much for writing about this.

  • Thank you!! I have no HAD many on the band’s that test on animals. They will be in the trash tonight. I will be doing my research to see which ones i love.
    Thank you again!!

  • I’m curious as to whether you’ve considered the process of obtaining ingredients like musk, from Civets, or other live animals,in your “cruelty free” list. There are other forms of cruelty being perpetrated on animals by the beauty industry, besides testing.

  • I LOVE having this list to refer to.. thank you!!! I am looking for cruelty free mens colognes but they have to be in stores so i can smell them first. Any advice on places to check out?

  • Hi I´m interested in knowing the brands (apart from vegans) that don´t use animal-base ingredients such as musk, ambergris, etc. Is there a way to distinguish between lab created/synthetic and the ones that promote animal suffering? 🙁

  • Hey guys! So I smelled flowerbomb by Viktor&Rolf and fell in love with the smell. Unfortunately, they’re not cruelty free so I won’t buy it but I would love to know if any of you know what other perfume out there comes close to it (that is cruelty free)? Thank you!

  • Thank you for your help! It’s hard to find mainstream products in the fragrance world that don’t break the bank but it’s good to see this list.

    E x

  • Is Extracted perfumes and colognes tested on animals?! If they are, >:(( I love the bergamot, jasmine, musk and vanilla one soooooooooooooooooooo much!!! (it smells like LEMMONS!)

  • Hi. I can’t see Thierry Mugler on your list. Could you let me know which category this fit into please?

  • Well done!!! Here in Brazil is hard to find the most part of those brands, but this list works like a north to put pressure on several online cosmetic shops we have to bring it for us. There are other very good brands cruelty free that sells here and not in China: o boticário (Brazil), orgânica (Brazil), korres (Greece), Ana pegova (France), natura (Brazil) that bought the body shop.

  • Is express cologne (the fashion store at malls) cruelty free? I’ve used express honor (Cologne) in the past and was wondering if their colognes are cruelty free since it’s not specific online

  • My god when will the world see sense??! I just want to smell nice. I’ve tried so many vegan friendly mens scents but they just don’t smell nice enough.

  • Hi. Do you know it Stella McCartney fragrance is 100% cruelty free as cant see on either of the lists?
    Thanks
    JoJo

  • Can you please tell me if Thierry Mugler Angel perfume is cruelty free and if they sell their product in China? I have tried to google this info and I am still somewhat confused. I want to know before I make a purchase. Thank you in advance for your help!

  • Hi Suzi,
    I am currently trying to find a new cruelty free vegan fragrance. I am based in London UK so obviously need stockists in the area so I can go and have a sniff… Any recommendations? Do you know someone who specialises in gathering information on cruelty free brands in the UK?
    Many thanks
    Giulia

  • This post (and your whole website is amazing). I recently started buying all of my shampoo/conditioner/soaps/fragrances from Lush in hopes to use less packaging in those items. Subsequently, I realized the rampant animal testing in a lot of brands I used to purchase. To me that testing seems so unnecessary in so many circumstances. When you’re buying products from organic sources, the need for animal testing is eliminated. Thus, we’re saving the environment and the bunnies.
    Anyways, my friend signed up for a perfume subscription service and we spent the whole day at work going through your blog and cross referencing perfume companies to make sure the next 7 months of her subscription was cruelty-free.

    Thank you!

  • I just received the following email from Demeter:

    Hello Jenseen,

    Thank you for taking the time to contact us. Here at Demeter we pride ourselves on not only producing fragrances that make you smile, but also that we’ve ALWAYS been cruelty free.

    As far as our affiliation with China, we’ve never been asked to do ANY animal testing and if were to be asked, we never would. Feel rest assured that the entire Demeter team loves our animals just as much; whether there in the U.S. or around the world.

    We appreciate your support and welcome any questions or comments.

    Regards,

    Debra Janke

    Demeter FL Inc.

  • Hi please can you verify that Ted Baker fragrances are cruelty free as they have said they are 100% cruelty free and vegan, thank you.
    Yvonne.

  • Thank you for this post!
    Are Gianfranco Ferre perfumes cruelty-free? Ferre Rose is one of my favourites but did not purchase it anymore as I could not find anything of whether it is tested on animals.

