27 Best Organic Soaps & Natural Body Washes of 2021
If you’re in the market for a natural and organic body wash, then you have two options to choose from: an organic shower gel (or liquid soap) or an organic soap bar. Both products, when made correctly, can be fantastic options for any skin type.
Many soap bars and conventional body wash products have gotten a bad reputation over the years as being drying or harsh on the skin. The truth is, like any skin care product, the effectiveness of a soap really comes down to how the product is made. A poorly crafted wash contains almost no moisturizing ingredients and may even contain harsh foaming agents and preservatives. An expertly crafted one, however, can be an incredibly hydrating and nourishing experience for your skin. So, what makes the difference?
All soaps are made by combining oil or fats with a chemical called lye (all soaps are made with lye). These ingredients cause a chemical reaction called saponification (which literally means “to make soap” in Latin). Once this process is complete, if the ratio of fat to lye was correct, just soap molecules and glycerin will remain (all lye is broken down as a part of the chemical reaction). Glycerin is a humectant which helps to draw moisture into the skin. This is where the good soaps get separated from the bad. A good handmade organic soap bar, for example, is then poured into a mold and allowed to “cure” for a few weeks to allow for the excess water to evaporate. Conventional soap makers, however, will remove the glycerin from the soap and add salt to the mix in order to speed up the hardening process. They then add preservatives, foaming agents (like sodium lauryl sulfate), and other unnecessary chemicals.
In summary, a great organic body wash + organic soap bar is 1) expertly crafted made with plant-derived oils + lye 2) made so that no lye remains at the end of the saponification process 3) contains naturally occurring glycerin 4) contains natural + organic ingredients 5) does not contain ingredients such as sulfates, parabens, irritating foaming agents, phthalates, formaldehydes, oxybenzone, ethoxylated ingredients, polysorbates, phenoxyethanol, petrochemicals, triclosan, TEA/DEA, synthetic fragrances and colors.
As always, we set out to find the absolute best organic washes and organic bar soaps to make your search easier. After all of our research was completed, just 27 products met our standards for craftsmanship and ingredient quality. These natural and organic body washes are crafted by true skin care experts who clearly understand how to make a good soap. Enjoy!
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1. *ALEAVIA – ENZYMATIC NATURAL BODY CLEANSE
Price : $19.99
The idea behind Aleavia Body Cleanses is that they are made with prebiotics which support your skin’s natural microbiome. By supporting these good bacteria which live on your skin’s surface, these little guys will support you by maintaining a healthy skin pH, softening dry skin, and keeping bad body odor at bay. We can’t stress enough how soft this unscented body wash will make your skin feel with regular use. The absolute perfect body wash for dry, winter skin.
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2. *100% PURE – ORGANIC BODY WASH
Price : $20
Available in nine different scents like vanilla bean, blood orange, coconut, honey almond, lavender, and eucalyptus, these shower gels will transform your shower into an aromatherapy experience. Each product is packed with hydrating + nourishing ingredients like hyaluronic acid, coconut oil, green tea, and aloe. These gels are vegetarian with the exception of the blood orange, eucalyptus, pink grapefruit, and mangosteen which are vegan friendly.
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3. *OSMIA ORGANICS – COFFEE + MINT ORGANIC BODY SOAP
Price : $18
Osmia does two things exceptionally well: 1) they make great products for those with extremely sensitive skin and 2) they are experts at creating natural scents. This Coffee + Mint soap bar captures both of Osmia's talents. The smell of this soap bar is addictive and is ideal for early morning showers. It also softens the skin with a combination of organic ground coffee (mild exfoliation), mint, olive oil, shea butter, and rosemary extract.
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4. *ANNMARIE – ROSEMARY PEPPERMINT ORGANIC BODY WASH
Price : $34
Annmarie calls this an "invigorating" body wash, and they aren't lying. Made from a stimulating mix of ingredients like lemon balm, rosemary, peppermint oil, and neem leaf extract, this organic body wash may be just the jolt of energy you need in the morning. Not only will this gel wash leave your skin feeling cool and refreshed, it will also soften, hydrate, and soothe dry skin. Other star ingredients include aloe vera, calendula, lavender, olive leaf extract, and comfrey.
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5. *TRUE BOTANICALS – RESURFACING NATURAL BODY MASK
Price : $48
A full body exfoliation without the scrub! Simply apply this plant-based lactic acid body mask to dry skin and let sit for up to 15 minutes before rinsing. The formula works to dissolve dead skin cells, unclog pores, stimulate collagen production, and rejuvenate dull complexions to a vibrant glow. Key ingredients include organic green tea (antioxidant), sandalwood oil (soothing), and plant-based glycerin (moisture). Great for men and women of all skin types and can be used twice weekly.
