Editor-Approved Cruelty-Free Body Washes

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Last updated on: 05/27/2021 at 12:44 pm

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Whether showering is your before-bed relaxing ritual or a refreshing start to your day, the body wash makes or breaks the experience. Many drugstore body-washes do not follow safety protocol and aren’t cruelty-free. Cruelty-free products ensure that the product isn’t tested on animals⎯ oftentimes, rabbits, mice, cats, and even dogs are kept and tested with harsh chemicals. By choosing cruelty-free, you are making a powerful decision to not support the companies that decide to subject animals to harm through testing. One of the perks of this decision is that most all of the cruelty-free body washes we list are also naturally derived and incorporate organic ingredients, making them generally safer for your own body too! 





100% Pure Pink Grapefruit Shower Gel

100% Pure Pink Grapefruit Shower Gel $20

This product is made with a heaping number of hydrating natural ingredients that help to lock in any moisture, making it great for someone who struggles with dry skin. The foaming cruelty-free gel body wash uses aloe and rose hydrosol to cleanse away dirt and oil, while red algae and green tea work to ensure hydration and toning. For the citrus lover this choice will be a favorite as it carries a bright, fresh pink grapefruit aroma. 



Graydon All Over Soap

Graydon All Over Soap $20

Graydon’s cruelty-free versatile formula makes it a great wash for your face, hair, and body. For the busybody who doesn’t have time to go out to buy a separate face wash, gentle shampoo, and body wash, this choice is not only convenient but additionally just high-quality in general. The dermatologist-tested wash is hypoallergenic and made with a plant-based surfactant. Free from artificial fragrances, the natural scent of this wash comes from essential oils of geranium, lavender, rosemary, and eucalyptus. The makers compare their product to a Swiss Army knife, arguing that it is the perfect addition for someone hoping to simplify their routine with a clean, safe, vegan and cruelty-free alternative. 





Rahua Shower GelRahua Organic Shower Gel $30

Though a little on the pricier end, Rahua’s organic shower gel does not skimp on making you feel like a million bucks. The luxurious cruelty-free formula is scented with lavender, vanilla, with woodier notes like Palo Santo incorporated as well. What sets this one apart⎯ and adds those extra dollars in the price⎯ is the rare Rahua oils it uses. These oils, synthesized with the rainforest-grown sacha inchi are both extremely rich in antioxidants and omega-9 acids. The antioxidants and acids serve to protect your skin from free radical damage, and further nourish and hydrate the skin. In addition, vegan polyphenols are added in the mix for anti-aging benefits. The result? Supple, youthful, and glowing skin. 




Phlur Anoranza Body Wash

Phlur Anoranza Body Wash $18

Another affordable choice, this cruelty-free formula encapsulates all your tropical dreams in an organic, natural bottle of bliss. The botanical formula cleanses with natural surfactants and moisturizes with its incorporation of aloe vera. The coconut-oil foam booster makes this cleanser quick to build up into a large lather, so Phlur advises you that a little goes a long way. For the fragrance lover, this wash is a dream come true with its complex, romantic scent. A breakdown of its scent is helpful to understand just how layered it is:  top notes of mint, middle notes of jasmine and mariposa, and core notes of rum, tobacco, bourbon vetiver and coffee. This unique combination of white flowers, mint, and muskier scents leaves you feeling like you came back from a warm day out in Cuba in your sundress, even if you’re just in your one-person shower!




One Love organics Easy Does it Foaming CLeanser

One Love Organics Easy Does It Foaming Cleanser $25

Yes, this one is another face-body-hair cruelty-free cleanser, but it sets itself apart with its unique ingredients and the convenience of a family-size option! It is formulated with Chilean soap bark, cold-pressed apple oil, and vegetable glycerin, each with their own benefits. The soap bark is abundant in saponins that help to gently cleanse the skin without stripping away natural oils. The apple seed oil brings a natural source of sulfur into the formula, something especially great for soothing stressed or tense skin. The vegetable glycerin acts as a humectant to help the skin retain its moisture, leaving it soft and hydrated. The Easy Does It Foaming Cleanser works for all skin types, but claims to be especially beneficial for normal, combination, and blemish-prone skint types. 




Basd Body Refreshing Body Wash

Basd Body Care Refreshing Citrus Grapefruit Body Wash $15

On the more affordable end of the cruelty-free body washes on this list, this wash still proves to be a high-quality one despite it’s low price. The product is made with aloe vera juice and coconut to add hydration, and a great dose of caffeine derived from green tea to stimulate blood flow (making it a great choice if you’re a morning showerer). Even better, the naturally-derived citrus scent of this wash gives an awakening, refreshed vibe for showering before your day begins. If you’re looking for an affordable cruelty-free wash that doesn’t skimp on making you smell and feel good, this one’s for you.




