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The Best Organic Body Lotion For Naturally Hydrated Skin

Don’t stress over dry skin. Here are our favourite eco-friendly and organic body lotion brands, for naturally hydrated skin.

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Our skin is quite literally a big deal. Skin is the human body’s largest organ after all. And our skin has many roles – chiefly forming a protective barrier between the external environment and our internal organs.

However, it’s easy to put skincare low down on our list of self-care priorities. Whether that’s forgetting to apply sunscreen, not drinking enough water, or not keeping your skin hydrated, many of us are guilty – me included – of not giving our skin the attention it deserves.

Although it’s a 1-minute job to slather on some body lotion, with many beauty brands potentially using toxic ingredients it’s hard to know which brands to trust.

The Best Organic Body Lotion Brands for Naturally Hydrated Skin

Jar of moisturiser with blue text box that says the best organic body lotion brands for naturally hydrated skin

Thankfully, there is a swathe of brands out there making natural body lotions packed full of organic ingredients. Some are even curbing plastic usage, by offering refillable bottles or jars. Meanwhile, other brands are cutting out the packaging altogether with clever solid organic lotion bars.

To help you out, here are the Moral Fibres’ favourite organic body lotion brands to help give your dry skin a boost sustainably:

MOAM Organics Santorini Body Lotion

MOAM Organics** are a new British brand worth putting on your radar. Using aromatherapy-led essential oils, MOAM Organics create deliciously smelling organic and zero-waste skin and laundry care products. The stylish refillable aluminium bottles also look great in your bathroom.

Their richly moisturising Santorini body lotion features a luscious blend of organic geranium, bergamot and frankincense oils. This blend has been specially selected to refresh, revitalise and boost your mood. Meanwhile, the organic shea and cocoa butter give your skin that much-needed moisture boost.

MOAM Organics has a raft of sustainability credentials. All of their products are vegan and cruelty-free. What’s more, their organic body lotion is free from Sodium Laureth Sulphate (SLS), parabens, phthalates and phosphates. This makes its rich lotion good for you and good for the environment.

Refills are also available in a pouch format. Rather than binning the pouches when you are done, you can send the empty pouches back to MOAM Organics in the Freepost envelope provided with your order. These will then be 100% recycled by MOAM Organics recycling partners, for zero-waste moisturisation!

Buy the 250 ml body lotion starter set** from MOAM Organics, which includes the refillable bottle for £20 (12.5p per ml). Alternatively, you can buy the organic body wash and lotion starter set** for £38, which includes two refillable MOAM Organics metal bottles.

Evolve Pomegranate & Goji Lotion

Evolve’s deliciously smelling Pomegranate and Goji Aromatic Lotion* helps to nourish and rehydrate your skin using organic, vegan, and cruelty-free ingredients.

This organic body lotion includes shea butter to soften your skin whilst helping to improve elasticity, vegan hyaluronic acid to lock in moisture, and sunflower oil, to nourish. Its refreshing fruity fragrance uplifts, whilst goji berries have brilliant antioxidant properties, that fight off the effect of free radicals.

Whilst it comes in a plastic bottle, Evolve has Plastic Neutral certification. This allows brands like Evolve to calculate and offset their plastic footprint by funding plastic removal projects that remove as much plastic as they dispose of annually.

Buy Evolve’s Organic Body Lotion direct from Evolve* for £18 for 250 ml (7p per ml)

UpCircle Body Cream

UpCircle Organic Body Cream

UpCircle’s organic body lotion cares for your skin with a luscious blend of nourishing organic shea butter, linseed and olive oil. It also contains the anti-inflammatory extract of leftover date seeds. This is a by-product of date farming and helps to reduce waste from the industry.

All in all, it means that this organic body lotion packs a mean punch when it comes to sorting out your skin. It soothes dry or irritated skin with its calming blend of natural ingredients and also helps to reduce inflammation and redness. This leaves your skin feeling soft, smooth and supple, all whilst tackling waste!

