In the long list of household items that contain animal-derived ingredients, your teeth whitening system — whether it’s a paste, strips, or another more elaborate system — may not have even crossed your mind. It’s time to add them to your list!

Many teeth whitening products contain glycerin, — found in “animal and vegetable fats” — propolis, — which is “derived from bees” — or use cruel animal-based testing. This is also not to mention flavors and colorings, which is incredibly hard to verify as vegan unless specifically noted as such. In particular, you want to avoid certain brands that test on animals and/or use animal-derived ingredients “Crest, Colgate, Sensodyne, Arm & Hammer, Aquafresh, Biotene, [and] Spry,” all of which still test on animals. When it comes down to picking up that teeth whitening product, it’s a good idea to go with a cruelty-free, vegan-friendly product.

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So, what exactly is a cruelty-free, vegan whitening system look like? While there are a variety of systems on the market, there are two popular ingredients that have been tried and true in the mouth department: activated charcoal and coconut oil.

Activated charcoal is a “form of carbon that’s been treated to make the surface of its particles porous.” When it comes to activated charcoal working for your teeth, it’s been found to help “remove surface stains on your teeth” and may even bind and remove almost anything in its path such as “tartar, bacteria, [and] viruses.”

Coconut oil has been linked to numerous health benefits, healthy weight management, as well as whitening, cleaning, and preventing decay of your teeth. You can thank the lauric acid, — which kills harmful bacteria — as well as coconut oil’s ability to reduce plaque and attack Streptococcus mutans and Lactobacillus, “which are the two groups of bacteria primarily responsible for tooth decay.”

Here are a few vegan-friendly, cruelty-free whitening products to get you started!

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1. Cali White Vegan Teeth Whitening Kit with LED Light

ali White Vegan Teeth Whitening Kit with LED Light

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This Cali White Vegan Teeth Whitening Kit with LED Light is about as high tech as you can go while still holding true to your vegan, cruelty-free values. Cali White is one of the only whitening systems that is vegan-friendly, non-GMO, kosher, gluten-free, cruelty-free, certified organic, and free of harsh chemicals including PEG, PPG, sulfates, and parabens. Cali White is also enamel safe with a special formula of 35 percent carbamide peroxide formula. The system comes with a bright blue LED light with a built-in timer, two syringes, two bonus mouthpiece trays, and a case for it all. Plus, this treatment system promises results with just one treatment and at least two to eight shades whiter within seven days. The deluxe kit costs $34.99.

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Sylvia says “I have always loved my smile, but lately I have not been as confident as before. I have been using Cali White Teeth Whitening system for 3 days and I am amazed. I also use the CaliWhite Charcoal Toothpaste with the whitening system and let me say you need to purchase them together now!!!! I love my smile all over again!!! The picture speaks for its self.”

2. Bright White Smiles Vegan Teeth WHITENING KIT

Bright White Smiles Vegan Teeth WHITENING KIT

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This Bright White Smiles Vegan Teeth WHITENING KIT is a great runner-up to the Cali White if you’re looking to save a few bucks! This system is vegan-friendly, cruelty-free, non-GMO, kosher, gluten-free, and is free of harsh chemicals including sulfates, parabens, PEG, and PPG. One kit comes complete with five syringes that are loaded with 44 percent carbamide peroxide teeth whitening gel, two trays, and a guide to monitor your whitening journey. Use this Bright White Smiles kit to help remove years of stains! A kit with 5 syringes costs $24.95.

Kevin Kelly says “Excellent product. Professionally packaged. Shipped and delivered as promised. Easy to use. Bleaching was not abrasive or overpowering. Price was very affordable compared to big-name brands. Superior results, bleaching 1 hour daily. Desired tests in 10 to 15 days. I am hooked. My teeth look and feel great.”

3. Triwhite Vegan Teeth Whitening with LED Light

Triwhite Vegan Teeth Whitening with LED Light

Triwhite Vegan Teeth Whitening with LED Light/Amazon.com

Falling in the middle-range price-wise, this Triwhite Vegan Teeth Whitening with LED Light offers a professional whitening experience without the cost. The kit comes with an LED light accelerator, one 10-milliliter soft tray with 22 percent carbamide peroxide gel, and a guide to follow your whitening progress. This product is 100 percent vegan-friendly, cruelty-free, and kosher. Triwhite works to remove the wear and tear of normal life including surface stains and internal discoloration. A kit of 10-milliliters of whitening gel costs $29.99.

