Vegan-Friendly BDSM: 15 Toys for Cruelty-Free Spanking
Leather is an extremely popular material for bondage play because it's durable, comfortable and only gets better with age, but what if you don't like (or agree with) leather products?
With more and more people choosing to live a life free from animal-based products, it can be tricky to expand your sexual horizons without going against your beliefs.
The good news is change is happening, and it's happening quickly. Manufacturers are now realising the increasing number of vegan kinksters out there and are making excellent alternatives to leather to help you get your kicks, without feeling guilty.
So, whether you're giving Veganuary a go, are a vegan-lifestyle veteran or simply don't like leather, I've picked out our top vegan-friendly spanking tools for newbies, experts and all those in between.
Come back next month for my leather-free restraint recommendations.
Brand new to spanking:
Best for your first time:
If you've never spanked or been spanked before, this flogger is a superb starting point.
With soft rope fronds that tickle the skin, it allows you to explore the psychological thrill of spanking with a tool, without inflicting any pain.
Instead of spanking straight away, why not begin by simply tracing your lover's body with the soft tendrils? Awaken their skin as you would with a tickler and move on to gentle flicks when you're both ready.
Plus, with its faux leather wrapped handle, it's 100% vegan friendly!
Best for lightweight textured spanks:
Purple Reins Beginners Flogger (£6.99)
Another great flogger for first-time spanking, this layered whip creates lightweight impact and a textured touch.
With broad fronds that measure just under an inch wide and vary in length between 8-10 inches, it creates stilted spanks that are painless and arousing.
Unlike many floggers that feature slim fronds for sharp impact, this nylon model boasts wide tendrils to spread sensation and diffuse intensity.
To top it off it comes in eye-catching purple to offer an entirely different aesthetic to many fetish toys.
Best for experimenting:
If floggers aren't your cup for tea, how about trying a beginner's paddle?
The Twitchy Palm spanking paddle benefits from a dual-sided design which gives you the freedom to experiment with different sensations.
While a slightly padded, satin-feel side provides muffled spanks and silky caresses, the smooth faux leather side enables you to explore sharper slappy spanks.
Definitely not just for fans of the books and film, this is an excellent choice for anyone who wants to move on from palm spanking.
Best leather replacement:
With table tennis bat proportions and a dual-sided surface for versatility, this round spanking paddle is ideal for those who like widespread, painless spanking.
It's a perfect compromise for couples who like the feel of leather but don't want to use actual leather, or where only one of you dislikes leather.
This paddle mimics the textured surface of real leather beautifully to satisfy those who crave the same sensation, while its synthetic finish ensures play is eco-friendly and animal-conscious.
Best for first-time crop play:
Tease by Lovehoney Riding Crop (£12.99)
Measuring in at an easy-to-wield 19.5 inches in length and featuring a twin-sided tip, this beginner's riding crop is perfect for first-time crop play.
For the receiver, the dual textured tip delivers a range of sensations: whilst the satin-like surface provides silky strokes and padded taps, the smooth faux leather side is great for slappier spanks.
Not to mention its wide, heart-shaped tip spreads sensation for reduced intensity, and offers a non-intimidating aesthetic to playtime.
For the Dom, this crop features an ergonomic, textured handle, wrist loop and slightly shorter design foolproof swings and easy storage.
Some experience spanking:
Best leather replacement:
Tease by Lovehoney Flogger (£14.99)
So, you've mastered palm spanking and feel confident using beginner-friendly spanking tools. So what's next?
Progressing pleasure and intensity without using harder materials like leather is possible with 'Tease by Lovehoney'.
Lovingly crafted to satisfy couples looking for effective bondage in non-intimidating designs, this whip combines faux leather with soft satin for cruelty-free, versatile play.
With thinner fronds than first-time floggers, this flicky whip is perfect for all levels of contact, from delicate tickles to sharp thrashes, and will leave subs super-sensitive to subsequent touches.
Best for experimenting:
Taking a totally different approach to impact play, this rubber flogging features ultra-slender rubber fronds that create sensation unlike any other.
Boasting more whippy-bits than almost any other flogger on the market, make use its gazillion (ish) tips and tease your sub with twitch-worthy tickles, or put some power behind each flick for sharper lashes that'll make them flinch.
