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10 Best Vegan Toothpaste Brands for Sparkling Teeth (2019)

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Toothpaste. We all eat, so we all need to brush our teeth, or at least, we should. Toothpaste is kind of integral to that whole process.

But did you know many common brands are tested on animals and/or made with them? Ick.

Thankfully, our modern world is becoming more conscientious, and more companies are opting out of animal testing and animal-derived ingredients.

Still, it’s daunting to pick through all the varieties of toothpastes to find one that fits your lifestyle. We’ve got your back, though!

Check out our top ten picks for best vegan toothpaste.

In a Hurry? Here’s Our Quick List of Top Picks

10 Top Picks for Vegan Toothpastes

Tea Tree Oil & Neem Wintergreen Toothpaste by Desert Essence

Desert Essence Tea Tree Oil and Neem Toothpaste - 6.25 oz - Helps Fight Plaque - Refreshing - Deep Cleans Teeth and Gums - w/Tea Tree Oil, Neem Extract, Wintergreen Leaf Oil - Cruelty-free

First off, what the heck is Neem? It’s a type of evergreen tree native to India. Its twigs are traditionally used by indigenous peoples to clean their teeth and gums.

The ayurvedic extract from the tree is used to whiten teeth, counter mouth bacteria, and freshen breath.

Combine this with the antiseptic properties of Tea Tree oil, and the bacteria that causes gingivitis and bad breath has met its match. The natural surfactants and power of baking soda give your teeth a good scrubbing, without being overly abrasive.

The pure refreshment of Wintergreen oil balances everything out, and you’ve got a zippy finish to your morning routine!

This toothpaste does everything it claims and then some. Faithful users have given glowing testimonies about the improvement of their dental health.

While it may take a bit to get used to the grittiness and slight saltiness of the baking soda, your pearly whites will be well worth the effort!

What We Like

  • No animal ingredients or testing
  • Fluoride-free
  • No artificial flavors or dyes
  • Gluten-free
  • A little goes a long way

What We Don’t Like

  • Contains carrageenan
  • Has an acquired taste
  • Somewhat salty
  • May be too sudsy for some

Sea Fresh Strengthening Fluoride-Free Toothpaste by JASON

JASON Sea Fresh Strengthening Fluoride-Free Toothpaste, Deep Sea Spearmint, 6 Ounce Tube

Okay, so what exactly does Sea Fresh mean? Well, this toothpaste is made with ingredients sourced from the sea, including blue algae and sea salt. Both these help heal and detoxify, strengthening your gums and teeth.

Sea Fresh also has the power of three natural whitening polishers, bamboo powder, calcium carbonate, and silica. These ingredients work together to whiten your teeth over time, without being abrasive.

Grapefruit seed and Pernilla seed extracts block sugar acids and keep harmful bacteria from forming in the nooks and crannies between your teeth. Both provide natural antimicrobials to keep those nasties at bay.

This toothpaste also has parsley. Most of us know parsley as the pretty little green plant that often ends up on the side of your fancy dinner plate.

But did you know it can help to freshen your breath and cleanse your palate? It’s not a popular garnish just for its looks!

What We Like

  • Fluoride-free
  • No animal products or testing
  • No GMOs
  • Gluten-free
  • No artificial colors or dyes

What We Don’t Like

  • Contains Carrageenan
  • “Foamy” texture
  • Somewhat chalky
  • Some may consider it has a funky flavor

Earthpaste by Redmon

Redmond Earthpaste - Natural Non-Fluoride Toothpaste- Peppermint (3 pack- 3 x 4 Ounce Tube)

Earthpaste is a unique toothpaste in that its main ingredient is clay. Why clay? You aren’t making pottery, right? Clay, and specifically bentonite clay, has 1000s of uses, and many of them are beneficial to your health.

Earthpaste uses Redmond clay, which comes from their own clay deposit in Utah. They control every aspect of the clay to product process, making this about as close to nature as you can get.

It also has the distinction of using minimal ingredients. Only water, clay, salt, xylitol, and essential oils. Five ingredients come together to make one effective toothpaste!

This toothpaste doesn’t work the way you might be used to. Without surfactants, there is no foaming, so it may feel like your teeth aren’t getting clean. However, the foam doesn’t really do anything to aid in cleansing, so there’s no need to worry.

