What comes to the minds of most people when they hear the word 'vegan' is what is on their plate. Although eating plant-based is the foundation of veganism, evading animal products in every aspect of life is quickly becoming a movement. If you become vegan you often do it for the animals, for the environment, and for your health – you are committed to making the world a better place for all of us, which includes not harming animals in any way. Committed vegans make sure animal ingredients are not in their food but what about their beauty products? Did you know that many of our favorite makeup and perfume brands and products are not truly vegan? Most perfumes contain some sort of animal-derived ingredient and while they may not have necessarily been obtained through cruel means, their inclusion automatically voids the perfume of its vegan, animal-free status. And don’t forget, make sure your perfume is also cruelty free!
What is the right choice for someone who cares about animals, the planet and their health? Where will you find this kind of product? Probably not in a department store or from a well know designer. The truth is finding a reputable brand won’t be easy. So, if you are planning to buy a fragrance for yourself, its time to understand that traditional alcohol-based perfume or even clean perfume might not be vegan. What you may need is aromatherapy perfume. Aromatherapy perfume is natural, alcohol-free, cruelty free and vegan.
Cruelty Free, Vegan and Clean, oh my!
To truly be vegan, a perfume needs to not contain beeswax or honey, which are typically not something added to perfume. The perfumer’s traditional ingredient arsenal includes several animal based ingredients: Civet, Musk, Ambergris, Kasturi and Castoreum. Haven’t heard of them? Well that’s probably because they have been replaced by synthetic versions. Good news is that will check the Vegan box, but it hardly checks the clean box or the cruelty free one. A brand that truly embraces all three tenets will let you know. They will have registered for the key certifications with reputable and respected companies like Vegan Action and Leaping Bunny. They will share the entire ingredient list instead of hiding behind labeling that only describes the ingredients as “fragrance”, something many perfume brands do since the FDA doesn’t regulate perfume labeling.
Breathable and Mood Boosting
Traditional perfume is meant to smell good. That is its raison d’etre. You might wear it to feel more confident. But that’s about the limit. Aromatherapy perfume is all about the function. That’s why the perfume industry calls it “Functional Fragrance”. Aroma perfume is made with essential oils, a carrier and clean chemistry. It is designed to be breathable, absorbed through the skin and it provides many unique benefits especially, when high grade, therapeutic essential oils are used and combined in such a way as to not only smell great but make you feel great. You will feel confident with safer ingredients.
Look for vegan perfumes that are organic and use only clean ingredients. Avoid alcohol based perfumes. Alcohol, even sugar cane or other more natural types are not permitted to be shipped by the postal service? Why? Flammability. They are drying to the skin and let’s face it when was alcohol ever breathable? And today, more then ever, alcohol is an essential ingredient in hand sanitizer and used in hospitals. If there ever was a good time to switch from alcohol based perfume it would be now. Also look for brands who manufacture in small batches and are handmade.
You will be more compassionate.
When you choose to wear vegan aroma perfumes you will not only lift and shift your mood, enabling you to be your best self, but you will also tend to be more compassionate towards others. By choosing cruelty free, vegan essential oil perfume, you stand up for all living beings even yourself. Compassion for yourself, compassion for others, this turns your simple act of spritzing or rolling on perfume into an act of self care.
If you are looking to change your perfume shopping habits consider a vegan aromatherapy perfume. The benefits you will receive will amaze you!