Soap, Toothpaste and Mouthwash

Plant-based soap is available in Japan (look for the kanji for ‘plant’, 植物). Note however that palm oil is often used.

It can be difficult to find a soap that was made without testing on animals. Cruelty-free Japanese products are not common and most companies appear to sell in China where animal testing is mandated by law. It’s probably safe to say most Japanese beauty products, including soaps, are made using animal testing. We will note below if any of the products are cruelty-free.

The Japanese Anti-Vivisection Group (JAVA) publishes a Japanese guide to cosmetics companies that are cruelty-free and also cosmetics companies that are all-vegetarian (although not necessarily vegan). Find more information about it at the blog Cooking Vegan Around the World here.

Below are some examples of 100% plant-based soaps, as well as some soaps that contain animal products.

PLANT-BASED SOAP

Clover Additive Free Soap is made from 100% vegetable raw materials according to the Clover website (photo also from website).

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Dr. Bronner’s certified vegan solid and liquid soaps can be found in some drugstores and shops as well as purchased online. They are certified cruelty-free and carry the “Leaping Bunny” seal.

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Kao White Soap is made from 100% plant-based materials (although this is palm oil from Malaysia) – see the Kao website (photo also from website).

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The Konnyaku Shabon soap website’s about section states that their soaps are made of 100% plant-based ingredients and all handmade in Japan at a plant with 100 years of history. They can make 650 pieces of soap in one day.

The soaps are made with water from Niigata, where the plant is located, and the fragrances are from essential oils. Each shop sells soaps with different fragrances, or you can order them all from the website. Shops are located in Hakodate and Otaru in Hokkaido, Atami in Shizuoka, Yokohama (two stores), Kamakura (three stores, including the main Japan shop), Tokyo (two stores), Kawagoe in Saitama, Kobe, Kyoto (two shops), and Naha City in Okinawa. Shop addresses are here.

The soaps do not use petroleum preservatives, mineral oil, petroleum surfactants, synthetic fragrances, synthetic coloring agents, or petroleum ethanol. They do not use carryover components (components that do not need to be specified because they are at or below a certain amount). Children can also use these soaps.

They use persimmon-derived mannan polysaccharides as a mild scrub. Polysaccharides are also used to make sure the gel soaps don’t melt and keep the same form until the very end.

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Lush is a very popular store in Japan with more than 150 branches in the country. It does not do animal testing or buy from suppliers that do animal testing and all the products are vegan or vegetarian. The bags say “no animal testing” in Japanese. It sells plant-based soap as well as facial masks, shampoo, conditioner and many other products. They also sell charity products, with the purchase price, minus tax, going to various charitable organizations both inside and outside of Japan. The company’s website states that about 80% of their products are vegan.

Per Lush’s USA website, the company does use palm oil derivatives in some of its ingredients. The list of ingredients using palm oil derivatives is here.

At least in the Shibuya, Tokyo branch most, but seemingly not all, of the products were labeled vegan or vegetarian, so it might be a good idea to look up the products you want before you go. They appear to specialize in highly scented/fragranced products.

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Per an article on plantbasednews.org as of March 16, 2019, Lush announced they will stop using eggs in their products and sell off the remaining stock of products containing this ingredient. However, some products will still use milk, honey, and lanolin.

Lion Shokubutsu-Monogatari (Plant Story) Herb Blend Beauty Soap. Ingredients: Soap foundation (100% vegetable based), palm fatty acid, fragrance, chamomile extract, etidronic acid, EDTA-2Na, water, ethanol, BG, titanium dioxide.

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Miyoshi is a company that makes a variety of solid and liquid body, baby, hand, and kitchen soaps, as well as shampoo and conditioner.

The soaps shown below as having animal ingredients were listed on the website as of January 2019 as having beef tallow (along with other Miyoshi soaps not pictured here), however, that information has since disappeared from the website.