What We Like

  • Only five ingredients
  • No Carrageenan, Fluoride, or surfactants
  • Made in the US, with US ingredients
  • No artificial anything
  • No animal products or testing (Redmond says they only test on Redmonds, not animals!)

What We Don’t Like

  • Mouth feel takes getting used to
  • Foamless formula may be harsh on sensitive gums
  • Unpredictable when squeezing out (Sometimes it doesn’t come out; sometimes it squirts everywhere)
  • Less effective for heavy tartar or plaque

Dirty Mouth Organic Toothpowder by Primal Life Organics

Dirty Mouth Organic Toothpowder #1 BEST RATED All Natural Dental Tooth Powder Cleanser- Gently Polishes, Cleans, Re-Mineralizes, Strengthens Teeth -Peppermint (1oz=3mo Supply) Primal Life Organics

Dirty Mouth seems like a strange name for a tooth cleaning product, right? It gets its name from the dark color of the clay and the way it looks when you’re brushing. And no, it doesn’t taste like dirt!

This isn’t your ordinary dental hygiene product, so why have an ordinary name? Primal Life’s tooth powder is a unique product to get your chompers clean and shiny!

The ingredients are simple. Three clays (extra fine bentonite, white kaolin, and French green), aluminum-free baking soda, and essential oils. The usage is simple. Moisten your toothbrush, dip into the tub, and brush as usual.

It does take some getting used to. We have been squeezing tubes of paste onto our brushes for so long. But, once you master the method, it becomes instinctive.

The clay blend gently polishes, re-mineralizes, strengthens, whitens, and polishes your teeth. This little tub might just change the way you clean your mouth forever.

What We Like

  • No artificial anything
  • A little goes a long way
  • 6 varieties for every taste
  • No Fluoride, sweeteners, or carrageenan

What We Don’t Like

  • Can be messy
  • Expensive
  • Learning curve for use
  • May increase tooth sensitivity for some

Natural Toothpaste by Nature’s Gate

Nature's Gate Natural Toothpaste, Creme de Peppermint, Fluoride Free, Vitamin C; Vegan, Non GMO, Carageenan Free, Gluten Free, Soy Free, Paraben Free, Cruelty Free, 6 Ounce Recyclable Tube (Pack of 6)

You want natural, but still have reservations about natural toothpastes (gritty, salty, funky flavor, etc.)? Nature’s Gate may be the one for you.

Unlike many other natural toothpastes, Nature’s Gate uses a coconut-derived surfactant to replicate the foaming action you’re used to. A lot of users consider this one of the biggest hurdles to get over when making the switch. So why sacrifice that feeling?

This toothpaste uses a blend of fruit extracts including grape, pomegranate, and cranberry to add sweetness. Plus, these fruits have antioxidant benefits. Win-win. It also lends a great, sweet flavor, which makes them palatable for every member of your family.

Loyal fans of Nature’s Gate report healthier gums, less plaque, and cavity-free dentist visits. Many folks say this toothpaste is the closest variety natural to “regular” toothpaste. So, if you’re hesitant, give this one a try!

What We Like

  • No Fluoride, Carrageenan, soy or parabens
  • Gluten-free, animal-free
  • Has natural surfactants for fresh, foamy cleaning
  • No artificial colors or sweeteners
  • Palatable flavors

What We Don’t Like

  • Consistency takes getting used to
  • Long ingredient list may be off-putting for some
  • Less effective on deeply stained teeth
  • Funky aftertaste

Organic/Wildcrafted Frankincense Fresh Truth Toothpaste by Living Libations

Living Libations - Organic/Wildcrafted Frankincense Fresh Truth Toothpaste (15 ml)

Frankincense and Myrrh have long been revered for their beneficial properties. I mean, they were presented to Baby Jesus, so they must be good! In all seriousness, they are amazing plants with proven positive effects on oral health.

This toothpaste has the benefits of Frankincense, Myrrh, Tea Tree, Peppermint, and Thyme. All of which have benefits for oral care proven by scientific study. These oils, added to a base of coconut oil, olive oil, and baking soda, create an alkaline paste that gently cleans your teeth and freshens your breath.

It comes in a cute glass jar, so no plastic waste, and is easy to use. Just apply a pea-sized dollop to your dry toothbrush and off you go! There are no fillers in this paste, and the results speak for themselves.

