9 Best Natural Body Washes With Organic Ingredients
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Is there anything more luxurious than a nice hot shower or a long restful bath? We think not. It’s even better when you indulge with a natural body wash that leaves your skin feeling nourished and healthy, without stripping it of its natural oils. Instead of using harsh chemical formulas, try using products sourced from organic ingredients.
We’ve rounded up 9 body care brands with natural body washes that leave us cleaner than ever. Made with organic and natural ingredients, these chemical-free formulas are often cruelty-free, vegan, and nontoxic to boot. Whether you’re a gel, foam and loofah, or simple washcloth fan, there’s something for everyone.
Check out our guide to organic hair care brands too, so you can spruce up your whole shower situation.
1. 100% PURE
Our Pick | Vanilla Bean Shower Gel ($20)
Best For | Combo skin
Natural Ingredients | Lavender essential oil, honey, red algae, green tea, rose hydrosol
Ethics | Cruelty-free, vegetarian, dye-free, nontoxic
Indulge in a luxurious bath with 100% PURE. Its Vanilla Bean Shower Gel is nontoxic, 100 percent natural, and made with organic aloe, vanilla absolute, lavender honey, and Japanese honeysuckle for a sweet, aromatic scent. Instead of artificial vanilla scents you’ll find elsewhere (whether in food or fragrance), 100% Pure’s Vanilla Bean Shower Gel smells just like the real thing. It’s true vanilla bean through and through, supplemented by mineral-rich red algae and green tea for an impressive lather. Heavenly and hydrating.No matter your skin type, you’ll feel refreshed and soothed with this body gel.
Our Pick | Shea Body Wash in Lavender ($15)
Best For | Dry skin
Natural Ingredients | Neem extract, shea butter, coconut oil, lavender oil
Ethics | Fair Trade Certified, non-GMO, nontoxic, cruelty-free
Calm your mind—and your skin—with Alaffia’s Shea Body Wash. Ethically made via West African women’s co-ops, this body wash blends unrefined shea butter, virgin coconut oil, neem extract, and lavender to heal and nourish your skin, no matter how dry it is. It packed an aromatic punch when we used it, akin to dropping a lavender bath bomb in the tub—but without the excess foam and bubbles. It was equal parts smooth and silky, which also provided much-needed hydration to our dry skin. Know that your dollars will support women, Fair Trade practices, and eco-friendly packaging, and you’ll get a long-lasting and effective body wash!
Also Available At: Thrive Market, Target
3. Dr. Bronner’s
Our Pick | Pure-Castile Liquid Soap ($16)
Best For | Sensitive skin
Natural Ingredients | Organic coconut oil, organic olive oil, organic fair deal hemp oil, organic jojoba oil
Ethics | Fair Trade, vegan, eco-friendly, cruelty-free
Looking for something versatile? What about an 18-in-1 Pure-Castile soap from Dr. Bronner’s? Made with organic ingredients like hemp seed oil, coconut oil, and jojoba oils, your skin will soak in the highest quality ingredients around. It’s safe to use even on sensitive skin. Plus, this organic and certified Fair Trade soap can be used on your hands, face, body, and even around your home. Talk about multitasking. Best of all, we were surprised by the bottle’s size (a whopping 32 oz. bottle for $16) so you truly get your bang for your buck. And a little goes a long way. If you prefer body washes that are subtly scented and easy to glide on, this one may be a winner.
Also Available At: Thrive Market, Target
Our Pick | Natural Body Wash in Citrus & Sea Salt ($10)
Best For | Baby skin and pets
Natural Ingredients | Coconut oil, Himalayan pink sea salt
Ethics | Cruelty-free, vegan, gluten-free, give back, nontoxic, hypoallergenic
Hydrate and exfoliate naturally with Puracy’s Natural Body Wash, a pH-balanced formula that brings together coconut cleansers and Himalayan pink sea salt for a deep clean. Developed by Ph.D. chemists, this bottle will last you nearly two months with everyday use, and you’ll be left with smooth, supple skin. With more than 4,000 reviews, it’s beloved and beneficial to everyone, including babies and pets.
