2 Cruelty Free & Vegan Fragrances for Spring

Sunday, 19 March 2017

I never used to be much of a perfume person, or fragrance-of-any-kind person really. I’ve always disliked how most popular perfumes and body sprays smell – something about the strength and floral-ness of the scents has always given me a headache. It wasn’t until I started looking outside of the usual high street shops that I discovered that there were perfumes that actually smelled like, well, things. I enjoy fragrances that smell like actual things. Not old lady, obscure floral smells but actual smells – coconut, orange, wood, gingerbread, coffee and so on.

In spite of this, I’m not totally immune to spring fragrance trends! I think spring can be a great time to embrace fruity, floral smells (as long as they don’t smell like a grandma’s potpourri) and since spring has sprung I’ve been using a couple of lovely cruelty free, vegan fragrance options.

The Pacifica Mediterranean Fig Perfume* is the first cruelty free spray perfume I tried out; it’s £20 for 29ml and lasts well throughout the day. On first spray, it’s a much earthier smell than you’d expect from the name, but the earthiness quickly softens into a slightly sweeter, fruitier smell. It’s a very natural smelling fragrance that balances the woody and sweet notes very well and is a perfect scent for a warm spring day when the sun is shining and the blossoms are out. I’d heard good things about Pacifica’s fragrances from other vegan bloggers, and this one certainly doesn’t disappoint!

My other favourite that I’ve been using lately is the Balm Balm Mandarin Natural Perfume*. Balm Balm’s perfumes are all single note perfumes that can be used alone, or mixed with their other fragrances to create your own bespoke scent. Because it’s a single note perfume, it’s a very true mandarin scent and is exactly what you’d expect – citrusy and subtly zingy, but fruity, soft and sweet too. It smells almost as though you’ve squeezed some oils straight from a mandarin’s peel! Balm Balm’s perfumes are £22 for 33ml and are also 100% organic and made purely from essential oil and grain alcohol, so they’re about as pure and natural as you can get.

I’m pleased to have finally discovered not just Pacifica, but the lovely single notes of Balm Balm’s line too.  I never would have thought a few years ago that I would be wearing perfumes almost every day but, hey, here I am!  Both of these beauties are available online from LoveLula.com – if you’re a fan of perfumes inspired by nature, I’d definitely recommend giving these a try.

What are your favourite cruelty free fragrances?

* This review is not sponsored and has not been paid for, however the product was sent to me free of charge. All views and opinions expressed are my own.


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  2. I'm a huge perfume oil person, most of which are vegan and cruelty-free. My favourite perfumer is Arcana Wildcraft - something about the way she crafts scents really speaks to me. I find perfume oils to smell more like real things, too, which is most of my distaste for mainstream/alcohol-based scents.

    There was a little bit of spring in Atlantic Canada this weekend, so I've been wearing Haus of Gloi Maedwe, which is a beautiful fruit tree and clover scent, and Arcana Strawberries Crave Indulgence, which is fresh strawberries, vanilla, and white cake.

    1. Oh man, I had never heard of her fragrances before but I've just googled them and they sound incredible! Not sure if I'll be able to get them very easily in the UK but some of her scents sound right up my street - thank you for sharing!

    2. I usually order from two stockists of Arcana (the eBay shop is kind of a pain for us non-Americans): http://femmefatalecosmetics.com.au/ in Australia or https://www.prettyindulgent.com/ in Canada.

  3. These sound so lovely! I'm even less of a scent person since going cruelty free, most of the time I stick to Lush's Gorilla perfumes but I've wanted to branch out for a while. Thanks for sharing!

    Brianne xo

    1. You're very welcome! I love Gorilla perfumes too, every since I went to their Islington event last year I've been dying to try some more of them. They do a really nice selection of spicier, smokier fragrances which I LOVE.


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