Whether you’ve gone vegan or you’re searching for more sustainable alternatives, you won’t want to miss these 12 vegan bathroom products.
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A vegan lifestyle isn’t just about food, it’s about making animal-friendly and planet-friendly choices whenever possible. So last week we covered vegan fashion brands, now we’re heading to the bathroom!
Finding vegan bathroom products used to be a real struggle for me, but now shops are seeing that showing off their ethical credentials is a positive thing, so they’re being more transparent about what is and isn’t in their products.
So if you want highly-rated bathroom products that are vegan and cruelty-free, read on!
Shopping for vegan bathroom products
Unfortunately, there are many animal products hiding in the ingredient lists of our bathroom essentials. Big brands still also routinely test on animals. So I’ve put together a list of products that are explicitly vegan (i.e. contain no animal products) and cruelty-free (i.e. aren’t tested on animals).
I have tried where possible to feature plastic-free bathroom products, or at least products that have some element of sustainable packaging (e.g. recycled plastic).
Anyhoo, here are highly-rated vegan versions of all your bathroom essentials. You don’t need to take my word for it, I’ve included customer reviews with each product!
What are vegan soaps made of?
Vegan soaps are made of fats or oils of plant origin, rather than “saponified” animal fats (which sounds pretty gross to me!). For example, vegan soaps can be made from olive oil:
Pack of 2 Oliva Olive Oil Soap
Love this soap and have used it for years. It’s so pure and gentle – just two simple ingredients. I personally love the earthy natural smell. It lathers up really well and actually cleans your skin properly (unlike cheap and nasty bottled shower gel which doesn’t)michelle T
OK I get that people have been using animal fats in soap, but why would shampoo not be vegan?
Unfortunately the long ingredient lists that modern-day shampoos often hide a lot of animal products, such as lanolin (from the sebaceous glands of sheep), keratin (from wool, hooves or feathers), casein (from milk), stearic acid (from animal fat) or even squalene (from shark livers). Glycerin can potentially not be vegan too, as it comes either from plant or animal fats.
Many reviewers say positive things about the smell of Faith In Nature shampoos, but one thing I really like is that the bottles look lovely, ha!
Faith In Nature Lavender & Geranium Shampoo
Absolutely love this! I am so glad to have tried faith in nature, it doesn’t leave my hair as conventional products do and they always smell really nice!rose
My hair is a bit damaged and dry, so I’m quite tempted by this repair shampoo, even if it is a bit premium:
We Are Paradoxx Repair Shampoo
I really love this shampoo, it gives your hair and scalp and deep and clean feel. When dried it feels hydrated and soft, it also smells amazing! I love everything about this product, the packing, the ethos and the sustainability.Lydia
Would it be great if all experiences of conditioning our hair were as peaceful as the photo above? Though I never get how people manage to turn pages in the bath without getting everything too wet…
I promise that this post isn’t sponsored by Faith in Nature (though feel free to get in touch, ha!), but I really love that it’s possible to buy refills* for this conditionner:
Faith in Nature Coconut Conditioner
Smells divine. Leaves hair feeling soft and silky – only need a very small amount! lathers well 🙂OIshii
I have yet to have a successful experience with a conditioner bar, but reading the reviews, I’m quite tempted to try this one:
Friendly Soap Lavender & Geranium Conditioner Bar
I bought this for my young daughter whose hair gets quite tangled. It smells lovely but not too strong and makes her hair feel very soft and easier to comb after washing. The packaging is plastic free. Great value conditioner.Hayley W
Vegan in shower moisturiser
I don’t think I’ve ever used an in-shower body moisturiser, but doing research for this blog post has enlightened me to that possibility and I quite like the idea!
Maui Moisture Pineapple In-Shower Vegan Body Lotion
I have always used the Nivea in-shower moisturisers but when i was looking on Amazon i came across this brand which seemed really good value for money. Its environmentally friendly and vegan and contains lots of natural ingredients which is a definite plus. It contains pineapple which i love the fragrance of and my shower gel is coconut scented so i thought i would create a pina colada in the shower!!! It did not disappoint scent wise, it is lovely. I didn’t apply it to really wet skin the first time i used it because i wanted to feel the texture and make sure it wasn’t greasy on my skin. It soaked steaight into my skin and it just leaves its amazing scent and lovely soft skin afterwards. No greasy feel at all it completely soaks in. The scent is not overpowering. The next time i used it, i applied it directly onto my wet skin and then popped on my dressing gown. I did my hair and make up and by the time i was ready to get dressed, i was nice and dry and the product had soaked into my skin. I am really pleased with this and would highly recommend it to anyone who likes an in-shower moisturiser. I am so pleased i bought it and will definitely be ordering more in the future. I have given it 5 stars but i would gladly give more if i could. I love it.shauny
Vegan body products
If you like your moisturising to be done outside the shower, here are two great options for you:
Avalon Organics Hand & Body Lotion – Lemon
I bought this a couple of months ago and have found it to be a great buy. Economical because of the pump, beautiful lemon smell, cream is absorbed into the skin leaving it smooth and soft. I have a persistent dry patch of skin and this lotion has definitely kept it at bay!Susan
Lavera Basis Sensitiv Organic All Round Cream
More heavily scented than I was expecting for a sensitive product, but bright, citrusy and refreshing. Very thick and more of a body “butter” than a cream. I love that it comes in a tin. This should last a long time but will likely buy again when it runs out.Annie I
Other vegan toiletries
I can’t speak highly enough of salt deodorants. I probably started using them 5 years ago and I’ve only owned about 3 of them – I’m very grateful to have left “conventional” deodorants behind!
Salt of The Earth Crystal Spring Natural Deodorant
This deodorant stick lasts for absolutely ages. I’ve found that, for it to be effective, you have to be patient and rub it all around your pits for perhaps 10 seconds – far longer than you would with a normal deodorant. If I do this then no matter what I’m up to and even though I might sweat, (a lot, if exercising!), I don’t smell. I’ve found that it works far better than the traditional deodorants that I thought that I couldn’t manage without! It’s a shame that it is in plastic packaging but, to be honest, this is likely to last at least 6-12 months so it’s a fairly minimal amount.themilnes
I’m several years into my vegan journey and still learning a lot! Like the fact that mainstream toothpaste brands still test on animals… Enter vegan-friendly alternatives like this one:
Kingfisher Toothpaste with Fluoride – Mint
I love kingfisher toothpaste and would recommend it to anyone wishing to move away from the big brands to a more ethical productHilary M
Now, I don’t know about you, but I’ve never gotten along with bamboo toothbrushes. For some reason, the “wet wood” feeling never really worked for me. However I am aware of the amount of plastic toothbrushes that go to landfill. So I feel that this recycled toothbrush is a step in the right direction!
Preserve Recycled Toothbrush – Medium
I love these toothbrushes. The curved handle makes it so easy to brush your teeth, especially those hard to reach back ones.anonymous
I haven’t completely forgotten the rest of the family in this list! So here’s a vegan-friendly toothbrush for children. (We use Childs Farm products* at bath time with our little ones, but I wanted to focus most of this list on “grown-ups”.)
Jack N’ Jill Toothbrush – Bunny
A great small brush for small people as the handle is wider. And better than than a plastic one.AMY C
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