Vegan Perfume – How to Tell the Difference

Copycat Fragrances sell vegan perfume – UK-approved and cruelty-free. But what does that actually mean? You probably know exactly what it means to eat a vegan diet, but how does that translate to fragrance?

Here’s more information.

Is perfume vegan?

When it comes to veganism, the perfume industry has been a little slow to catch up. Admittedly, you won’t see many obviously animal-derived ingredients in fragrances, but there are a few traditional non-vegan products that often make the cut – such as civet (its excretions are used in perfumes), ambergris (a discarded product of a sperm whale) and musk (traditionally made from the musk glands of a deer).

Now, here’s the confusing part. Some perfume makers (us included) list ‘ambergris’ as an ingredient, for example. But, because it’s a synthetic replacement, the scent is still officially a vegan perfume.

Is perfume vegan?

Feeling confused? Remember, the best way to check if any product is vegan is to ask the company. Good vegan perfume brands will always be happy to verify their credentials when you get in contact.

Vegan perfume – UK practices

It’s important to be aware of the following:

  • Vegan perfume list. Some perfume makers don’t list the full range of ingredients inside their products. This is perfectly within the law, but makes it tricky for you to identify exactly what’s in it. If in doubt, ask.
  • Traditional names. Some companies (like ours) use traditional names for products, like ‘musk’ and ‘ambergris’, as people know what these smell like. However, it’s common for brands to use vegan-friendly replacement ingredients instead of the original.
  • Some don’t declare it. Some vegan perfume-makers promote their practices, while others choose not to. Remember, just because they don’t shout about it, doesn’t mean they’re not vegan!

Vegan perfume – UK practices

So, is perfume vegan? The short answer is, yes, it often is – but it’s always a good idea to check. If you’re purchasing a designer fragrance from a well-known perfume house, they may use real ambergris for example, which isn’t vegan-friendly.

Vegan perfume – UK designer-inspired versions

All our vegan perfume options have been inspired by some of the world’s most famous scents. For example, our version of Aventus features many of the same ingredients as the original (with ambergris substituted for the vegan version) and the vast majority of our customers agree that they can hardly tell the difference between the two.

Our ‘inspired by’ version of Sauvage is another classic example of a vegan-friendly perfume. It’s rugged and masculine, with notes of bergamot and vanilla, and best of all, no animals were affected in any way in its creation. Given how earthy and primal this fragrance is, that’s something of a miracle.

As for the female vegan fragrances? Our version of Baccarat Rouge 540 smells virtually identical to the original, with its distinctive aroma of saffron, jasmine and cedarwood, but the ambergris has been swapped in to ensure that no animal products are used.

Vegan perfume – UK designer-inspired versions

Our homage to Coco Mademoiselle, Aventus for Her and Black Orchid are also all animal product free.

If you’re not familiar with these iconic scents, we recommend ordering a few of the sample sizes. They come in 5ml bottles, which provide just enough applications for you to test them in a variety of different situations. This is the best way to trial each one before deciding on which full-sized bottle to purchase.

You can view our full range of scents at the Copycat Fragrances website.

Disclaimer: all products mentioned above, along with their labelling, are a guide and should not be confused with the actual fragrance brand. Any name trademarks and copyrights are the property of their respective designers or makers. Please note, these perfumes and candles are not to be confused with the originals, and we have no affiliation with any companies mentioned. Our interpretations of the fragrances and candles were created through chemical analysis and personal development, and their description is solely to give the customer an idea of the nature of the scent. It is not designed to mislead or confuse the customer in any way, and does not infringe on the manufacturer's or designer's name or trademark.

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