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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, 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, 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 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

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. 

Making sure my sex toy collection is vegan friendly

pennysblog_vegansextoysI went vegan a few months ago, so in addition to changing what I eat and going through my clothes, makeup, and toiletries, I also went through my sex toy collection to get rid of anything that’s not vegan friendly1**.

Some things were obvious–leather and fur are definitely not vegan so I gave away the few leather paddles I had as well as my tail butt plug.

But what about everything else? Are dildos and vibrators vegan? What about lube, condoms, and other safer sex barriers?

Sex Toys: Dildo, Vibes, Plugs, Etc.

When I first went vegan, I read a book called Vegan Freak and was glad that it included a short section about sex things. It mentioned that silicone is a vegan friendly sex toy material (yay!) and to avoid jelly rubber because it can contain mystery ingredients, and there’s no way of knowing if it’s vegan unless the manufacturer explicitly says it is. But y’all probably already know that jelly toys are a bad idea anyways since they’re porous and often contain toxic ingredients, so that’s no surprise.

Since silicone, stainless steel, and glass are all great options (and that’s what almost all of my toys are made of), most of my collection was safe–hooray! I wasn’t sure about our Fleshlight though since they don’t list the ingredients in their Superskin material, but I contacted them, and they said it’s fine, also yay!2

Kink Items

Unfortunately a lot of restraints and impact toys are made of leather, but there are also faux leather and other vegan options. As I mentioned earlier, I got rid of a couple of leather paddles I had, but most of what I had is vegan friendly, like my Bettie Page paddle, Tantus Plunge, and Twisted Monk rope. My fave harness is also fine, thank goddess! If you’re looking for vegan kink things, check out my friend Artemisia’s epic list.

Lube

Many drugstore lubes contain glycerin or other animal derived ingredients and are not vegan3. Luckily my favorite brand of lube is Sliquid, which is 100% vegan friendly! My faves are the classic H2O water based and thicker Sassy for anal, but they also carry silicone and flavored varieties. Überlube silicone lube is also a great option (just don’t use it with silicone toys.)4

Condoms & Safer Sex Barriers

Most mainstream latex condom brands are produced with casein (milk protein), but luckily there are some companies that don’t test on animals or use any animal ingredients like Sir Richards and Sustain condoms. Check out my list of vegan safer sex barriers for more info.!

*Pictured: Tantus Adam, Sliquid Sassy, Sir Richards/Sustain condoms

**I did my best to make sure this post is accurate but if you’re not sure if something is vegan and are concerned about it, check out the company’s website or contact them. Some products don’t contain animal ingredients but may be owned by a company that does make products with animal derived ingredients or that does test on animals, so unless the company is certified/advertises as vegan, make your best judgement.


  1. anything that contains animal derived ingredients 

  2. They said Fleshlube water is fine as well but Fire Lubricant isn’t because it contains honey extract. 

  3. and could also be potentially irritating 

  4. They don’t advertise as vegan but I contacted them & they confirmed. 

Review: Sliquid Oceanics

Sliquid OceanicsAfter trying my new love last year, Sliquid H2O, I knew I could never go back to the Dark Ages of sticky, smelly lubes full of glycerin, parabens, and other sketchy and possibly harmful ingredients.  Sliquid H2O has a slick, medium consistency that is long-lasting and doesn’t feel sticky, and most importantly it contains only all natural, hypoallergenic ingredients. Since Sliquid has a range of many types of lubricants, I wanted to try more Sliquid products to see how they compare to my new favorite.

Lovehoney sent me a bottle of Oceanics to review, a water based lube in the Sliquid organics line that has added extracts from the sea. Oceanics utilizes the same 2 main ingredients as Sliquid H2O (Purified water and plant cellulose) but also contains Carrageenan, which may help prevent the spread of HPV, as well as other certified organic botanicals with revitalizing and healing properties. Like all Sliquid products, Oceanics is 100% vegan with no animal testing and is glycerin, paraben, & petroleum free.

In use, Oceanics feels almost the same as Sliquid H2O. Like H2O, Oceanics feels great during foreplay and sex, with a medium consistency that isn’t runny, stays where it should, and mixes well with my natural lubrication. Oceanics also works well for hand jobs and the like, as it’s very long lasting, especially for a water based lube. It is also odorless and almost tasteless (I can taste it slightly but it’s not unpleasant,) and it’s easily washed off with soap and water. One of the only differences I noticed with Oceanics is that it’s slightly stickier than H2O, but it’s hardly noticeable and is still a great, long-lasting lube. It also leaves a light, white, frothy residue after awhile, but I only noticed this when I was testing it by rubbing it between my fingers, not in use. This is probably a result of some of the added botanicals, and like I said, it’s hardly noticeable.

