Category Archives: Vegan

My Favorite (Vegan) Lubes

Lube dripping down a colorful silicone Vixen Mustang dildoLube is a miraculous invention–it can make all sorts of sexy scenarios more pleasurable. I’ve been an avid lube user for as long as I’ve been blogging (about 7 years now!), and I wanted to share this reference post for whenever people ask me about my favorite lubes.

Sliquid Sassy, Sliquid H2O, & uberlube bottles on a white background

My favorite lubes/the ones I’ve bought and used again and again over the years are Sliquid SassySliquid H2O, and Überlube. And luckily when I went vegan a few years ago, I didn’t have to change what lubes I use because my favorites already happened to be vegan!

My first love was Sliquid H2O–I reviewed it back in 2012, and though the photo is a little cringe-worthy, my thoughts on the lube haven’t changed much–I love that it only contains a few (vegan) ingredients, it doesn’t irritate me/doesn’t really have a taste or smell, and it has a light water-based consistency that’s slippery and mixes well with natural lubrication.

Colorful Vixen Mustang dildo with a puddle of lube around itMy second love and all time favorite lube is Sliquid Sassy. Sassy is similar to H20 but thicker, so it checks off all of the things H20 does with the added bonus of being more versatile since it’s thick enough for anal play and convenient to use with toys since it’s less messy and stays where you plop it better. I usually have both Sassy and H20 around, but if I could only order one lube it would be Sassy since it works well for most scenarios.

I’m including Überlube as a favorite in this post as well because though I don’t really use it, Jake loves it for (penis) masturbation since it’s silicone/very slick and works well in the shower. He’s gone through lots of Überlube over the years, and it’s vegan as well! I don’t use it because I prefer water based for ease of cleaning and because I can use it with all of my toys (whereas silicone lube can damage some silicone toys.)

Macro shot of lots of lube dripping on the head of a colorful Vixen Mustang dildo

I’m not a lube connoisseur or anything, and my requirements for lube are pretty basic–I want it to 1.) make things more slippery and comfortable 2.) not irritate me or leave me feeling gross after 3.) be vegan, and Sliquid does the job well. Back when I worked at a sex shop, I tried quite a few different lubes but never found anything I liked as much as Sliquid, and I haven’t ventured out to try other lubes in years because when I find something I love I tend to stick with it (and also I’ve had issues with some lubes irritating me in the past). There are other vegan lubes out there that I haven’t tried though so if you’d like me to try more and write a vegan lube guide, let me know in the comments!

Get SliquidÜberlube from my fave shop SheVibe or directly from Sliquid (get 10% off with code DIRTYTHOUGHTS). Note: This post is not sponsored but does contain affiliate links, meaning I may make a small commission if you purchase through them (at no extra cost to you)–thanks for your support.

Have you tried Sliquid or Überlube? What’s your favorite lube? Know of any other great vegan lubes I should try? Please let me know in the comments!

A puddle of Sliquid Sassy lube

*This post is not sponsored but contains affiliate links, meaning I make a small commission if you purchase through them (at no extra cost to you). I appreciate your support!

The toy pictured is the Vixen Creations Mustang (in the color Tie-Bright) and the lube is my beloved Sassy!

Vegan Safer Sex Barriers

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Unfortunately many latex condoms and barriers are not vegan friendly because they are made using casein (a milk protein). Lambskin condoms are also definitely not vegan as they are made with sheep intestines. Thankfully though there are quite a few vegan friendly condoms that don’t contain any animal ingredients. 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).

Vegan Latex Condoms & Dams

Glyde offers vegan fair trade latex condoms, flavored condoms, and flavored dental dams. They also have an outreach program and sponsor Woodhull! Glyde products are available from Early to BedSmitten Kitten, Good Vibes, 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.

Sustain Condoms are vegan and fair trade certified latex condoms. My local co-op carries them, and they’re available at Good Vibes, and some mainstream retailers or directly from their site.

pennysblog_vegancondoms_2L Condoms offers 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.

Condomi is also 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. 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.

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.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.

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– Sustain, L Condoms

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_sliquidpinkPS also check out my posts on vegan lube & vegan sex toys!


  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.