It never crossed my mind that condoms are not vegan but someone asked me. As it turns out not all condoms are vegan!
There are many condom brands out there that are vegan (not certified) but I’m going to list the most know and remarkable brands in this article.
Casein is used to make latex condoms more smooth. So in most cases you’ll be have a vegan condom when the condom is not made of latex. Other things to keep in mind is that harmful chemicals are used like spermicide, glycerin, paraben, talc, nonoxynol-9 and benzocaine.
Durex (World Wide)
Durex is the most known and respected condom brand. I emailed Durex to know if their condoms are vegan and this is what they replied.
The good news is that all latex-free Durex condoms are vegan (like their ‘Reel Feeling’ condoms).
After doing some more research on vegan condoms I also asked them if Durex condoms are free of glycerin-free, paraben-free, talc, nonoxynol-9 and benzocaine. Surprisingly I got absolutely no reply on his email or the reminder I sent one week after.
Glyde (World Wide)
Glyde is Certified Ethical & Vegan by the Vegan Society. Their condoms are free of risky chemicals, casein, talc, parabens and spermicide. Has no latex odor, tested for strenght and Non-GMO fair trade natural rubber is used. In short a vegan plant based condom that shouldn’t tear.
Sir Richard’s (US)
Sir Richard’s condoms are free of harmful chemicals (parabens, spermicide, or glycerin), PETA-approved and Vegan-certified.
Fench Letter (Europe)
Fench Letter offers a range of Vegan, fairtrade condoms and Co2 neutral condoms.
Question:“Are your condoms free of glycerin-free, paraben-free, talc, nonoxynol-9 and benzocaine?”
Answer:“Ingredients are Natural Latex and silicone lube except sensitive dry which is Latex only. The corn starch is only used on the machines to prevent sticking and some is potentially on the condom. Condoms are tested under EU regulations which includes nitrosamines, we have a special washing process that eliminates their possibility. We are under the EU limit for the nasties or we wouldn’t get the CE mark”
Our condoms are produced using a corn starch powder, most condoms use casein. Both are described as a powder and often a “talc”. Corn starch we use is GMO free.”
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