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 Post subject: Vegan perfume/fragrance
PostPosted: Sun Nov 23, 2014 2:27 pm 
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I was going to post this in the vegan makeup thread but decided it should have its own thread.

I'm looking to expand my vegan perfume collection and I'm looking for recommendations, especially indie brands. What do you guys use and like? Now that Bath & Body Works has gone to the dark side, I really don't have much for perfume other than Pacifica's Island Vanilla and Persian Rose, and samples of Harvey Prince (Cherie Blossom, Hello, Journey). I also have some LUSH perfumes, Vanillary and Ginger, which smell nice layered. I really want to try the My Daughter Fragrances perfume in "Joyful" that was in a Petit Vour box awhile back, but I like to buy samples of fragrances and it appears they don't sell sample sizes.

I tend to go for fresh fragrances and like citrus and vanillas, also some florals like freesia. Not a fan of patchouli or really heavy perfumes. I want my perfume to last, too. It's so frustrating when you apply it and then it's gone an hour later.

I know people go nuts over BPAL fragrances, and I've heard good things about Long Winter Soap Company and Sweet Anthem Perfumes. I tried some samples of Solstice Scents a few years ago and liked them, too, but never ordered a full-size.

What perfume do you like?

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 23, 2014 3:02 pm 
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I have Pacifica's Mexican Cocoa (which smells weird at first), Tuscan Blood Orange, and Tibetan Mountain Temple, all in solid form. They have no staying power, but since my husband is sensitive to fragrances, that's to my advantage. I can wear them for a morning or evening and know they'll have faded to nothing by the time I get home. The little tins are good for touch-ups.

Solstice Scents smelled too fake on me, so I used them to scent homemade deodorant instead.

Most perfumes are wasted on me; nearly every perfume smells awful to me, but I keep looking! Will watch this thread for recommendations.


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Does the Mexican Cocoa smell like chocolate? I have a sample size tin of the Mediterranean Fig and it smells really yummy.

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Does the Mexican Cocoa smell like chocolate? I have a sample size tin of the Mediterranean Fig and it smells really yummy.


Not to my nose, I just smell.... warmth and spiciness.


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I like Herban Cowboy in love! It is clean smelling and nice!

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I'll take this opportunity to talk up my friend's shop: https://www.etsy.com/shop/SealHouseofDe ... eader-name

Seal House of Design. All vegan fragrances, I think they smell fantastic, and they have lots of sizes so you can try a whole bunch for not much money.

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Invictus, your friend's shop says they'll be coming out with sample sets soon. Yay!

Is there any such thing as an Herban Cowboy perfume sample? The descriptions sound right up my alley, but I don't see samples anywhere.


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no sampler - they do have testers out at whole foods though! :)

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My long-standing favorite is La Vanila's vanilla grapefruit. It does not smell citrusy to me at all; it's a very warm scent. I use the rollerball, and I think it lasts a decent amount of time.

http://www.lavanila.com/The-Healthy-Rol ... _p_25.html

I've tried a bunch of BPAL and Sweet Anthem samples, but unfortunately they just weren't for me.


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Missmuffcake, I live on the wrong continent for WF. Someday!

Ooh, I forgot about La Vanila...


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You should check out amandabear's blog!


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YES! Thanks, fruitbat! Amandabear gave me some perfume recommendations back in 2010 or 2011. Time to revisit.


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Rebekah wrote:
Missmuffcake, I live on the wrong continent for WF. Someday!



sorry, did not notice that. it is a nice scent, i like the body lotion a lot to, the scent has staying power.

i also wanted to add in the past i have had a few custom roll on created by Epically Epic Soaps. i am not sure if she is doing scents right now but you can contact her:
https://www.etsy.com/shop/EpicallyEpicSoap

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i am also a big fan of Tuscan Blood Orange and a few other Pacifica scents. Just recently I've started mixing it up with love + toast's perfumes - i am liking dew blossom. i also have persimmon plum, but i'm not sure.. These both smell like more "traditional" perfumes to me, and I'm not sure how I feel about that..

I'm going to keep an eye on this thread!

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 Post subject: Re: Vegan perfume/fragrance
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I'd be wary of Sweet Anthem. When her brick and mortar was still open, only a small percentage of the stuff in the shop was plausibly vegan, even though she put "vegan" right on the sign. The owner/perfumer is not vegan by any means and may not have the clearest understanding of what "vegan" means when it comes to perfume. Some of the companies she uses for oils and fragrances don't currently have any public information about animal ingredients or testing.


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I'd be wary of Sweet Anthem. When her brick and mortar was still open, only a small percentage of the stuff in the shop was plausibly vegan, even though she put "vegan" right on the sign. The owner/perfumer is not vegan by any means and may not have the clearest understanding of what "vegan" means when it comes to perfume. Some of the companies she uses for oils and fragrances don't currently have any public information about animal ingredients or testing.


Yikes, that sounds bad.

Her page says this:

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Are your perfumes vegan? What makes perfumes vegan, anyway?

Our perfumes are 100% vegan! We abstain from animal-based products in our fragrances. Moreover, we abstain from notes produced by animal by-products or processes that use such materials. We are a completely cruelty free company, and we do not source ingredients from manufacturers who test on animals. All notes like musk, honey, beeswax, and others are synthetic approximations made in a lab in order to protect our animal brethren.


I don't know this person (or anyone in this forum, come to think of it), haven't tried her perfume and thus have no horse in this race. But the 'no public information about animal ingredients or testing' sounds like trouble. Then again, I use all KINDS of things that say 'vegan' on the package but I don't often trace their credentials. Hmm.


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i wish the pacifica scents lasted more than 2 minutes on me. :/

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i wish the pacifica scents lasted more than 2 minutes on me. :/


Are the solids, sprays, and roll-ons equally fast-fading on you? I only have solids.


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i have tried the roll on & spray,. the later lasts a tad bit more than 2 minutes on me.

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Yeah, the sprays are a little stinkier. I don't have any, just one rollerball, but there's a display at a nearby health food store and I made the mistake of spraying one right on me that I ended up hating and I had to go wash my hands after 30 minutes.

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