What is Cruelty Free Toothpaste?

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Cruelty free toothpaste is any toothpaste product that was formulated and manufactured without using animal testing. However, would it surprise you to learn that the term "cruelty free" can sometimes mean different things to different people? At first, you might think that the term only refers to the absence of animal testing. But for some people, a product is only truly cruelty free when it contains only vegan ingredients. Going a step further, some consumers consider the manufacturer's animal testing policies when deciding whether to purchase it. Let's take a closer look at this.

Cruelty free toothpaste and the absence of animal testing

Animal testing was more widely used for cosmetic products than it is today. Toothpaste is sometimes classified as a cosmetic product, particularly if intended to have a tooth whitening effect. It may also sometimes be classified as a drug if it contains ingredients designed to prevent cavities. However, the FDA does not require cosmetic products to be tested on animals before being made available to consumers. As such, it's largely a matter of preference for companies that manufacture these products.

Many animal welfare advocates have argued that animal testing on cosmetics is inhumane and unnecessary. There are other means of determining whether a product is safe. Furthermore, many toothpaste products only use ingredients that have already been deemed safe for reasonable use by consumers. For all of these reasons, many people choose to purchase cruelty free toothpaste that has not been tested on animals.

Cruelty free toothpaste and the use of all-vegan ingredients

For some consumers, the absence of animal testing is laudable, but it doesn't quite go far enough. For example, if you are vegan, you will likely prefer to choose a toothpaste that does not contain any animal byproducts. Most toothpaste products do not contain these ingredients. After all, toothpaste is mostly comprised of cleansing and abrasive agents designed to whiten the teeth. However, some products contain beeswax, and others may contain glycerin. Glycerin can be derived from plants, but it may also sometimes be derived from animal fat sourced from bones. That's why you may want to look for a toothpaste that is not only cruelty free but also vegan.

The parent companies of otherwise cruelty free toothpaste manufacturers

Some conscientious consumers go one step further. They prefer to patronize independent companies or those with parent companies that do not manufacture or sell any products made with animal testing. They are not on board with the idea of indirectly contributing to animal testing by spending their dollars on the parent company's subsidiary. This is a personal choice that each consumer must make for themselves.

An easy way to shop for natural, cruelty free toothpaste

It can be challenging to find cruelty free toothpaste and similar items off the shelf in supermarkets. You might spend far too long squinting at labels, trying to figure out which brands deserve your hard-earned dollars. Or, you could do it the easy way by shopping online at Terra & Co.

We are committed to providing natural products that are entirely cruelty free for your peace of mind. Furthermore, we only use clean, non-toxic, vegan ingredients that you can trust. Shop our cruelty free toothpaste, natural oil pulling, and dental floss with activated charcoal today!

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