12 Organic & Natural Hand Soaps Rated by Beauty Experts

12 Organic & Natural Hand Soaps Rated by Beauty Experts

LAST UPDATED: 03/08/2019

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WRITTEN BY: TAMRYN BURGESS
Licensed Aesthetician and Registered Holistic Nutritionist (RHN)

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Think about how many times you wash your hands throughout the day. What kind of soaps are you using? Are they gentle and nourishing, or drying and irritating? Using an organic hand soap that is free from harsh detergents and soaps will keep your hands soft, hydrated, and youthful, whereas using a conventional soap will likely dry them out and trigger sensitive skin.

Why Natural & Organic Hand Soaps?
Washing your hands regularly protects you and your family from catching contagious bugs, and prevents cross-contamination. Your stock-standard conventional hand soap likely contains cheap ingredients such as alcohol and sodium laureth sulfate (drying and can leave hands cracked and sore) and synthetic fragrances (contain phthalates, known hormone disruptors). The main function we require from a hand soap is to clean our hands, right? Well, natural, organic ingredients are just as effective as conventional hand soap ingredients. In fact, it’s been proven that harsh antibacterial soaps are actually no more effective than gentler soaps (1). Organic soap has the added benefit of providing moisturizing, nourishing and soothing properties. They clean the hands while leaving the skin’s natural oils intact. The result? Clean hands that remain soft, moisturized and protected from chemicals.

If you or your family members suffer from sensitive skin, conventional hand soaps can exacerbate the issue and cause inflammation. The same goes for people with very dry skin. It’s hard enough to keep dry hands moisturized without the moisture-stripping effect of conventional soaps. Organic hand soap, on the other hand, often contains ingredients like oatmeal (calms inflammation, showing improvement in dry, scaly, rough, and itchy skin (2)), aloe (reduces irritation, calms sun-exposed skin), and vegetable glycerin (a humectant that attracts and locks moisture into the skin).

Are Natural Bar Soaps Any Good?
Many organic soaps come in the form of a bar, often with a base of moisturizing shea butter and oils (such as coconut or olive). You may be concerned about bar soaps being magnets for lingering bacteria. However, this is nothing to worry about, because everything contains some level of bacteria, even a bottle of conventional liquid soap. Bar soaps have been tested and proven (1) to be no more conducive to harboring and spreading bacteria than any other hand-washing product. Not to mention, the age-old argument of bacteria being all bad is quickly being debunked in science; with the skin being just one part of the body that relies on microbes to fight off illness and infection.

Ingredients to Avoid in Hand Soap?
When purchasing an organic hand soap, look for a certified organic brand that creates high-quality soaps made from 100% natural ingredients. Take a look at the ingredient list and avoid harsh ones like parabens (mimics estrogen, disrupts hormones), sodium laureth sulfate (can lower immune function), fragrance (can cause contact dermatitis and skin sensitivity), and preservatives like Methylisothiazolinone, and methylchloroisothiazolinone (linked to allergic reactions, and neurotoxic consequences). It’s been proven that harsh antibacterial agents (triclosan, triclocarban and ammonium laureth sulfate) in conventional soaps aren’t actually more effective against germs (3). Interestingly, the FDA has banned triclosan from hand soaps because it’s been proven to have an adverse effect on hormones, immunity, and allergies. Natural, organic ingredients such as tea tree oil and honey do just as great a job at cleaning your hands, while nourishing them at the same time.

Look for hand soaps made by companies that favor handmade, small-batch methods. Small-batch hand soaps contain better ingredients and are often handmade without fillers and preservatives, unlike mass-produced conventional soaps. Plus, some of the very best scents come from natural, organic ingredients like calming lavender petals, uplifting citrus essential oils, and aromatic natural butter (shea butter, mango butter, cocoa butter).

In an effort to help you choose a great organic soap, we’ve put a bunch of soaps through our strict testing process, culminating in this list of Sulfate, Paraben, Phthalate, Petrochemical + Mineral Oil, Synthetic fragrance + dye, PEG compounds, and Ethoxylated free natural soap products you can feel confident using.  Here’s to you finding the perfect organic hand soap safe enough for the whole family to use!

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Osmia Organics – Milky Rose Organic Hand Soap ($18)

This little bar of organic goodness is the ultimate way to pamper your hands. It’s made with 98.4% organic ingredients like its namesake rose petals, buttermilk, pink clay, coconut milk, olive oil, and shea butter. Unlike other bar soaps, this formula leaves your hands feeling very moisturized and soft (without creating a film or residue). Essential oils of orange and palmarosa leave a lovely light floral scent behind. The only downside? It’s so beautiful, you may hesitate to use it!

Brittanie’s Thyme – Organic Hand Soap ($14)

This USDA Certified Organic hand soap is handmade in small batches for the ultimate quality and freshness. It's loaded with luxurious coconut and olive oils that provide essential fatty acids, antioxidants and vitamins A and E, which are key for renewing skin. Plus, olive oil is great for cleansing, while also protecting the skin's natural barrier. This nourishing soap comes in three natural scents: lavender, bergamot + lime, and lemongrass and leaves your hands silky soft.

