Wash your hands without contributing to plastic waste with this guide to the best sustainable refillable hand wash brands available right now.
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If there’s one thing that we’ve learned in the last three years, it is the importance of hand washing. However, all that hand washing can take its toll on the environment.
Between single-use plastic bottles and chemically dubious ingredients, the fight against germs is a decidedly dirty business.
Switching to eco-friendly soap bars is one step you can take. But if you prefer to use a liquid hand wash, then you’ll be pleased to hear that a few eco-friendly brands have started to offer refillable options. This lets you beat single-use plastic waste whilst keeping your hands (and conscience) clean.
Guide To The Best Refillable Hand Wash
Here are our top eco-friendly liquid hand wash brands letting you refill and repeat to your heart’s content. You’ll find organic, palm oil-free, vegan-friendly and cruelty-free brands all leading the way in the fight against plastic.
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Henley Naturals | AD
⭐ Best for aromatherapy-led refillable hand wash
|Palm oil-free||❌ (sustainably sourced from RSPO certified supplier)|
|Made in||The UK|
|Price||From £14.99 for 500 ml|
|Price per 100 ml||£2.99|
|Available from||Henley Naturals|
Henley Naturals luxury refillable handwash contains a luxurious blend of 94% naturally derived ingredients, which are fortified with essential oils for a therapeutic handwashing experience.
The essential oil blends are carefully hand blended in small batches to target specific emotions. Available in two different scents, the zingy Free Flow scent is uplifting and invigorating, whilst the Rowers Revive scent is relaxing and helps to release tension. Meanwhile, the natural extracts effectively cleanse and revitalise your skin.
Made in the UK with vegan-friendly, organic and sustainably sourced ingredients, and with no SLS, SLES, parabens, synthetic dyes, or harsh chemicals, Henley Naturals products have been created for everyone to use, from children to adults with sensitive skin.
Available in both starter packs and standalone refill pouches, Henley Naturals offers an easy way to cut your household plastic waste.
The starter pack contains a 300 ml empty glass Infinity bottle, that is designed to be reused again and again, and a 500 ml refill pack, available in the scent of your choice. Alternatively, you can shop for the refill packs – with a handy subscription service offered so you never run out.
What’s to love about Henley Naturals is that recycling is made incredibly easy. There’s no need to use an envelope or visit the post office. Instead, each pouch is pre-printed with Henley Naturals’ free post-return label. This means all you have to do is rinse out the pouch, re-apply the cap and then pop it straight into your nearest postbox. These are then recycled by Henley Naturals’ recycling partner, Enval.
Plus there’s more to love. For every hand soap subscription, Henley Naturals donates £1 to a charity that supports NHS workers and the patients they care for.
Get 10% off your first order when you sign up for the Henley Naturals mailing list.
⭐ Best for palm oil-free refillable hand wash
|Price||£8 for 400 ml|
|Price per 100 ml||£2|
|Available from||Look Fantastic|
Looking for organic and palm oil-free refillable hand wash? Then head straight to the Fiils range at Look Fantastic. This certified B-Corp and Vegan Society-approved brand makes personal care products that are all refillable, vegan-friendly, cruelty-free, and palm oil-free by default.
Its liquid hand wash is made from 99% natural and organic ingredients and is formulated with over 75% pure plant extracts.
Fiils hand wash is blended with pure essential oils to strengthen, aloe vera to moisturise and calendula flower to soothe. This leaves your hands feeling clean, fresh and hydrated, without the use of SLS – a skin irritant that is often found in soap.
Fiils refillable handwash is available in Lemongrass, Pomelo, or Coconut scents. And should you need a bottle to house your soap in, you can choose between three different aluminium refill bottle colours.
Once you’ve refilled your bottle, you can then send back your empty pouches for recycling. Fiils reuse the spouts and caps, and then Terracycle upcycles the pouch into useful items like park benches.
Recycling is easy. Inside your box is a recycling bag, which is free to return. Simply pop your empty pouches in the bag, seal it, and then drop it in your nearest post box. There’s no need to even go into the post office.
What’s also to love is that Fiils plants a tree for every order. Just think, you could plant a whole grove just by washing your hands!
⭐ Best budget-friendly refillable hand wash
|Made in||The UK|
|Price||£26.95 for 5 litres|
|Price per 100 ml||54p|
|Discount Code||Take 15% off with code MINIML15|
Zero-waste your handwashing routine with the eco-friendly refill brand Miniml. Available in a delicious range of fragrances – including sweet clementine anti-bacterial hand soap; cucumber and aloe vera; lime, basil and mandarin; and French vanilla – there are heaps of options for every preference.
There are no unscented options though, so if you have a super sensitive nose or skin that doesn’t react well to fragrances then skip Miniml.
This eco-friendly hand soap is powerful on dirt, grime and stubborn smells, yet leaves hands soft and clean. Free from VOCs, chlorine bleaches, solvents, lanoline, sulphates, parabens and phosphates, this hand wash is non-toxic and readily biodegradable. Plus it’s safe for septic tanks.
