Women's Body Wash & Bath Soap
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Women's Body Wash & Bath Soap
What is 'vegan' and 'cruelty-free' soap?
The term “vegan” with regard to soap, refers to soap products that do not contain animal ingredients and/or byproducts; but they may be tested on animals. The term “cruelty-free” means the product and its ingredients aren’t tested on animals, but they might include animal ingredients and/or byproducts. Soaps that are both vegan AND cruelty-free forego the use of all animal products and testing altogether.
What types of ingredients are used to make vegan soap?
In general, vegan and cruelty-free soaps are composed of plant-sourced and/or plant-derived ingredients that serve various functions. Some ingredients are for ‘soapy’ type purposes, serving to moisturize, nourish, cleanse and exfoliate the skin of the user, whereas other ingredients are used as additives to improve the quality of the soap by giving it a smoother texture, helping it to lather properly, keeping it from dissolving too quickly in water, or adding colour or fragrance.
Although the individual ingredients can vary widely, vegan soaps generally include base oils such as coconut, palm or jojoba, among many possible others, mixed with water and lye (100% sodium hydroxide) to produce “saponification", or what makes soap, well, soap! Additives are also usually included, such as essential oils, coffee grounds or sugar, for the purpose of making the soap fragrant, lathery, rinsable or exfoliating.
Why buy vegan and cruelty-free soap?
The simple fact is that hand soap, body wash and all other soap products are perfectly effective when made without ingredients that need to be tested on animals, or ingredients that are taken from animals. Buying vegan and cruelty-free products means you’re supporting products that don’t use ingredients forcefully taken from animals, or are forcefully tested on them. When you buy a bar of vegan soap, you’re telling the company to keep making it, and giving them the revenue to do so.
Are vegan & cruelty-free soaps expensive?
In general, vegan and cruelty-free hand soap, body wash, facial wash and other personal care products are not any more expensive, or any less expensive, than products that include animal sourced and derived ingredients and/or animal testing. Just like non-vegan/non-cruelty-free products, differences in the quality and availability of the ingredients used, manufacturing processes, and different brand names can make prices can vary from one soap to the next. Some vegan/cruelty-free personal care products are very inexpensive, some have a steep price tag, and many fall somewhere in between.
Should I get rid of any non-vegan products that I already own?
There are a few different schools of thought on how to replace your hand soap, body wash and other personal care products as you become more and more immersed in a vegan and cruelty-free lifestyle. But at the end of the day, it’s completely in your hands; it’s up to you to decide what you can afford, and what products you’re comfortable using. Perhaps any unused products can be given to friends and family. Another option would be to use them until they’re depleted, and simply replace them with cruelty-free and vegan products when you run out…but again, it’s completely up to you.
What companies make vegan/cruelty-free soap & body wash?
The following companies make women’s soap and body wash that don’t use ingredients that are sourced from, derived from, or tested on animals:
- Kiss My Face (with the exception of “Olive & Honey” soap)
- Alba Botanica
- Nature’s Gate
- 100% Pure
- Forager Botanicals
- Aubrey Organics
- Pacifica Beauty
How do you choose which companies to list?
We keep a growing list of companies that we find, or are suggested to us, whose entire line of personal care products seems to be completely animal-friendly (vegan and cruelty-free). We get in touch with these companies to find out what products of theirs, if any, use animal derived or sourced ingredients, or have ingredients that are tested on animals. If they assure us that certain, or all soap products are suitable for vegans, and they can be bought on Amazon, then we list the appropriate products here for your shopping convenience.
Do you list soap from non-vegan companies?
Some of the hand soap, bath soap and body wash we list is made by companies that might use honey, beeswax or similar ingredients in some of their other products. However, none of the products we list contain these ingredients, or any other animal sourced or derived ingredients. For example, the “Olive & Honey” soap by Kiss My Face contains honey, so we do not list that product on this site.
But how can you support non-vegan companies?
While we favour companies that don’t use animal soured or derived ingredients in any of their products, we still applaud non-vegan companies for evolving and expanding into the realm of vegan and cruelty-free. We think it’s great that more companies are adding cruelty-free and vegan soap and other personal care items to their product catalogues. Doing so gives vegans more buying options, and might encourage people who wouldn’t otherwise try vegan products to do so, even if it’s by accident! It also encourages these companies to keep moving in the direction of cruelty-free and vegan.
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For companies that make vegan/cruelty-free soap & body wash
If you (or your employer) make vegan and cruelty-free soap, body wash, or any other vegan and cruelty-free product for that matter, we’d love to feature you and your products on our site... at no cost! Contact us at - info(at)getitvegan(dot)com - to find out more!
Some of the information for this mini guide on vegan and cruelty-free women's soap was obtained from the following sources:
- Living: “Animal-Derived Ingredients List.” (n.d.). PETA. Retrieved March 23, 2017. https://www.shoesofprey.com/blog/post/17291208/new-vegan-shoes-for-style-thats-more-than-skin-deep.html
- Ingredients: “Ingredients We Use.” (n.d.). Soapy Soap Company. Retrieved March 23, 2017 https://www.soapysoapcompany.com/ingredients