The Best Healthy Body Wash

 

I’ve stood in the body wash aisle of many grocery stores for literally hours, reading every ingredient on every label and looking the ingredients up online. Whole Foods, Sprouts, Lucky’s, small natural markets, larger chains like Safeway, Publix and even Walmart… I picked up a bottle, read the label, searched for any ingredient I didn’t know, and kept on going until I had learned so many ingredients that I didn’t even need to look them up anymore.

I read bar soap labels, body wash labels, looked for more products online… You get the drift. I was thorough.

There were only a couple products I decided were actually healthy enough to use on the largest organ of my body. Out of those few, there was one that really stood out.

Surprise!

When reading multiple labels of body washes made by one brand (pick a brand, any brand), it always felt surprising to find that the ingredients lists were so vastly different from one product to the next. It wasn’t just as simple as picking a brand and then picking a scent. Am I the only one who thinks that’s unusual? I mean sure, the scent ingredients would vary, but the other ingredients as well… That just seems strange.

There is one brand, and only one brand, that I’ve found that doesn’t do that. Every body wash they make is the same, only the fragrance is different. You can switch scents on a whim without sacrificing the quality of the product. And yes, they offer an unscented one as well.

That product is Nourish Organic Body Wash.

What Are the Scents?

Here is a current list (as of April 2018) of all scents they have available:

  • Fresh Fig (my favorite)
  • Lavender Mint (the one photoed left)
  • Tropical Coconut
  • Almond Vanilla
  • Lemon Thyme
  • Pure Unscented

The reason I like the fresh fig scent so much is because to me it just smells clean. It doesn’t smell like fruit or chemicals, I mean I don’t go around sniffing figs usually so I’m not entirely sure what they’re supposed to smell like in comparison to the scent of this body wash, but it doesn’t matter – this one simply smells clean to me. It’s like a staple. If you’re not really into scents but you’re not really into unscented, give the fig one a try. The other scents are very nice if you’re in the mood for some smell good. They’re soft – not overpowering, but solid – not underwhelming.

How Well Does It Work?

It works fabulously well. It’s creamy and soft, leaving my skin hydrated, smooth and silky. It makes me feel clean and no pun intended, nourished. I couldn’t ask for more from a body wash.

How Healthy Is It?

Well, first of all, it’s organic. Yay!!! That was obviously something I wanted from a body wash but it wasn’t a requirement simply because there are/were so few on the market back then – it was 5 years ago when I did the standing-in-the-store-researching thing. I’m sure there’s more great new products available now, but I found the one that ticked all the boxes for me – boxes I didn’t even know should be on the list – and I’ve used it for nearly 5 years straight.

Other info from the label: It is Leaping Bunny certified cruelty free, made in the U.S.A., certified B corp, gluten free and vegan.

Here is the ingredients list, along with the EWG rating for each ingredient. (EWG is the Environmental Working Group who has an incredible database online that ranks beauty and cleaning products based on the scientific research available about each of their ingredients.) EWG rates each ingredient from 1-8, with 1 being the best.

  • Organic Aloe Barbadensis Leaf (Aloe vera) Juice: the extract of this ingredient is the closest I could find on EWG and that has a rating of 1-2
  • Organic Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil: has a rating of 1
  • Purified Water: 💧 No rating needed.
  • Potassium Hydroxide: (lye, the basis of soap): has a rating of 3-5
  • Organic Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil: has a rating of 1
  • Organic Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil: has a rating of 1
  • Organic Cyamopsis Tetragonoloba (Guar) Gum: has a rating of 1
  • Organic Fragrance: this ingredient is not listed in the EWG database. Only plain (non-organic) fragrance is listed, which has a rating of 8 because of the pthalate often found in it. Nourish Organic does not use pthalates, so that rating does not apply.
  • Organic Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter): has a rating of 1
  • Organic Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Milk: has a rating of 1
  • Tocopherol (Vitamin E): has a rating of 1
  • Organic Jasminum Officinale (Jasmine) Extract: has a rating of 2
  • Organic Althea Officinalis (Marshmallow) Root Extract: has a rating of 1

So the worst ingredient in it according to EWG is the lye, which is the basis of all true soap. It’s what helps you get clean and the danger of it lies in its pure form, not the form that is in the body wash because once it combines with the other ingredients (oils), it reacts and is no longer caustic. Source.

Can Children Use It?

After publishing this article yesterday, I was in the shower lathering up with my Nourish body wash and accidentally flicked a big soapy drop into my eye. It wasn’t pure soap – it was the lather. Like a real dummy, I slammed my eyelid shut, effectively sealing the soap inside my eye. My hands were covered with soap, so I had to wash them before I could rinse out my eye. Obviously I should have opened my eye and blinked or stuck my head under the water while blinking – anything other than slamming my eyelid shut. But I didn’t. I braced for the pain. And then I braced for the pain. And then I realized there might not be any pain. And sure enough there wasn’t. Ha! What a great body wash!

