For many people, the process of shaving involves the use of many products, including a shaving cream, razors, brushes, and an after-shave oil or moisturizer. Because of this long list of products that’s used in one grooming routine, we wanted to make sure that shaver’s out there have access to vegan and cruelty-free products from start to finish.
We find that it’s usually easy to locate vegan and cruelty-free after-shave, even if you have to order it online. Many places also sell vegan and cruelty-free shaving creams, again, with online sources saving the day quite often.
It’s sometimes challenging, though, to keep razors and shaving brushes animal-friendly. Not because of lack of products, but because many people don’t know that the moisturizing strips on most razors contain animal ingredients and the bristles in many brushes come from animals. When you know about these challenges, you can usually find alterative products pretty easily in brick-and-mortar stores or online.
To help you keep your entire shaving routine vegan and cruelty-free, we’ve broken down the art of shaving and offered some animal-friendly products for use on each step.
Vegan Shaving Creams
Shaving creams are typically made of water and glycerin. Sometimes, however, the glycerin is animal derived and it contains animal fat or lanolin. In addition, many shaving creams are made with harmful synthetic ingredients, so we like the following vegan shaving creams that are also all natural.
- Bold for Men Dry Shave Gel
- Total Shaving Solution’s Shaving Oil
- Crabtree & Evelyn’s Shave Cream in Sandalwood
Vegan Shaving Brushes
Many shaving brushes are made with horse, badger, goat, or boar hair, which we find unfortunate considering its possible to make brushes with other substances. Synthetic brushes are an option because they last a long time, but you can also buy natural shaving brushes made out of plants like bamboo. The following are some vegan and cruelty-free shaving brushes that you may want to consider for your shaving routine.
- Men’s Synthetic Shaving Brush from The Body Shop (PETA Award Winner)
- Jack Black’s Pure Performance Shave Brush
- Every Man Jack’s Premium Shave Brush
Razor blades are not usually tested on animals, but the moisturizing strips on the blades typically area. We recommend you avoid razors from Gillette, or Proctor & Gamble companies, so that there’s no question about animal ingredients or animal testing involved in the making of the strip. Instead, opt for the following vegan and cruelty-free razors:
- Preserve’s Triple Razor System
- Conair’s 13-Piece Rechargeable Beard and Mustache Professional Multi-Use Trimmer
- eShave’s Double Edge Razor
Aftershave isn’t necessary for shaving, but it can be a nice final touch for anyone who likes to freshen up with a great scent and a little moisturization post shave. For a vegan and cruelty-free aftershave, try the following:
- Herban Cowboy’s After Shave Balm
- Aubrey Organics’ aftershave in City Rhythms
- Honeybee Gardens’ Herbal Aftershave
In addition to these vegan and cruelty-free shaving products, you might want to use an animal-friendly moisturizer after shaving (especially when weather is dry). We love Zia Natural Skincare’s DualAction Face Lotion and Jack Blacks’ MP10 Nourishing Oil for vegan and cruelty-free moisturizing options.
Do you have any vegan and cruelty-free shaving products you especially love? If so, feel free to let us know about them in the comments below.