Gnashers, pearly whites, corn beef (if you’re a cockney). Teeth: they provide us with the ability to speak, eat, and smile, and we’re supposed to brush them twice a day. So they’re pretty important features in our lives and our daily rhythms.
Toothpaste is a permanent feature in all of our bathrooms, it’s kind of like bathroom furniture. We probably take it for granted, and maybe we don’t think about the ingredients in our toothpaste very much.
What you may be perturbed by is the knowledge that not all kinds of toothpaste are actually vegan. ‘What…?’ Yes, we know. It’s puzzling and a little annoying, to say the least.
Fortunately here at PlantX, we’ve come to the rescue and put together a helpful list of 5 of the best vegan toothpastes out there for strong teeth and good oral hygiene.
Is Toothpaste Vegan?
The answer is no, not all of them. Sometimes toothpaste ingredients can contain animal products such as glycerin, or the product may have been tested on animals before manufacturing.
Non-vegan Toothpaste Ingredients
Originally derived from animal fats, glycerin is a widely used ingredient in pharmaceutical and cosmetic products. Including toothpaste.
Nowadays, glycerin can actually be produced from vegetables, making it a potentially vegan ingredient. However, if the packaging of your toothpaste doesn’t specify whether it’s animal or plant-based glycerin, it might be best to stay away from it.
Bee pollen is a combination of ‘digestive enzymes secreted from the worker bees’ along with nectar and pollen grains. This non-vegan ingredient is occasionally used in even the best toothpaste, so keep your eyes peeled for it on the label!
Another ingredient sometimes found in toothpaste is propolis. Usually extracted from beehives, propolis is a material used by the bees to build and seal their hives.
Poor old bees, they do so much for us, they’re pretty much integral to keeping us all alive and the earth spinning, and what do we do to thank them? Steal all their precious materials from their hives!
Let’s do them a favour, treat them with some respect, and leave them bee!
Toothpaste Brands that use Animal Testing
It’s best to do some research about the toothpaste brands that you tend to use and their stance on animal testing so you’re fully informed about the products you’re using.
Generally, all the major toothpaste brands tend to use animal testing.
Peta put together this handy list of all the companies who use animal testing, have a browse and see which companies to avoid.
5 Vegan Toothpastes for Strong Teeth and Good Oral Hygiene
Here at PlantX, we’ve made the issue of vegan and organic toothpaste completely stress-free for you.
No need to trawl through the internet for hours trying to find out what the ultimate vegan toothpaste is for you, simply check out our list of 5 of the best vegan toothpaste and order straight from the website!
Aloedent - Triple Action Charcoal Toothpaste
Aloedent produces some of the best natural vegan toothpaste out there on the market today.
Absolutely packed with exciting natural ingredients, this Aloedent Vegan Toothpaste boasts Icelandic moss for soothing irritation in the mouth, Aloe vera, tea tree oil, activated charcoal and hydrated silica for gentle whitening.
This fantastic vegan toothpaste uses natural organic ingredients to promote a clean, refreshed and whitened smile.
Ben & Anna – Whitening Toothpaste
This wonderful vegan-friendly toothpaste is good for your teeth AND the earth! It contains lots of exciting, natural ingredients, like chamomile to heal sore gums and buckthorn to clean every nook and cranny in your mouth.
Ben & Anna’s Whitening Toothpaste benefits from sage to naturally reduce discolouration. Plus, sage is full of antioxidants, which can help to reduce tooth decay. This great toothpaste also uses Xylitol instead of fluoride, keeping your teeth close to nature.
As if that wasn’t enough, Ben & Anna’s Whitening Toothpaste comes in a reusable glass jar. Just give it a wash and reuse or recycle it when you’re done! Every little bit helps in keeping our planet healthy.
Himalaya - Organic Neem & Pomegranate Toothpaste
Now here’s to a very special vegan toothpaste. Of the utmost luxury, this organic vegan toothpaste by Himalaya is bursting with glorious natural goodness.
A whopping 99.7% of this vegan toothpaste’s ingredients are from natural sources. Some of these include organic neem, organic pomegranate and organic mint, alongside many other herbal extracts.
Pomegranate produces antioxidants that fight against gum disease, the neem leaf effectively cleans teeth and mint provides a fresh taste.
Georganics – Natural Mineral Toothpaste (English Peppermint)
Georganics’ Natural Mineral Toothpaste has a mineral-rich formula that consists of calcium carbonate and kaolin clay. With these ingredients, you have a special type of toothpaste that helps gently strengthen your teeth and heal gums (great news if you’re prone to brushing a little too hard!)
It’s flavoured with organic peppermint oil, which keeps your mouth feeling minty fresh! Best of all, Georganics’ Natural Mineral Toothpaste loves the planet, too. The toothpaste comes in a stylish glass jar, with a neat bamboo spatula for easy application. Just pop in your recycling when you’re done, or better yet, make a homemade vegan scented candle!
Green People - Organic Children Toothpaste
This one is for the kids! We’re repping the trustworthy and ethical Green People again, with their organic vegan toothpaste, specially made for the little ones.
This product is certified 87% organic, fluoride and cruelty-free. Having this at home for the kids is a great way for them to start their journey of oral health in an eco-conscious and ethical way.
You may also want to consider the sustainability of your toothbrush itself when thinking about your oral health.
Kiss goodbye to plasticky nonsense, and say hello to a much more environmentally conscious option: the bamboo toothbrush. The Environmental Toothbrush has a great option, it’s in the name!
Something to smile about!
So, we hope you’ve enjoyed this brief exploration into the subject of vegan toothpaste and toothpaste ingredients.
Although it can be a little frustrating that so many everyday products aren’t vegan when they could so easily be so, we hope you feel reassured by the fact there are so many excellent vegan toothpastes out there for you to try.
PlantX firmly stands by the idea that products that involve the suffering of animals are needless and unethical. We are here to show you that there is an exciting vegan world beyond - and that we can still have all the essentials, all the luxuries even, without causing harm to animals.
Viva la vegan revolution!