Looking for vegan shaving soaps

#41
I got another mail from Captain's Choice. They double checked with the company that delivers the ingredients and they are not longer 100% sure if everything is vegan friendly.
This is great customer service, they really took their time to be thorough.
Well, that takes me back to square one with this company but you really have to like their great service.

Does anyone have experience with their soaps?
I have just finished his 'North' soap. One of the best soaps I've ever used, including tallow. I never re order the same shaving product but I would re order a Captains Choice soap in a heartbeat.
I tell a lie...I would re order Myrsol's agua balsamica aftershave...:D
 
Last edited:
#42
Yes, they do, but Weleda shaving cream contains goat milk, Lavera and Logona shaving cream contain lanolin - woolfat. So all three of them are not vegan, sadly.

I've discovered Nanny's Silly Soap though, the original and signature soaps are vegan. I am just waiting for them to arrive.
 
#43
Yes, they do, but Weleda shaving cream contains goat milk, Lavera and Logona shaving cream contain lanolin - woolfat. So all three of them are not vegan, sadly.

I've discovered Nanny's Silly Soap though, the original and signature soaps are vegan. I am just waiting for them to arrive.
Do you wear animal fibres? Wool? Leather
 
#44
I don't buy clothes with animal products anymore, no. At least I try very hard not to. It is tricky to find jeans without that little leather patch at the back, though.

I am not perfect and I don't know any ingredient of any product, but I try to educate myself and learn.
I think it is unnescessary to hurt animals for something trivial as "beauty products", so I am trying to avoid it.
 
Last edited:
#48
Uh, you know that they don't kill mammals to obtain their milk or lanolin. ;)
Sadly, we don't live in that romantic world, where happy cows frolic around on green pastures or where a sheppards quard over his herd of sheep in wind and rain, taking care of them.
Wool and Milk are highly industrialized and for profit optimized products and the animals suffer indeed.

We are digressing though. I am not on a vegan crusade and I don't want to convert anyone to anything.

Back to the soaps and creams :)
I am still waiting on four orders of soaps, international shipping, especially from the US sometimes takes ages.
 
#49
I've tried a new soap today - Dr. Jon "Propaganda" - and my first impression is pretty good. The shave was nice and the skin feels nice afterwards as well. Thumbs up so far.
Once my other orders will come in, I'll try to make a summary of my findings.
 
#52
I'd love to try the PAA chocolate-burbon soap, that sounds just nice. Sadly, while the soap seems to be reasonably priced, the shipping costs jst doubled the price and pushed it over the limit, where I would have to pay custom and additional taxes here in germany. That makes this soap really expensive when I compare it to other good soaps.
:(

I am still waiting for my first Caties Bubbles, but I really like my Wickhams very much too.
 
#53
How do you know that Palm oil production hasn't been responsible for the destruction of Orangutan habitat? I have no preference over Tallow or vegetable origin, at least Tallow is using up waste products and is more green to me than Palm.
 
#54
I don't see tallow as a "waste" product, as I don't see the need to kill the animal for food in the first place, but this is a whole different topic and story though and would be digressing from the topic of this thread again.

You are right though, that palm oil prodction in certain areas kills endangered Orangutans and in most cases you don't know the origin of that ingredient. Some manufactures are also aware of that issue and use palm oil from certified and sustainable sources, like Columbia.

Wickham soaps, as an example, state on their webseite:
..
Palm Oil* – Elaies Guineensis
Sustainably certified palm oil produces a sumptuous, long-lasting soap with a thick, creamy lather. Gentle on all skin types, palm oil is loaded with Vitamin E and delivers exceptional moisturising and conditioning results.
...
*The Importance of Sustainable Palm Oil
From Malaysia to Colombia to West Africa, the palm tree is found all across the equatorial regions of the world. Palm oil is produced from the flesh of the palm fruit and is highly saturated due to its palmitic acid content. Palm oil is a popular choice for soap makers as it saponifies easily due to its high Vitamin E content. Recently, there have been huge concerns about the devastating effect palm plantations are having on ancient forests and endangered species. The Roundtable for Sustainable Palm Oil organisation formed in 2004 to help combat the effects of this unsustainable project. The organic palm oil I use is sourced from sustainable, eco-friendly crop plantations in Columbia which are signed up to RSPO. For more information on this initiative, please visit www.rspo.org.
Nanny's Silly Soap:

...
All Palm oil used produced by Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil growers and is also organic.
...
Nearly all my products are suitable for vegans; all stearic acid and glycerine used is of vegetable origin.
...
The soap, that I use in the shower also uses palm oil from similar sources.

But yes, palm oil production is an important point. In some cases, you just don't know as a consumer. It is the same with stearic acid or glycerin, which can be plant or animal based. Sometimes even the soap manufacturer does not know, where the ingredients come from. It is the case of "ignorance being bliss" again.
All you can do as a customer is trying to educate yourself, try to find out what materials and ingredients are used and make an educated decission to either use a certain product, even if there are some unknown factors involved or choose a different product.
In my opinion, that beats knowing about certain issues and problems and doing nothing, just because it is more convenient.


Can we just get back to the topic, as I hopefully answered your question?
 
Last edited:
#55
I'd love to try the PAA chocolate-burbon soap, that sounds just nice. Sadly, while the soap seems to be reasonably priced, the shipping costs jst doubled the price and pushed it over the limit, where I would have to pay custom and additional taxes here in germany. That makes this soap really expensive when I compare it to other good soaps.
:(

I am still waiting for my first Caties Bubbles, but I really like my Wickhams very much too.
I ordered 4 soaps from west coast; the shipping was flat 20 usd i think. So 5 per soap. Not that much.

Also i know shavingstation stocks it, not sure on the price but it's shipping for EU is i think 4.x gbp for one soap...

Sent from my SM-A520F using Tapatalk
 
#56
One addendum to the palm oil point...

I found a small german soap maker with the name "Waldfussel" that makes shaving soap without palm oil. Most are vegan as well, but you need to check each soap. If it is vegan, it is labeled as such.

https://www.waldfussel.de/?cat=c40_Rasierseifen-Rasierseifenstuecke.html

I've ordered some small ones to test how they will perform.


I ordered 4 soaps from west coast; the shipping was flat 20 usd i think. So 5 per soap. Not that much.

Also i know shavingstation stocks it, not sure on the price but it's shipping for EU is i think 4.x gbp for one soap...

Sent from my SM-A520F using Tapatalk
That is good to know, a european shop is indeed helpfull.
 
#57
I had a nice email from Dr. Jon's company.
While their soaps are vegan alright, the palm oil isn't from sustainable sources at the moment. They are very aware of the problem but cannot get the quantities they need on the market.
They are working on a palm oil free version, which might be released in the future. That would be a good thing and I am looking forward to test it, once it is available.
 
Top