It took a while for me to realize that the issues of animal testing for beauty products extend to the fragrance and perfume industry. For a long time my favorite perfume was Opium by Yves Saint Lauren – which tests on animals. The same is true of most other big name brands – Chanel, Estee Lauder and Dior to name just a few.
These days there are more and more companies creating their own, unique fragrances with cruelty-free credentials. But what do you do if you are addicted to a popular scent – in my case, Opium?
Cruelty-free perfumes that smell like your favorite, designer brand – only better
Well, I’m happy to say that I have found a great alternative. The Nantucket Perfume Company, owned by master perfumier John Harding, has been creating real versions of popular perfumes (as well as his own, unique scents) since 1983. Store bought fragrances contain between 80% and 94% alcohol, and the scent evaporates quickly on the skin (not to mention causing allergic reactions in some people). In contrast, John’s pure perfumes and pure colognes contain NO alcohol – just essential oils. They come in fuss-free glass bottles – a tiny 0.25 oz pure perfume or cologne is equivalent to 3 x 4 oz sprays, and costs around $45. The scents last much longer because there is no alcohol – and the perfumes themselves last for years (I have had my “Opium” since 2008 – I only use it occasionally, but the scent is still exactly true to the original, only somehow better).