Green your showering regime, with our guide to the best natural and eco-friendly shower gel. From plastic-free shower gel to refill shower gel and more – here’s how you can get squeaky clean the green way.
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While I’m a fan of using super sustainable bars of soap in the shower, I know that some people are not a fan of soap bars. Even though it has been proven that communal soap bars cannot transmit germs, I know more than a few people who won’t entertain the idea of using a bar of soap in the shower.
If washing yourself with a bar of soap in the shower isn’t your thing then don’t worry, I’m not here to preach or pour shame on you. Instead, let me show you some eco-friendly shower gel options. This includes those in plastic-free packaging, as well as clever refill options so that you can still shower sustainably.
The Best Natural & Eco-Friendly Shower Gel
Here are my top natural and eco-friendly shower gel recommendations:
Beauty Kitchen Vegan Shower Gel
Beauty Kitchen’s organic, vegan and plastic-free body* wash ticks a lot of the eco-friendly shower gel boxes.
This B-Corp certified beauty product brand makes its shower gel with all-natural and sustainably sourced ingredients. This includes ingredients such as organic coconut and organic sunflower oils. When it comes to the scent there’s nothing artificial here either – essential oils provide the scent.
Beauty Kitchen’s shower gel is available in a range of scents – from minty fresh to zingy citrus, to a relaxing botanical blend. For sensitive skin, there’s a fragrance-free option too.
Packaged in aluminium bottles, you can reuse this durable packaging yourself at your local refill shop. Beauty Kitchen has thought carefully about the reuse potential of their bottles, so the labels adhere with ultra-low tack adhesive so they can be easily removed.
Alternatively, you can send your bottle back to Beauty Kitchen for free and they will wash and reuse the bottles in their next batch. You can do so by post, or if you have a Holland & Barrett store near you, they can be returned here.
Buy direct from Beauty Kitchen* from £8. You can also get 25% off your first order when you sign up for the Beauty Kitchen mailing list. Other retailers include Big Green Smile*, Planet Organic* and Feel Unique*.
Faith In Nature Refill Body Wash
Faith In Nature offers eco-friendly shower gel 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.
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 body wash. For a start, it’s made right here in the UK from natural ingredients. This means it contains no parabens or SLS/SLES. Secondly, their entire range is vegetarian and vegan-friendly and free from animal testing. And thirdly, their shower gels are free from artificial colours and fragrances.
With heaps of different fragrance options, there’s something to suit every taste.
Bower Collective Refillable Body Wash
Bower Collective’s range of own-brand sustainable body washes* are made in the UK using naturally derived, ethically sourced and environmentally responsible ingredients.
Free from ingredients such as SLS and parabens, their eco-friendly shower gel is also vegan and cruelty-free.
Bower Collective’s clever refill and return service help lessen the environmental impact of your shower. Simply decant your pouch into any old shower gel bottle. Once the pouch is empty – you don’t even need to wash it out – simply pop the pouches in the pre-paid returns envelope that comes with your Bower Collective order.
To make the returns process as environmentally friendly as possible, Bower Collective advise collecting around 4 pouches in the returns envelope before sending it back. Once the envelope is ready to send, you just pop it straight into a postbox. Or, if it’s easier for you, you can take it to your nearest Post Office for free return.
Once returned to Bower Collective, it’s then refilled with the same product at their refill centre, ready to be used again. Each pouch can be reused up to 10 times, and at the end of life, it is responsibly recycled with Bower Collective’s specialist partner.
Buy eco-friendly shower gel directly from Bower Collective*, from £6.99.
Miniml Body Wash
Looking for shower gel in a glass bottle? Miniml’s deliciously scented pink grapefruit and aloe vera shower gel is the one you are looking for.
This richly foaming yet gentle, sulphate free body wash naturally keeps even sensitive skin smooth and moisturised.
As well as being made in the UK, the vegan formulation is cruelty-free. What’s more, it’s free from chlorine bleaches, solvents, lanoline, sulphates, parabens and phosphates.
Refill the glass bottle in refill shops. Or if that isn’t practical for you, you can buy a 5L or even 20L refill carton to refill at home.