Faithful users liken the Living Libations experience to a spa for your mouth! Fresh, clean, and invigorating! It compares to nothing else for oral hygiene and people are raving about it.

What We Like

  • No artificial anything
  • Only 7 ingredients
  • Only need a tiny amount
  • Proven benefits of essential oils

What We Don’t Like

  • Taste may be strong and unpleasant for some
  • Pricey
  • May be alty
  • Learning curve to adapt to its use

Himalaya Whitening Toothpaste by Himalaya Herbal Healthcare

Himalaya Whitening Toothpaste - Simply Mint, Natural, Fluoride-Free, SLS Free, Carrageenan-Free & Gluten-Free, 5.29 oz (150 g), 4 PACK

A whitening toothpaste without harmful abrasives and nasty chemicals? Sound too good to be true? This toothpaste is packed with hard working natural ingredients to get your teeth the whitest they can be.

You don’t have to sacrifice the things you love about your current toothpaste; this paste foams and cleans just as good. In fact, even better.

A powerhouse team of Neem, Pomegranate, Xylitol, Pineapple and Papaya Enzymes work to get your ivories looking their best. Pineapple and Papaya Enzymes have been clinically proven to fight plaque and gingivitis!

Some customers claim it whitens wonderfully, while others say it maintains whiteness but doesn’t really whiten on its own. Stain prevention, fresher breath, and reduction of plaque were consistent in reviews.

What We Like

  • No animal products or testing, ever!
  • No SLS, carrageenan, fluoride or gluten
  • Mild flavor
  • Soothing, foaming formula
  • Not recommended for removable denture wearers

What We Don’t Like

  • Manufactured outside the US
  • Essential oils used may be too overpowering for sensitive palates
  • Xylitol can have an artificially overly sweet aftertaste
  • Whitening effects are iffy

Natural & Fluoride-free Remineralizing Toothpaste by Uncle Harry’s Natural Products

Uncle Harry's Natural & Fluoride-free Remineralizing Toothpaste - Freshens Breath & Strengthens Enamel - Peppermint (2 pack, 3 oz. jar)

Uncle Harry’s uses simple ingredients and simple packaging to create a hard-working toothpaste.

Bentonite clay, baking soda, colloidal silver, mustard seed and essential oils refreshes your morning routine. This combo neutralizes acid and bacteria, leading to remineralization of enamel.

I love the look of Uncle Harry’s in this little jar. It adds a touch of old-fashioned class to my bathroom counter. Add that to the fact this paste does what it says, and you’ve got yourself a winner.

Harry’s provides a holistic solution for many of your oral care concerns. This toothpaste works with your alkaline saliva (promoted by the saltiness) to neutralize the acid that erodes your enamel.

So, don’t let the salty taste turn you off. It’s part of the whole shebang, and a necessary element for this product to be effective.

What We Like

  • Simple, natural ingredients
  • No animal testing (some of their other products use Bee Pollen and Honey, NOT this toothpaste, though)
  • A little goes a long way
  • Gluten, Fluoride, GMO, Glycerin-free
  • Made in the US

What We Don’t Like

  • Learning curve for use
  • Some concern ever Colloidal Silver
  • Some may consider it salty
  • Some packaging issues

Davids Natural Toothpaste

Davids Natural Toothpaste, Whitening, Antiplaque, Fluoride Free, SLS Free, Peppermint, 5.25 OZ Metal Tube, Tube Roller Included

If minimizing waste is just as important to you as a healthy mouth, take a gander at Davids. The sleek metal tube is retro and recyclable, and it comes with a tube roller to squeeze out every last drop.

Davids prides themselves on quality and sustainability. They use 98% US sourced ingredients and manufacture all their products in California.

One unique certification that Davids has over all the other brands is the EWG Verification. This means the EWG (Environmental Working Group) has verified this product meets strict safety standards.

This toothpaste has the look and feel of the commercial brands you’ve been using all your life without the nasty chemicals you’re trying to avoid.

This is a great toothpaste to start with, especially if you aren’t too keen on the baking soda or clay flavors and texture of many other natural brands.

