The Best Sulfate and Paraben Free Body Wash

You’ve probably heard a lot about parabens and sulfates by now. They’re the beauty buzzwords that every expert brings up when they’re telling us what not to use on our skin. While once they featured in all your favourite skincare, beauty, and haircare products, now they’re (almost) a dirty word that no one dares mention.

Parabens are chemicals that have been preventing bacteria from forming in your favourite products since the 1950s. They help preserve deodorants, shampoos, conditioners, body washes, and more.

Sulfates have also been around for ages. These effective cleansing agents can be found in shampoo, toothpaste, body wash, and more.

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So, why are parabens and sulfates suddenly so bad? And why should we all be switching to paraben and sulfate free body wash? Though nothing has been definitively proved, sulfates are thought to have a degenerative effect on your cell membranes. And some parabens have been found in breast tumours. Sulfates can cause dryness and irritation, and drain your skin of all its natural oils. Ah, that’s why!

OK, so there’s a good reason to start shopping for sulfate free soap and body washes without parabens. Well, there’s nothing at all wrong with taking a more holistic, less harmful approach—it is 2020, after all! We’ve pulled together our favourite paraben and sulfate free body wash for you to try and love.

What is a Sulfate Free Body Wash?

A sulfates free body wash is a formula that doesn’t include any harsh sulfates. While there’s no denying the cleaning effects of sulfates, more and more studies are showing that they can dry your skin out and cause you lasting damage. The best sulfate free body wash will cleanse your skin without causing irritation. Without sulfates, your body wash will keep the skin pH balanced, which in turn lowers the risk of lasting acne and blemishes.

Sulfate-full products could also have a negative effect on the environment. Every time you wash in water, the sulfates deposit into the environment. Of course, not all sulfates are bad for the earth, but it’s better not to take the risk, right?

What is a Soap Free Body Wash?

A soap free body wash is exactly what it says on the tin: it’s a body wash that doesn’t contain any soap. When it comes to our bodies, especially as we get older, it’s best to take the most caring approach possible. While soap isn’t a bad thing, it can be a little harsh on your skin, stripping natural oils and drying you out.

A sulfate free bar soap or a soap free soap is a more conscious route to take, especially if you have sensitive skin. With a more nourishing cleanser, the skin will feel cleaner, softer, and better hydrated after every use. There are a lot of natural soap free body washes out there that are kind to your skin.

Does Soap Free Body Wash Still Kill Germs?

You will still get clean, healthy, germ-free skin if you use a soap free wash or a soap free body cleanser. A traditional soap will wash away harmful bacteria, but it may also mess with your skin’s pH balance. This means vital oils will be stripped away, which could leave your skin vulnerable. Instead of using harsh formulas, why not try a soap free body wash bar or a hypoallergenic fragrance free soap?

What Does Soap Free Mean?

‘Soap free’ means that it’s probably more suitable for sensitive skin, especially if you suffer from specific conditions like eczema or psoriasis. Traditional soap tends to contain harsh chemicals. ‘Soap free’ doesn’t always mean ‘chemical free’ though; a non-soap cleanser is just created using synthetic chemicals, which can be less harmful.

What are the Benefits of Sulfate Free and Paraben Free?

Using a soap or a body wash without sulfates or parabens means your skin will stay more protected and supple. You can also start to introduce more natural ingredients into your routine, which tend to be kinder to skin. You’ll still be able to lather up with a soap free body wash, and your skin will feel just as fresh and clean.

So, if you’re ready to take the plunge and try out some sulfate free, paraben free body washes, we’ve picked the ones that we think you’ll adore.

Acne can be incredibly upsetting. It can damage your self-esteem and make you feel not like yourself. And it’s not just limited to the face. Never fear: asap clearskin bodygel fights stubborn body acne with a powerful AHA/BHA blend. Made in Australia, the artificial fragrance-free formula soothes inflammation and redness quickly from the moment you start using it.

Suitable for all skin types, asap clearskin bodygel 120ml won’t dry out your skin. It’ll act as a gentle exfoliator and brighten your skin while helping even out the tone. Apply daily to the area where you have acne, and use it regularly for the best results. It’s also vegan and cruelty-free!


