Ethical And Effective: Our Guide To Vegan Toothpaste

So many toothpastes and dental hygiene products contain heaps of chemicals these days that it can be hard to know which brands and products to trust when you’re after something natural.

If you've adopted a vegan lifestyle, you'll also be looking for products that promised that they haven't been tested on animals. Although this has now been banned in the UK, India and Israel, there is no legislation against animal testing in the US. 

I don't know about you, but I don't think any animals should have to suffer just so I can have clean teeth. 

We all want something that will work properly and actually clean our teeth, without damaging them or putting anything nasty inside our bodies, or harming the planet or our fellow animals.

Top 10 Best Vegan Toothpastes​

Image

Model

Flavour

Qty 

Price  

Rating

Himalaya Whitening Toothpaste

Simply Mint

5.29 Oz

$

Uncle Harrys Fluoride Free Toothpaste

Peppermint

3 Oz

$$

Dr Bronners Magic Toothpaste

Peppermint

5 Oz

$$

Hello Oral Care Toothpaste

Mojito Mint

5 Oz

$

Natures Gate Natural Toothpaste

Peppermint

6 Oz

$$$$

Toms Maine Fluoride Toothpaste

Peppermint

5.5 Oz

$

Anima Mundi Apothecary Organic

N/A

2 Oz

$$

Vitamyr Herbal Natural Toothpaste

Herbal

4 Oz

$

Himalaya Complete Care

Simply Spearmint

5.29 Oz

$

Desert Essence Natural Tree Toothpaste

Tea Trea Oil

6.25 Oz

$

Unless you've been living in a cave, you'll be well aware of the increase in vegans everywhere you look – Instagram is full of vegan recipes, new health food stores are popping up everywhere and there's a whiff of hemp on every street corner.

You may not feel especially grateful for all the beards and topknots that have suddenly appeared, but you have them to thank for the miracle that is vegan toothpaste.

No, really. And I, by some incredible coincidence, just so happen to have found the best ones out there. Strange.


Brands


I'm not saying you have to give up the hangover-bacon, but vegan brands really are worth considering when it comes to health products.

Not only are they cruelty-free, they are (normally!) organic and much healthier and better for your overall wellbeing than most products you’ll run into at the store.

It can feel hard venturing from high-street brands to the land of veganism, but the journey is well worth it, trust me.

Next thing you know, you’ll be living off tofu and soy lattes. It’s a slippery slope.

To give you some names to look out for, I've listed a few of my favorite vegan brands below…

Nature’s Gate

Is the perfect name for this particular brand. Their products are packed full of nature’s goodness and really work to improve the condition of your teeth and gums.

A lot of their products contain extra nutrients and vitamins so they're actively fighting bacteria and helping to make you healthier, rather than just cleaning your teeth.

Hello

Is a brand I've come to love for their great branding just as much as their products. They keep things nice and natural to ensure your teeth are in the best possible condition without harming any animals in the process.

They use great, natural alternatives to the chemicals that are commonly found in many high-street toothpastes – their dental products still get the job done, proving that natural is always best!

Himalaya

You'll notice Himalaya feature twice in my reviews and this is for good reason – this brand can do no wrong in my eyes. Their products tend to be vegan as well as fluoride-free, which earns them plenty of extra points.

They cram loads of natural goodness into their products and leave you with that lovely, clean feeling every time you brush your teeth.

For vegans, this is a great brand to pay attention to and their products are now so much more readily available than before, thanks to the well-deserved success they’ve garnered over the years.


Types Of Product


best vegan toothpaste

Vegan toothpaste is pretty niche as it is, but there are a few more things to consider when buying one.

There are obviously lots of different types of toothpastes which contain lots of different types of products, but I’ve narrowed it down to some of the main aspects that I like to take into consideration.

Fluoride-free Pastes

Are nothing new but still have a huge hype around them. Many believe fluoride to be positively and actively helpful in terms of protecting your teeth and helping keep teeth and gums clean.

However, seeing as we’re on the hunt for preservative- and chemical-free toothpastes, I’d opt for fluoride-free ones every time.

It’s been proven that certain levels of fluoride in the body can be incredibly harmful, so I’d suggest choosing products without it for yourself and children, especially!

My list is pretty much made of up toothpastes which don’t contain fluoride, but vegan pastes which do contain it do exist if you’re not quite ready to give it up yet.

No judgment, I just feel like I may as well go all out and find something natural, chemical-free, organic and vegan.

Vegan brands tend to opt for all-natural, organic ingredients, which is great for us as consumers.

Neem Oil

Is something to look out for, as it prevents cavities and helps to protect your teeth and gums against gum disease. Sound familiar?

This is a great alternative to some of the chemicals more commonly used for these results, so keep an eye for products with it in.

Aloe Vera

Is always going to be a bonus ingredient, as it promotes general well-being and health.

Coconut Flour

Is a fantastic ingredient in toothpaste – it acts as an abrasive, helping to remove plaque and any stains or build-up on your teeth. Because it comes from the humble coconut, you know it’ll be doing you plenty of good.

Baking soda toothpaste

Is great for your teeth, even if it has a slightly odd flavor. It takes a bit of getting used to, but the benefits are well worth the slightly gritty sharpness that comes with these kinds of toothpaste.

Personally, I love herbal toothpastes as they really remind me of all the plant goodness that has gone into them.

Flavor-wise, there are so many options out there these days! Mint is obviously a classic, but you can get delicious, cinnamon-flavored toothpastes, as well as aniseed if you’re feeling fancy.