  • Just to make everyone aware, M&S fragrances all display the leaping bunny logo, denoting no animal testing..l.in recent years their range has grown from a freeway EDT’s to some really beautiful EDP…gorgeous smells and very reasonably priced. Guilt free at its best ?, good job Marks and Sparks ❤️

  • Theirry Mugler claims to manufacture their perfumes (Alien and Angel) cruelty free but I don’t see them on your list. I LOVE Alien but would stop using it if they do in fact animal test. And Thank You SO much for your diligent and hard work researching. You are an angel for the voiceless. =^..^=

  • For those asking about CLEAN fragrances, I wrote them and received the following reply.

    Thank you for contacting CLEAN! While we do not claim to be vegan, as part of the CLEAN credo our products are non-animal derived and we do not test on animals.

    In addition, we do not sell our products in markets that require animal testing.

    • Thank you so much for this information. I’ve been searching for CF cologne for over a year. I’ve purchased Ellis Brooklyn and Pinrose with the hope that these two brands are truly CF. Yesterday I shopped at Sephora and could not resist the Clean Cologne sampler package. And I do like every one of these fragrances.

      • Hey Carol, you are very welcome, was thrilled when I got that reply, hope they remain CF! Their entire line is really nice, I especially like their Sueded Oud,it’s a creamier oud and nice rounded scent. I may have to go back and purchase more, the sampler package sounds like a great idea. By the way, Commodity also at Sephora has some incredible scents, have you tried them? Just purchased the new scent Nectar (LOVE for the summer), Vetiver and Orris all in travel sizes. Also got Sun Saint by Pinrose for my summer basic everyday summer scent, I just love it.

  • does anybody here know if Dsquared2 is cruelty-free? I mean nobody is a fan of the Wood series(which hardly could be replaced)?

  • As I live in a russian city of Samara, it’s really hard to get to cruelty free fragrances and perfumes. There used to be Lush stores, but now they are all closed, so it’s really unfair and kind of ridiculous – unless you live in Moscow, St.Petersburg or else large russian city, you can’t get to smell and try the perfumes yourself. Same goes for many online stores, that just don’t ship perfumes to Russia. Recently I started to go cruelty free on my make up and skin care first, but when I got to my perfume collection I was almost deadly disappointed – I’ve bought YSL Opium Black and Prada Candy almost two years ago, and now it turns out that both brands test on animals. What a shame, really. And then I stumbled on Eden Perfumes, which would be the best option, but they don’t ship to Russia. Guys, i’m stuck. I would really appreciate if someone can point out to a possible way of getting cruety free perfumes. Love, Alice

  • Zoologist Perfumes. They say they are cruelty-free as far as the making of fragrance goes, but as a small niche brand I wasn’t sure if they were selling to China? Anyone know?

  • Hi, would you be able to tell me if Hollister is cruelty free? I’m on the understanding that Abercrombie & Fitch are & they own Hollister… but can’t find definitive answers. ???

  • Just wanted to say a huge thank you for this article (read- Major Project). As a perfume lover and vegan I appreciate it so much and return to it frequently. I can’t imagine the amount of work you have been putting into it. Big love to you. For the animals <3

  • I’m starting to transition to cruelty free products. The only perfume I wear is Ralph Lauren Romance. Can anyone make any recommendations on something similar that is cruelty free please?

  • I do appreciate so much the research that has to be done regarding this list of cruelty-free colognes. Is Ellis Brooklyn truly cruelty-free? I plan to purchase the rose fragrance but am waiting to learn this company’s CF status. Is Pinrose cruelty-free? Sephora does stock Pinrose as well as Ellis Brooklyn. Lavanila is no longer stocked in the Sephora shops – at least not in my area. I don’t trust Tocca fragrances. But I would like to read a knowledgable response regarding Tocca’s CF fragrances.

    • Pinrose is in fact CF and vegan, enjoy! If you’re at Sephora try out Commodity as well, lovely, unique and sophisticated scents as well.

  • Hi! I reached out to Tory Burch and they stated they are cruelty free and I beleive they are also Vegan. It’s a beautiful smelling perfume and you can go smell test at Macys, which is convenient. I was using it before I switched to cruelty free products (it was something I had not thought about before, guess I assunmed companies didn’t). I was so happy to hear they are cruelty free. I wish Ralph Lauren was cruelty free. I absolutely love their Midnight Romance fragrance 🙁

  • Has anyone found out about Thierry Mugler perfumes? I’ve seen the question asked here many times, but no answer.

