Do you know which perfume brands test on animals? More than you could imagine. Almost all big name perfume brands test on animals as they hire companies in China to make their perfumes and they have a strict law in China that all products must be tested on animals in order for them to be sold on the market. Did you already know this? Or are you gasping right now?
What we can do as the conscious consumer is making smarter choices to ditch brands that unnecessarily harm animals so people can wear a replication of nature when we have the real thing readily available and in my opinion, nothing beats the real thing.
So if you are still supporting these types of businesses that profit off the backs of harming animals maybe it’s time to rethink the way you approach scent? While their ad campaigns appear glamourous staring Hollywood actresses, we have to look past the glitz and ask is it really worth it?
THINKING ABOUT MAKING THE SWITCH TO NATURAL PERFUMES?
Okay, now with all that said, I'd like to touch on the topic of synthetic perfumes and why making a switch to a cruelty-free and 100% natural eau de parfum is not only good for the bunnies but its also good for your health.
Top reasons why I choose not to wear synthetic perfumes directly on my skin are:
- Endocrine disruption
- Kidney damage
- Trigger asthma/allergies
- The big C
Your skin is your largest organ and it transdermally absorbs these perfumes straight into your body. The reason why I take the above findings rather seriously. Some of my years spent in clinic were treating women for thyroid conditions and a VERY large chunk of those clients worked for top big name brands. That was enough to make me back away and start churning up ideas for my own natural perfume business.
While you can still admire the beauty of a scent composition ( that isn’t one of those big name brands) without having to wear it. Spray it on your clothes instead, because synthetics are designed to stick. It's called Sillage and this also applies to clothes:
the degree to which a perfume's fragrance lingers in the air when worn.
While this post is a reality check, it’s not meant to be a scare tactic into purchasing my products. It’s just something I’ve been meaning to post for a while now. This is how I feel and the core values of Yalu Apothecary are to do no harm. That includes using animal byproducts such as musk from the musk deer or civet cat or ambergris from the whale. It's an unnecessary and cruel practice and yes, there are perfumers that still use it or can obtain it, even if there are synthetic replications available.
I mean I get it, some of them smell incredible! I just recently purchased one and didn’t realise they were on the list. So I’ve given you something to think about next time you step into a big department store perfume counter and that only 5% of the perfumes on display are cruelty-free.
If you love a brand and are unsure of their ethical values or what percentage of synthetics they use, I invite you to send emails and ask questions. Most brands will reply and you'll then be able to make an informed decision.
You are also most welcomed to contact me directly via email for THE LIST - firstname.lastname@example.org