Of course I started thinking about Johnson & Johnson’s “no more tears” slogan, which got me wondering if this body wash is safe for kids and babies. When I was looking for a good body wash to use on myself, I looked a quite a few of the baby body washes and none of them appealed to me. This is the body wash I would want to use on my own baby. But is it safe?? I’ve written to the company to ask, and will let you know as soon as I get a response.

In particular, I’m concerned about the jasmine extract and marshmallow root in it, at least around very young babies, so I would recommend waiting to use it on your own little one until we hear if it’s safe.

Update: The Nourish Organic replied to my email saying that “Our products are very safe and we use the finest ingredients. Although we believe they are perfectly safe for all ages, as for all products that you would want to use on babies, it would be best to consult with a pediatrician before using.”

What Is the Cost?

It’s definitely not the least expensive body wash that I found, but it’s not the most expensive either. It’s usually about $8 for a 10 oz. bottle. The cheapest place to buy is usually on Amazon if you have the free shipping from the Prime membership, though the price varies by scent. At my local Lucky’s store it costs about two dollars more ($10 per bottle).

As A Gift

I love this body wash so much that I gave it to four women in my family for Christmas last year. They all liked the gift, but truth be told none of them were converts – various reasons: the lack of convenience for having to order it online or only finding it at health stores and the price were the main reasons why. But they enjoyed getting it as a gift.

If you’d like to include something else with the gift, I use this body wash with an EcoTools pouf – $2 at Walmart. Not sure why it only has 3.5 stars on the Walmart website – I think it’s a great pouf. I’m not really into the ‘made from 100% recycled plastic’ aspect of it, I mean that’s great and all, but it’s for my naked body so if given the choice, I’d pick something all natural over something all recycled plastic.

I haven’t tried it, but this one looks like it’d be right up my organic ally: Organic Ramie Mesh Bath Puff from Etsy. I always love buying from Etsy too – it’s a market for makers – like an online farmers market. I hadn’t seen that pouf until this very moment so I’ll have to buy it whenever the one I have needs replacing and of course let you know how it is. 🙂

Actually, if you type “bath” into an Etsy search there are lots of cute body-wash-related gift ideas like a personalized towel, bathtub caddy or shower stool. Lots of cute bath mats as well. My favorite – oh if I could I would: there’s an all natural handmade LIVE MOSS bath mat that has officially been added to my when-I’m-rich list (It’s $100). There are also these 100% cotton handmade bath poufs that I might just have to try as well. Actually I think I’m feeling a Guide To Bath Poufs coming on y’all. What do you think?

I’ve never used a natural sea sponge (like these) either but that is definitely on my bathing bucket list too.

Other Products by Nourish Organic

Nourish Organic makes a variety of other products including lotion, face cleanser, eye treatment cream, body mist, argan oil, deodorant and more.

I’m most excited about their new Rose body butter that was just featured in InStyle this past December. I haven’t used it yet, (I will update this once I have – it was sold out when I last tried to buy it), but the ingredients list looks good to me! And Rose scent… Heavenly. If you’ve never tried Rose tea, I highly recommend that as well. It tastes just like the flower smells.

I’m also a big fan of their deodorant, in case you’re wondering. It’s a little goopy, but what deodorant isn’t. It’s my go-to simply because it works well enough and the ingredients are on point.

I have used their lotions as well. It is absolutely one of the best non-greasy lotions I’ve ever used. Actually, it feels like a borderline magic lotion. You rub it in your skin and a moment later it’s gone but the skin is nourished. It’s almost a little freaky. The reason it does that (from what I undestand) is that like many non-greasy lotions, it contains alcohol. I prefer to use alcohol-based lotions only for small areas rather than an all-over soak – that’s what body butter is for. So if you need a non-greasy lotion for your hands, feet or other bits, this one absolutely works well, or if you’re like me and enjoy a good conditioning of your whole hide fairly regularly, I’d say go for the butter.

Overall

I love this product.

I love it so much I sat down and wrote this whole review about it. (This is not a paid review either. Did this entirely on my own because I want everyone to have as great of a body wash as I do.)

I’ve given it as a gift to people I love.

I’ve used it for nearly 5 years.

It doesn’t get much better than all that as far as reviews go.

  • Here is the link to the Body Wash product page on their website.
  • Here is a link to buy it on Amazon if you prefer.

Have you used this product? Will you try it now because I’ve recommended it? Tell me about it in the comments below!

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