With a signature aromatic scent, Aesop Geranium Leaf Body Scrub leaves skin beautifully clean. This new body scrub from Aesop beautifully blends plant-based botanicals with a skin-loving formula. The vegan and cruelty free soap contains Bamboo and Pumice Stem to gently clear dead cells from the skin’s surface.

To maximise results, follow with other products from the Geranium Leaf range to help you unwind. Gentle Aesop Geranium Leaf Body Scrub is also great to use after waxing or shaving, as it will soften the skin and help prevent ingrown hairs. Use weekly as a treat for the skin, and follow up with your favourite moisturiser.


Weleda Calendula Shampoo and Body Wash is cruelty free and sulfate free, and the formula is so kind it can be used on a baby’s skin. This lightly scented, supergentle shampoo and body wash will cleanse the skin with the softest approach. Mild organic and plant-based ingredients cleanse the skin with no irritation.

For use directly on the body and in the bath, Weleda Calendula Shampoo and Body Wash will help wash away impurities. To use just wash with a small amount and rinse thoroughly. Use a gentle moisturiser after to keep the skin supple. It’s a tried and true allergen free soap for the skin.


With sleek packaging and a gentle touch, Hunter Lab Hand & Body Wash works to purify and cleanse the skin. Made in Australia and free of sulphates, this hand and body wash features native Macrobiotic Sea Minerals. These special minerals are rich nutrients that work to revive the skin.

Notes of Grapefruit, Tangerine Peel, and Rum make up the unique scent, and the natural formulation hydrates the skin. Hunter Lab Hand & Body Wash 550ml includes Bladderwrack Extract and Wakame Extract to soothe irritation, minimise ageing, and protect the skin from daily aggressors. This hand and body wash is the perfect present for both men and women.


Inspired by the traditional scents of the Turkish hammams, Dermalogica Conditioning Body Wash nourishes the skin and gives it a reviving wake-up call. This artificial fragrance free soap is a multisensory wash that gently cleanses without the harshness of traditional soap. It’s also gluten-free, vegan, paraben-free, and completely cruelty-free.

Safe for every skin type to use, Dermalogica Conditioning Body Wash has Sandalwood, Lavender, and Clary Sage to help soothe and soften the skin. Tea Tree, Eucalyptus, and Rosemary work together to revive the skin and help the mind relax with a gentle scent. To use, lather up over the body and rinse.


Perfect for face and hands, Mukti Organics Botanique Hand & Body Wash will soothe and calm irritated skin. With a kind pH balance of 5.5 and Aloe Vera to soften the skin, this is a formula that will lather up for gentle effect. Red Clove, Chamomile Extracts, and Olive Leaf add to the smoothing effect and give the gel a relaxing scent.

To unwind your soul and cleanse your skin, dispense a generous amount into your hands, a washcloth, or a sea sponge. Massage Mukti Organics Botanique Hand & Body Wash 500ml onto damp skin and then rinse thoroughly. Skin will feel cared for, clean, and a little calmer after every use.


So nostalgic! Lanolips Lanolin & Egg White Gentle Cleansing Bar is sulfate free, a cruelty free bar soap, and made in Australia. With a unique blend of Egg White and Lanolin, this cleansing bar lather ups to leave pores looking more refined. With a tender approach, this natural face bar is perfect for all skin types but especially normal skin.

99.8% natural,Lanolips Lanolin & Egg White Gentle Cleansing Bar is a triple-milled formula that smooths the skin. Use on the face and body to feel the full effect, and wet the bar well before using it. Always rinse the suds off the skin and moisturise after use.


Made for Irritated Skin

Perfect for those with supersensitive, irritated skin, Weleda Almond Sensitive Skin Body Wash uses plant-based, mild surfactants to gently cleanse the skin. The soap-free formula features organic Almond Oil, which helps the skin retain a healthy moisture balance for a silky-soft finish.

Made for Irritated Skin

Sulfate-free, cruelty-free, and vegan, Weleda Almond Sensitive Skin Body Wash is pH balanced to suit the even the most problematic skin. To use, simply squeeze onto your favourite sponge or washcloth and run over the body. Enjoy the subtle Almond scent, and always rinse after.


Perfect for a post-sweat shower, Clarins Relax Bath & Shower Concentrate has a relaxing, aromatic scent that will help you unwind and really relax. Sulfate-free, the foaming formula uses a base of Coconut to cleanse and features Extracts of Lynden, St John’s Wort, Thyme, and Hawthorn to further comfort the skin.

