The Best Cruelty-Free Razors

The Best Cruelty-Free Razors

Looking for a cruelty-free razor to add to your hair removal routine? There are a handful of options out there.

When it comes to a cruelty-free beauty routine, an often overlooked product is cruelty-free razors. It doesn’t seem like a product that would be tested on animals, right? But many brands who make razors make other products too, and many mainstream shaving brands test on animals. If you’re vegan, add to that the fact that most brands also use moisturizing strips that contain ingredients derived from animals, such as lanolin. It can feel impossible to find a cruelty-free razor. But don’t get discouraged – there’s hope out there!

Thankfully, there are cruelty-free razors out there that work great and are also vegan-friendly too. There are also lots of great cruelty-free and vegan shaving creams as well. Most of them you might have to order online or check your local natural foods store for, but they are getting easier and easier to find.

Some cruelty-free & vegan razors are:

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There are three brands that make cruelty-free razors. While it would be great if there were more, these three cruelty-free brands make nice products that will help keep your skin smooth and stubble-free.

Cruelty-Free Razor Options

The following brands are cruelty-free and make vegan-friendly razors.

Cruelty-Free Shaving Creams & Gels

Even after someone finds a cruelty-free razor that they like, it can still be hard to find cruelty-free shaving creams and shaving gels. The following brands make cruelty-free shaving creams and shaving gels:

Which cruelty-free razors do you use? Which are your favorites? Let me know in the comments below!

Some cruelty-free & vegan razors are:

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Last Updated on May 7, 2021

40 Comments

  1. I love the 5 blade Preserve razor. I just wish it came with a plastic cap like their 3 blade razor does. Also, Kiss My Face shave lotion is my absolute favorite shaving cream with Cool Mint being my favorite scent. Having a pump dispenser makes it very convenient to use.

  2. The new 5 blade razor from Preserve is soooooo amazing! The 3 blade was okay, but the 5 blade is everything I missed about conventional razors. Do you happen to know if the Every Man Jack blades are also vegan?

  3. I liked Preserve, except for the fact that you can only use it once before the blades rust very badly. Which, is a huge deal to me. Maybe I’m doing something wrong?

  4. Hi! I was hoping to try the Personna Halo 5 blade razor, but can’t seem to find it anywhere online.. Do you know anywhere that sells it? Or of another vegan friendly razor option (I haven’t tried Preserve yet, but it doesn’t get very good reviews..). Thanks so much!

  5. I recently bought Just the Basics, a CVS brand, shaving cream. It says it’s cruelty free. But check the ingredients, and it’s not vegan. It has stearic acid, which is related to tallow. That is from beef fat. Sounds kind of gross, if you ask me. I am advocating for the animals, a long life veggie girl, and have been looking up ingredients in food and drinks. It’s amazing what you find in foods, drinks, and household items that you never thought of were from animals!

    1. Just so you know, there is actually a plant-derived stearic acid too. For many ingredients that are animal-derived, there is a plant-derived counterpart. 🙂

  6. I really didn’t care for the Preserve razor at all (I literally quoted Will Smith in Men in Black while using it–“Feel like I’m gonna break this damn thing!”) and won’t buy the Personna one due to their parent company… Which has left me in a tough spot.

    I just recently contacted Harry’s. They were super nice and were able to confirm that none of their ingredients (including in the comfort strip on their razors) are animal derived, but had trouble giving me a clear answer on whether or not any of their sub-suppliers test on animals. They really confused me because they mentioned that the EU mandates animal testing on certain chemicals (uh, wasn’t that banned recently?), then they went on to say that none of their ingredients were on said EU mandated testing list. They also said that they “took great care to avoid suppliers that manufacture chemicals/ingredients where animal testing is required by law”, but “took great care” doesn’t have a concrete meaning in my book.

    They ultimately told me that they weren’t 100% sure that their suppliers don’t test on animals. I’m so disappointed because I feel like the pieces of the puzzle are all there, but I’ve already emailed back and forth with them 3 times and I don’t think the specific rep I’m talking to can help me much more.

    If I was smart and bold enough, I would start my own vegan razor and shaving product company and end this suffering!

    1. You may want to research Kai DE blades from Japan. I don’t know what their policy is regarding animal testing but maybe you can find out through the company. I use it with my ATT Slant bar razor and can report it’s super sharp, yet extremely smooth. You can pair it with any number of DE razors. Edwin Jagger makes long handled models for women, Merkur makes a long handled adjustable model called the 51C, and Above The Tie offers all their heads with the option of their Colossus long handle.

  7. Hi Tashina,
    I recently contacted Schick to inquire about animal testing (I’ve been e-mailing companies for the past week or so) and here is the e-mail response I received:

    [email protected] via cybercrs.net
    Oct 10

    Hi Jennifer,

    Thank you for taking the time to email us!

    Consumers’ comments and concerns are most important to us, and we are pleased to advise you that our razor products are not, and have never been, tested on animals. Our testing involves groups of paid volunteers to use and test the products under the supervision of independent laboratories. In addition, the laboratory analysis that is done uses the in-vitro method of testing.

    Thanks!

    Ann Addison
    Consumer Affairs
    Energizer Personal Care
    001580026A”

    It sounds like Schick/Energizer doesn’t test. In the past they have told me their Schick Quattro razors/cartridges do not contain any animal products. However, they might sell in China where testing is mandatory. It’s hard to get a straight answer from Googling.

    1. Hi Ale,

      It’s true that they are now owned by Energizer Holdings. Energizer Holdings also owns Schick, Energizer, and some other brands that do test on animals. While they own brands that test on animals, the parent company is not one that makes products. This makes it a bit of a unique situation because if the parent company does not make products, it means that the parent company does not test on animals. But since they own other brands that do test, it’s clearly not something they try to avoid as a parent company. Personna has been able to exist independently under this umbrella and is still cruelty-free and vegan. It’s kind of a slippery slope, but I think it’s something everyone should decide for themselves on.

  8. Schick brand is owned by Energizer and their products are not tested on animals. However, when looking for vegan shaving goods, make sure to check the ingredients used in the hydrating strips. Some use lanolin, which is not vegan.

  9. Tashina-
    First and foremost, thank you thank you! I have been vegan for nearly 6 months now- eating vegan is one thing but living cruelty free with products is a whole other game. Your blog is my go-to! I could go on and on about how great you are all day so Ill head to the question- I’m a small town midwest girl with extremely limited resources. Roadtrips are necessary to get my goods which is ok at times but less than convenient…Ive read on several other vegan blogs that Schick is cruelty free??? This seems too good to be true…so which leads me to believe, is it? Any info on Schick razors would be greatly appreciated! Thanks lady! 🙂

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