Did you know that most bar soaps contain animal fat derivatives? As a byproduct of the meat industry, animal fat is inexpensive and widely-used (not only in soap, but also in crayons, wax paper, and cosmetics). Animal fat derivatives include tallow, sodium tallowate, stearic acid and lard, to name just a few. It’s a safe assumption that unless a soap is labeled as vegetable-based, it is most likely made from slaughterhouse byproducts. Furthermore, many soap brands still rely on outdated animal testing, so you should always be on the lookout for the “cruelty-free” label.
Dr. Bronner’s soaps are available in liquid and bar form, and have long been used by vegans and health enthusiasts alike. The company’s liquid soap is especially versatile since it can be used to clean your hands, face, hair, bathroom sink, kitchen floor, dishes, laundry and more. Many other vegan brands are now widely available. Your local natural foods store, Trader Joe’s, or Whole Foods Market will carry a good selection, and you can also find several vegan soaps online at Amazon.com.