    Thanks

  • Hi, i must applaud you on this very well researched article. However why the asterisk on ‘the body shop’ and ‘molton brown’ in the list of cruelty free products?

    • Thank you! They’re owned by a company that tests on animals, although they’re cruelty-free themselves. I have to point out that The Body Shop was recently acquired by Natura, and Natura’s status is still unknown.

  • I just found Commodity and it is delicious! I came here to double check it’s no animal testing claim and I’m thrilled to see they don’t test on animals, woot! Their “Rain” perfume is heavenly!

    • Hi Ceci, I feel the same way, their scents are very unique. Just bought Nectar for the summer and love it ? time for another trip to revisit Rain ?

  • Thank you for all your brilliant efforts and the work you do on behalf of animals (and us humans!). I have 2 comments:
    Penhaligon’s – I used to wear several of their perfumes, but stopped doing so over 10 years ago, when I discovered that they were using animal ingredients that involved surgical removal – obviously with some animals dying. They sourced some ingredients that were at the extreme end of animal cruelty.
    I am surprised – and delighted – to hear that they have done a complete U turn – perhaps influenced by changes in legislation with regard to ingredients – and have moved forward on eradicating every aspect of animal cruelty. Hats off and a bow to them for doing this.

    “Antonia’s Flowers” perfume company – do you have any information on her perfumes, please?

    Again, thank you for all that you do x

    • Still not talking about if they do ship to china. Stella uses silk and wool in her designs so wouldn’t suprise me if she tests. Just found an article on South china morning post and it says she has stores in bejing china what sell her products including perfumes..she cares about animals yeah right..She has perfume produced by an animal testing brand and has a partnership with her other products owned by some french group what own gucci and other not so cruelty free brands.

  • Any knowledge on Pinrose sold at sephora? I read they are vegan though their website just states they are cruelty free.

  • Do you have any information on Maison Margiela’s Replica? They are a relatively new line sold at Sephora. I would really appreciate info on them.

  • I work selling fragrances and have spent some time contacting companies, I have confirmed these are vegan: Babe Power, Michael Buble, Ariana Grande, Delta Goodrem and Gina Liano.

  • Does anyone know if Puig fragances (Paco Rabanne, Carolina Herrera, Jean Paul Gaultier, etc.) are cruelty-free?

  • Any news on Tocca? I got a response from their Facebook page that they are cruelty free. I also use an app called cruelty cutter that allows you to scan Barcodes for cruelty free status and that program says that it is.

  • I would like to point out as to your information regarding Stella McCartneys brand. A year or two ago I came across a really lovely shirt but her company, available I think on Net-a-porter, when I read the description it was labelled as a 100% silk shirt. I attempted on more than one occasion to contact Stella McCartneys company direct to inquire as to how a vegan company could produce a silk shirt and never received a response from her team.

    • She uses silk and wool in most designs, her perfume is tested on animals sold in her china stores and her fashion is partnership with animal cruelty brand. She just doesn’t use leather and fur but I’m sick of her getting praised all the time by even peta etc when she’s not even a proper cruelty free vegan brand and she’s on a vegetarian ‘diet’ not vegan :/

  • Have you looked into Jesus Del Pozo’s perfumes? I’ve been eyeballing his Halloween scent but can’t seem to find any info as far as animal testing.

  • Hey Suzi, What about Kat Von D’s newest fragrances, Sinner and Saint? She’s vegan, are these perfume’s cruelty-free? thank you.

  • Hi Suze,

    Thanks so much for your incredible site and all the work you do!

    Phlur states on their site that they’re cruelty-free and Leaping Bunny certified, and their scents are amazing! This is from their FAQ:

    ARE YOUR PRODUCTS CRUELTY FREE?
    Of course. Our formulations are never tested on animals, and we don’t use animal products, period. We’ve been certified as cruelty free by Leaping Bunny, the world’s leading authority on cruelty free products. In fact, our materials are never sourced from threatened or endangered plant species or ecosystems. And we rely on harvesting communities that receive fair wages and treatment. See Our Story for more.

  • I don’t know why Demeter is on the bad list. Their FAQ section states that the finished fragrances and the ingredients are never at any point tested on animals…. Also Marc Jacobs claims to be cruelty free…

  • Thank you for such an informative post and for the effort you put into the site. Apologies if it has already been mentioned, but I’m under the impression that mugler fragrances(alien,angel,etc) are cruelty free. I could be mistaken though.

