Most popular shaving creams are not vegan, this includes brands like Barbasol.
I’ll go over the most common reasons here.
Common Reasons that Shaving Cream Isn’t Vegan
Many shaving cream brands test on animals, which automatically rules them out from being vegan.
On top of that, there are a few non-vegan ingredients to look out for:
- Stearic acid – This can be derived from plant or animal sources, but mostly animals. Assume it’s not vegan if you see it unless told otherwise by the manufacturer.
- Glycerin (a.k.a. glycerol) – Can come from plant or animal sources. Again, it’s usually not vegan unless specifically labelled as “vegetable glycerin.”
- Fragrance – Essentially perfume added to shaving creams. Can come from suppliers who test on animals, so it’s always good to contact the manufacturer to double-check if you see this.
- Artificial colors (e.g. Red 40, Yellow 5, etc.) – These are controversial among vegans. Some don’t consider to be vegan because of animal testing surrounding them, while others are okay with them. Decide where you stand so you’ll know if you’re okay with them in your shaving cream.
Those are the main things you’ll need to look out for.