Goop G.Tox Glacial Marine Clay Body Cleanser

Goop G.Tox Glacial Marine Glay Body Cleanser $30

This unique cruelty-free body cleanser is made with hand-harvested glacial clay⎯ so, it is filled with minerals that are great for the skin. When applying it, the cleanser builds into a nice lather that cleanses and leaves your skin feeling as supple as ever. Along with the fancy clay it uses, the cleanser also contains organic safflower oils and cold-pressed moringa oil, the superstars of hydrating oils. The distinct scent of the cleanser comes from the stark scent of peppermint oil, innovatively paired with rosemary and grapefruit that also work to purify the skin. If you’re looking for something new and different, this clay-based cleanser won’t disappoint.


Alternatively, Goop also makes the  G.Day Ginger + Ashwagandha Energy Body Wash ($32) cleanser targeted at energizing the skin.  Made with the invigorating ginger and ashwagandha roots known for its stress-healing properties, it’ll certainly leave you feeling awake and ready. The romantic, subtly-spiced aroma of the wash comes from Japanese shiso leaf, Indian black pepper oil, and pink peppercorn berries. If you’re tired of going the citrus route for your morning body wash, Goop’s ginger and ashwagandha one will certainly *spice* up your routine (excuse the pun)!



Periya Abhati Suisse Body Cleanser

Abhati Suisse Periya Body Cleanser $36

This cleanser takes your regular body wash and gives it the ayurvedic (and cruelty-free) twist it needed. Extracts from herbs including amla, neem, Himalayan wild cherry seed, and moringa leaf are blended to naturally cleanse and hydrate the skin. These herbs also provide a light, subtle, botanical scent. If you aren’t a fan of foamy cleansers, this choice is great as it is free from any harsh foaming agents. For the fan of ayurvedic ingredients and a botanical scent, this is the perfect body wash!




Bliss Lemon & Sage Body wash

Bliss Lemon & Sage Body Wash $18

Made with aloe extract and glycerin, this cruelty-free body wash is a great one for ultra-hydration. The foamy wash builds into a nice lather that gently cleanses your skin. This product also boasts Bliss’ iconic scent⎯ lemon and sage⎯ popular for the spa-like feel it gives to the product. The vegan, PETA-certified, cruelty-free formula has a long list of fans, many commending its subtle but relaxing scent! If you’re looking for a body wash that will leave you feeling like you came out of a spa, this is the one. 



Malin+Goetz Eucalyptus Hand + Body Wash

Malin + Goetz Eucalyptus Hand + Body Wash $36

This gentle body wash uses glycerin and amino acids to purify and leave the skin feeling soft and hydrated. Also a multipurpose formula that can be used for the face, body, and hair, it brings with it the appeal of a simplified and uncomplicated routine. The natural eucalyptus scent in this product makes it a great one for those with early mornings, providing a refreshing and energizing scent that isn’t too in-your-face, but not too subtle either. The body wash is meant to be used for any skin type⎯ with its gentle base, you literally cannot go wrong choosing this one. 



Clean Rebellion I am Free

Clean Rebellion I am Free $24

If you thought your body wash was made with simple ingredients, think again. This revolutionary cruelty- free soap by Clean Rebellion is made with literally only two ingredients. Water, and saponified organic olive oil. Its simple formula makes it great as a facial cleanser, shampoo, body or hand wash. The unscented product is perfect for product-users with allergies who’d otherwise have trouble finding a clean alternative! If you do end up getting this one, remember to shake it well before using as settling is natural for the product. 



These cruelty-free washes have major perks⎯ intoxicating naturally-derived scents, simple ingredients, hydrating oils, natural surfactants building to a nice lather, and more. Whatever your niche is, whether it is spicy, aromatic scents or having a wash that can triple as a shampoo and facial cleanser this list definitely has you covered. Happy washing! 


Vurjeet Madan
Published on: 05/27/2021 Last updated on: 05/27/2021

Vurjeet Madan might be a part-time writer at The Youthist, but she is a full-time fashion-and-beauty enthusiast. Aside from writing, she is also a political science student at the University of Toronto, living the exciting (albeit slightly cumbersome) student life. Born and brought up in Saskatchewan, Canada to a wonderfully loud and loving Indian Punjabi household, she often says she brings a “spicy” touch to her writing. If the world were to end tomorrow, she couldn’t guarantee her survival skills would be of much use, but she would certainly write a killer article on it (if she lived to tell the tale).

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