If you are a vegan, vegetarian, or care about cruelty-free grooming then your options might seem limited.
The current trend of going back to a very traditional shave also emphasises using traditional badger hair shaving brushes. This real badger hair – or sometimes even boar hair – is taken from culled badgers after death. For a lot of people this is too much cruelty and for vegans and others who avoid the use of animal products and byproducts it means these brushes are a no-go.
There is an alternative though. A vegan shaving brush is made of synthetic bristles. Not only is this 100% vegan and cruelty-free it is also a great value for money choice, longer lasting and cheaper.
So now you are all set with your vegan shaving brush, how else can you make sure you’re kept fresh without causing harm?
Check your product labels for those that avoid animal testing and don’t use any animal byproducts. Some brands might identify themselves as cruelty-free but if it doesn’t say so on the label then it’s unlikely to be. There isn’t any obligation to point out animal products or if a product is vegan.
Palm oil is another big issue and it gets into more products than you might realise including shampoo, toothpaste and cosmetics. Palm oil is grown all over the world by unsustainable means and causes massive deforestation threatening the environment and animal habitats such as that of the orangutan whose population is dwindling.
Happily it is getting easier to find vegan, cruelty-free and eco-conscious supplies and products for grooming. You can still enjoy a luxury shave with a vegan shaving brush without causing harm to the planet.