Exquisite Vegan Perfume + Cologne: Penhaligon's
Ever since we found out that many of the perfumes we used to wear are either made from animal ingredients or are tested on them (how is this still the case these days?!), our perfume collections have been looking rather sparse. But then we discovered Penhaligon's..
This London-based fragrance house has been around since the 1870's, and it makes some seriously sophisticatedly scents using luxurious botanical ingredients (think oils of Jasmine and Bergamot).
Penhaligon's doesn't market itself as a vegan company though, and it does indeed sell shaving brushes made with badger hair (which we would love to see change!). However, this label does clearly state on its website that all of its cosmetics are free from animal ingredients and are not tested on animals, making them suitable for vegetarians and vegans (yay).
Our current favourite fragrance is their Lily of The Valley, which we discovered when we visited their Covent Garden store a few months ago in London.
Speaking of our store visit, we really must say that their customer service is impeccable.
The sales assistant was fantastic at recommending scents to our individual preferences, and he could instantly distinguish between the different fragrances by their scent alone, even after spraying around a dozen of them for us to sample.
(We were most impressed with this, as our own noses were very muddled up by this stage).
Apparently, they have to undergo rigorous blind testing in their training. We would certainly believe it.
Do you have a favourite botanically based, vegan fragrance label?
If you do please let us know, as we're still on the hunt for more divine smelling, animal-friendly perfumes! xx
P.S. - We were not paid to write this review. We just like this brand from personal experience, and as always we are keen to support businesses providing fabulous vegan options.