Overall Sliquid Oceanics is very similar to Sliquid H2O and has the same great medium long-lasting consistency. The most important difference is probably its added Carrageenan, since it may help prevent the spread of HPV, one of the most common STD’s.  If you’re interested in a lube that does this, I would definitely recommend Oceanics since it’s a high quality, long lasting lubricant. If you don’t care about the added Carrageenan and botanicals though, then I would stick with Sliquid H2O since Oceanics is a little stickier and has a slight residue. Also, if you’re very sensitive to lube ingredients then you may want to stick with H2O since it has less ingredients (and therefore less possible irritants,) although I am fairly sensitive to lubricants and haven’t had any issues with Oceanics.

For foreplay and vaginal sex; I definitely recommend either H2O or Oceanics depending on your preferences. For anal play though, I recommend Sliquid Sassy, which I’ve tried recently as well and is the same as H2O but thicker, which is important for safe and comfortable butt play.

Thanks to Sliquid, you can now get 10% off of Oceanics, H2O, or whatever else you want at the Sliquid Shop when you use my discount code DIRTYTHOUGHTS!

Ingredients:

Purified Water

Plant Cellulose (from Cotton)

Natural Tocopherols (Vitamin E)- Well known for its healing properties.

Cyamopsis (Guar Conditioners)

Green Tea* & Extracts of Hibiscus*- Well documented for their invigorating & skin elasticity properties.

Flax*- An organic source of Omega-3 fatty acids.

Aloe Barbadensis* & Alfalfa*- Natural skin soothers.

Sunflower Seed*- A rich source of amino acids and minerals.

Carrageenan*- A natural lubricant that has been shown in lab tests to help prevent the spread of HPV (Genital Warts.)

Nori*-A green algae that is an effective natural moisturizer and is also a great source of B Vitamins (Folic Acid) and minerals, including Zinc, Iodine, Iron & Copper.

Wakame*-A red algae often used for its anti-wrinkle & skin revitalizing properties; it’s also a natural source of Vitamins A, B, C and E.

Potassium Sorbate,

Citric Acid

* UDSA Certified Organic

 

Review: Sliquid H2O Lubricant

Readers, I have a confession. I haven’t always been as discerning about lubricants as I am now.  When I first started working in sex toy retail, I was too excited about all of the free lube bottles from product knowledge classes to think about looking up the various ingredients in the array of chemical cocktails I received. However, after some bad experiences with generic lubes as well as becoming more educated, I’ve forced myself to become pickier with lube. Even though I have used some lubricants with glycerin and didn’t have a problem with them (they can provoke yeast infections and UTIs), it’s gotten to the point where even just the discomfort of worrying about the questionable ingredients in a lube is enough to kill my mood.  Thankfully I’ve found one with an ingredients list that doesn’t confuse or scare me: Sliquid H2O.

When I told Jake I had bought a new natural, vegan lube, he immediately asked, “well does it work?” and after many uses the answer is yes, it works exceptionally well. Even if I wasn’t factoring in the ingredients list, I would still consider Sliquid my new favorite lube. It has just the right consistency for most of my uses; it’s not runny and is easily applied to toys and body parts, but it’s not thick either and mixes well with my natural lubrication. Unlike many lubes that leave me with that “I need to shower now because I’m so messy” feeling, Sliquid doesn’t get sticky, even after the water absorbs into skin and tissue. Sliquid is also delightfully odorless and tasteless, something that can’t be said of most water based lubes.

For vaginal use, I’d say this is without a doubt the best lubricant I’ve tried, and I absolutely love it. I’ve also used it with a few small butt plugs, and it worked just fine, but for anal penetration, I prefer something thicker—and speaking of that I would like to try Sliquid’s Sassy (thicker) lubricant in the near future. For penis masturbation, I couldn’t really tell you how this stuff works because Jake’s too busy using up all of the other lubricants that I have deemed unworthy for penetration (ones with glycerin etc.) I would guess that it would dry out pretty quickly though without mixing with vaginal lubrication and may not be the best choice for hand jobs.

Without a doubt, I love Sliquid H2O. It’s slippery and mixes perfectly with my natural lubrication, and it doesn’t leave me feeling sticky. Unlike many other lubricants, Sliquid’s short list of natural vegan ingredients (Purified Water, Plant Cellulose (from cotton), Cyamopsis (Guar conditioners), Potassium sorbate, Citric Acid) doesn’t make me cringe with worry. The only downsides I see to this lubricant are that it is a bit pricey (but well worth it) and it isn’t thick enough to be ideal for anal penetration. After trying and loving Sliquid H2O, I’d like to try more Sliquid lubricants, like Sassy and the Organics line.