Per a phone call as of January 2019, the only animal ingredient Miyoshi uses is beef tallow/gyuushi/ 牛脂. They only use beef tallow in some of their solid/固形 soaps or powder/粉 soaps, as well as other ingredients like palm oil. None of their liquid/液体 soaps contain any animal ingredients.

At that time, the Q&A section of their website (now gone) also stated that the liquid soaps were made of ingredients such as palm oil and rapeseed oil. However, a few of their liquid soaps did appear on their list of items containing beef tallow, so it seems their website had some inconsistencies.

Regarding animal testing, the Q&A section of their website said:

The situation regarding our animal experiments at this stage is as follows:

1 We do not conduct animal experiments on any products. There are no plans to conduct animal experiments on any products at this time.

2 We do not assign animal testing of any products to an external organization.

3 We have not received any reports from group companies that they are conducting animal experiments.

4 We do not investigate whether or not raw material manufacturers are conducting animal experiments on raw materials used by us. There are no plans to investigate at this time.

Miyoshi Additive Free Foaming Body Soap Refill/Miyoshi 無添加せっけん泡のボディソープ. Ingredients: Water, potash soap base.

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• Miyoshi Additive-Free Foam Facial Cleansing Soap/Miyoshi 無添加 泡の洗顔せっけん. Ingredients: Water, potash soap base.

Weakly alkaline soap makes it easy to gently remove old skin. A 180ml refill is also sold for this product (pictured on the right).

The back of the package says “Certified sustainable palm oil RSPO mixed” in English and “This is not a makeup remover/メイク落としではありません” and “About 98% of this bottle is made from environmentally friendly sugarcane-derived materials/このボトルの約98%は、環境に配慮したサトウキビ由来の原料から作られています” in Japanese.

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• Miyoshi Additive-Free High-Quality Foam Facial Cleansing Soap/Miyoshi 無添加 泡の洗顔せっけん 素材こだわり. Ingredients: Water, potash soap base.

High-quality soap made from macadamia and coconut oils moisturizes the skin.

A 180ml refill is also sold for this product (pictured on the right).

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• Miyoshi Additive-Free Foam Hand Soap/Miyoshi 無添加せっけん泡のハンドソープ. Ingredients: Water, potash soap base.

Easy to use. Recommended for children who don’t like lathering with traditional soap. Leaves no residue when washing hands.

Refills are also available in 220ml and 300ml sizes. Refill shown on right of photo.

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As of April 2019, the following Miyoshi products are not vegan as they contain beef tallow per the Miyoshi website:

Miyoshi Additive Free Face Soap Bars (2 pc.)/Miyoshi 無添加洗顔せっけん 固形. Ingredient: Soap base.

This product is not vegan. The Miyoshi website previously stated the raw materials of this bar soap are palm kernel oil and beef tallow.

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Cosmetic Soap/化粧せっけん
・Additive-Free White Soap (1p, 3p)/無添加白いせっけん(1p、3p)

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・Soap for the Whole Family (108 g × 3, 145 g × 3)/家族のせっけん(108g×3、145g×3)

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Body Soap/ボディソープ
・Additive-free White Body Soap (bottle and refill)/無添加ボディソープ白いせっけん(ボトル、詰替用)

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Baby Soap/ベビーせっけん
・Additive-free Foam Baby Soap (pump, refill)/無添加泡で出てくるベビーせっけん(ポンプ、詰替用)

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・ Additive-free Baby Soap/無添加ベビーせっけん

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The Perfect Anchor castille soap in eight scents is vegan and cruelty-free, certified by PETA. It’s been spotted at Life supermarket.

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Rosetto Additive-Free Facial Cleansing Soap/ロゼット無添加石けん洗顔フォーム. Ingredients: Water (purified water) · Myristic acid K (vegetable soap) · Glycerin (humectant) · Stearic acid (skin protecting agent) · K stearate (vegetable soap) · K laurate (vegetable soap).

