Are All Condoms & Lubes Suitable For Vegans

Are All Condoms & Lubes Suitable For Vegans
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Condoms are one of the best forms of protection, but are all brands suitable for vegans? This Valentine's Day special blog is to showcase some industry statistics, companies going the extra mile such as the production of condoms without animal products or byproducts.

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Disclaimer: All the links to the products are unaware of this blog post, likewise the links are not affiliated and brands are not ranked in a specific order. Product images were taken from the retrospective retailers.

Blog Inspiration

This post was inspired by Sustainably Vegan, who produced this the video below, which might be age restricted in your region. Inspiration also originates from the blogs of the Yes Yes Yes company, Hanx and Gittemary.

Statistics

Personally I think it is important that every person has the choice to purchase goods that align with our lifestyle and values. This choice should remain true with condoms, lube and other sexual items. Fortunately there are lots of brands producing affordable condoms with average at 1$ and $0.58 globally according to BedBibe. However not all condoms are made equally, you may be unaware that some condoms are not vegan certified. Fortunately companies are emerging in the $8.86 billion (2023) and $9.36 billion (2024) market to offer condoms which are vegan and free from dyes and other chemicals. This blog is to showcase some brands leading the way with sustainability and ethics.

Summary

It is important to note that no one should never feel bad or 'too wasteful' about being safe and protecting yourself, this is the case for medicine, and it is also the case here, even if it creates trash.

I have found four brands available in the UK which are going above and beyond the average company. For readers outside of the UK, Mind Body Green's website offer choices for the American market, likewise Danish blogger Gittemary has their list which has some crossovers to my blog. Alternatively consider these the points raised by Hanx when making your next order.

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Condom FAQ's

Blog continues after the FAQ's section

What Are Vegan Products?

Vegan products, such as condoms, means that the product has been made without animal products or byproducts such as casein, beeswax or leather.

Are All Condoms Suitable for Vegans?

Unfortunately, not all condoms are vegan-friendly. Casein which is a milk protein is added to some latex condoms to make them more comfortable for human use. Fortunately the market is changing and many brands are offering vegan condoms. Check sites that approve food and cosmetics as vegan and look out for badges from The Vegan Action Foundation badge or The Vegan Society badge. This blog post lists a few companies going above and beyond by supporting charities and the environment.

Are Condoms Tested on Animals?

As condoms are a medical device, they are often tested on animals to pass the rigorous testing required for certification. There's a chance the condom you're using has been tested on bunnies and horses.

What is Casein?

Casein is added to some latex condoms to make them more comfortable for human use; however, casein is an animal protein derived from cow's or goat's milk.

What Are Condoms Made From?

Condoms can be made from various materials, such as latex, polyurethane, or polyisoprene, to name a few. Commonly companies opt for latex, a milky fluid found in many plants. The latex used to make condoms typically comes from the rubber tree. While this sounds great, the manufacturing part is where things may differ.

Are There Chemicals in My Condoms?

While chemicals do not have a direct link with veganism, most vegans and many non-vegans strive to choose products that are vegan, natural and organic. Many brands contain unknown chemicals and can affect our bodies in more than one way, as Hanx describes.

What is the Difference Between Vegan and Cruelty Free?

It can be easy to mix 'vegan' and 'cruelty-free' products. While closely linked and often found together, their concepts are different. Vegan products do not contain animal-based ingredients, whereas cruelty-free means products haven't been tested on animals. Therefore a product could be deemed vegan, yet it has been tested on animals. The Vegan Trademark is an internationally recognised standard for products free of all animal use, ingredients, and testing.

Is Natural Good?

Natural is a term that is commonly used which may cause confusion. The term means that the ingredients were not made in a lab; this means they are not artificial or synthetic. Natural products are not necessarily free of harmful chemicals, therefore it is always best to check the label. For example Here We Flo says that their condoms are free from Lidocaine and benzocaine, Nitrosamines, Nonoxynol-9 + Spermicides.

Is Organic Good?

Organic products means that the product was grown without the use of pesticides, synthetic fertilizers, or genetically modified organisms.