    • They are the same company what produces the real animal skins bag? So probably sold in china most big brands are sold to china and nearly all celebrity perfumes are produced by animal testing brands even one’s who are suppose to be vegan.

  • Thank you for this list! Have you ever tried to contact Maison Louis Marie about their fragrances? Once I became vegan I tried reaching out to see if I could continue to support their product…the smells are so amazing! I never received a response. Not sure if you have any helpful hints on reaching out that would possibly get a response, or if you have tried asking them yourself.

  • This is amazing! Thank you so much! I think the more difficult side of becoming vegan is still trying to maintain a luxury style since a majority of luxury brands are tested on animals. This is so helpful! Thanks for putting in the work❤️

  • Love your site, such a great resource when starting out. Do you know if Karen Walker perfumes are ok? What about Zadig & Voltaire? I am based in New Zealand and are trying to work out if supermarket brands like Health Basic, Ecostore and Only Good are all ok? Have you come across any of these? Thanks heaps for your help

    • I love this site so much! I am really working hard on buying cruelty free. I love that you have referenced Eden perfumes. I am from Brighton but live in Seattle. Whoo hoo! I am old enough to remember the original Body Shop, well before L’Oréal got involved. Thanks to you all I am working on trying to use products that are independent of the big multinational parent companies. Thank you all!

  • I wear a fragrance from Banana Republic and I can not find any information about their policy. Do you happen to know if their perfumes are tested on animals? I know Gap Inc. has extensive policies and I have gone through them, yet none seem to mention fragrances. Could you please help? I love my perfume and Gap Inc. I would love to continue to wear it now that I am switching to cruelty free products, but I can not find answers. Thank you in advance!

  • I’m glad I came across this list! Do you know the animal testing status for Armani and/or Vince Camuto fragrances? I really like a perfume by each of those brands but I’m not sure if I want to buy the bottles since I don’t know about their animal testing status.

  • Hello, Thank you so much for putting this list together. How about Mary Kay? I can’t find anything on their website.

  • Two other brands that have fragrances and DO NOT test on animals are Elizabeth Grant (Canadian) and Prai (Leaping Bunny award)……..Both are sold on The Shopping Chanel…..Eve Pearl (cosmetics)and YBF (Your Best Friend) cosmetics are also sold on TSC and are cruelty free.

  • Does anyone know if Ariana Grande’s perfumes are cruelty free? I know she’s supposed to be Vegan herself so I would think anything she makes would be, but I can’t find anything concrete on it.

    • They are produced by animal testing brand I think coty? Arianna also has mac lipstick products what are sold to china. Can’t seem to find if perfume is sold in china they won’t say but neither is peta sure. So, since she has lipsticks by Mac it wouldn’t suprise me if not cruelty free.

  • Hello, love your blog and information! Can you help me with brand Rouge bunny rouge? They have a very nice parfume. And I would like to share cruelity free brand from my country (Czech republic) Manufaktura.
    Lulu

  • I went into search to see if Tocca was cruelty free and a few sources said they were. I’ve just bought a sample kit and I enjoy them, but you guys are my primary source to whom I give my utmost respect during my transition into cruelty free beauty and wellness. So if that means I’ll have to find a new signature scent so be it. I wasn’t sure if I was correct is all.

  • Does anyone know of a cruelty-free alternative for Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue? It’s my favorite perfume and I love the scent, but I’m committed to transition over to cruelty-free brands. Any suggestions?

    • Hi, if you’re in uk try Eden Perfumes as they make Perfumes close to ” originals “. Hope this helps! Kind regards, Karen x

  • In NEST’s FAQ, it states: “NEST Fragrances does not test its products or ingredients on animals.” I did extensive research before buying their fragrance from Sephora. I am in LOVE with their Indigo scent!

  • What about Bond No. 9 perfumes? They are a very luxurious brand but I cannot find anything as far as animal-testing goes. HELP!

