Knowing how many toxic and potentially harmful ingredients are hiding in many of today’s body care products can make it terrifying (and discouraging) to look at ingredient lists. Between the endocrine-disrupting parabens and phthalates that can lead to infertility, cancer, and other chronic diseases and the acceptable term “fragrances” that helps companies avoid disclosing what ingredients are inside, it’s best to find organic body care products that are as close to nature as possible. Because what you put on your body is just as important as what you put in your body.
Before we dive in, it is necessary to note that the most significant and effective skincare treatments are eating real whole foods, exercising, staying hydrated, and getting into nature. Our skin is our body’s largest organ, and it is a reflection of our inner health as well as the health of our skin. So, looking at the ingredients list of your body care products is critical.
However, unlike food products, the cosmetics industry does not have the same label disclosure requirements. Make sure to look for–and avoid–parabens, phthalates, sulfates, PEG compounds, petrochemicals and mineral oils, ethoxylated ingredients, as well as synthetic fragrances and dyes. Everything that you put on your body ends up affecting you and entering our waterways.
As a conscious consumer, you’re likely also aware of the pollution challenges that body care products can pose. Over 40 percent of plastic comes from product packaging, going to landfills, or ending up in our oceans. Nine out of every 10 fish have ingested microplastics and by 2050 there will be more plastic than fish in the sea. Every person consumes 40,000 microplastics each year. Let’s keep more of that toxic plastic out of our homes and out of landfills.
These organic body care products are made by companies with a conscience towards a sustainable future. They use all-natural fair-trade ingredients sourced from small family farms and artisans around the world.
This is certainly not a complete list by any means. We’d love for you to share your recommendations and insights in the comments below.
Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil
Garden of Life
Price: $8.99 (14 oz.)
What We Love About this Product: Coconut oil is the OG of moisturizers with its antimicrobial and antibacterial properties. It can help reduce inflammation, keep skin moisturized, and help heal wounds. Use it as an all-over lotion, shaving cream, lip balm, makeup remover, leave-in conditioner, and more, or make a whitening toothpaste with a little baking soda.
Hair & Shampoo Bar
Daughter of the Land
What We Love About this Product: Made with organic and fair-trade ingredients, this delightfully-smelling shampoo bar packs a serious punch when it comes to cleansing. It suds up nicely and doesn’t take too many swipes to get your desired lather. It’s made with moisturizing fresh goat milk from a family-operated certified humane farm in Ohio. And, the box is 100% recyclable, helping you save plastic packaging from being sent to landfills.
What We Love About this Product: A young woman started Ethique in 2012 as a way to reduce the abhorrent amount of plastic packaging and water waste that shampoo and conditioners typically generate. She removed the water content and created a 100% naturally-derived block of soap that is equivalent to three bottles of liquid shampoo and five bottles of liquid conditioner. Their natural products are palm oil-free and biodegradable, and the packaging is sustainably crafted and compostable.
Now a Certified B Corp, Ethique is a carbon-neutral company that even offsets the carbon of their employees’ personal lives. The boxes are made in New Zealand, where the company is based, from renewable forests and there is no chlorine or polluting acid in the paper. Ethique is on a mission to rid the world of 50 million plastic shampoo and conditioner bottles by 2025, and they’re on track with 8 million already saved.
Quick Tip: To make them last as long as possible, keep Ethique shampoo and conditioner bars in the compostable storage container they make from bamboo and sugarcane.
Hemp Baby Unscented Pure Castile Bar Soap (6-pack)
What We Love About this Product: Dr. Bronner’s is a staple in many households today–and for good reason. The biodegradable soap is made from certified organic, all-natural ingredients. It’s free of synthetic preservatives, detergents, and foaming agents that are frequent offenders in conventional products. And Dr. Bronner’s is working with fair trade suppliers to implement regenerative organic farming practices that sequester carbon, improve the environment and working conditions.