Amazon Customer says “First time using this product and I’m very pleased with my results. I noticed the difference in less than a week. Highly recommended. Definitely will order again!”

4. Hello Oral Care Activated Charcoal Teeth Whitening Toothpaste

Hello Oral Care Activated Charcoal Teeth Whitening Toothpaste

Hello Oral Care Activated Charcoal Teeth Whitening Toothpaste/Amazon.com

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This Hello Oral Care Activated Charcoal Teeth Whitening Toothpaste has it all in one tube: a powerful cleanser and powerful whitener without any harmful chemicals or animal-derived ingredients. Hello Oral Care offers fluoride-free toothpaste that is vegan-friendly, cruelty-free, — Leaping Bunny Certified — and proven to help whiten, polish, and clean teeth, while freshening breath. A 4-ounce tube costs $4.82.

Bella Jade says “I’m in love with this toothpaste! I like brushing with charcoal to whiten my teeth and this paste makes it so much easier and less messy. I don’t know if I’m imagining it, but it seems like after using it just a couple of times, my teeth already looked whiter. I also really like the taste – it’s minty but not too minty. It’s also not gritty at all.”

5. Oral Essentials Lumineux Teeth Whitening Strips

Oral Essentials Lumineux Teeth Whitening Strips

Oral Essentials Lumineux Teeth Whitening Strips/Amazon.com

If whitening systems are too intense and toothpaste is not strong enough, then whitening strips may be the middle ground you’re looking for. These Oral Essentials Lumineux Teeth Whitening Strips use a formula of potent oils — including coconut oil, sage, oil, and lemon peel oil — to remove stains, brighten, and cleanse. These non-toxic strips are safe for daily use and won’t cause oversensitivity like most whitening products. Lumineux is proud to offer a product created solely from homeopathic ingredients that are SLS-free, preservative-free, sugar-free, and naturally derived. On top of that, this product is vegan-friendly! A box of 42 strips costs $49.99.

Amazon Customer says “I was a little skeptical of these since it was an IG ad that I saw but wow….these are AMAZING! They really do a great job of whitening (you see IMMEDIATE results) and they do not make your teeth sensitive AT ALL. Within a week, my teeth were significantly whiter! I also used the toothpaste and mouthwash and although they helped, you really could just use the strips and see great results. I will absolutely be using these as my whitening routine!”

6. Cali White Activated Charcoal & Organic Coconut Oil Teeth Whitening Toothpaste

Cali White Activated Charcoal & Organic Coconut Oil Teeth Whitening Toothpaste

Cali White Activated Charcoal & Organic Coconut Oil Teeth Whitening Toothpaste/Amazon.com

Another Cali White product makes the list! This time it’s an all-natural toothpaste. This Cali White Activated Charcoal & Organic Coconut Oil Teeth Whitening Toothpaste follows suit with Cali White products and is vegan-friendly and cruelty-free and is free of fluoride, SLS, gluten, peroxide, triclosan, parabens, and hydrogen peroxide. This toothpaste combines the all-natural power of activated charcoal, certified organic coconut oil, tea tree oil, xylitol, peppermint oil, diatomaceous earth, and baking soda to create a product that not only cleanses, purifies bad breathe, and defends but also whitens. A 4-ounce tube costs $8.99.

laurapgh says “Another satisfied customer here. I developed some ugly coffee stains on my two front teeth earlier this summer. I could not get them off with regular brushing and they were making me very self-conscious. I found this product and, after less than a week, the stains are completely gone. Now, I’m going to work on the yellowing of my bottom teeth. Great product!”

7. Black Pearl Activated Charcoal Teeth Whitening Toothpaste

Black Pearl Activated Charcoal Teeth Whitening Toothpaste

Living Earth Black Pearl Activated Charcoal Teeth Whitening Toothpaste/Amazon.com

This Living Earth Black Pearl Activated Charcoal Teeth Whitening Toothpaste takes a bit of a unique route with their super simple, all-natural whitening and cleansing formula of activated charcoal, bentonite clay, organic peppermint, and sodium bicarbonate. This product is all-natural, vegan-friendly, gluten-free, non-GMO, and chemical-free. This mixture provides a powerful deodorizer that eliminates bad breath by killing unwanted bacteria. A single jar costs $14.99.