  • Hi there, great post!
    Both Illamasqua and Charlotte Tilbury make fragrances now, so I thought you might like to add them to the list.. keep it up 🙂

  • Hi Suzi, I really love your website, found out a lot thanks to it! Have you heard of the brand Eden Perfumes? They are based in Brighton but deliver worldwide. They match most big perfumes but are 100% Vegan and cruelty free!I have two of them and I’m very pleased with them, one being the match for Black Opium and the other one Coco Mademoiselle. Great and guilt free! X

  • I know TOCCA hasn’t replied, but they do say they are cruelty free according to their website. I know its still shady of them to not answer your inquiry, but figured I’d add that.

  • Thank you for this, so so much!
    I was under the impression ~ and I sure hope I was given the right information ~ that Bond no 9, Chantecaille, and Trish McEvoy are all cruelty-free (finished product, not sold in China…not sure about suppliers). Do you know?
    Thanks so much, again!
    ~leslie

  • Hi, in the post about Stella McCartney you say that everything from this brand is vegan. But she uses wool, often unfortunately. But her faux leather products are really great.

  • I love your lists and updates! Thank you for all you do!!!
    I do not see Thymes bath products and fragrance on your list . Do you know if they are cruelty free?

  • I have been hearing conflicting things about Victoria’s Secret fragrances. Some people I know in China are saying they have a shop in Shanghai these days, however I am never able to get an answer whether they are selling their fragances there… do you have any news on that?

    • We’re not familiar with the cruelty-free status of Victoria’s Secret right now, but I definitely suggest reaching out to them to get to the bottom of this! Make sure to ask them about their finished products, ingredients, suppliers, as well as third party testing. Another thing to consider is whether or not they sell in mainland China, where animal testing is mandatory by law. Hope this helps!

  • I have just looked on so?… fragrances website and found that they are completely cruelty free too, so would be good to add that to this post, as it is a well known brand in England for fragrances and perfumes:)

    • Hi Juli! We’re not familiar with their cruelty-free status right now, but I would definitely recommend reaching out to them! Make sure to ask them about their finished products, ingredients, suppliers, as well as third party testing. Another thing to consider is whether or not they sell in mainland China, where animal testing is mandatory by law.

    • The asterisk indicates a cruelty-free company which is owned by a parent company that is not cruelty-free.

  • This is a great post that touches all my concerns.
    Could you please try and check about Fragonard Parfumeur? I’d really like to know their status…

    Thank you!

  • Still no word back from NEST? All signs point to they are cruelty free. I can’t see that they ship to china from their website. ONLY the US at this time. They have said they do not test on animals. I just HATE that they don’t respond to our inquires. Midnight fleur is my scent! but I won’t re-purchase if they are not cruelty free.

    Sigh, 🙁

  • The cruelty-free brands on your list are almost impossible to find in stores here in UK. Except for The Body Shop, Lush and Molton Brown I’ve never seen the brands on your list around here. And to buy them online without knowing/trying them is risky. :'(
    I’m looking for a perfume for my wedding and it’s really hard to find something that’s cruelty-free and also smells nice. I was thinking maybe Jo Malone, I really liked one of their fragrances, but I couldn’t find anything conclusive about it being cruelty free or not so I didn’t buy it. 🙁
    Now I’m thinking of trying Molton Brown…

    Does anyone know where I could find a fragrance shop in UK that sells cruelty-free products?

    • Hi, might be too late for you with this answer but…. I’ve just ordered from a company in uk ( I live in uk!) called Eden Perfumes. I can’t report back on them yet as not received yet. Might be worth a look? Kind regards Karen

  • Thank you so much for this very informative list of CF fragrances. I have two fragrances that I hope you can add to your list. Of course, I hope that these fragrances are honestly CF since they are my newest additions to my CF stash: Caswell-Massey’s Elixir of Love and Verbana. Caswell-Massey’s online price is reasonable, and shipping is fast! Elixir of Love could easily become my new favorite Eau de Toilette. Verbena is a refreshing, green/outdoorsy fragrance.

  • Love this! But I’m confused about Demeter… Their website says “3) Does Demeter test on animals?
    We do not test on animals, and our suppliers do not test on animals”
    Are they omitting something that indicates that they do indeed test on animals?
    Thank you!

  • Hi, can you recommend a good alternative to Jo Malone’s Grapefruit as I love that but if there is a cruelty free alternative, I would love to give it a try. Also, do you know if Banana Republic’s perfumes are cruelty free as I use their Classic scent all the time.

  • What about Victoria Secrets body sprays and perfumes? I am trying to find a cruety free perfume, do you know about VS? Please let me know!!

