Which Vegan Toothpastes Work?

By  //  March 29, 2021

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If your first thought is, “is all toothpaste not Vegan?” that’s understandable, and you’re not alone in your surprise. Most kinds of toothpaste on the market are made using animal-derived ingredients as thickening agents, animal-sourced glycerin, and even bee pollen.

If you’re thinking about switching to a more plant-based lifestyle, you’re probably going to need to change your toothpaste to match your new diet. But how do they make vegan toothpaste? What do they use? And most importantly, which ones will work?

Let’s take a look at how you can find the vegan toothpaste that will work for you.

What Ingredients are Vegan?

First, we need to look at the non-vegan ingredients you need to be on the lookout and the vegan substitutes that will save the day.


Glycerin is a tricky one since it has both anima-derived and vegan versions out there. Glycerin (occasionally labeled glycerol) is a humectant, which keeps the toothpaste from drying out or harboring more bacteria.

Humectants are essential in maintaining the consistency of your toothpaste, so you will need one or two to keep your toothpaste effective.

A lot of glycerin is unfortunately made from animal fat, which is not vegan. Luckily, there is also plenty of plant-based glycerin out there as well, the offers the same results. You just have to know where to look.


You know how important it is to get your daily dose of vitamins in your diet, but did you know that vitamins can also help the health of your dental hygiene?

Vitamins A, C, and E are essential in maintaining your teeth and gums’ health and wellness. They reduce dry mouth by promoting saliva production, balance bacteria, and keep your gums strong and healthy—all without any animal products, only natural plant sources.

The best part about these vitamins is that they replace a common ingredient in toothpaste called triclosan, which is tested on animals.

How to Tell if it Works

Yes, all of these ingredients sound good and well, but how can you know if they get the job is done (and well)? You can’t precisely sample toothpaste, so you have to find other ways to vet your vegan toothpaste before buying it.


Like anything you look into buying, you are going to want to check out the reviews. You want a toothpaste that will taste good and work well, so click around on a company’s website (or anywhere on the internet) to read what other customers think of the toothpaste.

No toothpaste is perfect, and one that works for someone else may still not work for you since we all have different concerns surrounding our oral health. If you notice a pattern of people who love the effects, flavor, and price point of the vegan toothpaste, you may want to go ahead and try it out for yourself.

On the other hand, if every review has a complaint about the consistency, flavor, or shelf-life of a particular toothpaste, you might want to stay away. Remember, there are a few vegan kinds of toothpaste on the market, so you can find one that’s perfect for you.


The best way to see ahead of time if you think a vegan toothpaste will be effective is to look at the ingredients. Look for some of the vegan ingredients listed earlier in this list, and make sure to stay away from ingredients made with animal products or that rely on animal testing.

The good news is there are some great vegan toothpaste options out there today, so you are sure to find one that is effective without any animal cruelty involved.