Cruelty free toothpaste? But you thought all toothpaste was cruelty free; after all what are the ingredients but a bunch of detergents, abrasives, fluorides and…? You should know however that there are some toothpastes that do have some animal ingredients such as beeswax; so be sure to read the list of ingredients before buying your toothpaste.
While animal ingredients are less common in toothpaste, unfortunately animal testing isn’t – in fact a majority of toothpaste brands do test on animals. It’s the poor animals that get roped in to test just about anything from food to cosmetics to medicines; so why should toothpaste be any different?
Some of us may want to use products that do not test on animals but which are still effective against periodontal disease. So, we look at some cruelty toothpastes that do and some that do not contain fluoride.
Cruelty free tooth pastes with fluoride
Here are some cruelty free tooth pastes with fluoride:
1. Therabreath is a toothpaste that doesn’t test on animals and also contains fluoride (it has a non fluoride version as well for those who object to this ingredient
2. Burt’s Bees natural toothpaste is a multi care toothpaste that has fluoride – in contains calcium and phosphorus for strong teeth and to prevent cavities and reduce plaque. There are no artificial colors, flavors, preservatives or artificial sweeteners in this toothpaste and the added plus is that it is SLS (sodium laureth sulfate) free. However it has to be mentioned that this company’s parent company is known to test on animals.
Cruelty free tooth pastes without fluoride
Given below are some cruelty free tooth pastes with fluoride:
1. PROXI toothpaste and mouth wash is recommended by some advocates of cruelty free products as being good and effective. One problem that people may find with this toothpaste is that contains hydrogen peroxide. It is there for whitening teeth and killing germs but can taste strange
2. Tom’s of Maine toothpaste is well known for being cruelty free toothpaste. However if you are strictly ethical, it may trouble you that the company has been acquired by Colgate – so the parent company of this product manufacturer is not cruelty free.
3. Vitacare toothpaste is known not to test on animals. It has no added flavors or colors, no phthalates or parabens and no fluoride but comes in several great flavors.