Is Barbasol Shaving Cream Cruelty-Free and Vegan?


Many shaving cream companies test on animals.

Fortunately, Barbasol makes it clear that they do not:

Never! We are pleased to say that we don’t test our products on animals.

That’s a good start, but it doesn’t necessarily make their products vegan.

A quick glance at the ingredients in any Barbasol shaving cream gives me some concern.

Ingredients in Barbasol Shaving Cream


Here’s what’s in the original product, the others are similar as well:

Water, Stearic Acid, Triethanolamine, Isobutane, Laureth-23, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Propane, Fragrance.

Stearic acid can come from either plant or animal sources, it’s the main concern I have here.

Fragrance may be tested on animals. Even though Barbasol doesn’t, it’s possible their suppliers could.

So, I contacted Barbasol and here’s the relevant bit of what i was told:

Although we do not test our Barbasol products on animals, our products may contain animal-derived ingredients and therefore cannot be certified as vegan

My guess would be that they have multiple stearic acid suppliers, and at least one of them uses an animal-based source of stearic acid. 

But that’s just a guess since the reply I received was pretty vague.

Regardless, it doesn’t look like Barbasol shaving creams are vegan.

Unfortunately, this is the same reason that most shaving creams are not vegan.

About the author

Dale Cudmore

Your friendly neighborhood vegan from Toronto. Chemical engineer turned semi-professional soccer player and freelance nutrition writer. I've been vegan for years and try to make life easier for others by sharing what I've learned.

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