It’s been reported that this company says they don’t animal test, but they get ingredients from other companies and it is possible that those do animal testing, so the company can’t say they qualify as cruelty-free.

Gentle 100% plant-derived cream soap. Creamy bubbles protect the skin’s moisture while properly removing dirt and old skin. Leaves no tight feel on the skin after rinsing. No fragrance, mineral oil, preservatives, coloring agents, petroleum surfactants, or silicone are used. Recommended for those with delicate skin.

Photo from website.

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Rosetto Additive-Free Rice Bran Facial Cleansing Foam/ロゼット 無添加米ぬか洗顔フォーム. Ingredients: Water (purified water) · Myristic acid K (vegetable soap) · Glycerin (humectant) · Stearic acid (skin protective agent) · K stearate (vegetable soap) · K laurate (vegetable soap) · rice bran extract (moisturizer).

It’s been reported that this company says they don’t animal test, but they get ingredients from other companies and it is possible that those do animal testing, so the company can’t say they qualify as cruelty-free.

Moisturizing 100% plant-derived cream soap with rice bran extract. Creamy bubbles protect the skin’s moisture while properly removing dirt and old skin. Leaves no tight feel on the skin after rinsing. No fragrance, mineral oil, preservatives, coloring agents, petroleum surfactants, or silicone are used. Recommended for those with delicate skin.

Photo from website.

rosetto rice bran facial cleansing foam

Seria Additive Free Soap. Ingredients: Soap foundation (100% vegetable based), etidronic acid, water.

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Seria Hinoki Soap. Ingredients: Soap foundation (100% vegetable based), hinoki oil (from Japanese cypress), glycyrrhizic acid 2K, cocamidopropyl betain, fragrance, PEG-75, etidronic acid, water, EDTA-4Na, iron oxide.

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Shabondama Sekken, meaning “soap bubble soap,” is a soap company whose website states that they do not animal test and they do not ask other organizations to do animal testing for them, because they are using ingredients that are proven to be safe on humans.

Some of their products are made by combining animal fats with vegetable fats and oils, and some with are made with vegetable fats and oils but no animal fats. The full list of products they make without animal fats, including bar soap, facial soap, laundry detergent, and toothpaste can be found here (Japanese). However it isn’t clearly stated that all of the products are vegan, as some may have other ingredients added in. A few products from the list are shown below.

Shabondama Soap’s Baby Soap (Solid Type)/ベビーソープ固形タイプ 100g.  The sole ingredient is listed as soap base.

shabondama baby soap solid type

純植物性シャボン玉浴用 100gShabondama Soap’s Pure Vegetable ‘Bubble Bath’ Body Soap/. The company website says the raw material is 100% vegetable oil (photos from website). Also comes in a larger “bath size” and a three-pack.

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Shabondama Soap’s Olive Oil Facial Soap/シャボン玉 オリーブソープ(洗顔用)60g【泡立てネット付】 固形石けん. Ingredients: Soap base, olive oil.

Contains certified organic olive oil as a moisturizing ingredient. Gentle to the skin. Will remove makeup if you wash with soap twice. No fragrances, colorants, antioxidants, synthetic surfactants. High-quality vegetable oil is used. A lathering net is included. Photo from website.

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• Shabondama Soap’s Additive-Free Bath Soap/無添加 シャボン玉 浴用 does not appear on their list of products that is made without animal fats.

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• Shabondama Soap’s Moisturizing Facial Soap/無添加 シャボン玉 お肌をうるおす洗顔石けん also does not appear on their list of products that is made without animal fats.

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Top Valu Soap is 100% plant-based. Top Valu is a brand sold at Aeon’s Max Valu supermarkets.

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Yamato Cosmetics (Japanese website) has a vegan soap that is sold on the internet and at vegan festivals. It is also sold at a few stores in Nara and Osaka, which are listed on its website. It is a Nara-based product line that also includes two other products, a skin serum and a sheet mask, both of which are also vegan.