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Soapwalla – Comfort Organic Hand Soap ($20)

This natural comfort hand and body wash from Soapwalla is great for cleaning sensitive skin, but perfect for all other skin types as well. It's made with a ton of certified organic and food-grade ingredients including almond and ginger essential oils that moisturize and help reduce the appearance of redness. Unisex, biodegradable, and can even be used as a clarifying shampoo! An all around A+ natural hand and body soap.

Kosmatology – Natural Foaming Hand Soap ($10)

This thick foaming hand soap is perfect for the whole family. It's made with the highest quality organic oils like coconut, olive and safflower and lightly scented by essential oils in 5 fresh scents including lavender eucalyptus, spearmint rosemary, grapefruit, lemon and orange. It gently cleanses hands without drying them out. Kosmatology's entire line is Made Safe Certified, meaning that it's only made with safe, natural ingredients. A must try!

Dr. Bronner’s – Organic Sugar Hand Soap ($10)

Dr. Bronner's is a name that's synonymous with soap, and this organic sugar hand soap yet another one of their fantastic products! Certified organic, it contains fair trade sugar (sweet scent + caramel color), organic white grape juice (nourishing and hydrating), and organic coconut-olive-hemp oils (creamy castile lather). Like most Dr. Bronner's products, this hand soap is versatile and can be used be used on face, body, and hair. Comes in 4 yummy scents, or simply unscented.

100% Pure – All Natural Butter Hand Soap Bars ($10)

100% Pure makes these yummy moisturizing hand soap bars in seven different butters: coconut, peach, apple, lavender, mandarin, Meyer lemon, and mango. 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 that are perfect for cleansing and hydrating your hands.

Nurture My Body – Organic Hand Soap Bar ($8)

A pure and simple organic hand soap bar made with just 3 certified organic ingredients (palm oil, coconut oil, olive oil) and its gentle enough that even your littlest ones can use it. With that said, it's ideal for those with sensitive hands, as well as psoriasis, eczema, and other easily-irritated skin types. Can be used for cleansing your entire body in addition to hands.

Osmia Organics – Coffee Mint Organic Hand Soap Bar ($18)

This Coffee Mint hand soap bar from Osmia is the ultimate luxurious treat. The scent is simply addictive. It's a favorite hand soap for the kitchen sink (it helps cut cooking scents), but honestly, you'll probably want it everywhere since it smells so good! You can also use it as an all-over body soap. It softens the skin with a combination of 98.1% certified organic ingredients like ground coffee (mild exfoliant), mint, olive oil, shea butter, and rosemary extract.

Soapwalla – Natural Glycerin Hand Soap Bar ($17)

A great organic and food-grade soap bar from Soapwalla. This nourishing hand soap gently exfoliates the hands with French green clay, while adding moisture with vitamin-rich shea butter. It has an invigorating, light citrus scent (from the tangerine and sweet orange essential oils). You can use it on your face and body in addition to your hands, and it’s suitable for all skin types. All of Soapwalla's products are handmade in their Brooklyn, NY studio and each bar is hand-cut to order.

LILFOX – Orange Blossom Ylang Bang Hand Cleanse ($53)

A decadent hand and body cleanser from Miami-based, luxury boutique organic skin care line, Lilfox. It's handcrafted in the USA with natural and certified ingredients including organic oils of olive fruit, coconut, grapefruit and sweet orange. It has a thick, creamy texture and is ideal for cleansing all skin types. It leaves your skin with a lovely scent derived from Andalucian neroli, bitter orange peel, green tree leaf and Madagascan ylang ylang.

Herb Choice Mari – Natural Hand Wash ($17)

A 100% natural and pure hand soap made in the USA. It comes in either a plastic or violet eco-friendly glass bottle (you choose!), a bunch of different sizes and 5 yummy scents (lavender, floral, citrus pine, mountain mint, sugar & spice), so there's definitely an option for everyone. This lovely natural hand soap is perfect for gently moisturizing and cleansing your hands. Suitable for all skin types.

Farmaesthetics – Hydrating Natural Hand Wash ($24)

Farmaesthetics is an herbal brand that's 100% natural, and uses certified organic herbs, flowers, oils and grains from American family farms. This hydrating hand wash is made with organic essential oils and natural cleansers to cleanse and moisturize hands. It helps soothe dryness, leaving hands soft and never dry after washing. Gentle enough for repeated use throughout the day, just add water and enjoy.

SOURCES & REFERENCES

(1) Antibacterial Soap? You Can Skip It, Use Plain Soap and Water https://www.fda.gov/ForConsumers/ConsumerUpdates/ucm378393.htm

(2) Journal of Drugs In Dermatology: Anti-Inflammatory Activities of Colloidal Oatmeal (Avena sativa) Contribute to the Effectiveness of Oats in Treatment of Itch Associated With Dry, Irritated Skin http://jddonline.com/articles/dermatology/S1545961615P0043X

(3) (1965) Biochemical Research Department of the Proctor and Gamble Company, Cincinnati, Ohio. Bacteriological Studies Relating to Handwashing. THE INABILITY OF SOAP BARS TO TRANSMIT BACTERIA https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1256339/?page=1

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