Now, I know we vegans naturally smell like Star Gazer Lilies and Gardenias (because we eat so cleanly), but every once in awhile, we could use a li’l help from our friends. And by friends, in this case, I mean Ecco Bella. I got to sample their Vanilla Bourbon and Lemon Verbena Eau De Parfums (I chose these scents because I like smelling like food, especially dessert… yum), and I instantly fell in ♥ with them!
It’s hard to find natural vegan perfume that isn’t simply essential oils mixed in a carrier oil. Don’t get me wrong, I’m all about super simple, pure aromas straight from Mothah Earth (patchouli excluded), but sometimes I just crave a spritzy smelly situation that’s fruity and fun. Btw, Ecco Bella uses pure essential oils in their perfumes, but their blends, mixed with a bit of alcohol, make them more like conventional perfume we all know and love (sans the nasty chemicals, toxins, and excess ick ingredients).
Organic Bourbon Vanilla eau de Parfum, $27: EB says to use this when you want to elicit feelings of creativity, love, and sensuality, so I’ve been wearing it everyday. I also wear it because I want to smell like vegan dessert 24/7. Can you blame me? I’m a sweet person. I think it could be a teensy bit more vanilla-y, but I’m wondering if that’s because I’m a sugar fiend, and I’m on the quest to BE a vegan cupcake (I appreciate over-the-top sweet, sugary scents, and this one’s more on the grown up-y side… I know, what am I, 12?). The floral oils in this perfume definitely duke it out with the sweet undertones, but overall, I’m still a fan. It smells pretty, and I feel pretty wearing it. The scent lasts a decent while but it’s not quite as eau de parfum-y as I expected. That’s okay, I’m more than happy to reapply after a couple hours. Ingredients: Organic grain alcohol, Vanilla absolute, cocoa absolute, rose, and jasmine
Organic Lemon Verbena eau de Parfum, $27: This scent lasts a bit longer than the Bourbon Vanilla one, and it’s a straight-up lemon zingy zestfest! It’s a clean, fresh, tart perfume and it’s suggested that it be worn when you want to feel uplifted, refreshed, and spontaneous. ← Yes, please! I’ll take it where I can get it. Ingredients: Organic grain alcohol, Lemon, lemongrass, rosemary, and geranium
Have you tried Ecco Bella perfume? Thoughts? What’s your all-time favorite scent?
Also, be sure to check out VBR’s list of Top 10 Vegan Perfumes!