From autotranslate: “The grace of Yamato makes women beautiful and beautiful.
Yamato Cosmetic is richly blended with natural products such as mulberry leaves, lotus root, rapeseed oil, black rice, yuzu, gourd water, and agricultural products derived from Nara Prefecture’s foods and natural water.

Moreover, “Vegan Cosmetic” is being designed with a complete non-animal component that is a global trend.

We will deliver the gentleness of natural ingredients that lasts from the Yamato period to your skin.”

Yamato Cosmetic Persimmon Leaf Facial Soap/Yamato Cosmetic 柿の葉洗顔石けんIngredients: Soap base (contains potassium), rapeseed oil, sorbitol, persimmon leaf, glycerin, coconut fatty acid, bentonite, cocamidopropyl betain, water, persimmon leaf extract, lotus root extract, rice extract, persimmon tannin, pentasodium pentetate, tetrasodium etidronate, butylene glycol.

Formulated with moisturizing ingredients like persimmon leaf and rapeseed oil. No fragrance, color, parabens, or mineral oil are used.

The photo on the left shows special souvenir packaging that is sold in stores. Packaging may vary when the product is purchased online.

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ANIMAL-BASED SOAP

Cow Brand Beauty Soap is made from beef tallow and also contains milk ingredients. See the Cow Brand Soap Kyoshinsha website.

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Pelican Soap appears to contain beef tallow. The ‘Factory Information’ on the company’s English website lists the raw ingredients as vegetable soap chips and ‘Soap chips with cow fat and palm tree oil’. The photo below is also from their website.

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Reckitt Benckiser Muse Soap (ミューズ) is not vegan according to an email received from Reckitt Benckiser in late 2014.

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KITCHEN SOAP

・ Miyoshi’s Additive-free Solid Kitchen Soap/無添加台所用せっけん固型 is not vegan because it’s made with beef tallow, per the Miyoshi website Q&A (Japanese).

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・ Miyoshi’s White Dish Soap/白いふきん洗い is not vegan because it’s made with beef tallow, per the Miyoshi website Q&A (Japanese).

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TOOTHPASTE AND MOUTHWASH

・BbyE My Habit Toothpastes are made with no animal ingredients per their website (English). No information is given about their animal testing policy.

They can be found at some branches of AEON and Tokyu Hands, as well as the company shop Sincere Garden in Tokyo and the Sincere Garden website.

Photo from website.

BbyE My Habit Toothpastes

・Diem Botanical Mouthwash/ディエム ボタニカル マウスウォッシュ and Diem Botanical Toothpaste/ディエム ボタニカル トゥースペースト are made with no animal ingredients per their website, which says “no animal-derived ingredients” in English. No information is given about the company’s animal testing policy.

Photo from website.

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Glo-Up toothpaste sold on Rakuten is listed as vegan, cruelty-free, and halal.

Logodent is available on Rakuten. The Logodent website states “We fight against animal testing worldwide and promote alternative testing methods” and “All products that are highlighted as “vegan” contain absolutely no animal products.”

・Lush does not test on animals or buy from suppliers that test on animals. They sell toothy tabs/歯磨き用タブレット and mouthwash tabs/マウスウォッシュタブレット, small tablets of toothpaste or mouthwash. You can also look at the products in English on the Lush USA website.

Lush boom gunpowder toothy tabs    lush ugai mouthwash tabs

・Shabondama, which does not do animal testing, states on their website that their toothpastes are made of vegetable fats, not animal fats, but it isn’t clear if all the ingredients in them are vegan.

The iHerb website is also a good place to find vegan toothpastes.

 

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2 thoughts on “Soap, Toothpaste and Mouthwash

  1. Bethan Jones

    These soaps may be intrinsically vegan, but can you please tell me which ones test on animals? ありがとうございます

    Reply
    1. isitveganjapan Post author

      Please try LUSH and Shabondama, as neither test on animals and both have options without animal ingredients. We’ve added some information to the Soap section about these brands.

      Reply

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