Table of Contents
- Things to Keep in Mind
- Top 5 Vegan Toothpastes
- #1 Redmond Earthpaste Natural Toothpaste
- #2 Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps Toothpaste Peppermint
- #3 Hello Oral Care Fluoride Free Toothpaste
- #4 Desert Essence Natural Tea Tree Oil and Neem Toothpaste
- #5 Himalaya Whitening Toothpaste
- Best Vegan And Cruelty Free Toothpaste Wrap Up
Going vegan is a difficult lifestyle choice. Our modern diets are centered around animal derived products. Even non-food items usually contain some sort of animal product.
Luckily, it’s getting easier to find dental products that are both vegan and animal cruelty free. Sadly, toothpastes are often not vegan and tested regularly on animals. For those of us whose conscience is bothered by killing and torturing animals unnecessarily, it’s important to find the right products.
There are a couple of points to keep in mind before considering a vegan toothpastes.
Things to Keep in Mind
- Vegan/all natural toothpastes generally do not foam like normal toothpastes. They do not contain artificial foaming agents so they won’t get very sudsy like normal toothpastes. This does not mean it’s not effective; it’s just not foaming like it normally would.
- They often come in odd colors. Some toothpastes might appear brown or grey. This might be off putting at first but this is just a consequence of using all natural ingredients.
- The toothpastes are typically either clumpy or runny. Again, this is just due to the lack of artificial stabilizing agents. So, vegan toothpastes might appear runny or clumpy depending on the brand.
So, if you’re new to vegan toothpastes, it’s important to remember these things and not get too off put by the differences.
Top 5 Vegan Toothpastes
After some careful consideration and research, I’ve managed to come up with a list of the top five vegan and cruelty free toothpastes available on the market. These toothpastes are vegan, sometimes GMO free and contain all natural or organic ingredients. I compiled this list based on factors such as taste, efficacy and ingredients.
Redmond Earthpaste is the top vegan toothpaste on my list for many reasons. It utilizes a basic set of proven, powerful all natural ingredients to clean teeth. It has an excellent texture and a great set of flavors to choose from.
It contains redmond clay. Yes, this special kind of clay actually has powerful cleaning properties, delivering a whiter and cleaner smile. First, it is very basic in pH, around 9 to 9.5. A more acidic pH in the mouth causes bacteria to proliferate. So, Redmond clay works to neutralize pH reducing the amount of harmful beasties living in your mouth.
Other ingredients include xylitol, a natural sweetener with some unique characteristics. Like redmond clay, it neutralizes pH in the mouth to further reduce bacteria living there. Also, xylitol itself has antibacterial properties, killing bacteria when they try to eat it.
The toothpaste itself is a nutty, hazelnut brown. It’s pretty thick coming out of the tube too. This is actually a plus since so many all natural or vegan toothpastes tend to be on the runnier side.
Taste wise, you get four flavors to choose from. It comes in lemon, wintergreen, peppermint. and cinnamon. I am particularly fond of the lemon. It’s tangy but not overpowering or sour.
The peppermint is really subdued while the wintergreen is more minty. The cinnamon is a great alternative for those who don’t like mint and it does not burn like Red hots or other typical cinnamon flavored products.
Coming in at #2 the brand Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps is well known to those who buy all natural beauty products. As the name suggests, they make high quality soaps and shampoos. They also make one of the best available vegan toothpastes on the market.
Dr. B’s Toothpaste contains over 70 organic ingredients. They include coconut flour, which is a very gentle abrasive. There is also stevia, an all natural sugar free sweetener to improve the taste. Baking soda forms the base of the toothpaste, replacing fluoride as the main cleanser.
What’s great is that many of the ingredients are certified fair trade as well, adding more peace of mind to the product.
Compared to Earthpaste, Dr. B’s is a little more runny but still better textured than most other all natural toothpastes. It’s a nice, marble white color.
Taste wise, Dr B’s only comes in the flavor peppermint. It’s a really nice, almost fresh tasting mint. One thing that prevents Dr. B’s from being #1 on my list is the baking soda taste. It’s pretty apparent in the toothpaste and makes it taste a bit chalky.
Hello Oral care is a slick brand with an excellent toothpaste. Their toothpastes come in a wide range of flavors and have some interesting qualities.
Hello’s toothpastes are the only ones on my list which come in a fluoride option. There might be some people who are concerned about animal products but still wish to use fluoride. It’s very rare to find a cruelty free toothpaste which also contains fluoride.
The other aspect of their toothpastes which makes them unique is that they are “Leaping Bunny” certified. This is an organization which certifies products as guaranteed cruelty free. It’s nice to see a band which makes being cruelty free a central part of their image.
As a toothpaste, Hello Oral Care comes in seven different flavors. You can get blue raspberry, bubblegum, “pure mint,” “sweet mint,” watermelon, “mojito mint” and “super mint.”
These flavors are rather interesting and a departure from the usual lineup of mints and cinnamon flavors. Their mint varieties are not super strong while their fruit flavors can be hit or miss. I think the options such as blue raspberry or bubble gum are aimed at children rather than adults.
What prevents their products from being further up my list is that not all of their ingredients are natural. They do contain some chemicals such as sodium laureth sulfate, a foaming agent that some people are sensitive to. Still, they are an excellent vegan toothpaste that is most definitely cruelty free.
Desert Essence makes an effective, all natural tea tree oil based toothpaste. Tea tree oil is a strong anti-bacterial and surface cleaning agent for your teeth. Desert Essence combines tea tree oil with neem to further cleanse your teeth.
Neem comes from the bark of tree that’s been used in traditional Indian medicine for hundreds of years. It is used to treat a wide array of ailments. There is good evidence to suggest that neem provides improvement for gum health, and many users of this toothpaste have reported an improvement in gum health.
In addition to its signature ingredients, Desert Essence is both leaping bunny and PETA certified to be cruelty free.
At first, I was afraid of how it would taste. After all, tea tree oil is really strong smelling. Upon my first use, however, I was surprised to see that it tasted quite mild. You can taste the mint, a little tea tree oil, a bit of fennel and some of the baking soda. The flavor is hard to describe.
Another interesting thing to note; it’s actually fairly foamy. It doesn’t have any foaming agents but for some reason, it foams up a lot more than any other all natural toothpaste I’ve ever used.
Himalaya provides another neem based toothpaste that’s vegan and cruelty free.
In addition to neem, Himalaya uses a couple of rather unique ingredients. It includes pineapple and papaya enzymes which are purported to whiten teeth. Also, it contains xylitol which you know provides a range of dental health benefits.
It comes in two different mint flavors, regular mint and peppermint. They are pretty subdued flavors. I didn’t really feel too much of that “fresh” mint feeling after using. Still, the toothpaste left my mouth feeling clean as ever.
Keeping Himalaya lower on my list is the lack of PETA or Leaping Bunny certification. While it asserts itself to be cruelty free, a certification from an independent organization is much more reassuring.
Still, it’s one of the better vegan toothpastes available, especially if you’re a fan of using neem for your dental health needs.
Best Vegan And Cruelty Free Toothpaste Wrap Up
Tragically, many of our common cosmetic and health products are tested on animals. These animals undergo suffering in order for us to be sure our products won’t harm humans.
Thankfully, there are more and more companies out there rejecting these testing methods. They opt to be cruelty free. There are even independent certifying bodies out there to ensure this.
It’s a challenge being vegan, but it’s a rewarding and ethical lifestyle choice. It’s getting easier and easier to find all products which contain no animal based ingredients. You don’t really have to compromise being vegan to be comfortable. You shouldn’t have to compromise your choice to be vegan while using toothpaste either.