I have already shared quite a bit about my vegan hair are journey, but I have spent very little time addressing what beauty products I use to maintain my the rest of my body’s hygiene. Thankfully, as more and more people join the vegetarian and vegan community, more options have become readily available for us vegans in stores and online. With this in mind, I’d like to share three of my favorite vegan body washes:
Dr. Bronner’s Pure-Castile Liquid Soap. While a bit on the pricier side, Dr. Bronner’s soap is one of the best body washes I have encountered and is also the body wash I currently use. As someone who has dermatitis, the products that I apply to my skin must be safe and gentle. With this in mind, one of the many things that I like about this product is that it is offered in a wide variety of scents, one of which is rose (and is by far my favorite scent, by the way), a scent that is great for individuals with sensitive skin. In addition to this, however, this soap can act as more than just a body wash. As the packaging describes, it can be used for eighteen different purposes: For example, this soap can act as a laundry detergent, dish soap, or toothpaste. While Dr. Bronner’s gives you the opportunity to use one product for a wide variety of functions, I have not tried this soap of any other purpose besides as a body wash because this soap is not exactly inexpensive. I get the larger 32 oz bottle, which does last for quite a while, but costs around $14 to 15 USD.
Jason’s Tea Tree Body Wash. Before using Dr. Bronner’s soap, I used Jason’s tea tree oil body wash. There were two main reasons that I purchased this product: 1) It is cheaper than most vegan soaps (retailing around 8 to $9 USD for a 30 oz bottle), 2) I could find it at my local commissary (My husband is in the military), and 3) it smelled okay, especially when compared to the other options I had readily available at the time. Although I have less to say about this body wash than I do about Dr. Bronner’s soap, I really liked this product and would have continued purchasing it, except I have not seen it in stores for a while and have now since become a loyal customer of Dr. Bronner’s. Since writing this post, however, I have now discovered that it can be purchased using Amazon Prime, so perhaps I will return to purchasing this item.
Shea Moisture’s African Black Soap. Another vegan body wash that I love, but have not used in a while, is African black soap. As mentioned before, I have very sensitive skin, and during phases when I have had issues with perioral dermatitis rashes, I have also had skin issues on my legs, most often involving re-ocurring folliculitis. My issues with folliculitis predominantly arises from shaving, but if I was use a scented, chemical-loaded body wash in conjunction with shaving, my skin issues become worse: This is what led me to using African black soap. African black soap is designed for individuals with sensitive skin and works well for relieving eczema, psoriasis, or other similar skin conditions. I have also found this to be a great body wash to use when healing tattoos, as even though one should only wash a new tattoo with an antibacterial, unscented soap, the soap one uses on the rest of his or her body still has the chance to come in contact with, or irritate, the new tattoo (if even by accident). (Disclaimer: I am fairly certain, but not 100% sure, that this product is vegan. I would like to note that all of Shea Moisture’s products are cruelty-free.)
What are some of your favorite vegan body washes? Do you prefer to shop in the store or online? I’d love to hear your thoughts on these and other products in the comments.
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