  • What about Pinrose? They’re fairly new and state that they’re Cruelty free…have you tried reaching out to them?

  • Does anyone know about education hardy perfume? I recently went cruelty free and can’t find any information on their status so I’m assuming they’re not and haven’t bought any since but a solid answer would be great or even if anyone knows of any dupes.

  • An answer to a lot of the designer and celebrity perfumes: they are most likely made by Proctor and Gamble or Coty. Sometimes it’s actually on the packaging…I’ve even seen a few magazine ads that said something like, “Singer’s Name, a Fragrance by Coty.” You can probably find out by googling something like “what company makes X perfume?” if you can’t find any clues on the box or bottle.

  • Awhile back I contacted kilian to see if they used animal ingredients or tested on animals & they replied no to all. Not sure if they started selling in china though.

  • Thank you for all your research! It helps so much!
    Btw, I don’t know if you already knew this (and I know that it’s not related to Cruelty-Free discussion) but i wanted to point out that LUSH does NOT actually recycle their plastic pots like they claim that they do.
    There have been a lot of discussion out of saddened LUSH former employees about that online, some even claimed that their managers would throw the pots in whatever garbage receptacle they could, not even caring to toss them in an actual recycle bin…

    Anyway, Awesome work! :3

  • Anyone know about Replica? They don’t even seem to have their own website so I’m not sure how to find out.

  • I emailed Clean a few days ago and got this response:

    Hello Shelby,

    Thank you for contacting Clean!

    We do not use ingredients that are derived from animals, and also do not test on animals. We also do not have distribution or production partners that support animal testing. Although we do not advertise our brand as being vegan, we use all natural and sustainable ingredients and production practices, and do not harm animals in any way to create our fragrances.

    Please let me know if you have any additional questions!

    Best,

    Kelsey Donovan

    Global Customer Service Coordinator

      • Hello,

        I am confused as to why you say this response does not say much. It clearly states they “do not use ingredients that are derived from animals, and also do not test on animals.” I am currently switching all of my beauty products over to cruelty free, but am overwhelmed by the deceptiveness of companies. I know to look for the cruelty free bunny icon on products, but was hoping you could explain why responses such as Clean’s are not reliable.

      • It doesn’t? I thought that not having partners that support animal testing was a pretty good assertion. If this isn’t an all-encompassing response, can you provide any insight on what we should be looking for in company statements? I was about to go out and buy some CLEAN perfume :/ rethinking.

  • All the fragrances I use MUST be cruelty-free and phthalate-free. That said, here is my go-to list:

    LUSH, probably my favourite. They have a wide range of fragrances from simple and girly to complex and challenging. There’s something for everyone here, especially if you are willing to delve into their limited editions and discontinueds. The prices are also very reasonable.

    Pacifica. Good choice if you like fruity and tropical fragrances. They appeal to the mainstream without smelling like every other fruity scent out there. Inexpensive.

    Korres. Their fragrances smell like mainstream department store fragrances without the high price, animal testing, or nasty phthalates.

    Andy Tauer / Tauerville. Niche high-end fragrances, excellent if you want something complex and artistic.

  • I thought you might be interested in the response I got when I pressed Pinrose for more details beyond their FAQs:
    I asked if their suppliers are CF – “we use a mixture of synthetic and natural oils to keep ourselves cruelty free, and as far as I know our suppliers are cruelty free as well”
    I asked if they sold in china or were planning to – “we currently only sell within the U.S. We’re hoping to expand in the near future, but so far don’t have any plans to sell in China”.
    I asked if their products had animal byproducts – “Yes are products are free of animal byproducts”
    For me that’s a red flag on the procurement policies. If they had a strict policy to buy CF only, they would have known for sure if their suppliers were in fact CF or not. I’ve expressed that concern to them so if they manage to give me a better answer I will update!

  • I have been a vegan since more than a year now i from india(delhi) i love gucci envy me fragrance way too much but never bought it being a vegan is there any vegan dupe for it plz help. Also u didnt mention carrolina herrera in any of your lists what about that ? Can u z update me on both my concerns asap will be waiting for it ❤️ Love your work ?? Tysm

  • Hi Suzi! Do you know if Rihanna perfumes are cruelty free. I read that she wanted the perfumes to be cruelty free when they first came out, but I haven’t found any information about the new perfumes or if the perfumes are sold in China.

