Our skin is a delicate beast and needs to maintain a slightly acidic balance to thrive and keep its healthy glow. So when we use the wrong products on our skin (and by wrong we mean products containing harsh chemical additives, preservatives like parabens, surfactants like SLS), our skin becomes unbalanced. Repeated sustained daily use can lead to irritation or even premature ageing, as our skin has to work double-time to right its own pH again.
Lucky for you, we’ve got a nice selection of sulfate-free body washes and soaps that wash the skin very gently without any offending ingredients. Read on to find out what our top picks are!
Weleda Creamy Body Washes: gentle enough for everyday use, the Creamy Body Wash range uses only plant-based cleansers derived from fermented sugar and coconut. Cold-pressed oils are added for a boost of moisture. Available in a range of scents – very zingy citrus, softly floral rose, sweet woody lavender, rich fruity pomegranate and zesty sea buckthorn.
Weleda Calendula Body Wash – technically belonging to Weleda’s Baby Range, but good for anyone with sensitive skin. Mixing natural plant-based cleansers with organic anti-inflammatory calendula flower, the body wash is a BDIH Certified Natural Cosmetics. It has a creamy texture and a lovely lingering smell (with hints of lavender), and no sulphates or harsh ingredients in sight.
Botáni Olive Cleansing Bar: this is not your average bar of soap – it’s enriched with olive oil, shea butter, chamomile flowers and French lavender. No uncomfortable skin tightness or stripping action on this soap’s watch.
Barefoot Botanicals SOS Soothing Face and Body Wash: we love a product that multi-tasks! This skin-saver is gentle enough for the face and will pamper the rest of your body with the same level of TLC. Our go-to recommendation for itchy and very reactive skin for cleansing without leaving the skin tight.
Greedy Goat Goat’s Milk Hand-made Soaps: goat’s milk is especially good for itchy and sensitive skin. Each bar is handmade using fresh goat’s milk right from the Greedy Goat farm and only natural ingredients. And speaking of goat’s milk, Little Innoscents soap combines this nourishing ingredient with shea butter and glycerin for an added boost of moisture. Perfect to turn your little one’s bath into a nurturing ritual!
Melrose Certified Organic Castile Soap: made from organic saponified olive and plant oils, it is available in a range of all natural scents and washes your skin gently with a creamy subtly-scented foam. Choose from Lavender, Orange, Rosemary, Lemon Myrtle, Peppermint and Original.
And if you’re game, why not try some soap-dodging next time you’re due for a shower?
Have you tried any of our picks? What’s your favourite sulfate-free body wash or soap?