What We Like

  • Made in the US with 98% US ingredients
  • Fluoride, Sulfate, SLS Free
  • No animal products or testing
  • Sustainable, recyclable packaging
  • Texture similar to mainstream pastes

What We Don’t Like

  • Contains Carrageenan
  • May be harsh for sensitive teeth
  • Difficult packaging
  • Foamy

Dr. Bronner Peppermint Toothpaste

Dr. Bronner Peppermint Toothpaste 5-Ounces (3 Pack)

Dr. Bronner’s was my first encounter with natural healthcare products, so it’ll always have a place in my heart. I just love the All-One packaging and their commitment to their “Cosmic Principles.”

This is a company that embodies the best in all they do. This holds true throughout all their products, and toothpaste is no exception.

This toothpaste has a texture and mouthfeel very close to what you’re used to in a mainstream brand. There is no bitterness or saltiness that lingers, and the flavors themselves are not overpowering.

Like many other natural toothpastes, Dr. Bronner’s relies on gentle abrasives to scrub teeth clean. Refreshing oils leave your mouth feeling fresh and renewed.

Faithful users agree this toothpaste has fulfilled its promises. It reduces plaque, whitens teeth, promotes fresh breath. Most users confirm their regular dental visits are more positive experiences after using this paste.

*Please note the ingredient list on Amazon is no longer accurate. Dr. Bronner’s has removed Carrageenan from all toothpaste flavors.

What We Like

  • 70% Organic
  • Non-GMO
  • No synthetic flavors or foaming agents
  • Fluoride-free
  • Tastes great (All three flavors)

What We Don’t Like

  • Fresh feeling isn’t super long-lasting
  • Formula isn’t as thick as some expect
  • Low foaming may take some getting used to
  • Contains Stevia

Top Choices for Best Vegan Toothpastes

Now you’re probably eager to know which ones to choose!

The reality is, it’s a tough choice, because they’re all great options. But here are my personal favorites:

Tub Style Toothpaste:

Uncle Harry's Natural & Fluoride-free Remineralizing Toothpaste - Freshens Breath & Strengthens Enamel - Peppermint (2 pack, 3 oz. jar)

For a tub style toothpaste, I’d definitely go with Uncle Harry’s Natural & Fluoride-free Re-Mineralizing Toothpaste.

It’s a winner for its classic look and hard-working formula. We love how it works with your own saliva to keep your smile looking great!

Tube Style Toothpaste:

Dr. Bronner Peppermint Toothpaste 5-Ounces (3 Pack)

And for tube style toothpaste, check out Dr. Bronner’s Peppermint Toothpaste.

This one wins for having all the natural ingredients we want, in a formula that most closely resembles what we’re used to. Plus, the company is the epitome of good business practices.

Wrapping Up

As you embark deeper into your healthy lifestyle, you will likely become aware of products don’t fit into a plant-based or vegan vision. It may alarm you to learn so many things in our day-to-day life are made with animal by-products or tested on animals “for safety.”

Animal testing has always made my skin crawl, and it’s done with many products you may not even be aware of. And really, do we need animal parts in everything?

I was taken aback when I started looking into how many daily use products have hidden animal ingredients. It seemed impossible to find things (like toothpaste) that didn’t have some unsavory ingredient or manufacturing origin.

In reality, it isn’t impossible, or very difficult to find natural alternatives anymore. The hard part is finding one that works best for you. With this roundup, we aim to shed some light on what’s out there and make navigating your way through these products a little easier.

*A note about Carrageenan: Carrageenan is a natural seaweed hand harvested from the ocean, and processed into a fine powder. It’s used as an emulsifier to bind ingredients together.

There are varying grades of Carrageenan, some of which are not suitable for food use. All of the toothpastes included use food grade Carrageenan, which is considered safe by the EWG.

Toothpaste isn’t exactly a food, so concerns about Carrageenan are minimized, as ideally, you don’t ingest the toothpaste.

This is a controversial ingredient, whether warranted or not, so we list its occurrence in the products so you can make an informed decision.

*A note about Prop 65 Warnings: You may have noticed many of the product listings on the links contain Proposition 65 warnings.

This is due to the California Law requiring all products, etc., that may contain, or have been in contact with, chemicals known to cause cancer, birth defects, or reproductive harm.

This doesn’t mean the product itself contains any of these chemicals.

We enjoyed testing these products on your behalf. Let us know which you prefer!

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Michelle M. VanGurp

I'm a mom of two tweens. It's important to find food that satisfies our hunger and also fits into our busy lives. I love to find and share food that's easy, delicious, and plant-based. Writing about cooking is a dream come true.

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