Author: Penny

Vegan Safer Sex Barriers

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Most latex condoms and barriers are not vegan friendly because they are made using casein (a milk protein) and are tested on animals. Lambskin condoms are also definitely not vegan as they are made with sheep intestines. Thankfully though there are some vegan friendly condoms that don’t contain any animal ingredients and aren’t tested on animals. Also check out my post on vegan sex toys.

Vegan Latex Condoms & Dams

Thankfully there are plenty of vegan latex condom options! Condoms can also be converted to dental dams, which is handy because dams aren’t as widely available, and there aren’t any certified vegan flavorless/scentless dam options (that I know of).

Sustain Condoms are vegan and fair trade certified latex condoms. My local co-op carries them (yay!) and they’re available at Good Vibes, Condomania, and some mainstream retailers like Bed Bath & Beyond, Target, Whole Foods, and CVS or directly from their site.

Sir Richards are vegan certified condoms with a Buy One Give One program (for every condom bought, they donate one to a community in need.) I found some at my local vegan shop, and they’re available from Early to Bed and SheBop as well some mainstream retailers or directly from their site.

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*So far I’ve tried Sir Richard’s & Sustain, and I don’t really have a preference between them. They both go on easily, I can barely feel them, and they don’t have a strong latex smell or taste.

Glyde also offers vegan fair trade latex condoms, flavored condoms, and flavored dental dams. They’re one of the cheapest options, and they also have an outreach program and sponsor Woodhull! I have yet to try them but will add an update when I do. Glyde products are available from Early to BedSmitten Kitten, Good Vibes, SheBop, Condomania, or directly from their site.

L Condoms offers certified vegan latex condoms, and they also have a buy one give one program. They’re available from Condomania, some Whole Foods, and directly from their site.

French Letter is a UK company that makes fair trade, vegan condoms including non-lubricated condoms (the only ones I know of). Non-lubricated condoms are ideal for vegans who want to use condoms on silicone toys since many condoms use silicone lubricant, which can damage silicone toys. They ship to the US and other countries.

Condomi is also a UK company that makes vegan condoms.

RFSU are latex condoms made in Sweden–I see them listed as vegan on retailers sites, but I couldn’t find any information from them directly about being vegan or certified.

Kimono condoms aren’t certified but are advertised as vegan. I don’t know the company’s stance on animal testing though. They’re available at Early to Bed, SheBopGood Vibes, from their site, and at CVS.

B Condoms aren’t certified or advertised as vegan but they say they are in their FAQ section.

Einhorn is a German company that makes vegan, fair trade, sustainable condoms. I wish I could order some because they’re unicorn themed and have fun packaging, but they’re only available in Germany and Austria.

Non-Latex Condoms, Dams, & Gloves

I’m not allergic to latex, but I used to think I had a latex sensitivity because latex condoms often mildly irritated me. Now that I’ve switched to vegan latex condoms, I haven’t had any issues, so in my case it might have been something in standard latex condoms. I’m not a doctor though and obviously avoid latex if you think you’re allergic.

As far as I know, non-latex barrier options such as nitrile and polyisoprene are formulated as vegan, but unfortunately there aren’t any certified/advertised vegan options (if you know of any, please let me know!), and the companies that make these may test on animals.

FC2 are nitrile internal condoms. They’re available from SheVibe, Early to BedSmitten Kitten, Good Vibes, and some mainstream retailers like Walgreens, Walmart, & CVS.

Hot Dams are polyurethane, flavorless dental dams. The only shop I’ve found them at is SheBop.

Nitrile gloves are available from Early to Bed, Good Vibes, SheBop, and many other mainstream stores–I’ve even found some at Home Depot.

Lifestyles SKYN & Durex Avanti Bare are polyisoprene non-latex condoms and are available where most condoms are sold. They may be formulated without animal ingredients since they aren’t latex, but they aren’t advertised as vegan and are subsidiaries of companies that do test on animals.1

pennysblog_vegancondoms_3*Note: This post is not sponsored. Support sex positive shops (and my blog!) by shopping through the affiliate links below, or buy vegan condoms locally or directly from the manufacturer. I don’t recommend buying condoms (or sex toys) from Amazon.

Shops with vegan barrier options

CondomaniaSustain, Glyde, L Condoms

Early to Bed– Sir Richard’s, Glyde, FC2, nitrile glovesKimono, SKYN. They also have a list of their vegan products.

Good Vibrations– Sustain, Glyde, FC2, nitrile glovesKimonoSKYN

SheBopSir Richard’s, Glyde Dams, RFSU, Hot Dam, FC2, nitrile gloves, Kimono, SKYN. Also check out all of their vegan products.

Smitten Kitten– Glyde, FC2SKYN. Also check out all of their vegan products.

SheVibeFC2, SKYN. Also check out their other vegan products.

