Most teeth whitening strips are not vegan, mainly because they are tested on animals.
They also typically contain glycerin, which may or may not be vegan.
I’ll go into a bit more detail, then give you a few alternatives that are vegan.
Table of Contents
Why Are Crest Whitestrips Not Vegan?
The ingredient list of Crest Whitestrips seems pretty harmless:
Water, Glycerin, Hydrogen Peroxide, Carbomer, PVP, PEG, Acrylates Copolymer, Sodium Hydroxide, Sodium Saccharin, Pyrophosphate
Most of those ingredients are polymers (i.e. plastics), which wouldn’t be great to ingest, but are vegan.
The only concern is glycerin, since not all glycerin is vegan (it can be made from plant or animal sources).
Considering Crest Toothpaste uses plant-based glycerin, this is likely the same.
However, Crest Whitestrips are still not vegan because Crest tests on animals. Every year, millions of animals are subjected to cruel tests and are later killed in order to test oral care products.
It’s something no vegan can stand for.
Which Teeth Whitening Products Are Vegan?
Unfortunately, you’ll need to look up if most brands are vegan or not individually.
However, here are 3 popular types of teeth whitening products that I’m sure are vegan, which is a good place to start.
AuraGlow has glycerin in it, but clearly states that their gel is vegan and not tested on animals on their website.
It’s a relatively new brand, but has become extremely popular and has great reviews.
Teeth whitening trays are typically more effective than whitening strips from what I’ve seen.
This is a teeth whitening pen that you can typically find at Sephora if you prefer to shop in person.
It’s obviously marketed at women, but of course it will work for men too.
Charcoal-Based Teeth Whitener
The third type of product is charcoal based whiteners.
I’ve never tried these myself, but most of them happen to be vegan. Here are 2 that I’m sure are vegan:
- Smart Ash Organic All Natural Whitening Tooth Powder With Activated Charcoal
- Lush Boom! Charcoal tablets
Charcoal whitening definitely has some mixed reviews, so do some research before deciding if you want to try them or not.