Sustainability isn’t a new concept, and you have most likely put a lot of effort into recycling your bottles, cans, and other kitchen items for years—but what about eco-friendly body washes? Your bathroom is probably harboring a huge amount of plastic that you might not even think about when it comes to living a more earth-friendly lifestyle. Luckily, there are a ton of brands who have switched from virgin plastic bottles to aluminum, paper, or glass. And it’s easy to make the switch, we swear.
See some of our favorite eco-friendly body wash picks below, from massive name brands to more boutique brands deserving of your attention and business.
The best eco-friendly body washes
Switch out those massive Dove body wash bottles for their newest innovation. This starter kit contains a reusable, recycled aluminum bottle and a small body wash concentrate. You will use 50 percent less plastic after two refills, and the reusable bottle is aesthetically pleasing. 80 percent less water is also shipped per refill with this solution, since you mix the concentrate with water from your home tap. It’s available in three scents and is sulfate-, paraben-, and cruelty-free.
A little goes a long way with this concentrated body wash. You only need a quarter-sized amount to get a full, rich lather. Available in yummy scents like Egyptian Geranium & Bergamot and Moroccan Cedar & Sandalwood, it’s like a spa in your shower. It comes in an aluminum bottle, and you have the option of buying it with an aluminum cap or a recycled plastic pump, which can be reused when you buy your next bottle of body wash. The company is super focused on sustainability. The formulas are plant-based and made with organic ingredients and the bottles do not come with secondary packaging.
Hey Humans is on a mission for good. Co-founded by Jada Pinkett Smith, all of their products are $6 and under, and totally gender-neutral. The body wash bottle is comprised of infinitely recyclable aluminum, including a plastic-free aluminum screw cap. The formula itself is non-drying, thanks to jojoba seed oils, and is free of sulfates, phthalates and parabens.
This exfoliating bar soap is invigorating thanks to peppermint, grapefruit, and eucalyptus, and can be used by everyone in the house. It’s cruelty free and comes wrapped in paper, not plastic. If bar soaps are new to you, may we recommend using a bar soap grip like the SoapStandle. It not only helps soap dry out thanks to the raised design, but it helps slippery soap stay in your hand better. The SoapStandle is made of 100 percent post-consumer recycled material (PCR) and can be used over and over.
This body wash concentrate comes in a composable cardboard box, and can be mixed with water to make about 12 ounces of body wash. It contains coconut milk powder to keep skin silky smooth and hydrated, and lavender essential oils will help to calm you down after a stressful day.
An investment up front, this cleaning concentrate is jam-packed with gentle goodness that the whole family can use, even newborns. It comes with 34 ounces of wash, as well as two reusable aluminum bottles. Just one bottle of concentrate can make 200 baths. The formula is 100 percent plant-based, and formulated with prebiotics and probiotics to help with complexion and skin health.
This formula, which comes in an aluminum bottle, is made in the USA, is cruelty free, vegan, and made without sulfates, phthalates, parabens, petrochemicals, or mineral oil. It’s super luxurious and hydrating, thanks to antioxidants like green tea. It smells woodsy, yet fresh—it’s delightful. Celebs like Olivia Wilde, Laura Dern, Brooke Shields, and Logan Browning are all ambassadors and fans of the brand.
This body bar comes wrapped in 100 percent recyclable post-consumer waste paper. The bar itself helps to detoxify and cleanse skin with charcoal, organic jojoba seed, and tea tree essential oil. It gently exfoliates, and is safe to use daily for most skin types.
This beauty bar is delicate—yet powerful—in that it will relax and unwind you from head to toe. This is much more than soap–it can be used on both the face and body, and will nourish and soften the skin, thanks to organic essential oils. It’s made with just nine ingredients, all of which are 100 percent natural origin.
We’ve already dedicated a whole story to Uni (you can read it here), but if you haven’t read it yet, here’s the download: Uni’s products come in recycled aluminum bottles that twist into reusable dispensers—and when you’re all finished with them, you can send them back to Uni so they wash, refill, and send ’em out to customers. How cool is that? Aside from being environmentally awesome, the body wash is what our senior beauty editor would call “facial grade.” It’s got Australian lime extract (a natural citric acid that exfoliates skin and leaves it smooth and soft), Tasmanian sea kelp (this hydrates and softens skin), and organic aloe vera (this helps with skin’s elasticity). In this kit, you can a dispenser and body wash refill.
Saltair, the brainchild of model Iskra Lawrence, is another eco-friendly body wash favorite here at W+G. Lawrence set out to make an earth-friendly body wash (all made in aluminum bottles) that will make you feel like your shower is your oasis. Scents like Santal Bloom, Exotic Pulp, Island Orchid, Lagoona, and Lush Greens will transport you to the vacation you’ve been meaning to take (there’s even a fragrance-free option). All while nourishing your body with (biodegradable) ingredients like monoi oil, cupuaçu butter, and kukui oil which leave your skin baby soft, along with ascorbyl glucoside and niacinamide that help fade dark spots.
This soothing and gentle soap can be used on both the face and the body. Ingredients like oatmeal help calm irritated and inflamed skin. It’s perfect for people with eczema or extremely sensitive skin, including newborns. Their packaging is over 99 percent plastic free, and sustainably sourced.
Bathing Culture body wash comes in a refillable glass bottle and is made from a concentrated formula (just a dollop will do ya). After approximately 80 washes, you can get a refill with one of Bathing Culture’s retail partners (and they also sell by the gallon). This particular body wash smells like the forest, and is oh-so refreshing. Made with aloe, shea, and guar, the formula gets you squeaky clean without completely stripping your skin of its natural oils.
This bath and body brand is doing its part to rid the world of single-use plastic. The products are made with natural ingredients in New Zealand, and the brand was just launched in U.S. Target stores in January 2022. The soaps are truly adorable–like this lavender heart bar–and work as good as they look. The soaps come in cardboard, which can be recycled or composted at home. The brand also uses biodegradable plant-based inks on its packaging.
The new Leaves Bar Body Soaps come in stunning scents like sandalwood, orange cardamom, herbal musk, and sea salt, and are completely plastic free. Enriched with oils like avocado, coconut, and olive, these soaps soften and hydrate skin. With every product purchased, the brand plants a tree. They also have shampoo, conditioner and hand soap bars that are also plastic free.
This moisturizing gel body wash is made with yuzu extract, which is rich in vitamin C, as well as rice water to hydrate parched skin. The Japanese brand is great for those with sensitive skin, including people with eczema. The packaging contains 50 percent less plastic than a traditional body wash bottle, and is 100 percent recyclable through Terracycle.
This cheeky body wash has sold out at Sephora multiple times since it’s launch, and has the Clean + Planet Positive seal at Sephora. The glass packaging is chic and minimalistic, and we love the fun names of the scents, especially Wake The F*ck Up, and Calm The F*ck Down. A great morning (or nighttime) reminder! The formula contains organic white tea extract to promote collagen production, pine bark extract for circulation, and cocoa extract for hydration.
This aluminum bottle can be infinitely recycled, and the body wash inside is 97 percent naturally derived, vegan, and palm oil free. For every body wash sold, the company donates a bar of soap and water to a child in need. They also have a subscribe and save model for easy ordering.
This tiny bottle really packs a punch. The innovative cleanser is a powder, which means it weighs a lot less than normal water-filled cleansers, making it a lot easier to ship. The turmeric and walnut shell powder exfoliates and cleanses skin without stripping it. Just apply the powder to wet hands and watch it foam and do its magic. This two ounce aluminum bottle is equivalent to a liter of traditional body wash.
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