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6. *TRUE BOTANICALS – NOURISHING ORGANIC BODY WASH
Price : $28
Made with nourishing essential oils and pure organic ingredients, this totally clean organic body wash is perfect for the whole family. This body wash is free from harsh soaps and synthetic fragrances, so it's even great for babies and kids. Made with a host of fantastic ingredients like green tea, white tea, orange peel oil, cedarwood oil, patchouli, aloe, olive oil, and hydrating vegetable glycerin. Lightly lathers and leaves skin feeling soft.
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7. *PLANT APOTHECARY – ROSEMARY & LEMONGRASS ORGANIC BODY WASH
Price : $18
The combination of rosemary and lemongrass is something special. This organic body wash has a light, yet invigorating scent that won't fail to brighten your morning shower. The gel has a honey-like consistency that creates a nice, silky lather. This formula is almost entirely made from organic ingredients. In addition to creating a lovely scent, rosemary extract is also a fantastic ingredient for treating body acne and other mild irritations. A great everyday choice for both men and women.
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8. *CAPTAIN BLANKENSHIP – GRAPEFRUIT & PALMAROSA ORGANIC BODY SOAP
Price : $24
This organic body soap from Captain Blankenship is essentially a castile soap but made with some interesting ingredients (like kelp, may chang oil, and aloe juice). This stuff is really soapy and a little goes a long way (also makes a great hand soap). Available in two scents: grapefruit or lemongrass. We tried both scents and, while we enjoyed them both, the Grapefruit and Palmarosa really stood out as our favorite.
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9. *OSMIA ORGANICS – OH SO ORGANIC SOAP
Price : $18
An incredibly simple and gentle organic soap bar crafted by the sensitive skin experts at Osmia. It is made with 99.89% organic ingredients like olive oil, mango butter, buttermilk, vitamin E, and rosemary extract (no essential oils). Perfectly designed for those with extremely sensitive skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis. If you suffer from problematic skin and haven't found a great body wash, then look no further than this little bar.
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10. *DR. ALKAITIS – ORGANIC BODY WASH
Price : $52
One of the most effective organic body washes that we tested. It goes on silky smooth, creates a light foamy lather, and leaves skin feeling absolutely clean and soft. The soap is made from a gentle castile base of organic saponified oils like olive, coconut, jojoba, and apricot oils. It is also packed with nourishing ingredients like seaweed, turmeric, vitamin C, vitamin E, borage seed oil, and lavender. Non-drying and great for men + women.
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11. *SOAPWALLA – ACTIVATED CHARCOAL & PETITGRAIN ORGANIC SOAP BAR
Price : $18
This organic soap bar offers a deep skin detox without drying or irritating the skin. Using a combination of bamboo charcoal, rice bran, and tea tree oil, this soap works to kill bacteria, remove dirt + oil from pores, and gently exfoliate dead skin cells. Can be used on both the body and face. Ideal for those with sensitive, acne-prone, and/or oily skin types. The scent is pleasant, but not overly feminine (great for men + women + babies).
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12. *PLANT APOTHECARY – GET HAPPY ORGANIC BODY WASH
Price : $18
Plant Apothecary is an organic skin care brand that is popping up everywhere--and for good reason. This organic body wash is simple, pure, and packed with USDA certified organic ingredients. It has a light, yet totally invigorating floral + citrus scent that will have you looking forward to your next shower. The product has a silky texture (almost like honey) which creates a light lather. Made with eight ingredients and great for all skin types.
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13. *OSMIA ORGANICS – MILKY ROSE ORGANIC SOAP
Price : $18
This little bar of organic goodness is the ultimate luxurious treat. It is made with 98.4% organic ingredients like buttermilk, pink clay, rose petals, coconut milk, olive oil, and shea butter. Unlike other bar soaps, this formula leaves your skin feeling very moisturized and soft (without creating a film or residue). Essential oils of orange and palmarosa leave a lovely light floral scent behind. Also, this is such a beautiful bar of soap!
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14. *100% PURE – ALL NATURAL BUTTER SOAP BARS
Price : $12
100% Pure makes these yummy moisturizing soap bars in seven "flavors": coconut butter, peach butter, apple butter, lavender butter, mandarin butter, Meyer lemon butter, and mango butter. Each bar contains roughly the same ingredients with the exception of the specific fruit extract for each flavor. These bars are 100% natural and made with coconut oil, olive oil, rosehip seed oil, grapeseed oil, shea butter, and avocado butter.
