“Do you have vegan perfume?”
I walked into Staudigl – the natural cosmetic and perfume shop located
Downtown Vienna, 2 steps away from St. Stephen’s. This is how I made a festive lunch for myself in honor of March 8 (International Women’s Day) – I let masculine force take care of financial markets and took a walk in the sun through downtown to Simply Raw Bakery cafe.
Sales person of the perfume department stood still just for a moment without even blinking eye, then smiled even wider. “Lets go and select something new for your sunny style.”
Is it even possible for aromas to be not plant based? Very possible and you can read about it in the post “Best present. Tiramisu recipe”
Korres – cosmetic company from Greece. All their products are not tested on animals (cruelty free), not all products are vegan, but perfumes are all (or mostly all) vegan. Packages usually specify that products are vegan. In the English version of the company’s website, section formula facts specifies if product is vegan friendly.
Later I checked on corporate site — brand Gallivant (on the photo it is on the lower shelf) does not test products or ingredients on animals and doesn’t use animal products.
Less is More is an Austrian organic brand producing hair care products and perfumes. Brand was born from the cooperation of professional chemist — aromatherapist Doris Brandhuber (founder and CEO) and stylist Hannes Trummer. This company does not test on animals and most products don’t contain animal ingredients. All their perfumes are vegan and they use latest technologies in the hair care products. They learned how to replace shellac and beeswax in their hair care products. Package shows certificate of being organic, certificate of not testing on animals and if product is vegan — adds “and vegan”.
There are no Less is More shops in Russia yet but they have shops in Estonia and Australia.
(On the photo — lower shelf).
Abel – Holland perfume brand founded by former wine maker from New Zealand Frances Shoemack and master perfumer from Brazil Isaac Sinclair. Perfumes are created from 100 natural ingredients, products are not tested on animals and do not contain animal ingredients.
(The company declares this on their website).
“Other brands in this showcase should be checked” – explains the sales person.
We test fragrances. “Some aromas are lighter, for example for mothers with children, there are for men and there are unisex”.
“You know your products so well” – I am getting exited about our conversation.
“I am also vegan,” – admits the girl. “We have many vegans working in this store”.
More well known brands such as Lush and Body Shop offer big selection of vegan fragrances. Both brands don’t test on animals, but not all their products are vegan. One can spot vegan products on their websites, just make sure that packages says “vegan” or “vegan friendly”.
Accorelle is another vegan organic cosmetic company who’s products are available in Russia. This is French company with democratic pricing and wide selection of aromas.
When purchasing products pay attention to the following markings/certificates.
Certificate Bunny means that neither products nor their ingredients were tested on animals.
This certificate however don’t confirm composition of product. Make sure that it also says vegan or vegan friendly.
Products can often have a separate certificate of vegan society.
Certificate of PETA cruelty free means that neither products, nor their ingredients were tested on animals and Vegan means that products do not contain animal ingredients.
PETA regularly updates lists of companies who produce cosmetics, it sorted by the products. There is a separate list for the perfume manufactures. Vegan brands are marked with the sign V and one can filter the search – only vegan products.
Have fun exploring new aromas without cruelty.
If you have questions – please write in the comments.
Live jam recipe made with kiwi and chia seeds.
- Kiwis – 3-4 pcs
- Chia seeds – 1 Tbsp.
- Raisins – 1 Tbsp.
- Lemon juice – 1 tsp.
- Ginger juice – 1/2 tsp. or to taste
- Soak raisins in water for 30 min
- Wash kiwis and peel the skin, cut off peduncle, cut into several pieces.
- Blend kiwis and raisins using a blender into the homogeneous consistency, add lemon and ginger juices and blend well.
- Add chia, mix everything with a spoon, place the ready made jam into a grass topper ware and place in the fridge for 30 min minimum or longer, prior to serving. Recommend not to delay the serving, freshly made product contains more vitamins.
Kiwis are rich in vitamin C, raisins are rich in magnesium and chia is a superfood. I already wrote about these magic seeds in the post Secret of ancient Aztec Stamina.
Ginger is a nature’s antibiotic and I just love lemon because it is sour. Sour makes us funny.
Raisins can be substituted with other sweet dried fruits, such as dates, figs or fa favorite syrup such as agave, maple or Jerusalem artichoke.