Condoms

Hanx

Hanx Condom. Photograph: Hanx

Vegan |
Organic |
Cruelty-free |
Other Certifications |
Other Information |
Uses all-natural latex, free from dyes, fragrances, and spermicides.
Price | See table below for prices of packs and per unit.
Size(s) | 53mm & 56mm


Hanx was founded by Farah Kabir and Dr Sarah Welsh in 2017, creating a women owned British wellness company. Currently Hanx produce condoms, lube, contraceptives, a sex toy and intimate care products. Their condoms can be bought with an organic cotton zip pouch to keep them safe and away from pesky eyes. Hanx products can be found in some high street stores such as Sainsburys in packs of ten. If you prefer discretion or want to explore what they have to offer, they sell their products online and ship discreetly to your door.

Below are the prices of their condoms ranging from packs of 3 to 120.

QuantityPrice Per PackPrice Per Unit
3 ¹ £4.99£1.66
10 ¹ £12.99£1.30
30 ¹ £32.99£1.10
50 ¹ £49.99£1
120 ² £110.00£0.92
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Table showing the price of Hanx condoms as of April 2024, prices might be different elsewhere.
Pricing for items labelled ¹
Pricing for items labelled ²

Here We Flo

Here We Flo Condom Packing. Photograph: Here We Flo

Vegan |
Organic |
Cruelty-free |
Other Certifications | B corporation
Other Information | Uses all-natural latex, Donates to an LGBTQ+ youth homelessness charity, free from dyes, fragrances, and spermicides.
Price | See table below for prices of packs and per unit.
Size(s) | 54mm & 56mm


Here We Flo are an award winning company, having won 'Best Beauty Shortlist Awards 2023 Eco Lifestyle Winner' which they proudly present next to some of their products. Here We Flo say that their condoms are 'Certified Climate Neutral' by Climate Partner and the rubber is sustainably harvested from rubber trees through the Regenerative Rubber Initiative cooperative of small agroforestry. On their condom product page they explain that they are founding members of the Regenerative Rubber Initiative, which means they use Fair Agroforestry Latex. Their notice says that the company cooperates directly with smallholders who earn fair wages & practice biodiverse, sustainable farming of rubber trees. Finally Here We Flo condoms are produced in solar-powered factories. On top of their condoms the women owned business offer period and pee care products.

Below are the prices of their condoms ranging from packs of 6 to 24.

QuantityPrice Per PackPrice Per Unit
6£9.69£1.62
12£13.69£1.14
24£22.69£0.95
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Table showing the price of Here We Flo condoms as of April 2024. Prices might be different elsewhere.

Glyde

Glyde Condom Packing. Photograph: Glyde

Vegan |
Organic |
Cruelty-free |
Other Certifications | Fairtrade
Other Information | Uses all-natural latex, free from dyes, and spermicides.
Price | See table below for prices of packs and per unit.
Size(s) | 49mm, 53mm, 56mm & 60mm


Glyde condoms are both vegan (since 2006) and Fair Trade; opting to use a thistle extract which does exactly the same as the casein (see the drop down menu at the top of the blog for more info in casein).

Glyde condoms are the most accessible worldwide and list the sites where you can find their products on their website. Glyde condoms have a comprehensive  frequently asked questions (FAQ) helping alleviate any concerns you may think of. For the purpose of pricing we have taken data from Condoms UK as the company does not sell directly through their website. Glyde offers a wide variety of sizes and is the only brand on our list to produce flavoured condoms using food quality natural extracts as stated on their FAQ.

QuantityPrice Per PackPrice Per Unit
10£11.99£1.20
20£22.79£1.14
30£32.39£1.08
100£49.99£0.50
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Table showing the price of Glyde condoms as of April 2024. Data taken from Condoms UK, prices might be different elsewhere.

Fair Squared

Fair Squared Condom Packing. Photograph: Fair Squared


Vegan |
Organic |
Cruelty-free |
Other Certifications | Fairtrade
Other Information | Uses all-natural latex, free from dyes, and spermicides.
Price | See table below for prices of packs and per unit.
Size(s) | 52mm, 53mm, 54mm, 60mm & 64mm


Fair Squared offer a range of beauty and zero waste products on their website however, they sell these through third party websites such as Condoms UK. Unlike Glyde the company only lists one third party company where they sell their product meaning you will have to search for stock, as we did on Condoms UK. Fair Squared offer basic information about each product under the condom category. Fair Squared's condom packaging states they are CO2 neutral, though little detail is given on their website.

The table below is using data taken from two different websites, see ¹ and ² below the table. Stock may vary between shops such as British Condoms sell the larger 64mm size which Condoms UK does not; however Condoms UK has more choice and a personal lubricant.

