When I went entirely cruelty free and vegan, I actually had a pretty easy time finding substitutes for most of my beauty products. It was a learning process, with a lot of trial and error, but, for mostly everything I found something comparable or better. Everything except high end perfumes.
Now, many perfumes on the market are not cruelty free and vegan. A lot of the bigger names brands are either from companies that test on animals, or are owned by companies who do.
Those beautiful, long lasting perfumes also many times contain animal ingredients. These ingredients are often secretions from animals and appear in the form of words like musk, civet, and castoreum.
I have almost exclusively been using the Pacifica body sprays and perfumes in place of my old perfumes. These are great, but they do not have the lasting power or pungency of typical perfumes.
Previously to going cruelty free, my favorite perfumes were Dolce & Gabanna The One and Desire, and YSL Black Opium. Both companies are not cruelty free.
I purchased Kat Von D Saint, which is both cruelty free and vegan. The sister scent, Sinner, is also good but has more of a deeper, spicy smell while Saint is more light. Saint and Sinner are both similar to the types of perfumes I would typically wear. Saint is sweet and fruity, although they describe it as floraly. I feel these would work very well mixed together as well.
The common notes of the perfumes I used to wear are
- Bergamot, mandarin, plum, jasmine, vanilla, amber, musk, orange blossom, sandalwood, caramel.
The notes that Saint features that are the same are
- Mandarin, vanilla, jasmine, musk (synthetic), plum, caramel, sandalwood.
This perfume has staying power but at the same time I feel that the smell is not over powering. This is the first perfume I have purchased in years that I feel is comparable to the ones I used to love.
Packaging wise, the bottles are beyond beautiful and lovely to display. I also feel the price point is fair at $65 for 1.7 oz. I may have to purchase Sinner as well, because I have been so happy with Saint.
I purchased mine in a Sephora store, which I would reccomend if you can. It is nice to be able to smell them in person and observe how it smells on yourself. You can purchase online on Sephora & Kat Von D Beauty.
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