This kind formula creates a lightweight but rich foam that washes away impurities that your skin picks up during the day. Clarins Relax Bath & Shower Concentrate will also neutralise the effects of harsh water and calm the body, mind, and soul. Nice!


The Dr. Bronner Summer Lovin Gift Pack features 3 bestselling fragrances: Tea Tree, Citrus, and Rose. Perfect for summer and beyond, the zingy scents will wake up skin after every use. Vegetable-based, biodegradable, and totally vegan, the iconic Dr. Bronner liquid soap formula has an army of fans behind it. The Fair Trade formula is made with certified Fair Trade and organic oils.

Famous for their 18 uses, the soaps featured in the Dr. Bronner Summer Lovin Gift Pack can be used in the bath or the shower, on the face, body, and hair. You can also use the castile soap to make a sugar scrub, a foot bath, and a makeup brush cleanser—and that’s not even half of it! The gentle blend of natural ingredients keeps skin smooth and soothed. It’s a great mild fragrance free soap for tattoos too.


Weleda Calendula Cream Bath is a non-foaming, cruelty-free, certified organic formula that’s perfect to use in baby’s bath. It’s also ideal if you have supersensitive skin that needs a softer touch. This cream bath will help the skin retain moisture and stay hydrated long after the bath water has washed away.

With a subtle scent, Weleda Calendula Cream Bath contains Sweet Almond Oil and Sesame Oil help the skin stay supple and richly nourished. Calendula helps the skin stay smooth. Add a few drops to warm bath water, sit back, and relax.


For a real sensory experience, add Weleda Pomegranate Creamy Body Wash into your shower routine. Luxuriously creamy and sulfate-free, the vegan formula is infused with Macadamia Oil, Sesame Oil, and Pomegranate Seeds to keep the skin hydrated and supremely soft.

But it’s the Weleda Pomegranate Creamy Body Wash scent that will capture you. Vanilla, Sandalwood, and Blood Orange all work together to encourage an invigorating body wash experience. It’s a truly timeless scent that you’ll love to come back to.


Enriched with Pumice to naturally exfoliate and cleanse the skin, Mr. Smith Exfoliating Body Wash is a unique formula available only at Adore. Paraben free, sulfate free, cruelty free, and made in Australia, this scrub gently buffs away any dead cells, leaving the skin looking brighter, smoother, and more revived.

Mr. Smith Exfoliating Body Wash will replenish the skin with moisture, nourish, and smooth. Great for all skin types, the formula is rich in antioxidants and contains no nasties. It’s similar to an artificial scent free soap. To use, apply to wet skin, gently later, and then rinse. Always follow up with a moisturiser.


Aesop scents are legendary! And the Aesop Body Cleansing Slab is no different. The exotic aroma will help calm your mind every time you lather up with the slab. Perfect to use in the bath or shower, this creamy bar cleanses the skin with ease, leaving it fresh.

Enriched with Ylang-Ylang, this simple vegetable soap is non-drying, pH-balanced, and beautifully scented. To make sure the Aesop Body Cleansing Slab scent lasts for a long time, always rinse away the suds from the bar after use.



 

There are plenty of reasons to pick-up a paraben free, sulfate free body wash formula. A more natural, plant-based approach could be better for your skin and the environment, so why don’t you give one a go today?

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Now, let's recap! What are the Best Sulfate and Paraben Free Body Washes?

  1. asap clearskin bodygel 120ml

  2. Aesop Geranium Leaf Body Scrub

  3. Weleda Calendula Shampoo and Body Wash

  4. Hunter Lab Hand & Body Wash 550ml

  5. Dermalogica Conditioning Body Wash

  6. Mukti Organics Botanique Hand & Body Wash 500ml

  7. Lanolips Lanolin & Egg White Gentle Cleansing Bar

  8. Weleda Almond Sensitive Skin Body Wash

  9. Clarins Relax Bath & Shower Concentrate

  10. Dr. Bronner Summer Lovin Gift Pack

  11. Weleda Calendula Cream Bath

  12. Weleda Pomegranate Creamy Body Wash

  13. Mr. Smith Exfoliating Body Wash

  14. Aesop Body Cleansing Slab