i used to be a vegan for 18 years. For me, any second-hand product is a better purchase, animal-based or synthetic, instead of buying a brand new one. You're just recycling something that someone does not want.
As 'cvac' mentioned, you may have to ask the manufacturer about the Stearic acid to see if it is animal, or vegetable-based. Martin de Candre, Mama Bears and MJ Soaps make very good veggie soaps.
The Muhle Silvertip Fibre brush is fantastic and you may want to try the Thayers alcohol-free witch hazel instead of after shave, but neither should have animal ingredients.
How you shave is really up to you, but obsessively worrying about if every minute thing is free of animal-products may counter-balance the experience of the shave. Respect what you are using, be kind to yourself and enjoy the shave, my friend! i know exactly what you are trying to accomplish and have great admiration.
Last edited by celestino; 05-05-2012 at 07:44 PM.
Laughter, love and shaving!