27 Best Organic Body Washes & Organic Soap Bars

27 Best Organic Body Washes & Organic Soap Bars

WRITTEN BY:  DIANE ELIZABETH K. | PUBLISHED: 04/02/2018 | LAST UPDATED: 01/17/2020

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 body washes 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 body wash contains almost no moisturizing ingredients and may even contain harsh foaming agents and preservatives. An expertly crafted body wash, 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 body 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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*Osmia Organics – Coffee + Mint Organic Body Soap ($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.

*Soapwalla – Activated Charcoal & Petitgrain Organic Soap Bar

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).

*Osmia Organics – Oh So Organic Soap ($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.

*Osmia Organics – Milky Rose Organic Soap ($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!

*100% Pure – All Natural Butter Soap Bars ($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.

*Herbivore – All Natural Pink Clay Body Soap ($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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*Soapwalla – Shea Butter + Tangerine + Clay Organic Soap Bar

Another great organic and food-grade soap bar from Soapwalla. This organic soap bar gently exfoliates the skin with French green clay while adding moisture with vitamin-rich shea butter. It has a light citrus smell (from the tangerine and sweet orange essential oils) which is is very pleasant. Works well for face + body on all skin types. All of Soapwalla's products are handmade in their Brooklyn, NY studio and each bar is hand-cut to order.

*Nurture My Body – Organic Body Soap

A pure and simple organic soap bar made with just 8 certified organic ingredients (palm oil, coconut oil, olive oil, palm kernel oil, cacao butter, oat meal, aloe, and rosemary). Oat meal doesn't inherently include gluten; however, we were unable to confirm whether this soap bar is gluten free. With that said, this bar works very well on sensitive skin types--especially those with psoriasis, eczema, acne, and other easily irritated skin types.

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Diane Elizabeth K., Founder at SkinCareOx.com

Diane Elizabeth founded Skin Care Ox in 2016 after her personal struggle to find truly clean, natural, and organic products. Leveraging her background in biomedical engineering, scientific research + analytics, and entrepreneurship, she created Skin Care Ox to be an easy-to-use resource to find real clean beauty options. Since then, her articles have been read by over 3 Million people and have helped millions choose cleaner alternatives. She currently lives in Colorado with her husband and growing family.
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  1. Lisa January 23, 2019

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