QuantityPrice Per PackPrice Per Unit
3 ¹£3.99£1.33
10 ¹£9.99£1
20 ¹£16.99£0.85
30 ²£33.99£1.13
40 ¹£24.99£0.62
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Table showing the price of Glyde condoms as of April 2024, prices might be different elsewhere.
¹ Data taken from British Condoms
² Data taken from Condoms UK

Lube FAQ's

Are Lubes Vegan?

Most lubricants are not made using animal products, but some are. Check the ingredients list if available and sites that approve food and cosmetics as vegan. Badges from The Vegan Action Foundation badge or The Vegan Society badge are useful guarantees.

What is Glycerin?

Glycerin (Propylene glycol) is a commonly listed ingredient in sexual lubrications. Glycering is a sweet-tasting preservative classified as a sugar alcohol, often added to personal lubricants and flavored condoms. Glycerin promotes retention of moistures and preservatives but can cause irritation.

Lube

Another adult product that contributes to how we affect the planet is lube. BedBible reports that the personal lubrication generates $1.85 billion per year with an $300.8 million coming from USA. Upon inspecting a sexual lubricant it can be easy to find ingredients that we might not know such as propylene glycol. Despite the controversy of how bad it might be 29% of people have sought out lubricants without parabens, and 25% reported seeking out lubricants without glycerin.

Lovehoney, who is not in our list because their lubes contain glycerin said they sold enough lube in 2022 to fill 796 hot tubs. Many intimate products contain ingredients such as parabens, carbomers and other synthetics, which can make their way into sewage systems and disrupt wildlife. 

Adult products contribute to the depth of our footprint on the planet and contain chemicals that are potentially harmful to it and us. For example, a vast percentage of the lubes on the market are full of concerning ingredients such as parabens, carbomers and other synthetics, which can make their way into sewage systems and disrupt wildlifeYes Yes Yes, wrote that these chemically-derived ingredients can be harmful to the planet, but they are also a concern for the human body and can smother skin, cause irritation and even cause tissue damage.

I found two brands which contain less or no chemicals compared to the average brands. The brands selected are vegan, and one is certified organic; however, due to the nature of the product, none are plastic-free. One brand on the list uses 100% plant-based compostable plastic except for their pump on the larger bottles. Please ensure the lube you are using is suitable for use with condoms or wherever you intend to use it. Hanx has a great post on condoms and lubricants. If you are outside the UK, consider their bullet points when making your next order.


Lubes

Natural Love Company

Natural Love Company Lube Packing. Photograph: Natural Love Company

Vegan |
Organic |
Cruelty-free |
Other Certifications | 1% for the planet
Other Information | Plastic free (except pump bottle lids on 300ml bottles)
Price | £14.95 or £22.95
Size(s) | 100ml - 300ml


The Natural Love Company produce and sell sex toys, lube, toy cleaner and condoms from Hanx. Their lube comes in two types, aloe vera or wild strawberry, with the ingredients listed online. Their bottles are made with wheat plastics which, sounding rather funky, also means they're easily compostable. They give more advice on the disposal of their bottles at the bottom of their FAQ section.

Product SizePrice Per BottlePrice Per 100ml
100ml£14.95£14.95
300ml£22.95£7.65
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Table showing the price of The Natural Love Company's Simply Lube as of April 2024, prices might be different elsewhere.

Yes Yes Yes

Yes Yes Yes Lube Packing. Photograph: Yes Yes Yes

Vegan |
Organic |
Cruelty-free |
Other Certifications | 1% for the planet
Other Information | Made in Britain
Price | £7.99, £11.99 & £15.99
Size(s) | 50ml, 100ml and 150ml


Yes Yes Yes, is a women-owned company producing vaginal moisturisers, lubricants and menopause products. The pricing has been taken from their water-based lubricant. Their websites' health professionals' tab states that YES VM (vaginal moisturiser) and WB (water-based) are registered medical devices and are available on the NHS drug tariff. It also says that its medical support team provides free-of-charge samples for clinics, allowing patients to try the products before receiving a prescription or purchasing directly.

Product SizePrice Per BottlePrice Per 100ml
50ml£7.99£15.98
100ml£11.99£11.99
150ml£15.99£10.66
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Table showing the price of YES® WB Water-Based Lubricant as of April 2024, prices might be different elsewhere.