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If you’re looking to ‘clean’ or ‘green’ your beauty routine, an easy place to start is with one of the personal care products you use daily, i.e. body wash. There are more organic options of the shower staple than ever before, free from potentially harmful and questionable chemicals, artificial fragrances, synthetic dyes (you get the picture), yet still with the same cleansing prowess, sumptuous lather, and pleasant scent that you want from a body wash. Whether you want something basic that the whole family can use, an ultra-hydrating option to quench dry skin or a luxurious treat that makes you feel like you’re at the spa, there’s an organic body wash for that.
Here, a handful of our go-to organic body washes.
This USDA-organic formula is definitely not the new kid on the block—it was first invented in 1948—but its cult-like status is certainly well deserved. (Case in point: It’s the top-selling soap in the U.S. natural marketplace.) Not only is the formula squeaky clean, without any synthetic preservative, foaming agents, or detergents, there’s also no shortage of different ways to use it. As a body wash sure, but also as a hand soap, face wash, shampoo, even on your pets. There are a variety of different scents (all-natural, of course) available, so there’s something for every preference.
Free of sulfates, GMOs, parabens, and synthetic fragrances, just to name a few, this is also NSF/ANSI 305 certified, the American national standard for personal care products containing organic ingredients. Botanical cleansers do the heavy lifting, while peppermint essential oil makes it refreshing and invigorating—ideal for helping you wake up on sleepy mornings. And let’s not forget to mention the ultra-affordable price tag.
It may not necessarily seem like a body wash made with USDA-certified organic ingredients could feel like a totally indulgent product, but trust us, it can. While we love how this lathers and rinses clean, we’ll credit the incredible scent—a blend of eucalyptus, lavender, vanilla, and Palo Santo—that smells, well, expensive and sophisticated for making this feel like the utmost indulgence. Reviewers agree, raving about how it feels and how well it works, even on sensitive skin.
Jojoba oil is a natural oil produced from the seed of the Chinensis plant, a drought-resistant shrub native to southern Arizona, California, and Mexico. It mimics natural sebum and conditions and seals moisture in the skin without clogging pores or exacerbating acne.
There are only eight ingredients in this gel-like cleanser, the first three being heavy-hitting hydrators: organic coconut, olive, and jojoba oil soaps. Rosemary and peppermint oils give it its refreshing scent, and it also works well as a bubble bath. FYI, because the formula is so natural, don’t be alarmed if it turns slightly cloudy; just give it a good shake or stick the bottle in some hot water.
Seaweed is a very powerful concentration of seawater and is able to uptake minerals by absorption and active transport from seawater. Because of these processes, some seaweeds have a dense concentration of vitamins, minerals, amino acids, proteins, and lipids, which all pose benefits for the skin.
This uses nine certified organic ingredients (think coconut cream and seaweed extract) and is so pure that the Environmental Working Group gave it a toxicity score of zero—you’d be hard-pressed to find a formula that’s squeakier clean than that. It’s safe to use even if you suffer from eczema or psoriasis, and is so gentle that it works well for kids, too. Stash a bottle in your shower and let the whole family go to town.
Aloe vera is a naturally derived ingredient known for its soothing and moisturizing properties. The aloe plant's inner gel mucilage (the part that's used in skincare products) is made up of 99.5% water.
Certified organic aloe vera and green tea are the first two ingredients in this cleanser; the former soothes irritated skin, the second packs a heavy hit of protective antioxidants. Coconut-derived surfactants (read: detergents) gently cleanse skin without stripping it of its natural oils, and the formula is also gluten-free and contains no synthetic fragrances or colors, all common irritants, particularly for those with sensitive skin.
The namesake ingredient in this wash—which is sourced directly from organic artisanal farmers in Ghana—delivers a laundry list of skin benefits. We’re talking, improving skin tone, reducing inflammation, and healing irritation; it also has antibacterial properties, all qualities that make it a great pick for anyone prone to body breakouts. Because let’s face it, bacne is a real thing.
Purists will appreciate the straightforward ingredient list, free of all kinds of nasties and filled with certified organic plant and other natural extracts instead. There’s no scent, just a basic and simple formula that gets the cleansing job done, no-frills (or harsh chemicals) required. Even better, it’s totally biodegradable, so it won’t have a negative impact on the environment after it gets washed down the drain.
What better way to get your skin extra squeaky clean than with a scrub? One hundred percent of the ingredients in this body buffer are of natural origin, and it boasts a refreshing strawberry scent. Clean ingredients like coconut, fresh strawberry, and sugar simultaneously hydrate and exfoliate, leaving your skin clean, smooth, and utterly glowing from head to toe. Yes, please.