The Five Best Vegan Toothpastes


I told you they would be featuring, and here they are – the top spot in my vegan toothpaste reviews has to go to Himalaya. Not only is this product vegan, it’s also fluoride-free and whitening. Basically everything you could ever hope to find in a toothpaste!


Himalaya Whitening Toothpaste


Himalaya Whitening Toothpaste

It contains neem leaf, which is a total miracle product in the world of teeth and really helps your teeth sparkle.

It also handily has some papaya and pineapple extracts, which work hard to remove stains from your teeth. No more feeling guilty about all the coffee and red wine you drink.

For just over $5, I’m sure you can see why this is my number one product.


Uncle Harrys Fluoride Free Toothpaste​


Uncle Harrys Fluoride Free Toothpaste

Next up is a classic from good ol’ Uncle Harry.

Fluoride-free and crammed with plant goodness, this is one of my favorite dental products of all time.

This toothpaste works to repair any damage to your tooth enamel, which in turn strengthens your teeth while cleaning them.

This paste comes in a jar, which has a cool retro feel to it, and contains antiseptic agents. You can just dunk your brush straight in without worrying about germs.

One thing I’d suggest? Use less than you use with your current toothpaste!

A little really goes a long way with this one and you’ll be surprised by how long it lasts. A delicious peppermint taste rounds it off nicely, at just under $10.


Dr Bronners Magic Toothpaste​


Dr Bronners Magic Toothpaste

Another peppermint miracle, this time from Dr Bronner. My favorite thing about this product is that it contains coconut flour and coconut oil.

I’m a huge coconut fiend and genuinely believe in its power to cure pretty much anything, so I love that this vegan toothpaste contains it.

The coconut flour might sound like it’s better suited to baking, but it actually cleans your teeth really well and acts in a mildly abrasive manner to get rid of stains and plaque build-up.

For around $10, you’re getting a fluoride-free toothpaste which will help freshen your breath while leaving you feeling lovely and clean. What more could you want?


Hello Oral Care Toothpaste​


Hello Oral Care Toothpaste

Say ‘Hello’ to your new favorite toothpaste. See what I did there?

Totally vegan and cruelty-free, this toothpaste is a great little all-rounder.

This toothpaste contains all-natural ingredients and works to whiten your teeth while cleaning them.

Not only is the packaging great, what’s inside is wonderful, too!

They refuse to add coloring or preservatives to their products, so you know that you’re only using nature’s goodness.

This is kid-friendly, too, seeing as it’s so mild and safe.


Natures Gate Natural Toothpaste​


Natures Gate Natural Toothpaste

Last but not least in my top five vegan toothpastes is this gem from Nature’s Gate. As I mentioned before, I love this brand as they really are all-natural and produce quality, feel-good products at reasonable prices.

This toothpaste is no exception and actively strengthens your teeth while keeping them nice and clean.

This peppermint taste will leave your breath feeling fresh and your teeth feeling squeaky clean.

This toothpaste is fluoride-free but will still work to prevent cavities, so don’t worry if you have a sweet tooth.

They’ve also left out any parabens, GMOs and gluten, as well as soy, so it’s great for those with various other conditions to take into account.


The Next Best Thing


​Toms Maine Fluoride Toothpaste


Toms Maine Fluoride Toothpaste

Tom’s toothpaste is a great alternative to those looking for vegan dental products, check out their whole range! 


Anima Mundi Apothecary Organic​


Anima Mundi Apothecary Organic

Organic and vegan, this tooth ‘polish’ is fancy without the price tag. Enjoy!


Vitamyr Herbal Natural Toothpaste​


Vitamyr Herbal Natural Toothpaste

Need something gluten-free?

Look no further!


Himalaya Complete Care​


Himalaya Complete Care

 Another product from Himalaya, just to emphasize how much I adore them.


Desert Essence Natural Tree Toothpaste​


Desert Essence Natural Tree Toothpaste

Tea tree oil is one of my favorite products, so this paste had to be featured .


Buying Guide


So, what should you be looking for in general when buying a vegan toothpaste?

Well, hopefully you’ve already found the perfect product in my reviews, but here's some general guidance if you’re looking to branch out on your own.

Cruelty-free

Is an obvious label to look out for! I love that there are products on the market which are cruelty-free and don't test on animals.

After all, why would you even need to test toothpaste designed for humans on animals?

I've never understood it and will always try and find makeup, hair products and toiletries that are cruelty-free and vegan.

Toothpaste-wise

I'm not a huge fan of fluoride, though I can understand why some people are. Fluoride is meant to help protect your teeth from cavities but is still a nasty preservative in many people’s eyes.

When there are so many natural alternatives, why would you choose something with unnatural additives?

Neem oil, aloe vera and coconut oil/ flour are all fantastic examples of organic, natural alternatives to the added chemicals that so many high-street brands use in their products.

I’ve listed the best non-fluoride toothpastes I can find, but there are plenty more out there.


Conclusion​


That just about sums up my reviews of the best vegan toothpastes out there. I’ve included ten products in total, all delicious, natural vegan toothpastes that will leave you feeling fresh, clean and super healthy.

What more could you want?

About the author

Monica Pullman

Hi, I'm Monica, working mother of two, writer, yoga teacher and happiness coach. I'm passionate about spirituality, sleep, healing and yoga, it's what keeps me balanced and full of energy. I know the power of self-awareness, discipline, and knowledge when it comes to being a mother, as well as being able to bring your best to work every day.

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