A look into beauty, that doesn't harm our furry friends
I believe the hardest cruelty free product to search for is perfume. There just isn’t a lot of variety and availability! I’ve been sticking with Bath and Body Works and Victoria’s Secret, but now I have a new brand to add to the collection: TokyoMilk. This is a sub-brand from Margot Elena, who also makes more products through her other brands: Love and Toast, Library of Flowers, and Lollia. You can find TokyoMilk’s Dark Femme Fatale line at Sephora (I’ll gladly purchase there to get more points!), which has a total of 8 different fragrances. I thought I was lucky when I found one I really enjoyed, but then another one caught me by surprise and ended up in my basket!
The first one that I thought would be perfect for spring is La Vie La Mort- which I believe translates into “The Life The Death”. Don’t hold me to that, my second language is Japanese ^^; The outstanding notes to me are the floral ones, ylang ylang and jasmine. There is a slight powdery finish, but nothing that’s like your “grandmother’s perfume”. Other fans have commented on the subtle spicy notes, but I think my nose isn’t keen enough to notice them. Regardless, this is a beautifully crafted perfume, and I feel very feminine and airy whenever I spray this on.
The other one that wouldn’t let me say no was Everything and Nothing. Unlike the floral notes I picked up in La Vie La Mort, this has more of a sweet scent, slightly citrusy. Call me crazy, but I smell tea leaves in this- and I’m obsessed! I already love Bath and Body Work’s London Calling candle (lemon and tea), and this is right up that same alley. I’ve never smelled a perfume like this before, it seems like such a unique pairing. I imagine myself leaning more towards this in the summer time.
Each bottle has 1.6 oz and is currently listed at $36 each. There are also matching lotions through Sephora, but from TokyoMilk’s site there are a variety of options in each scent (roller-ball, lotion, and lip treatment). I would definitely recommend prepping a Travelo with some backup if you’re going to be out all day, as the scent doesn’t seem to have real long-lasting power. Still, that in no way deters me from investigating the line further. Having more options might be dangerous, but there is definitely something for everyone in TokyoMilk’s line. Have you tried anything from them or the other sub-brands?
$36 USD each at Sephora