To refill, simply fill a glass Miniml bottle (or your own bottle) with one of its liquid hand wash refills – available in a 1-litre pouch or a 5-litre carton size. With a truly closed-loop recycling scheme, you can then send your refill container – whether it’s a pouch or a carton – back to Miniml to be cleaned and reused again and again.
Alternatively, you can skip this process by refilling your container at your local zero-waste shop. With hundreds of Miniml refill points across the UK, it’s never been easier to refill and repeat.
As an Ethical Consumer Best Buy and certified by both the Vegan Society and Cruelty-Free International, you can be sure your hands are in safe hands.
Get 15% off all personal care products at Miniml by using the code MINIML15 at the checkout.
Laura Thomas Co
⭐ Best refillable hand wash for eco-friendly gift giving
|Made in||The UK|
|Price||£21 for 500 ml|
|Price per 100 ml||£4.20|
Handmade in East Lothian, Laura Thomas Co. uses plant-based ingredients that are good for your well-being and good for the planet. This includes organic sunflower oil and organic coconut oil sourced through a transparent and ethical supply chain.
Meanwhile, the stylish refillable amber glass hand wash bottle would look lovely in any bathroom or kitchen.
This all-natural hand wash in a Flowers and Woods scent has been fragranced with Patchouli, Rose, Cedarwood and Geranium essential oils. This creates a beautiful natural scent that lingers on your hands after use.
Available as a filled 500 ml glass bottle and as a 500 ml refill pouch, the pouches can be sent back to Laure Thomas Co. for recycling. And if your label gets damaged, you can even buy a replacement label for your glass bottle.
The bottle is packaged in plastic-free packaging. This is cleverly made from recycled coffee cups for a smaller footprint on the planet.
Admittedly, the price tag on Laura Thomas Co’s hand wash is a bit higher than the other brands on this page. However, it’s a very worthwhile inclusion, particularly if you are looking to splurge on an eco-friendly gift for someone. This gorgeously scented refillable hand wash would make such a lovely gift for someone – either for a birthday or Christmas or even as an eco-friendly housewarming gift.
⭐ Best unscented refillable hand wash
|Made in||The UK|
|Price||£8.49 for 1 litre|
|Price per 100 ml||85p per 100 ml|
|Available from||Bower Collective|
|Discount code||Take 20% off with code MF20|
Bower Collective’s range of liquid sanitising hand washes are made in the UK using 100% naturally derived and ethically sourced ingredients.
This hand wash is guaranteed to leave your hands feeling soft, fresh and protected, whilst neutralising 99.9% of harmful bacteria – including E.coli, Salmonella and MRSA. Plus it’s extra-gentle on the skin – making it safe for the whole family to use.
Its vegan-friendly and cruelty-free soap is free from harsh chemicals, including petrochemicals, phosphates, preservatives, and enzymes. This makes it readily biodegradable, as well as suitable for use in septic tanks and around pets.
And instead of synthetic perfumes, its hand wash is fragranced with natural essential oils. With options ranging from lime and aloe vera; geranium and grapefruit; rosemary and thyme; as well as fragrance-free options, there’s something for every preference.
Coming in 1-litre refill pouches, this is handy if you lack the space to store 5-litre cartons, or the budget to buy in bigger bulk sizes.
To use, simply decant the hand wash into a bottle and then return the pouch to Bower in the free pre-paid envelope provided. You don’t even need to wash the pouch out. Simply pop it in your nearest post box as is.
Bower will then refill it with the same product at its refill centre, ready to go again! Each pouch can be reused over and over again. And at the end of its life, Bower ensures that the pouch is responsibly recycled with its specialist recycling partner.
Use the exclusive discount code MF20 at the checkout to take 20% off full-priced items at Bower Collective.
Faith In Nature
⭐ Best refillable hand wash available in a wide range of scents
|Made in||The UK|
|Price||£49.99 for 5 litres|
|Price per 100 ml||£1|
|Available from||Ethical Superstore|
Independent and family-owned personal care brand Faith In Nature offers eco-friendly refillable liquid hand wash that you can refill in zero-waste shops across the country. If you don’t have access to a zero-waste shop near you then you can also buy the 5-litre cartons, to refill your own bottles at home. These can then be returned to Faith In Nature for recycling when empty.
Whether you refill at a shop or at home, you can even get a pretty and plastic-free Faith In Nature branded aluminium refill bottle to help you avoid plastic.
As well as the refill potential, there are lots of reasons to love Faith In Nature’s range of hand washes.
For a start, all of Faith In Nature’s products are made in the UK from natural ingredients. This means its products contain no parabens or SLS/SLES.
Secondly, its entire range is vegetarian and vegan-friendly and free from animal testing. And thirdly, its hand washes are free from artificial colours and fragrances.
With heaps of different fragrance options – including Coconut; Grapefruit & Orange; Lavender & Geranium; Seaweed & Citrus; Dragonfruit; Wild Rose; and Aloe Vera & Tea Tree – there’s something to suit every taste.
The Bottom Line
If bar soap isn’t your thing, then don’t get in a lather over single-use plastic. With many brands offering refillable liquid hand wash options, all with stringent ethical credentials, and at a range of different price points, your conscious can be as clean as your hands!