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The Lowdown On Vegan Dating And Vegan Sex

The Lowdown On Vegan Dating And Vegan Sex

Wed, Jun 02, 21 - HANX Official

Billie Eilish. Miley Cyrus. Joaquin Phoenix. Lizzo. Just some of the most famous vegan celebrities on the planet - and each a sex symbol in their own right. With around 1.5 million vegans in the UK (and a low chance of bumping into Lizzo in Whole Foods), it’s no surprise then that vegan dating is on the up. 

 

Dating when you’re vegan

In February 2021, free vegan dating app Veggly celebrated over a million matches on its platform, bringing together more plant-loving pairs than ever before. Is it any wonder? Veganism can be a divisive lifestyle choice and many plant-based daters report trolling, teasing and most commonly, plenty of left swipes when they feature the magic word ‘vegan’ on mainstream apps. When given the option of getting that awkward “I don’t eat meat/dairy/honey/wear leather” conversation out of the way off the bat, it’s no wonder vegans are heading to a room of their own to meet ‘the one’. Plus, if you’re vegan and entering the world of dating, it makes total sense that you’d want to naturally match people who share similar values and an outlook on animal welfare, sustainability - and a mean chilli non carne recipe up their sleeve.

 

Between the Sheets

Onto the bit you really wanted to read about: vegan sex. Yes, really. Picture the scene: you’ve found your dream partner (for the hour, night or rest of your lives) but the story doesn’t stop there. Before you get down to it, it’s time to scrutinise the small print on your condom box. A big red flag for our vegan friends: most condoms aren’t actually vegan.


Why aren’t condoms vegan?

Let’s go back in time to the original form of our favourite contraceptive hero. Historically, condoms were actually made from lamb’s intestine. Not just non-vegan-friendly, these rudimentary contraceptives were actually porous and so didn’t protect their users from STIs. Luckily, sexual wellness methods have improved over the years, but the majority of leading condoms still contain casein, an animal protein found in cow’s milk that’s used as a binding agent. As well as throwing a spanner in the works for vegans who just wanna get it on, casein can cause allergic reactions. Not at HANX. We were determined to create a condom that vegan lovers could happily and confidently use, and so we use a plant-based extract to create the silky smooth feeling without impacting animal welfare. 

 

Check our credentials

Unlike other condom brands which test on animals and use animal-derived ingredients in the manufacturing process, we’re proud to confirm that we never test on animals and are fully vegan certified as reported in Vogue, Well and Good and The Vegan Society. Veganism goes hand in hand with a broader consciousness about the growing climate crisis, too. We’ve heard firsthand from our customers how passionate they are about sustainability, so we’ve designed HANX condoms to biodegrade in around three months in your compost bin.

 

Can you buy vegan lubricant?

Time to drop more facts: that lubricant on your bedside table most likely isn’t vegan, either. Shock horror! Many lubes can contain lactoperoxidase, an enzyme derived from dairy, and shockingly, some use beeswax in their manufacturing process. It might not even occur to you to check your sexual wellness products for vegan certification but it’s important to look at the labels if you’re committed to plant-based play. Get scanning those labels as you go wild in the aisles! 


 

Can you find vegan lube in the UK?

At HANX, we were determined to create a solution specifically for vegans and after a year spent tinkering in our production facility and feedback from our fanbase, we’re proud that our HANX lube is officially vegan certified. If you have been using vegan alternatives so far, it’s important to look out for coconut oil in your lubricant’s ingredient list. It might sound trendy but it can disrupt the pH of the vagina making you more susceptible to infections. We specifically set out to create a lube that’s water-based to avoid this issue - and ensure it’s also compatible with sex toys, where oil based products aren’t. Plus, it’s long-lasting, hypoallergenic and contains a derivative of vitamin B5. We’ll swipe right on that! Read on about sustainable, vegan sexual wellness here.