Vegan soap

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Olive oil soap is a common vegetable based soap

Vegan soaps (or vegetable soaps) are made from fats or oils of vegetable origin rather than from saponified tallow or other animal fats. These soaps are preferred by vegans and may be preferred by vegetarians. Vegan soaps can, for instance, be made from paraffin or vegetable glycerin, and essential oils.[1]

Vegans may boycott soaps tested on animals[2]. The widely-cited[3] Vegan Society definition of veganism requires to "exclude—as far as is possible and practicable—all forms of exploitation of, and cruelty to, animals"[4], and buying animal testing-free soaps is arguably possible and practicable.[5]

Olive oil soaps[edit]

  • Aleppo soap, a Syrian style of soap noted for the inclusion of Laurel oil in its formulation
  • Castile soap, a wide-ranging style of soap in English-speaking countries, as originally made in the Castile region of Spain
  • Greece's Greek olive-oil soap, an often inexpensive soap
  • Marseille soap, a French style of soap
  • Nabulsi soap, a Palestinian style of soap

Other vegetable oil soaps[edit]

  • Glycerin soap, a type of soap that is vegan if derived from vegetables

Plant-based soaps are also made with coconut oil, safflower oil, sunflower oil and avocado oil as the primary fatty agent.[citation needed]

See also[edit]

  • Dr. Bronner's soaps, the maker of castile liquid and bar soaps in many scents and the company continued by his descendants
  • Shower gel, often synthetic liquid soaps or detergents
  • Soap substitute

External links[edit]


  1. ^ "A Beginners Guide to Vegan Products". Retrieved 2021-03-28.
  2. ^ "Why Vegans Oppose Animal Testing". Vegan Rabbit. Retrieved 2021-03-28.
  3. ^ "Google Scholar". Retrieved 2021-03-28.
  4. ^ "Definition of veganism". The Vegan Society. Retrieved 2021-03-28.
  5. ^ "Vegan Bar Soaps That Weren't Tested on Animals". PETA. 2005-01-28. Retrieved 2021-03-28.