Natural shower gels, soaps, shampoos and conditioners come from many different brands. Maybe because we put these products directly on our hair, skin and nails, their development far outreaches other types of household products.
One brand, Kiss My Face, has gone one step farther, developing a line of body washes that are not only eco-friendly and natural, but they are also specifically designed for many different needs, including formulas for active bodies, stress reduction, bedtime, and mornings. One formula even soothes the symptoms of cold and flu. All varieties are gluten free, vegan friendly, with no artificial fragrances or chemicals.
Olive oil, a common healthy ingredient in cooking, is also extremely good for our outsides, too. Lush Cosmetics (as well as many other companies) have discovered this and capitalized on it, creating products such as Olive Branch shower gel. Combined with sea salt, mandarin juice and vine leaves, it not only nourishes skin naturally, but it also smells amazing.
The Body Shop’s Mega Wild Argan Oil Shower Gel takes a different approach with fair-trade argan oil as its main ingredient. This product’s main claim to fame is that it is non-drying because it is soap-free. Those who suffer from eczema or other skin irritations can benefit greatly from that quality. It has a light, nutty fragrance that has been described as distinctly Mediterranean, and it even works as a deodorant of sorts.
A budget-friendly option is the classic Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Body Wash. Oatmeal and natural oils provide the nurturing qualities of this product. Oatmeal is especially soothing for sensitive skin. A light scent resonates from this soap-free lather, while vitamins, minerals and antioxidants rejuvenate skin.
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, a common ingredient in most hair products, is also found in some floor cleaners, car wash soaps and even engine degreasers. Luckily, the products below are all-natural and fortified with essential oils, vitamins and minerals that your hair and scalp need.
Acure Organics seems to have hit a home run with its fans. Their shampoo and conditioner are as green as it gets, figuratively speaking. They use only cruelty-free, fair trade ingredients that are free of sulfates and parabens. This shampoo and conditioner pair is reasonably priced and are especially good for hair that is on the dry side.
For those wanting thicker hair – so most of us, basically – Calia Organic Hydrating Shampoo and Conditioner is the way to go. Both have natural, earthy scents because they are full of essential oils like lavender and bergamot. The conditioner can double as a leave-in conditioner for extra dry hair. This brand is one of the few that eliminates sodium chloride from its formula. Even most products which claim to be all natural have a hard time avoiding that one.
Whish Pomegranate Shave Cream is free from dyes, petrochemicals, sulfates and other chemicals, and it glides onto the skin to provide a smooth shave. It has a naturally fruity smell which is very agreeable, and the packaging is even eco-friendly.