Use this bar soap on your face, body, or hair. Throw the 100% post-consumer recycled packaging in your compost pile after you unwrap!
Keep it simple. See the organic coconut oil above or the organic calendula oil below.
Organic Calendula Oil
What We Love About this Product: The organic calendula oil from BodyCeuticals is a great oil moisturizer that doesn’t leave you feeling greasy. Rather, the USDA Certified Organic cold-pressed olive oil and calendula flowers grown using Biodynamic methods soothe dry skin. Their calendula products are crafted using no electromagnetic machinery to disrupt their energetic properties, and only stainless steel and glass are used in manufacturing–no aluminum containers or utensils are used. When the bottle is empty, reuse or recycle the container!
BodyCeuticals’ products are created by the Saffle family on their organic and Biodynamic farm in the Snoqualmie Valley of Western Washington. They use a closed farming system and permaculture practices, which ensure there is minimal waste created and the environment benefits.
Organic Naked Body Butter
Organic Bath Co.
What We Love About this Product: This organic body butter is handcrafted in small batches and only has four ingredients: shea butter, sunflower seed oil, jojoba oil, and argan oil. It’s so simple you may even be able to make it yourself at home by playing with a recipe. The vessel is made of glass, so you can recycle it or reuse it!
Clear Skin Probiotic Cleanser
What We Love About this Product: Eminence’s award-winning Clear Skin Probiotic Cleanser is the perfect way to start your skincare routine. With ingredients such as cucumber juice, yogurt, sweet almond milk, and tea tree oil, you can gently cleanse your skin without harmful colorants and fragrances, parabens, phthalates, propylene glycol, and other damaging chemicals.
Eminence is dedicated to crafting natural, organic and Biodynamic products that “impart regenerative and healing powers that only nature can produce.” Since 1958, they have been using sustainable farming and green practices in their handmade products. They are also a Certified B Corp that plants a tree for every product sold.
Organic Witch Hazel
What We Love About this Product: Humphreys certified organic witch hazel is made from wildcrafted hamamelis virginiana harvested from the woodlands of New England. As an astringent, witch hazel removes impurities and oil from all types of skin without overdrying.
Add a few drops of organic tea tree oil to a smaller spray bottle and create a travel-size version that fits in your cabinet drawer, too. Purchase a two-pack of the organic witch hazel on Amazon or find it at a store near you.
Chia Seed Facial Oil
What We Love About this Product: The Chia Seed Facial oil by cocokind is a lightweight facial oil that will leave your skin looking glowy, hydrated, and smooth. The one-ingredient moisturizer is made from certified organic antioxidant-packed chia seed, which is rich in omega-3 fatty acids. They help hydrate the skin and support its natural barrier function.
Recycle the bottle and glass part of the dropper when the bottle is empty!
Renew Pure Radiance Oil
What We Love About this Product:
The key ingredients such as chia seed and kiwi seed oils, algae extract and astaxanthin, help you strengthen the skin cell membranes’ barriers while improving elasticity and diminishing age spots and discoloration. While this product is definitely on the more expensive side, the reviews speak for themselves.
Whipped Shea Butter for Lips
What We Love About this Product:
evanhealy’s nourishing lip balm is made from simple ingredients sourced from organic, heritage farms around the world. It makes your lips feel plump with shea butter, unbleached beeswax, avocado and argan oil, antioxidant-rich raspberry seed oil, and Vitamin E.
evanhealy focuses on small-batch made products made with ethically sourced, quality ingredients. The unrefined shea butter comes from the women of the Kpersi Village in Ghana, who hand-harvest and process shea nuts using techniques handed down over centuries. And the organic aromatic flowers come from small farms around the world.
When it comes to finding your organic body care products, the most important things to do are to look at the ingredients and look at the company. There are many brands out there that aren’t as ethical as their greenwashing, planet-friendly claims can be. Stick to the basics, and remember to always nourish the body from the inside out.
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