Vegan condoms in Austin

If you’re looking for vegan condoms in Austin, I’ve found them at the following places:

Rabbit Food Grocery– Sir Richard’s, Sustain

Wheatsville Co-op (South Lamar)- Sustain, Kimono

Whole Foods (Lamar)- Sustain, L Condoms

*In case you’re wondering, the adorable bag my condoms are in is the Limited Edition Fun Factory Toybag! Condoms pictured: SustainSir Richard’s 

pennysblog_sliquidpinkI’ll probably do a separate post about vegan lubes, but my fave is Sliquid! H2O & Sassy are my go-tos.


  1. I emailed and verified that SKYN does not contain casein. 

Corny

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Pictured: Lilly holding Lunabelle‘s Crazy Corncob dildo while we admired her sex toy collection at Woodhull Sexual Freedom Summit last year. I had so much fun bonding with my peeps (and doing impromptu naked photoshoots, like you do.) Sadly I won’t be able to make it this year, but I’ll be there with the #blogsquad in spirit.

Happy Toy Tuesday y’all!

Review: Hot Octopuss Pulse

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While vibrators in general aren’t exclusive to clits and vaginas, there aren’t a lot of vibes designed specifically with penises in mind, so my partner Jake was excited to try out the Hot Octopuss Pulse II Duo.

The Pulse is a masturbator style vibrator made of silicone, with a motor that vibrates against the frenulum and two flexible wings that wrap around the shaft. There are two versions of the Pulse–the Solo, which has just the internal motor, and the one I have, the Duo, that’s marketed as a couples’ toy and features a second remote controlled external motor for use with a partner. My Pulse is also the updated model–it’s now waterproof and has 5 patterns in addition to steady vibration.

As excited as Jake was about the Pulse initially, I could tell it was a dud for him when after only trying it a couple of times he said “oh, I guess I have to try that thing again” like it was homework instead of a treat.

It’s not that it’s a totally crappy toy–the internal motor has strong, rumbly vibration, it’s made of high quality silicone, and it’s fairly easy to use, with an on/off button on the left side and +/- intensity controls on the right where your hand rests, though it is rather bulky and heavy.

The problem is the Pulse’s strokability. The instructions claim that it can be used as either just a vibrator without lube or as a typical masturbator with lube, but since the silicone is rigid and bulky, it’s not easily thrustable, even with lube. The stiff silicone hits Jake’s head if he tries to stroke with it, which is uncomfortable, so he’s stuck using it stationary with only the vibration, which is stimulating at first, but without any motion becomes desensitizing. Using it for too long has actually makes him loose his erection, which is definitely a fail. He’d rather use a Fleshlight, a Tenga Egg, his hand, or pretty much anything rather than use the Pulse again now that we’re done reviewing it.

But what about using the Pulse as a “couples’ toy,” since it has an external motor?

pennysblog_hotoctopusspulse2First off, Jake doesn’t love vibration by itself, so obviously he wasn’t going to love it1, but we tried it anyways (because #sexbloggerlyfe.)

The external motor has 3 steady speeds and is decently strong, but unlike the internal motor its vibration is buzzy2, which insults my clit. It’s also hard to keep it in place. We tried it with him on top, but if he moved a certain way, it felt abrasive. With me on top it was slightly better, but one slap on my boobs or twitch and it’d move away from where it felt best on my clit. Oh, and did I mention that it makes a horrible rattling sound?

So basically it was like Jake was wearing a bulky, loud cock ring except that you can’t have penetrative sex with it on. And I’m totally down with vibration instead of penetration but having to grind on my partner with an obnoxious chunk of silicone between us with buzzy, loud vibrations, hoping that it won’t move and rub my clit the wrong way is just ridiculous. I’ll stick to using a normal rumbly vibe I can control myself, thanks.

The only way I kind of enjoyed the Pulse was around Mustang Royale positioned over my vulva as if it was my cock. Some vibration did transfer while holding it at the base of Mustang, but not enough to get me off.

For us, the Hot Octopuss Pulse II Duo was a mega fail. Jake will never use it again now that our review is done, and I’d rather give up pizza for a month than use it again during partner sex. It wasn’t quite as bad as Ida, but still, remind me to never agree to review a “couples’ toy” again, please.

Although I’m hesitant to say that just because a toy doesn’t work for me doesn’t mean it won’t work for you3, in this case it’s true. I know some others who love the Pulse, and if you have a penis and enjoy vibration without stroking, you might like it. The internal motor is strong, like Eroscillator strong, and since it’s open, people with erectile dysfunction can still enjoy it while flaccid, which is great.

If you do want to try the Pulse, I’d get the Pulse Solo–I don’t recommend using it for couples’ play anyways, and it’s $40 cheaper. Since it’s silicone, stick to water based lubes with it.

Thanks Hot Octopuss for sending me the Pulse in exchange for an honest review!

*Dildo pictured: VixSkin Tex


  1. you can only turn on the external vibration if the internal motor is on 

  2. aka surface level vibration/vibration that doesn’t stimulate the deeper inner clitoris & usually results in lackluster orgasms if any for me 

  3. because some toys just suck