Melissa And Doug Vegan-Friendly Crayons

September 17, 2010 by Keri

My little man loves to draw and color, but we abstain from buying crayons because they simply aren’t vegan.  Most crayons contain not only beeswax, but also tallow (animal fat).  I really wanted to find him a set of vegan crayons, so I started doing a little research.  They turned out easier to find than I expected; Coming across multiple sources,  I ordered a set of Melissa and Doug crayons.

Vegan Crayons

Vegan Crayons

Vegan Crayons

Vegan Crayons

Melissa and Doug use plastic rather than wax, eliminating the need for animal products in their crayons.  I couldn’t be more thrilled with these!  The colors are beautiful and color perfectly smooth, better than wax crayons in my opinion.  The triangle shape keeps them from rolling away and is easy for little hands to grasp.  The hard plastic case is wonderful for travel; they fit so easily into a purse or diaper bag.  And I learned, as I watched in horror as my little man accidentally knocked the box across the floor and proceeded to step all over them as he scurried to gather the ones in his view, they’re definitely extra durable.  Not a single one has broken in his little hands or under his little feet. These crayons even seem to last longer.  Look at all the coloring done with those two crayons in the last picture, and the points are barely worn down.   I’m so excited for the many hours of coloring we’re going to do with these.  He just loves them and so do I!

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  1. Wow I did not know that crayons contained animal fat. Gross! I guess it makes sense, I just never really thought about it before. Thanks for posting about these kind crayons!

    • Heather says:

      OMG! I didn’t know this either.. OH MAN, do I have some crayons to toss. Altho we don’t have as many as I’d like us to have.. my dog steals & eats them.. now I know why :X These look soooo cool.. I will have to grab some very soon! Thanks for the tip!

    • Keri says:

      You’re welcome! I guess that’s why they use alternative names on the labels for these sorts of ingredients. They don’t want people to realize what they’re really using! :-/

  2. cleaninggirl says:

    I didn’t know about the animal fat but did think they might’ve had bees wax. I now know what I’ll be buying my nephew for next christmas 😉 Thanks for sharing this Keri.

  3. Tasha - the clean eating mama says:

    I had no idea about the animal fat! =(

  4. Dianne says:

    I never knew about it either, but I love just looking at that case! You must have a very happy son 🙂

  5. Woz says:

    Thank you for finding things like this! I’ll definitely have to invest in these when my little one is ready to let their inner artist out. Actually, I just love to color so I’ll probably get these sooner than that for myself. 😛

    • Keri says:

      You’re welcome! Get a box early- you may have a natural artist! 😉 We offered our little one drawing and writing materials very early and he could write the whole alphabet by two and he can draw detailed things now like a little cat in a hat! Hehe.

  6. Conner says:

    Hey, what is the plastic made from? 😮