Did you know that perfumes is the least cruelty free category in cosmetics? A few different factors made this category the hardest to control and as a result many brands which are considered cruelty free, in fact are not. This is why it is exceptionally important to do proper research before choosing a perfume.

In the beauty industry it is very common to licence the eponymous perfume lines to third parties. The most known are Coty, Estée Lauder and Lancôme, these companies combined together own the licences to the majority of luxury brands. Almost all of these companies, and consequently, the perfume lines they own, are present on the Chinese beauty market, where animal testing of finished cosmetic products is required by law.

Always check if the cruelty free brand you have chosen owns the licence for the perfume line. If the brand does not own the licence, always check if the perfume line is cruelty free. Sadly, we are only aware of one exception: Stella McCartney licensed her namesake perfume line to Coty, which isn’t cruelty free, but special agreements were made and as a result Stella McCartney perfumes are not exported to mainland China.

A few good practices to follow when choosing a pefume

Do your research

Always check if the brand is cruelty free, and if the brand owns the licence for the perfume line.

  • check if the brand has been certified by one or more animal rights organisations
  • approach the brand directly, through the official website or social media channels
  • check if one of the trusted resources have the brand in question on the cruelty free lists
Avoid duty-free shopping

When you think of duty-free shopping, perfumes is one of the first things which comes to mind. Sadly almost all perfumes sold in duty free shops are not cruelty free. Don’t be tempted, and before buying a new bottle of perfume always check if the perfume line is cruelty free.

Share your values with your social circle

Gifting a perfume is a common practice and it is very important to share your passion for cruelty free lifestyle with your social circle in order to help them to give you the right gift.

To sum up, perfume shopping has a lot of pitfalls. Do your own research and don’t blindly trust well known names. Avoid shopping at duty-free outlets, the majority of brands available there are not cruelty free. Share your passion for cruelty free lifestyle with your friends and family.

Cruelty Free Perfumes

BrandOrigin*Available
100BonFranceAmazon UK
AcorelleFranceAmazon UK
AesopAustraliaAmazon UK
Amanda LaceyUKselect retailers
ArchipelagoUSAmazon UK
ArquisteUSselect retailers
Attache MoiFranceselect retailers
AyunaSpainselect retailers
Balm BalmUKselect retailers
BastideFranceselect retailers
Beauty PieUKselect retailers
Björk and BerriesSwedenselect retailers
Black Phoenix Alchemy LabUSselect retailers
BlockiUSselect retailers
Buly 1803Franceselect retailers
by/rosie janeUSselect retailers
C.O. BigelowUSselect retailers
ChantecailleFranceAmazon UK
Clean Beauty CollectiveUSAmazon UK
CommodityUKAmazon UK
CreedUKAmazon UK
D.S. & DurgaUSselect retailers
Deconstructing EdenUSselect retailers
DedCoolUSselect retailers
DefineMe FragranceUSselect retailers
DolmaUKAmazon UK
Ecco BellaUSselect retailers
Eden PerfumesUKselect retailers
Edward BessUSselect retailers
Escentric MoleculesGermanyAmazon UK
Ex NihiloFranceselect retailers
ExaltatumUKselect retailers
FlayaUKAmazon UK
Fleur de PointFranceselect retailers
Floral StreetUKselect retailers
GallivantUKselect retailers
GlossierUSselect retailers
HaeckelsUKselect retailers
Herban CowboyUSAmazon UK
Honoré des PrésUSselect retailers
Imaginary AuthorsUSselect retailers
Intelligent NutrientsUSselect retailers
Juliette Has a GunFranceAmazon UK
Kamila AubreBelgiumselect retailers
KayaliUSAmazon UK
Kierin NYCUSAmazon UK
KorresGreeceAmazon UK
Laboratory PerfumesUKAmazon UK
Le LaboUSselect retailers
Liz EarleUKAmazon UK
LushUKselect retailers
Maison Louis MarieUSselect retailers
Malin + GoetzUSAmazon UK
Molton BrownUKAmazon UK
MontaleFranceAmazon UK
Neal's Yard RemediesUKAmazon UK
NEST FragrancesUSAmazon UK
OuaiUSAmazon UK
PacificaUSAmazon UK
Penhaligon’sUKAmazon UK
PhlurUSselect retailers
PinroseUSselect retailers
Prosody LondonUKselect retailers
RitualsHollandAmazon UK
Sana JardinUKselect retailers
Scent Republik CITIESUKselect retailers
Shay & BlueUKselect retailers
Sigil ScentUSselect retailers
Sixteen92USselect retailers
Skinnydip LondonUKselect retailers
SkylarUSselect retailers
Sol de JaneiroUSselect retailers
Stella McCartneyUKAmazon UK
The 7 VirtuesCanadaselect retailers
The Body ShopUKAmazon UK
The Library of FragranceItalyAmazon UK
The Organic PharmacyUKAmazon UK
The Perfume EditUKselect retailers
The White CompanyUKAmazon UK
Tom DaxonUKselect retailers
Tsi-LaUSselect retailers
TypologyFranceselect retailers
Valeur AbsolueSwitzerlandAmazon UK
Velvet and Sweet Pea’s PurrfumeryUSselect retailers
Walden PerfumesUKAmazon UK
Yardley LondonUKAmazon UK
ZoologistCanadaselect retailers

*Please note, that the origin refers to where the brand was founded and/or where the head office is based. Brands often source ingredients, develop formulas and manufacture their products in different parts of the world.

We regularly check and update the list and we are always happy to add newly discovered cruelty free perfume brands. If you know a cruelty free perfume brand which should be on this list, please get in touch with us. We will make sure to add this brand to the cruelty free perfumes list, after passing the essential checks of course.


To help you switch to cruelty free cosmetics, we have cruelty free, vegan and certified cruelty free lists of brands for you to explore.
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