Vegan soap is easy to find. But you should always that assume soap contains animal-based ingredients unless the label says otherwise.
Many bar soaps contain animal fat derivatives as their primary ingredients. Don’t expect soap companies to be forthcoming about their use of animal fats. Bars of Ivory Soap, for instance, carry the phrase “99.44% pure” on its label. Yet the stuff is largely made from rendered animal fat obtained from slaughterhouses. Soap made from animal fat often has “sodium tallowate” listed on its label—which is a tip-off since tallow is a fancy word for beef fat.
Similarly, common vegan soap ingredients include, sodium cocoate (as in coconuts) or sodium palm kernelate (derived from palm kernels). Olive oil can undergo processing to make an excellent bar soap. Basically, if it’s a vegetable fat, companies can find a way to turn it into cruelty-free soap.
Luckily, given the unprecedented demand for cruelty-free personal care products, you can now find vegan soap almost anyplace you shop.
Dr. Bronner’s soaps are available in liquid and bar form, and have long been used by vegans and health enthusiasts alike. The company’s liquid soap is especially versatile since it can be used to clean your hands, face, hair, bathroom sink, kitchen floor, dishes, laundry and more. Many other vegan brands are now widely available. Your local natural foods store, Trader Joe’s, or Whole Foods Market will carry a good selection, and you can also find several vegan soaps online at Amazon.com.
Vegan Soap Brands
- Mrs. Meyers
- 100% Pure
- Dr. Bronner’s
- Herban Cowboy
- Kiss My Face
- Pangea Organics
- Trader Joe’s