When it comes to perfume, many people are surprised to find out that most mainstream perfume brands are not cruelty-free. Is finding cruelty-free perfume tough? Not at all! There are so many amazing cruelty-free perfume brands. Many people assume that it is hard to find cruelty free and vegan perfume, but it is actually a lot easier than you may think. In the past, picking out a cruelty-free perfume or a vegan perfume often meant that you were headed to your local health food store. But did you know that even stores like Sephora carry cruelty-free perfume brands?
You can find these cruelty-free perfumes in classic spray bottles, solid perfume, and even perfume wipes. This makes it really easy to have cruelty-free perfume at home and some that you can travel with.
Finding a good fragrance can be difficult. Not only do we all look for different mixes of sweet, spicy, and earthy, but once you do find a scent that you enjoy it can be tough to find one that is also made from pure essential and fragrance oils. Inkling Scents is a cruelty free brand who makes vegan fragrances. They make women’s, men’s and unisex fragrances in over twenty scents. Each one is a unique blend of pure essential and fragrance oils. All of their scents are also alcohol free. Recently, they sent me a few as a surprise, and we also partnered with Inkling Scents to bring you a giveaway to win your own fragrance!
Continue reading to watch the Inkling Scents Unboxing and learn more about the Giveaway!
It’s no secret that Pacifica is one of my all-time favorite brands. Not only are all of their products are cruelty-free and vegan, but I have yet to be let down by a single one. In this video, I share my favorite Pacifica skincare items with you. Some of these are staples that I have been using for a long time, some are new, and one is a sneak peek at a brand new Pacifica item!
Continue reading to watch the Pacifica Skincare Favorites Video!
We all know that animal testing is a big issue. Sadly, a lot of the major fragrance companies out there are not cruelty free. In fact, if you were to try and buy perfume from a major department store you would have a hard time finding a line that was cruelty free.
What many people do not think about is the use of animal ingredients in perfume. Many fragrances contain lanolin, castoreum, deer musk, cat musk, ambergris, and hyraceum. These may be listed on the labels, but they may also just be listed as “fragrance” instead of being called out individually.
What exactly are these ingredients? You may be surprised out when you find out where they come from.
- Ambergris is produced in the digestive system of sperm wales.
- Castoreum is a secretion produced by beavers. In the wild, is secreted mixed with urine to mark their territory. Castoreum is sourced from an anal gland.
- Civet is a secretion produced by type of cat that lives in Asia and Africa. The African Civet is most commonly used to source this musky ingredient. In the wild, is secreted mixed with urine to mark their territory.
- Hyraceum is a solidified mixture of urine and feces produced by the Cape Hyrax. This ingredient is also called Africa Stone because of it’s consistency.
- Kasturi is a secretion produced by male Moschidae deer. These deer live in Nepal, India, China, Mongolia, Pakistan, and Siberia. Kasturi is sourced from a gland located between it’s back and rectum. After removing the gland, it is dried and a paste extracted to be used as a fixative for perfumes.
- Musk is a commonly listed ingredient that can come from a variety of animals. Aside from beavers, civets, and Moschidea deer, musk can also be sourced from muscrat, ducks, turtles, alligators, crocodiles, and snakes. In these animals, the musk is extracted from an anal gland or glands located in the mouth.
- Lanolin is oil derived from sheep wool. While it is often presented as a harmless ingredient, sadly it often is not. You can find out more about lanolin by reading What is Lanolin?.
None of these ingredients are items that most people, vegan or not, would knowingly apply to their skin. My guess is that you are now looking at your favorite perfume in a whole new light. It is completely unnecessary that they be common ingredients in perfumes.
There are cruelty free and vegan perfume companies out there who make a variety of scents. None of which require any of the ingredients above. Logical Harmony will soon be providing you with a list of these brands.
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One of my favorite beauty box subscriptions is Petit Vour. After curating the July box, I couldn’t wait to see what was in the Petit Vour August Beauty Box! This monthly subscription box brings you items that are not only cruelty free and vegan, but are also natural and from high-end brands. Most of the brands included in the Petit Vour boxes cannot be found in other monthly subscription boxes.
The theme of this months box was Beauty School: Become Your Own Beauty Expert. It contained five products that will help anyone get their own beauty stash started. If you’re someone like me who has more products than you can handle, this box offered some great items that everyone uses and was a great way to round out a bigger beauty stash.
Included in the August Beauty Box that I received from Petit Vour was:
- Beauty Without Cruelty Natural Mineral Eye Defining Pencil in Black – This full size product is one that I have heard a lot about, but have never tried before. This item was perfect for me because I wear black eyeliner nearly every day. If you’re not into black, it comes in four other shades. It goes on smooth and, while not as pigmented as I prefer, it does wear very well. I did not find that it faded or transferred during wear. This product retails for $18.50 and is sold in the Petit Vour online store.
- Earthbody Brighten Cleanser & Mask – This deluxe sample can be used as either a daily face wash or a weekly face mask. The packaging included directions for both uses. I love that it’s a powder that you mix with water to turn into either version. It makes it easy to travel with and easy to store. This mask comes in three different types, this one being meant to brighten dull skin. My skin felt really nice after using this mask. I’m excited that the sample contains many uses. The packaging is lightweight and can be reused or recycled after use. The full size version of this product retails for $24.00 and is sold in the Petit Vour online store.
- Harvey Prince Journey Perfume – This deluxe sample is one of the most popular Harvey Prince perfumes. Journey is a mix of clove, sandalwood, rose, bergamot, tuberrose, orange flower, cedarwood, and freesia. It’s very light, but also floral and earthy. None of the notes are overpowering and it has a very balanced scent. I liked this perfume and feel that it’s a good perfume to add to any collection. The full size version of this product retails for $26.00 and is sold in the Petit Vour online store.
- Mi-Me Tangerine Hydrating Lip Butter – This was the second full size product in the August beauty box. I love the fresh citrus scent. Made from a blend of coconut oil, shea butter, mango butter, avocado butter, and vitamin E this lip butter is incredibly hydrating. I also like the slender tube that it comes in. This full size product retails for $5.00 and is sold in a two pack in the Petit Vour online store.
- Rosemira Organics Sweet Coconut Body Butter – This deluxe sample contains a deceiving amount of product. At first glance, the sample seems so small that I assumed it was only single use. However, the body butter is so moisturizing that I got many uses from this sample. It absorbs quickly and left my skin feeling very soft. The packaging for this product can be reused or recycled after use, which is also a plus. The full size version of this product retails for $36.00 and is available in the Petit Vour online store.
Overall, I really liked this box. It had a variety of items and I was impressed with all of them. This box contained two full size items and three deluxe size items. This is a great value for both the price of the subscription and for the quality of the items included. All of them were very nice and came in great packaging.
The Petit Vour subscription starts at $15.00 a month. The Petit Vour box is also available internationally. This makes it a great option for anyone looking to try out new cruelty free and vegan brands.
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