Before tossing it into your cart, take a closer look at the ingredients on that bottle of body wash, as animal-derived ingredients such as carmine, lanolin, and beeswax often are hidden in bath products. Just as bad is the fact that many of these brands also test on animals such as rabbits and mice. So we’ve scoured the aisles of drugstore chains to find the top six best vegan washes. These bargains are suitable for all skin types while remaining cruelty-free, budget-friendly, and deliciously aromatic, too!
1. Kiss My Face
Pampering yourself in the shower shouldn’t cost half your paycheck, but lathering up with Kiss My Face body washes will make you feel as though you’ve done just that. Customer favorites include the calming, nourishing Early to Rise, Anti-Stress, and Peaceful Patchouli made with sweet-smelling extracts of elder flower, lavender, cornflower, lemongrass, and eucalyptus. The pleasant aromas of natural botanicals will have you feeling refreshed and relaxed all day.
Where to find: Walgreens, Whole Foods, Safeway, and Bed, Bath & Beyond
2. Éclair Naturals
Hollywood actress Jennifer Esposito partnered with the newly launched Éclair Naturals because she “shares the same vision of bringing the highest quality allergen-free body care products to everyone.” Éclair’s products are non-GMO verified, gluten-free, soy-free, cruelty-free, and vegan. The washes are formulated with a blend of vegetable glycerin, aloe, vitamin e, and botanical extracts that provide a blissful bath or shower experience. Currently, Éclair offers body washes in five heavenly scents: Grapefruit, French Lavender, Creamy Coconut, Vanilla & Sweet Orange, and Shea Butter & Oatmeal.
Where to find: Rite Aid, Target, and H.E.B.
3. Nature’s Gate
Nature’s Gate was founded in 1972 by two brothers who were so inspired by the purity of rainwater that it became a main ingredient in their products. Today, the company sells lavender and coconut body washes that are made with 100-percent coconut water, lavender, lupine seed, frangipani, and fig, and free of paraben, GMOs, gluten, sulfate, phthalate, and ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid.
Where to find: Whole Foods
The story of SheaMoisture began more than 100 years ago when founder Sofi Tucker began selling shea nuts at the village market in Bonthe, Sierra Leone. Since then, the company has become a success, and today offers a variety of unique vegan body washes. The African Water Mint & Ginger Detox Bubble Bath & Body Wash is a detoxifying mixture made with activated charcoal and ginger, while the Peace Rose Oil Complex Sensitive Crème Body Wash contains certified organic shea butter that blends alpine, damask, and musk rose oils.
Where to find: Walgreens, CVS, and Rite Aid
5. Dr. Bronner’s
Dr. Bronner’s was founded by third generation master soapmaker and philosopher Emanuel Bronner, and all of the company’s body washes sold in the US and Canada are certified vegan. Their best-selling pure-castile liquid soaps are available in a variety of potent, stimulating scents including Almond, Citrus, Rose, Tea Tree, Lavender, and Classic Peppermint.
Where to find: Rite Aid, Whole Foods, Walgreens, and CVS
6. Yes to Carrots
Winter is almost here, and the earthy, honeyed-smelling, Yes to Carrots’ Nourishing Body Wash is the perfect mix of melons and carrots to keep your skin hydrated. You’ll be able to skip your post-shower lotion application after lathering up with this wash, as the creamy textured concoction also doubles as a skin protector.
Where to find: Wegmans, CVS, Target, Walmart, Kroger, Publix, Safeway, and Meijer
Erin Goldmeier is a freelance writer whose work has appeared in Radar Online, PETA Prime, and The Virgin Atlantic Airways blog.