Women's Shaving Products
Shop vegan and cruelty-free women's shaving products. Whether it's shaving cream or shaving foam, you can rest assured that all of these shaving products are 100% free of animal-derived materials, ingredients, by-products and testing.
Women's Shaving Products
What are vegan and cruelty-free women's shaving products?
The term “vegan” with regard to shaving products, refers to products that do not contain animal derived or sourced ingredients; however the product isn't automatically cruelty-free; it might contain ingredients that were tested on animals. Conversely, “cruelty-free” means a product and its ingredients aren’t tested on animals; however this doesn't automatically mean it's also vegan; the product might include animal derived or sourced ingredients. Shaving products that are BOTH vegan AND cruelty-free don’t have any animal derived or sourced ingredients, and none of the ingredients are tested on animals.
Beware! Your current razor might not be vegan!
Did you know that if you’re currently shaving with a razor that has any kind of gel strip, or moisturizing, strip on it, your razor may not be vegan, and may not be cruelty-free? Sadly, many common brands of razors contain animal ingredients (such as animal glycerin or lanolin) or ingredients that are tested on animals in the moisturizing strips.
Since companies aren’t required to say one way or the other if they test on animals, or if their ingredients are of animal origin, your best bet for finding vegan and cruelty-free razors is to buy from a company that only makes and sells razors and other related goods, and not cosmetics. When in doubt, call or email and ask what their animal testing policy is, and if the razor contains any ingredients derived from animals.
What non-vegan ingredients should I avoid in shaving products?
Unfortunately, many of today’s common brands use animal derived and animal sourced ingredients in their shaving creams, foams, gels, soaps and as we mentioned above, even razors. Be sure to avoid products that use the following ingredients if you want a fully vegan shaving experience (please note, this is not an inclusive list):
Lanolin: A wool by-product that’s commonly used in the lubricating strip above the razor blade.
Animal Glycerin: Used in the lubricating strip above the razor blade (on the product label will often just say “glycerin”, which can be confused with vegetable glycerin, so it's best to stick with brands that are known to use only plant-based ingredients.
Animal-Derived Stearic Acid: Generally used as a thickener in shaving and personal care products, animal-derived stearic acid can also be tricky to pick out, as it will be labelled as “stearic acid”, which could be derived from animals or vegetables…it’s best to stick with a known vegan brand, because if they use stearic acid it will be vegetable-based.
What companies make vegan/cruelty-free shaving products for women?
There are several companies (and more popping up all the time!) that make women’s shaving foam, gel, cream, and razors that don’t use ingredients that are sourced from, derived from, or tested on animals. These companies include:
- 100% Pure
- Alba Botanica
- Kiss My Face
- Aubrey Organics
Please Note: You may not see products from some of these companies listed in our storefront above, as they may not be available on Amazon.
Why buy shaving products that are vegan and cruelty-free?
Why hurt a sweet little animal in a lab, or use a dead animal’s fat when vegetable fat can be used? The fact is that every shaving product can be effectively made without animal derived and sourced ingredients, and without those that are tested on 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.
Why should I use shaving cream, foam, soap or gel at all?
Shaving creams, gels, soaps, foams and similar products can greatly facilitate shaving, and provide a much more comfortable shaving experience by achieving three effects: lubricating, desensitizing, and retaining heat and moisture in your skin.
Does buying one vegan shaving product make a difference in the world?
Absolutely, and it may come as a surprise to some that doing so is actually a very effective form of animal welfare activism! Here’s how it works; by purchasing vegan and cruelty-free shaving products, you’re telling retailers and manufacturers that there’s a market for these animal-friendly goods. Demand fuels supply, and with more supply comes more opportunities for everyone (not just vegans!) to purchase cruelty-free and animal-free shaving supplies. Ultimately, the more cruelty-free and vegan products that are being purchased, the less animal-derived products being made and sold.
Are vegan & cruelty-free shaving products expensive?
In general, vegan and cruelty-free shaving cream, foam, gel, razors 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 were tested on animals. Just like non-vegan/non-cruelty-free products, there are differences in the quality of the ingredients used, the effectiveness of the products, differences in the manufacturing processes employed, and different brand names making and selling the products; all of these factors make prices vary quite a bit from one product to the next. Some shaving products are very inexpensive, some have a hefty price tag, and many have prices that fall somewhere in between.
Should I get rid of any non-vegan shaving products that I own?
This is a controversial topic within the vegan and cruelty-free communities. In our opinion, it’s up to you to decide what you can afford to replace immediately, what can be given away, and what you’re no longer comfortable using once you decide to take a stand against products of animal origin. Some options are to give away any unused or gently used products to friends and family, or use products (if you’re comfortable with it) until they have run out or otherwise outlived their usefulness. Simply throwing them away is generally considered wasteful, and we would recommend turning to that as a last resort.
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 men’s shaving products seems to be completely vegan-friendly. We get in touch with these companies to find out which products of theirs, if any, use animal derived or sourced ingredients, or have ingredients that are tested on animals. If they assure us that all of their shaving products are cruelty-free and suitable for vegans, and they can be bought on Amazon, then we list those products here for your convenience.
Similar product categories
Might we interest you in some other helpful pages on cruelty free and vegan shopping? These pages are full of just as much wonder and delight as this one is!
- Scrubs & Exfoliants
- Sunblock, Lotion & Tanner
- Moisturizers & Oils
- Women’s Facial Care
- Women’s Body Wash & Bath Soap
- Men’s Shaving & Facial Care
For companies that make vegan & cruelty-free shaving products
If you make vegan and cruelty-free shaving cream or foam, razors, or any other shaving product, we’d love to feature you and your products on our site! Contact us at - info(at)getitvegan(dot)com - to find out more!
Some of the information for this mini guide on women’s shaving products was obtained from the following sources:
- Bath & Body: “The Ultimate Guide to Cruelty Free Hair Removal.” (March 6, 2017). Cruelty-Free Kitty. Retrieved March 28, 2017. http://www.crueltyfreekitty.com/bath-body/ultimate-guide-cruelty-free-hair-removal/
- Body: “Finding Cruelty Free Razors?.” Jen Mathews (n.d.). My Beauty Bunny. Retrieved March 28, 2017. http://mybeautybunny.com/cruelty-free-razors-vegan/