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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.
Best Overall: Dr. Bronner’s Organic Sugar Soap
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.
Best Budget: Avalon Organics Revitalizing Peppermint Bath & Shower Gel
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.
Best for Sensitive Skin: Desert Essence Organics Body Wash
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.
Best Luxe: Rahua Body Shower Gel
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.
Best Scrub: Tata Harper Smoothing Body Scrub
What better way to get your skin extra squeaky clean than with a scrub? One hundred percent of the ingredients in this body buffer is of natural origin, with 75% coming from organic farming. We’re talking 14 different botanical ingredients that simultaneously hydrate and exfoliate, leaving your skin clean, smooth, and utterly glowing from head to toe. Yes, please.
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Best for Dry Skin: Get Happy Body Wash
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.
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Best for Acne-Prone Skin: Sky Organics Liquid Organic African Black Soap
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.
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Best Multi-Tasker: Mukti Botanique Body Wash
From the ultra-chic black packaging to the luscious texture to the sophisticated scent, everything about this body wash screams high-end spa. It pulls double duty as a hand wash, and, as an added benefit, the bottle is made from recyclable materials, too.
Best Lather: True Botanicals Nourishing Wash
Quick science lesson: The suds you love in a body wash are a result of surfactants, detergents that create that foam, but can also be harsh and drying on your skin. Organic and natural formulas don’t contain these which means, yep, you guessed it, they can often lack that sudsy foam we all want. Not the case here. This wash starts off rich and creamy but quickly transforms into a luxe lather. Plus, the scent is a perfectly-balanced woodsy and citrusy blend that’s sure to be a hit with both men and women.
Best Simple: Carina Organics Unscented Daily Moisturizing Body Wash
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.
Best for All Skin Types: Nurture My Body Fragrance Free Organic Body Wash
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.