What’s also to love is that this body lotion is 100% vegan, cruelty-free, and made in the UK.

Packaging-wise, there’s even more to love. The lotion is fully plastic-free, coming in a glass jar with an aluminium lid. I’ve noticed that some refill shops also offer refills of UpCircle products. If your local refill shop doesn’t offer UpCircle refills, you can use the clever return and refill scheme on the UpCircle website. Here, refills are 20% cheaper to help encourage you to return and reuse your UpCircle jars.

Buy UpCircle’s Body Lotion direct from Upcircle* for £19.99 for 120 ml (17p per ml).

Zero Waste Path Solid Organic Body Lotion

Bar of Zero Waste Path's citrus solid lotion.

Zero Waste Path, the shampoo bar people, have managed to eschew packaging altogether with this clever solid body lotion bar*. Simply glide onto damp skin after showering or bathing, and this rich lotion bar will deeply moisturise your skin.

The solid lotion bar is packed full of natural, pure and simple ingredients, including organic cocoa butter, and organic shea butter for a moisturising treat for your skin. Each bar is scented with bergamot, grapefruit and thyme essential oils, giving it a refreshing and uplifting citrus scent.

Handmade using 100% vegan-friendly and cruelty-free natural ingredients, this bar is also palm-oil-free.

Buy Zero Waste Path’s solid body lotion bar from Friendly Turtle* for £7.50 for 90 g (8p per g/ml).

Beauty Kitchen Hand & Body Cream

Finally, Beauty Kitchen’s organic vegan hand and body cream* is a great multi-tasker for your bathroom.

Containing sustainably sourced ingredients, such as organic aloe vera, sunflower seed oil, and shea butter, this delivers a hefty dose of moisturisation for both your body and hands. It absorbs quickly, with a non-greasy finish.

Available in a range of fragrances – from scent-free for sensitive skins and noses – to herbal, citrus or minty scent profiles depending on your preference.

The organic body lotion comes in an aluminium pump. When you are done this can be returned to Beauty Kitchen via Freepost to be refilled and reused. Alternatively, you can drop the bottles off at your local Holland & Barrett store, which returns the bottles in bulk to be refilled.

Buy direct from Beauty Kitchen* for £8 for 150 ml (5p per ml).

Have I missed your favourite brand? Do let me know in the comments below!

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Why More & More Brands Are Switching To Glass Packaging | AD

This post on glass packaging is paid-for content in association with Friends Of Glass.

Back in 2017, David Attenborough’s Blue Planet 2 shocked us all into taking action on plastic pollution. After heartbreakingly watching turtles tangled in plastic netting, and albatross parents feeding plastic to their chicks, collectively we decided enough was enough.

The resulting global campaign to reduce plastic waste became one of the fastest-growing environmental causes ever mounted. We saw zero-waste shops popping up all over the place and campaigns against pointless single-use plastic.

Yet despite this, it hasn’t been quite enough to make a dent in the growing volume of discarded plastic that ends up in our seas and waterways. The amount of plastic that has ended up in our seas has grown and is to set to grow.

Plastic waste in the sea.

One of the biggest reasons for this increase is that whilst the public is on board with reducing plastic, progress has been severely hindered by a lack of commitment from global leaders. It wasn’t until March of this year that leaders from 175 countries agreed to a legally binding global treaty to end the plastic pollution crisis by tackling the material’s entire supply chain. Work now begins on how to implement the treaty by 2024.

What’s Causing The Plastic Problem?

A big part of the problem is that brands keep producing more and more plastic. It’s cheap to produce plastic, and it’s even cheaper to make products from virgin plastic rather than recycled plastic. Many brands claim that it’s ok because plastic is recyclable.