Also Available At: Target
5. Plaine Products
Our Pick | Natural Refillable Body Wash ($30)
Best For | Normal to sensitive skin
Natural Ingredients | Organic aloe leaf juice, organic camellia, sunflower, and ricebran seed oils; chamomile, sage, and quillaja saponaria extracts; papaya and pineapple pulp extracts; bamboo silk, rosemary, organic green tea, mint essential oil
Ethics | Biodegradable, non-GMO, vegan, nontoxic, cruelty-free
Plaine Products’ Body Wash is made for low waste lifestyles! This refillable and reusable product is made with aluminum and can be purchased with or without a BPA-free plastic pump. (You can also send it back to recycle when you’re done using!) The formula itself will leave you with the softest skin, thanks to organic and natural ingredients like pineapple and papaya pulp extracts, bamboo silk, and aloe leaf juice. Minty and sweet all at once, the Rosemary Mint Vanilla is like bathing inside a candy cane tub (but in the best way!). It feels clarifying, cooling, and calming all at once. Plus, thanks to the aloe juice, we enjoy how it has more viscosity than water-based formulas and lends itself to a more robust lather. Best of all, the packaging came with clear steps on how to recycle and refill when needed.
6. True Botanicals
Our Pick | Nourishing Wash ($28)
Best For | All skin types
Natural Ingredients | Green and white tea leaf extracts, aloe vera leaf juice, olive oil, amyris bark oil, orange peel oil, cinnamon leaf
Ethics | Cruelty-free, vegan, gluten-free, non-GMO
True Botanicals knows you shouldn’t have to decide between effective, luxurious, or safe body care products. That’s why it makes all three happen. The nourishing body wash is packed with green and white tea, aloe leaf, and olive fruit extract for a plant-based formula that keeps you spick-and-span without stripping your body’s natural oils. We could only compare the formula’s heavenly scent—with notes of cedar, florals, and citrus—to the luxurious lobby of a very high-end resort. Harsh surfactants can strip your skin, but this wash is made without them and the mild foam feels cleansing but not overly sudsy. Best of all, it soothes skin of all ages, so you can stock up for the whole family.
7. Bathing Culture
Our Pick | Mind & Body Wash (Refillable Glass) ($35)
Best For | Sensitive skin
Natural Ingredients | Organic coconut, olive, and sunflower oils, natural plant glycerin (soy bean), aloe vera, shea butter, & essential oils
Ethics | Carbon neutral, vegan, cruelty free, biodegradable
Bathing Culture launched in 2015 after its founders, two cyclists, joked they’d never be able to get clean. Sick of soaps that were either too watery or stripped their skin of moisture, the company’s Mind and Body Wash is made with certified organic ingredients like aloe vera, shea butter, and coconut, olive, and sunflower oils. Best described by our partners as a “grown-up body wash that doesn’t feel like a 10-in-1”, this organic formula smells like the redwoods of Northern California with an energizing kick of black pepper. As a gender-neutral scent, it’s perfect to use across the whole family—and the gorgeous, recyclable packaging adds a nice touch to the household bathroom, too.
Also Available At: Credo
8. Ursa Major
Our Pick | Citrus Riot Body Wash ($24)
Best For | Daily washes
Natural Ingredients | Aloe, frankincense, lime peel, ginger
Ethics | Cruelty-free, vegan, gluten-free
No sulfates and all the lather: meet Ursa Major’s Citrus Riot Body Wash. If you’re a fan of suds and a deep clean, you’ll love this natural formula bringing together aloe, frankincense, lime peel, and more. With a bright citrus scent, you’ll be left with a zing and zest to take you through the day. The Citrus Riot Body Wash smells like a Moscow Mule at your favorite bar; and as we scrubbed it onto our skin, the scent transformed into a more muted mix of citrus and berries. Invigorating and with a generous foam, we felt squeaky clean post-shower. (And if it turns out it’s not for you, Ursa Major offers a 30-day guarantee for exchanges or returns.)
Also Available At: Credo
9. Burt’s Bees
Our Pick | Calming Body Wash ($9)
Best For | Safe for shaving
Natural Ingredients | Coconut oil, citric acid, limonene
Ethics | Cruelty-free, gluten-free
The Lavender and Honey Calming Body Wash felt like an ethereal experience, instantly transporting us to summer fields in Provence, France. Sweet but not “bubblegum sweet,” this rich body wash smells more deeply of lavender as it lathers and foams. In a matter of minutes, we were left cleansed, calm, and ready for a good night’s sleep. With 97.8 percent natural and plant-based ingredients, you’ll feel fresh and oh-so-clean. Plus, you can use it for shaving even in the most sensitive areas.