Looking for the cheapest Opium perfume? Jo Malone?

Find your designer perfumes here – cruelty free!

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Most big designer fragrance brands test on animals. Period. They also contain 80% to 94% alcohol, which is why the scents don’t last (and why they can make you sneeze and cause other allergic reactions). The commercial fragrance industry is MASSIVE – a massive rip-off! Sorry to be so blunt, but when you realize what goes into a $60 – $120 bottle of perfume (including the animal testing), that’s the only words for it.

Now, there are more and more cruelty free companies out there (which is a good thing) and many have their own fragrance lines. But what do you do if you just can’t identify with anything other than your signature scent – Opium, Chanel No 5, Jo Malone etc? For years I just went without – until I discovered the Nantucket Perfume Company in 2008. Owner and master perfumier John Harding has the olfactory equivalent of perfect pitch – he can recreate a fragrance just by smelling it. He then sets about making a “pure” version of the scent – using only essential and natural oils.

My own, small bottle of “Opium” has been with me since 2008. Admittedly I only wear it on special occasions; but it still smells as good as the day I bought it, and exactly like the original (only better). A small 0.25 oz bottle of pure perfume or cologne costs about $45 – but is the equivalent of 3, 4 oz sprays. That makes it easily the most cost effective way to buy your favorite perfume – not to mention that it also lasts much longer because the scent doesn’t evaporate like it does with store-bought versions.

John has a vast supply of fragrances available, including his own signature lines – and he even carries some perfumes that are no longer available commercially.

Nantucket Perfume Company

I would love to hear from you if you have discovered any other companies that make cruelty free versions of designer fragrances, or if you have tried this company yourself – please leave your comments below!

Beagle Rescue Project

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What’s the beagle rescue project, and how is it relevant here?

Well, from time to time I will publish blogs and links to organizations that I feel strongly about in relation to animal cruelty in cosmetics. There are currently about 70,000 dogs used in experimental labs each year in the US. Of these, the vast majority are beagles, because of their relatively small size and trusting and docile nature (they are bred specifically for the labs). Although a lot of the experiments are on household products or drugs, they are also used by some cosmetics companies.

I have never owned a beagle myself (although I have owned dogs and cats my whole life), but I do have a soft spot for them. In this post I want to draw attention to the Beagle Freedom Project, a US non-profit that works to educate people about the use of animals in experimentation (especially beagles), and has an innovative program where you can adopt or foster an animal currently in an experimental facility. They have had some success in getting a law passed in some states mandating that animals that are no longer of “experimental use” be re-homed, and you can contact your representatives through the site to encourage them to support the bill in your area.

The Beagle Freedom project also has a cruelty-free app (another reason I like them), that claims to have the most robust list of companies and products tested on animals.

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Beagle Freedom Project cruelty free app

Please leave your comments on this topic below – did you contact your representative? Sponsor an animal? Start a fundraiser? I would love to hear what you think about this issue!