Amazon Customer says “This product for starters is AMAZING! I am a person who has very sensitive teeth, so for a while now I have not been able to “whiten” them because I am a major coffee drinker. I discovered charcoal powder teeth whiting powders about a year ago and I have tried several brands, and this one by far is my favorite. No, it does not have a taste but that does not mean it does not freshen your breath! The natural ingredients help to kill bacteria leaving you with fresh breath! This product is not gritty like ALL of the other charcoal powders I have used in the past. It turns into almost a paste when used properly. It is also very mess-free. Yes, the idea of black powder is a scary one, but it was recommended to use this product in the shower (which I do) and everything just rinses right away. I am so excited to finally have the chance to remove the staining of my teeth in a way that I know the products aren’t going to do any damage because everything is natural!”

8. My Magic Mud Charcoal Teeth Whitening Toothpaste

My Magic Mud Charcoal Teeth Whitening Toothpaste

My Magic Mud Charcoal Teeth Whitening Toothpaste/Amazon.com

This My Magic Mud Charcoal Teeth Whitening Toothpaste is 100 percent natural, vegan-friendly, cruelty-free, and is free of fluoride, sulfate, glycerin, gluten, peroxide, and GMOs. Made with activated charcoal, bentonite clay, and organic essential oils, this whitening toothpaste promises results backed by science. Plus, this product is enamel-safe so you can brush with confidence! A single 4-ounce tube costs $11.94.

James Reynolds says “This is by far, the best toothpaste I have ever used. I had 20+ years of coffee & tobacco stains on my teeth – tried all of the mainstream commercial whitening toothpaste, but those products had little effect. After one month of using “My Magic Mud”, my teeth are markedly whiter, most of the coffee & tobacco stains are now gone. I can’t say my teeth are as white as snow, but far, far, far better than any of the commercial toothpaste have left them. I am a 100% believer in this product.”

9. Cool Teeth Whitening Activated Organic Charcoal Toothpaste For Sensitive Tooth and Gum Powder

Cool Teeth Whitening Activated Organic Charcoal Toothpaste For Sensitive Tooth and Gum Powder

Cool Teeth Whitening Activated Organic Charcoal Toothpaste For Sensitive Tooth and Gum Powder/Amazon.com

This Cool Teeth Whitening Activated Organic Charcoal Toothpaste For Sensitive Tooth and Gum Powder is 100 percent natural, organic, and vegan-friendly! Cool Teeth Whitening is proud to offer a product that is free of chemicals, bleach, and is targeted for sensitive teeth. With a formula derived from coconut and activated charcoal, this toothpaste will clean, whiten, and detoxify, while promoting healthy gums! A 1-ounce jar costs $9.99.

EllaB says ” have to admit, when I first saw this I was skeptical. After one use I’m completely amazed! The product doesn’t taste bad, in fact, it has a mild mint taste. I can’t wait to see my results after 2 weeks! Attached is my before, during, and after picture. My only issue is that it’s pretty messy.”

10. M3 Naturals Activated Charcoal Powder Infused with Coconut Oil

M3 Naturals Activated Charcoal Powder Infused with Coconut Oil

M3 Naturals Activated Charcoal Powder Infused with Coconut Oil/Amazon.com

Using powder as a cleanser and whitener may be a little counterintuitive, but this M3 natural Activated Charcoal Powder Infused with Coconut Oil will have you on board! M3 Naturals uses natural, organic, vegan-friendly, and gluten-free premium activated charcoal powder that is infused with coconut oil for those wonderful bacteria-killing agents. Along with cleaning and protecting, this teeth powder will also whiten dramatically, even working to remove stains from coffee, wine, and smoking. A 4-ounce jar costs $9.99.

Preciosa says “The absolute best way, that I’ve seen so far anyway, to whiten teeth! Pros: after first brushing IMMEDIATELY noticed significantly whiter teeth, a natural way of cleaning. Cons: messier than using a paste. I never cared for the fact that traditional toothpaste would claim to whiten your teeth, but for me, nothing ever worked. Some gave me fresher mintier breath more than others. But as far as actually whitening… no such luck. But I love this charcoal powder! On my bottom row of teeth I still have some very light yellowing that is relentless, but no issues anywhere else. I’m getting another one for my boyfriend to try out, I already have and will recommend it again and again!”

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