I know what you’re thinking. “Condoms? CONDOMS aren’t vegan?! Why? How?!”
It’s exactly what I thought when I came across the information last year. When I went vegan, there were lots of things I modified – food/ beauty and skincare products/ leather shoes – but it never occurred to me to think about condoms!
According to PlanteousVeg.com, the vast majority of condoms are made from latex and to make latex smooth the milk derivative casein is used in manufacturing. Thus they are not vegan-friendly! Crazy, right? But don’t worry, there are a growing number of options available out there!
I order mine from MyCondom.com. They’re super discreet and offer free delivery on orders over £5; the condoms you order arrive in an unmarked box so you don’t have an awkward encounter with the post man! Plus there’s a menu option at the top that allows you to go straight to the ‘Vegan Condoms’ tab which makes searching infinitely easier.
Vegan Condom Brands
The vegan condom you can buy at MyCondom is Glyde, which is certified vegan, fairtrade and uses thistle extract instead of casein. It comes in the sizes Ultra, Maxi, SlimFit and Super Max as well as lots of different flavours (even Cola!) You can even buy them in bulk (you can get 100 condoms for £38.79). The Glyde factory in Malaysia pays all its workers a fair living wage so by buying you’d help both animals and humans!
Personally, I really like Glyde, but another great brand you can go for is Kimono (particularly if you like a thinner condom). All of Kimono’s range of condoms are vegan and they do not contain spermicide (nonoxynol 9). The lubricant used on their condoms is paraben and glycerin-free (except Kimono MicroThin Plus with Aqua Lube water-based lubricant).
Sir Richard’s condoms are also a very good option. They’re made of all-natural latex and free of glycerin, parabens, spermicide and petrochemicals. They’re also vegan certified and PETA approved with minimal odour! For every Sir Richard’s condom bought, they donate one condom to a country in need, which is a great initiative!
Sustain Natural is a great brand to choose if you’re a vegan and a feminist, as 10% of profits are donated to women’s health initiatives. They’re also non-GMO and fairtrade. L. Condoms are another option to pick; for every product you buy, one is donated to a female entrepreneur in a developing country!
Undercover Condoms is another great site to order your condoms discreetly and even the return address says simply ‘PCPD, LLC’. They sell Kimono, Glyde, and Lifestyles/Mates Skyn (which are available to buy in Boots) non-latex brands.
Durex has three vegan options – Avanti Ultima, Fetherlite Ultra, and Deluxe – so if you’re in a pinch, you can pop to Tesco or any good pharmacy and pick these up!
Condom Subscription Box
You can even get your condoms delivered right to your door every month! This is really handy if you’re too busy to stop and order separately every month. You can get between 5 and 30 condoms every month from Green Condom Club.
You can also get the Green brand condoms as individual orders. The boxes they come in are made from recycled cardboard and the condoms are paraben, benzocaine, nonoxynol-9, gluten and aroma free.
As for lubricants, there are plenty of options, both cheap and expensive. You can go for cheap versions like Superdrug Own Brand lubes or splurge for Sliquid, which has a Pina Colada flavour and is 100% vegan-friendly. It’s water-based, hypoallergenic, paraben and glycerin-free, although it does contain aspartame. You can also check out Kimono Aqua Lube (which is gluten-free) or Good Clean Love, which is made from aloe vera and agar (seaweed).
Coconut oil is an excellent natural lubricant but you shouldn’t use it with condoms as it can weaken the structural integrity of the condom.
If you find yourself in a scenario where the only condom available is a non-vegan one, use it. Ultimately, it’s better to have safe sex than unsafe sex because nobody wants an STI and condoms are the best way to prevent that.
List of some high-quality vegan condom brands:
- Lifestyles Skyn
- L. Condoms
- Sustain Natural
- Sir Richard’s
Play safe! 🙂