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15. LILFOX – FLOWERBALL ORGANIC BODY CLEANSE
Price : $53
This beautiful organic body wash from LILFOX will not only transform the scent of your bathroom into a tropical jungle, it will leave your skin feeling silky soft. The formula is crafted from organic olive oil and coconut oil soaps mixed with essential oils of jasmine flower, citrus oil, and violet leaf. It's got this fruity, floral, mildly sweet scent that is totally unique, but not overpowering. Best of all, it comes in a big 16 oz bottle and has a thick consistency---meaning it'll last a good long while.
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16. *KAHINA GIVING BEAUTY – MOROCCAN BELDI ORGANIC SOAP W/ EUCALYPTUS
Price : $42
This organic soap from Kahina Giving Beauty is more like a body treatment than a traditional soap. The formula is crafted using a traditional Moroccan technique. It has a thick, rich, and gel-like consistency that generously coats your skin like a mask. Simply apply and leave on for about 10 minutes. This treatment really does an amazing job of softening the skin even though it is only made with organic olive oil and eucalyptus leaf oil.
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17. *DR. BRONNER’S – PURE CASTILE LIQUID ORGANIC SOAP
Price : $13.39
Dr. Bronner's is serious about soap. The family has been making soaps since 1948. This product is an all-around amazing organic soap for the entire body (and just about anything in your house that need cleaning). This formula is even gentle enough to use on delicate baby skin. It is crafted from coconut oil, palm kernel oil, olive oil, hemp oil, jojoba oil, citric acid, and vitamin E. Castile soaps should be diluted with water on a 1:2 basis.
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18. *HERBIVORE – ALL NATURAL PINK CLAY BODY SOAP
Price : $12
This bar of soap is gentle enough for face and body use, and it is quite convenient to have a single product for the whole body. It contains all-natural ingredients and no fillers. The combination of white and pink clays gently draws out impurities without drying the skin. Geranium essential oil and blood orange essential oils give this soap a nice light scent that won't irritate sensitive skin types. Great for all skin types (especially oily).
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19. *CHRISTINA MOSS NATURALS – LEMON VERBENA ORGANIC BODY WASH
Price : $20.99
In addition to its intoxicating citrus scent, lemon verbena is also effective at softening and moisturizing the skin. This organic body wash uses lemon verbena as its star ingredient and is also packed certified organic ingredients like sunflower oil, coconut oil, aloe, orange peel, and ginger root. Has a nice lather, but you won't find any harsh chemicals, foaming agents, or irritants in this product. Handmade and crafted for all skin types.
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20. *SKY ORGANICS – LIQUID ORGANIC AFRICAN BLACK SOAP
Price : $11.95
African black soap is a unique formula that has been used by West African women for hundreds of years. It traditionally contains the ash of locally harvested plants (such as plantain, cocoa pods, shea bark, etc.) which gives the soap its dark color. This take on African black soap by Sky Organics contains plantain ash, aloe, shea butter, and various organic oils (no essential oils). Highly effective for body acne and great for both men and women.
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21. *MIESSENCE – SUNFLOWER BODY WASH
Price : $20
A great organic body wash that is gentle enough for all skin types (including babies and children). It has a gentle lather which doesn't dry out the skin or leaves any residue behind. Contains no water or fillers (aloe vera is the first ingredient) and no harsh chemicals. It is made with organic aloe, sunflower oil, orange oil, lemon oil, and lime oil. The only preservatives are natural radish root ferment and non-gmo citric acid.
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22. *EIR NYC – ORGANIC ACTIVE BODY WASH
Price : $24
A surprisingly restorative organic body wash made from familiar ingredients like coconut oil, olive oil, jojoba oil, aloe, rosemary extract, lemongrass, sage, and lavender oil. It has a nice herbal scent of sage and rosemary, but it doesn't linger on the skin. It feels like applying a silky moisturizer to your skin that gently lathers as you massage it in. Rinses off clean and leaves skin feeling very hydrated. An all-around solid product.
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23. *EARTH TU FACE – BERGAMOT + ALOE ORGANIC BODY WASH
Price : $38
A really lovely and simple organic body wash made with just 10 ingredients (6/10 are organic). It is made by saponifying (meaning to turn into soap) nourishing oils like coconut, olive, jojoba, and hemp. This is how most truly natural soaps are made. Then, ingredients like organic aloe, vegetable glycerin, rosemary and bergamot are added to the formula. It has a very light lather and does leave a little oil on the skin. Great for dry skin types.
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What about the great Rosemary Mint body wash made by Annmarie skin care? I don’t see it mentioned here. It definitely deserves a place in this line up!