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Finding Cruelty Free Razors


Which razors are cruelty free?

cruelty free razors

Although razors themselves aren’t tested on animals, finding cruelty free razors is tricky! This is because the personal care industry is practically monopolized by big brands that have less-than-honorable ethics and test their products on animals in one way or another.

Here are 5 popular brands of razors and the breakdown on their cruelty-free status. (Nothing to disclose – no samples provided.)

Gillette, maker of the infamous Venus razor, is the biggest manufacturer of disposable razors wordwide. They’re owned by Procter & Gamble, who are notorious for animal testing and also own brands such as CoverGirl, Olay, and Herbal Essences – none of which are cruelty-free. Gillette also make a full range of shaving creams and products that are tested on animals, making the brand itself NOT cruelty-free. BIC should also be avoided, as they’re NOT cruelty-free and can be found on PETA’s list of companies that do test on animals.

Schick is another popular brand of women’s razors, owned by Energizer Holdings. This big corporation also owns Skintimate shaving creams and Hawaiian Tropic sun care, both of which are sold in China, and therefore being tested on animals in accordance with Chinese law. Therefore, Schick razors might be cruelty-free, but they’re owned by a parent company that isn’t. (Editor’s note – see our stance on this here.)

Note from Tashina of Logical Harmony (who I call the cruelty free detective – she’s great at finding out secrets!): Energizer Holdings are just a distributor. Some brands they own may be tested on animals, but that’s at the decision of the brand itself. All brands underneath it operate independently. I know that’s another tricky line, but it’s not really the same as a parent company like L’Oreal who controls a lot about the brands they own and isn’t just a distributing channel.

Popular among vegans are Personna razors. You might have seen this brand in a health store or heard of it on a vegan forum.

Note from Tashina of Logical Harmony: Personna is also sold in a lot of vegan only places, like veganessentials.com and Food Fight Grocery that actually do an amazing job of verifying brands as being both cruelty free and vegan. If a parent company tests on animals or anything along those lines, they won’t carry the brand.

I haven’t been able to get a response from American Safety Razors about animal testing. Personna however has replied with their own animal testing stance and it’s not the same response you get from Energizer Holdings and not a blanket response for all EH brands.

My personal recommendation for cruelty-free razors is Preserve. This company exclusively makes razors, toothbrushes, and personal care items that are made from recycled materials. This means that not only do they refuse to test on animals, but they’re also eco-friendly! To top it off, their razors perform very well in my experience, and they’re widely available: you can find them at Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s, Target, or order them online from Amazon.

One last concern when it comes to cruelty-free razors: are they vegan? This question might sound ridiculous to some, but you might be surprised to learn that a lot of razors contain a polyurethane moisture strip that’s sometimes lubricated with animal ingredients. If you’re vegan and you want to make sure that your razor doesn’t contain animal ingredients, Preserve’s razors are the only ones I’ve found that actually list the ingredients of their moisture strips (aloe, vitamin E oil, vegan colorant) on their website. This makes them the safest vegan option.

Cruelty Free Kitty

Suzi is the founder of Cruelty Free Kitty, a beauty blog for sassy animal-lovers who aim for the perfectly cruelty-free home and makeup stash. She’s on a quest for the best cruelty-free products, from makeup and skincare to personal care and household products. Besides beauty, she’s passionate about fitness and healthy living, and has an undying love for pugs. Follow her on Twitter at @crueltyfreecat.

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14 comments

  1. Thank you SO much for this! Preserve is a great option for most people. My skin is EXTREMELY sensitive, especially to shaving. The Preserve razors were a little harsh on my skin, so I’m still looking for other options. But I think for the average person, they’d definitely do the trick.

  2. I started using Preserve at the recommendation on Logical Harmony. I love them! I’m so happy the option is available to people!

  3. That’s awesome to hear! πŸ™‚ I love their razors!

  4. That’s feedback I have heard a lot from people, unfortunately. I’m not sure what the difference would be or is. Hopefully you can find a good cruelty-free option that works for you soon!

  5. I honestly never thought about my razors when it comes to cruelty free products. It just never occurred to me! I feel so dumb. A good tip for shaving with super sensitive skin, exfoliate MAJORLY before shaving. My skin is super sensitive too and it helps a ton.

  6. That’s a good tip! I exfoliate and use Preserve razors and my sensitive has never had a problem with them.

  7. Hiya, I also run a cruelty-free blog πŸ™‚ unfortunately Preserve are owned by Clorox who openly admit to testing on animals. I don’t believe in supporting a company who’s part profits will feed a corporate giant who tests on animals. πŸ™

  8. I’m coming from the other side of the aisle, being a man, but I do my best to buy cruelty free as well. I am hoping you may have some information about the Dorco (aka Dorco USA, Dorco Shai, etc.) brand of razors. They’re available online for much better prices than the bigger names of razors, companies I know are not cruelty free. I have not found them on PETA’s list of companies that do test, but I also haven’t found them on Leaping Bunny’s list of approved companies. Before I give them any of my money, I’d like to know what’s what. Any help you can give would be greatly appreciated!!

  9. Hmmm don’t know that one. When in doubt, contact them. Ask if they test on animals, if their suppliers test on animals and if they sell in countries that test (like mainland China).

  10. Preserve is owned by Clorox. True??

  11. I tried Preserve razors. They were HORRIBLE. Literally did not even remove hair. I put mine straight in the recycling. …Still on the lookout for a good cruelty free razor.

  12. I had the same experience! I just found Dollar Shave Club – super affordable and they clearly state in their FAQ they do not test on animals. I just ordered my first one after seeing lots of recommendations from other vegans, so I’m really excited!

  13. I have super sensitive skin, too, and was horrified by Preserve. Not only did they not work, they gave me awful razor burn. I just found Dollar Shave Club – super affordable and they clearly state in their FAQ they do not test on animals. I just ordered my first one after seeing lots of recommendations from other vegans, so I’m really excited!

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