You’ve dumped your old shampoo, body wash, and even your laundry soap for cruelty-free alternatives. But have you paid any mind to your hair removal routine? Hair removal products are often overlooked when making the switch to a cruelty-free lifestyle, but nonetheless, the industry is not a very animal-friendly one.
Razors are not tested on animals, but the lubricating strip can contain animal ingredients like glycerin (animal fat) or allantoin (urea taken from the urine of mammals). Although both ingredients can be derived from plants.
Shaving creams and hair removal creams are often tested on animals, and are likely to contain animal ingredients as well.
In this post we’ll take a look at the shave clubs that are so popular nowadays, I’ll introduce you to some cruelty-free and vegan alternatives, and I will update you on the animal testing stance of the mainstream brands.
Angel Shave Club
Angel Shave Club is the first shave club exclusively for women.
They claim to be animal friendly and even use PETA’s cruelty-free bunny logo. However, Angel Shave Club is nowhere to be found in PETA’s list of cruelty-free companies. I’ve inquired with PETA and will update. Angel Shave Club is now added to PETA’s list of cruelty-free companies.
They were unable to answer if the lubricating strip on their razors contain animal ingredients. (Note: The website does list the ingredients as Aloe Vera and vitamin E, but I do like to play stupid sometimes ?). I’m not one to troll companies, but I find it odd that they claim to be all natural and cruelty-free but they can’t answer a question about animal ingredients.
One positive thing they were able to confirm is that the glycerin in their shaving soufflé is plant based.
I will continue checking in with them and update this post once I have clear answers. It’s possible that the representative I’m communicating with is not very knowledgeable, and I don’t want to trash a company without having clear facts.
Dollar Shave Club
I have some good news and bad news. I’ll start with the good…
Dollar Shave Club does not test on animals, and all of their shaving creams are vegan friendly.
The razors are vegan as well. The Humble Twin and 4X razor contain plant-based allantoin on the lubricating strip. The Executive razor does not contain any products that can be derived from animals.
The bad news… Dollar Shave Club was purchased by Unilever in mid-2016 to dip their hands in the razor business. Unilever tests on animals where required by law. This may not change Dollar Shave Clubs stance on animal testing, but because of this Dollar Shave Club does not meet my standards to be considered cruelty-free. But as always, there’s no judgment here 🙂 It is completely up to you if you want to become a Dollar Shave Club member.
Harry’s does not test on animals, and all of their products and razors are vegan. The lubricating strip, among other ingredients, contain PEG-115M, PEG-7M, PEG-100, & Calcium Carbonate which can be derived from animals or plants. Harry’s made the right choice in going plant based.
Cruelty-Free Razors & Shaving Cream
The Bluebeards Revenge
I added The Bluebeards Revenge thanks to a reader comment. Bluebeards is a UK brand, sold in the US as Dreadnought. You’ll not find at your local grocery store; it is stocked at a handful of boutique shops but luckily you can buy online. Amazon has a limited selection as well.
According to the FAQ, Bluebeards “range of consumables (pre-shave oil, shaving cream, post-shave balm, anti-perspirant deodorant and aftershave cologne), razors, ‘Vanguard’ shaving brush, drip stands, razor stands, shaving bowls, shaving towels and branded clothing is made with vegan friendly ingredients.”
Bluebeards has many vegan options and it’s good to know that they carry these products. However, the majority of their shaving brushes are made with real badger hair so I wont add Bluebeards to the cruelty-free list.
Cremo Company carries a complete line of shaving and beard creams for men, and a limited line for women. The owner of the company confirmed that they are cruelty-free and vegan in this article, and I did ask again since the article is a few years old. Cremo Company has excellent online reviews and I imagine that they’d do even better if they marketed themselves as a vegan product.
Everyman Jack carries a complete shaving line for men, including a razor, pre-shave face wash, shaving cream and gel, and post shave face lotion. The entire line is vegan and cruelty-free.
Kiss My Face
Kiss My Face “4-in-1 Moisture Shave” shaving cream line is natural, vegan, and cruelty-free, and available in several classic and fruity fragrances for women. They also carry a version for men in aqua scent.
Personna is a mainstream, though less known, brand of razors for men and women that is cruelty-free. But like Dollar Shave Club, Personna’s parent company tests on animals where required by law. Personna is owned by Edgewell Personal Care which owns other big brands like Schick & Skintimate. More on Edgewell at the end.
Preserve is a manufacturer of several eco-friendly products, including cruelty-free and vegan razors for men and women. You will not find Preserve at your local supermarket. Preserve razors are found at similar eco-friendly and sustainable stores like Whole Foods, Nutrition Smart, & Fresh Market.
Total Shaving Solutions
Total Shaving Solutions is an Irish brand of shaving oils for men. The shaving oils are supposed to last longer than gels and creams, while giving a closer shave. They ship to the USA. But the best thing about them is that they are cruelty-free and vegan.
Cruelty-Free Body Waxes
BodyHonee is a cruelty-free waxing line with some vegan options. The non-vegan products contain either honey or beeswax.
I was surprised to find out that Nad’s is cruelty-free as most mainstream brands are not. I’ve read it in other blogs but I had to ask for myself, and indeed they are. Here’s a breakdown of the vegan and non-vegan products.
- Nad’s for Men Hair Removal Cream
- Nad’s Facial Hair Removal Crème
- Nad’s Ultra Smoothing Exfoliating Body Wax Strips (contains synthetic honey)
- Nad’s Hair Removal Gel, Nad’s Facial Wand, Nad’s Warm Wax, and Nad’s Sensitive Hair Removal Cream all contain honey.
- Nad’s Body Wax Strips for Normal Skin, Body Wax Strips for Sensitive Skin, Mens Body Wax Strips, Bikini & Underarm Wax Strips, Facial Wax Strips, Brazilian & Bikini Wax, and Nose Wax all contain beeswax.
Razors & hair removal brands that are not cruelty-free
For a cruelty-free hair removal routine, the best thing to do is avoid the big-name brands like Gillette, Schick, and BIC. I reached out to each of these companies asking about their animal testing and animal ingredients policy specifically on their shaving products. Here are their responses.
Gillette – Owned by Procter & Gamble
We believe that eliminating animal testing is the right thing to do. We do not test our products or ingredients on animals anywhere in the world unless required by law, and we are working hard to make it obsolete. To date, we have developed over 50 alternatives, non- animal testing methods, and have invested more than $380 million in finding alternatives and getting them accepted by regulators around the world…
It is our policy to use synthetic or vegetable derived ingredients where they are available. If there is no alternative to using animal ingredients or if there is a shortage in synthetic or vegetable ingredients, we may have to use animal ingredients. These may include;
- Alcohol (fatty
- Hydrolyzed Collagen
- Keratin Amino Acids
- Tallow Glycerides
Schick, Skintimate, Edge, Hydro, & Wilkinson Sword – Owned by Edgewell Personal Care
It is our policy to avoid animal testing on our products whenever possible. The majority of our products, including all of those in the following product lines, are never tested on animals:
- Razor and blade products such as Schick, Wilkinson Sword, and Personna;
- Shaving gels and creams such as Edge, Hydro and Skintimate…
But they then go on to say…
Edgewell only performs animal testing on products where required to do so by law, or where no acceptable alternative exists to assess the safety of a product for consumer use.
Edgewell did not answer the question on animal ingredients, and BIC did not respond at all. I imagine their response wouldn’t differ much from these.
Know of any other cruelty-free hair removal products not listed here ? Don’t keep it to yourself! Share in the comments!
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