      • I did not know that, too bad. I have bought one of her perfumes before going cruelty free and was wondering if the perfume is cf or not. Well, I guess I’ll use it up but won’t buy her other perfumes even if they are not tested on animals

    • Yes they do, the usual clause of “except when required by law” meaning they test for the Chinese market.

  • Hello there, what about curve crush by Liz Claiborne ? I’ve looked everywhere but can’t find a right answer .?

  • Just found an article noting that Juliet Has a Gun is sold in Lane Crawford, which sells on mainland China. Looks like they aren’t cruelty free.

  • Hi Suzi! What about MCMC fragrances? They may be a small company but I’m still curious as I love pretty much everything they put out!

  • I sent NEST an email yesterday and they got back to me today, which impressed me. Here’s the response I got when I asked about their cruelty free status:

    “Thank you for your e-mail and interest in NEST Fragrances. We have not yet published a full list of Frequently Asked Questions on our website but we will be doing this very soon and I believe your questions are answered in this soon-to-be published list, and I can share them with you now:

    Do you conduct product testing on animals? Are your scented candles or any other products vegan? Organic?
    We do not test our products on animals and we only do business with vendors and organizations that do not conduct product testing on animals. It is difficult for any manufacturer of scented products to label them as “vegan” with 100-percent certainty. While our scented candle wax formula does not contain animal-derived ingredients, we cannot say the same for the fragrance oil we purchase and use in our scented candles. However, as perfumery has evolved over the years, many ingredients that originated as animal-derived are now used in their synthetic form. For example, musk was once sourced from male deer but it is now used in synthetic form. As such, most of our products contain a combination of natural and synthetic ingredients and all are perfectly safe, non-toxic and FDA-approved.”

    I also asked if they sold in places that legally required animal testing, and here’s their response: “Additionally, we are still a small company so we currently only sell our products in retail stores in the U.S. and Canada.” This doesn’t say they wouldn’t consider expanding into places that require it, but as of right now it would appear they are cruelty free.

  • I reached out to Hanae Mori. Here is the reply I received: “Thank you for writing to us. Our fragrances do not contain animal ingredients nor are they tested on animals.”

  • Hi there! 🙂
    Do you happen to know anything about Balmain? I’ve been searching for aaages and can’t find anything!

  • I was wondering about Miller Harris fragrances, i love them, I bought a Lynn Harris perfume in Marks and spencer once some years back and I know M and S to be cruelty free. M and S discontinued the Lynn Harris perfume sadly but you can buy Miller Harris still, just hope its cruelty free.

  • Pinrose is also vegan and cruelty free.

    “Musk, Ambergris, and Civet come from animals. We use synthetic versions of these ingredients to prevent animal cruelty.”

    “Do you test on animals? No, we do not test on animals.”

    https://www.pinrose.com/faqs

  • Hi Suzi, I’m new to your blog and I find it so informative and helpful, it happens that I’m in Central America where for us is even harder to get our hands on these products. One of the fragances I really love using is Jeanne en provence, even being a luxury brand down here I was expecting to be cruelty free, hope is not the same as L’occitane. Any info?

    Thanks and cheers to this amazing blog! 🙂

  • Great post! This is definitely one of areas that is less talked about, yet needs to be, so kudos!! Two additional brands that Sephora now carries & which satisfied my questions re: being entirely cruelty-free are Pinrose (pinrose.com) & Commodity (commoditygoods.com). Hopefully you’ll be able to confirm as such & add both to your list! Especially since fragrance is so difficult to purchase online I’m so excited to see at least a few cruelty-free scent options at Sephora (beyond LaVanila, which I personally love, but which ultimately still only one vanilla-centric brand!) I’ve heard conflicting info re: NEST & TokyoMilk so am disappointed, though not surprised, to see that you were unable to confirm any sort of cruelty-free status for either. Thanks again for all of your efforts!!

  • Hi, I read through the list of cruelty-free perfume companies, but did not see my cousin’s listed. It is called Heaven’s Alchemy, based out of San Ramon, CA. They have wonderful products. Please try them. 🙂

    Carissa

  • Thank you! Personally I have a soft spot for Le Labo. Niche fragrance brands are brands that specialize in perfume, as opposed to designer fragrances. Natural and organic refers to the ingredients (they contain safer, non-synthetic ingredients).