However, it has never been clearer that we can’t simply just recycle our way out of the plastic waste problem. According to the OECD (the Organisation for Economic Co-operation & Development), globally, fewer than 10% of plastics are recycled.  Of the plastic that isn’t recycled, 76% ends up in landfills and then the rest is incinerated. This causes toxic emissions as well as releases carbon dioxide (CO2) – a greenhouse gas that contributes to climate change – into the atmosphere.

The Brands Switching To Glass Packaging

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The good news is that a growing number of forward-thinking and environmentally conscious brands are switching away from plastic packaging to bring about positive environmental change. Instead, they are choosing 100% and endlessly recyclable glass jars, which are encouraged by Friends of Glass, an advocacy group that promotes the environmental, health and safety benefits of glass packaging.

Switching to glass packaging from plastic is one way that brands are helping to foster change. It’s also an effective way for brands to easily communicate their eco-friendly and health-conscious credentials.

And as well as switching to glass, some brands are also offering refill options so that customers can refill their glass jars to reduce waste and encourage packaging reuse.

These include:

Elemis

Luxury beauty brand Elemis has recently introduced its own refill scheme. Customers can return their empty packaging to a participating retailer, either in-store or by post. The packaging is then cleaned and sent back to the retailer, either pre-refilled or ready for an in-store refill.

The packaging is made using steel, glass and/or washable plastics, and has a “smart tracking “system so it can be scanned across the value chain.

Beauty Kitchen

The Scottish beauty brand, Beauty Kitchen, packages all of its skincare products in recycled glass jars. When you are done, simply return the jars to Beauty Kitchen via post or any Holland & Barrett store, and Beauty Kitchen will wash and reuse them.

Chanel

Chanel has recently launched its ‘Revitalising Cream’ – the firm’s first refillable beauty product. Packaged in a glass pot, the cream sits in a bio-plastic based inner pot. This inner pot can be switched out with a refill that costs £13 less than the initial product. Refills will be sold online and in stores.

Brushd

Brushd, the eco dental company, make a range of plastic-free dental hygiene products. This includes toothpaste tablets and mouthwash tablets that come in glass jars.

When your toothpaste or mouthwash jar is empty, there’s no need to put it in the glass recycling. Instead, you can buy refill tablets that come in a cardboard container. Simply empty that into your glass jar, to help protect the tablets from moisture in your bathroom, and you’re good for another month.

What’s So Great About Glass Packaging?

dried fruit in glass jars

Glass is a much more sustainable choice than plastic for a whole host of reasons.

According to Friends of Glass:

  1. Glass has an endless life.  It is 100% recyclable and can be recycled infinitely without loss of quality. It can take just 30 days for your bottle or jar to return as a new bottle or jar to the store shelf.
  2. Even if glass does end up in the sea, it will ultimately turn back into harmless sand.
  3. Glass is non-toxic. Unlike plastic bottles, it does not contain harmful chemicals that may migrate into food and drink or your health and beauty products.
  4. Modern glass bottles and jars are typically up to 40% lighter yet stronger thanks to new manufacturing processes.
  5. Recycling glass saves energy and reduces CO2. We can reduce harmful emissions and save on raw materials by using recycled glass to make new bottles and jars. In fact, for every tonne of glass that is recycled, this saves 580kg of CO2 emissions. Meanwhile, recycling a single glass bottle can save 36.9 W/H of electricity. This is enough to charge your phone over six times.

Due to the many benefits of glass, 2022 has also been designated as the UN International Year of Glass. This year-long global celebration pays homage to the essential role that glass plays in society.

What Can You Do To Help Support This Movement?

To help support the switch to glass, if you can, choose glass packaging where it is available to show brands there is a demand for products housed in glass.

If there are no glass options available, you can ask your favourite brands to switch to glass. After all, glass reduces waste, protects the environment and safeguards your health.

The Friends of Glass community believes that many families and retailers are unaware of these benefits of glass, and so want to spread the word.  Follow Friends of Glass to find out more about glass. You can also help by joining the ever-growing number of glass advocates on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube to help add your voice and to join the conversation.