Each thin, cylindrical rubber frond is super-flexible, and creates an intense impact at the tip that's awakening, without being too painful.
Best for kinky role play:
If you like a little role play with your spanking, why not add this sensational spanking ruler to your play?
Made of firm but flexible plastic and creating an audibly arousing "slap", it looks and feels just like a regular ruler making it familiar in any palm.
Whether you're a fan of the FSoG series or not, this hanky-spanky ruler is lightly branded to ensure it suits any kinky scenario.
Featuring the words "Spank me, please… Sir", there are no doubts as to its devilish (yet ethically sound) purpose.
Best for power play:
With a faux leather tip, short, flexing stem and sturdy, easy-grip handle, this crop is perfect for exerting your dominance in traditional BDSM style, without traditional leather.
Designed with a shorter-than-average length, this 18 inch spanker boasts all the features you'd expect to find in a standard riding crop, except the leather.
Its flat, vegan-leather tip provides scintillating slaps with audible "thwacks" which tease both the giver and the receiver, and its ergonomic handle offers faultless grip.
Plus, thanks to this crop's petite size it's easy to store, transport and wield, and is great for couples who are new to crop play, or enjoy naughty weekends away.
Best for leaving a mark:
There's nothing quite as empowering as holding a riding crop with intent, but most crops feature a leather tip.
To satisfy those who'd rather avoid leather, we created this silicone-tipped crop. Not only does it enable top-notch spanking without animal by-products, but the silicone tip is hypoallergenic and creates a sensational "slap" sound with minimal effort.
It's a little shorter than standard crops making it a doddle for new Doms to master and is truly exciting to use and receive no matter how hard or gently you play.
When you're ready, practise spanking with some welly to leave a heart-shaped print on your lover's behind.
Best for luxuriously sharp flogging:
Sex & Mischief Mahogany Flogger (£12.99)
With just 15 slender fronds measuring 18.5 inches in length, this flogger is fantastic for sharp "wet-towel" style flicks which leave the receiver stingling (stinging + tingling = stingling).
A solid lacquer-painted wooden handle with wrist loop ensures all levels of impact are easily controllable, and to top it all off this whip really looks the part.
See? Who said you need real leather to create an "authentic" BDSM look?
Best for serious impact:
With absolutely no flex to absorb any of the shock, this wooden spanker puts every inch of impact into your sub's haunches for maximum sensation.
Rounded and bevelled for safe-yet-eye-watering spanks, it features an ergonomic handle and wrist loop for smooth, controlled sweeps which make intense punishment light work for the Dom.
Certainly not a tool for newbies or the feint-hearted, this solid paddle is reserved for advanced couples and those who like pain with their pleasure.
Best for audible slaps:
If audible, spine-tingling spanks are what you dream of, this silicone paddle is just the ticket!
Weighty-yet-flexible to deliver ear-bending slaps and thrilling smacks, this silicone spanker is sure to satisfy even the most experienced S&M lover.
Its dual-sided design offers versatility, with a textured surface that's particularly great for post-spank strokes.
Plus, thanks to its 100% silicone make-up this impact tool is hypoallergenic, temperature-responsive and easy to clean.
Best for bullwhip-style fun:
Scandal 3 Foot Faux Leather Whip (£19.99)
When it comes to whip play, finding something that isn't made from real leather can be particularly tricky, which is why this Scandal Whip has made the list.
At 39 inches long this whip is closer to a signal whip in size, making it great for indoor fun (which won't wipe out your TV), and a great option for couples with mixed experience levels.
The flexible faux leather thong weaves and moves just like you'd expect with its leather cousins, and it even features a braided popper for authenticity.
Finished with an ornate easy-grip handle and wrist loop for faultless control.
Best for sharp stings which leave a mark:
Leave them stingling (now it's definitely a real word) all over and administer intense impact across a narrow area for maximum force and pleasure that hurts-so-good.
With some flex but an extremely narrow cylindrical contact surface, canes deliver the sharpest pain of all the spankers, and this one is coated in rubber for vegan-friendly fun.
Perfect for school girl caning role play, advanced punishment and S&M aficionados. Definitely not a tool for newbies.
Top tip: Get the after-spanking cream ready as this one leaves a mark!
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