  • Thank you Suzi! Such a comprehensive list. I’m sad to see some of my fave fragrances aren’t cruelty free 🙁 Looking forward to finding my next fragrance in Lush or The Body Shop though.

  • Hi, I was wondering if you had any knowledge about The Body Shop fragrances? Thanks! I know they are owned by a parent company but their brand itself is cruelty free correct?

  • This is such an amazing post, thanks so
    much for all the effort you’ve put into it. I’ve been searching for the right cruelty free perfume for a while but now my list of options has got longer because of your post.

    Would it be ok if I put a post on my blog detailing some of the U.K. perfumes (or more easily available in the UK) you’ve mentioned and linked back to you? Thanks in advance X

    • I assumed they wouldn’t be CF because Donna Karan isn’t. Which is a huge let down for me because DKNY Be Delicious is one of the only perfumes I actually like.

  • Hi Suzi, your blog has been an absolutely indispensable source of info as I’ve phased out and replaced all my cosmetics, skincare and perfumes that are tested on animals.

    I wondered if you know the status of Armani perfumes? I think they are owned by L’Oreal so I haven’t repurchased (was so sad, I’ve worn Acqua di Gioia for years) but it hasn’t appeared on this list? Thank you!

  • Thank you so much for writing this post and making your posts so clear and informative! Some policies and statements on company websites are so full of jargon they bring on a headache.
    I’ve cleared out my make-up and decided not to purchase any more products from brands which are not cruelty free. It’s disappointing to see all of my favourite perfumes are made by brands in the ‘Tested on Animals’ list – Lancome, Nina Ricci, Chloe, but I’d rather not use them at all now I know they’re not cruelty free
    Jamie xx http://www.bibbity-boppity-boo.blogspot.co.uk/

  • What do you know about Juicy Couture fragrances? I have seen them listed on a vegan Tumblr as cruelty-free, but they haven’t responded to my emails.

      • Dear Lexi,

        Juicy Couture shares your concern about the use of animals in safety testing and is committed to eliminating the need for animal testing. We do not perform any animal tests on our product formulations or ingredients, nor ask others to test on our behalf, except in the rare instances where required by law. These laws apply to every company in the beauty industry that sells products globally, and Juicy Couture, like all other global beauty companies, must comply with any applicable local laws.

        To avoid the use of tests on animals, our product development team selects raw materials with well-established safety records and uses extensive ingredient databases. Our product safety testing includes the use of non-animal studies and clinical tests on volunteers. We take great pride in our product safety record.
        Our ultimate goal is to eliminate the necessity for animal testing globally. We work closely with our industry and the scientific community around the world to actively support our industry’s sharing of scientific data and to support and fund research programs to develop and validate non-animal alternatives for product testing.
        We thank you for the opportunity to state our position and hope you will continue to enjoy Juicy Couture products with confidence.

        Kind Regards,

        Customer Service
        The jctr Company Online
        customerservice@shop.juicycouture.com
        1-888-824-8826 Phone
        310-868-2938 Fax

        http://www.juicycouture.com

  • Diptyque and Malin+Goetz are cruelty free as well. And L’Artisan Parfumeur answered me they are cruelty free and their perfumes contain no animal ingredients. They are owned by a non cf parent company Puig, which owns Penhaligon’s as well.

  • Have you heard of Commodity? It is available at Sephora and I believe they are a cruelty-free brand. I also don’t see Lavanila on any of these lists (unless I missed it) but I think they are also cruelty-free.
    It’s fairly frustrating that most quality fragrance brands are not cruelty-free. As much as I would like to go with a green, cruelty-free fragrance brand, I have yet to find one that actually works well or smells pleasant to me. I guess I’m just picky. For the time being I’m just using up what I have and maybe once they are gone, I’ll just skip fragrances all together. After all, I rarely wear them to begin with so I’m thinking I may not even miss it!

    Celina | The Celution | Bloglovin’

      • That’s true, I have only seen the CF statement on the Commodity website but it doesn’t look like they are certified.
        By the way, do you have a personal favourite CF fragrance brand?

        • I can vouch for Pacifica! I love quite a few of their scents. Reasonable prices, and a little goes a long way.

          • Thank you for your Pacifica recommendation. Fortunately, I am almost finished using “Si” and will test several Pacifica fragrances at Ulta.

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