We know hydration is important, and keeping our skin looking healthy and vibrant is nice too. Finding the best moisturizers to help keep skin soft and supple is a never-ending quest it seems due to all the chemicals in even some of the best lotions. Take a look at the best non-toxic lotions we love, and nourish your skin back to that baby-bottom feel.
We say it all the time and we know you know it. Your skin is your body’s largest organ, and as such, it’s important that you treat it right.
That means that you drink lots and lots of water to keep it healthy from the inside out, and you find the best non-toxic products for the outside too. Yes, smelling good is something we all want to do, but let’s be real. The toxicity that those stores that are full of the buy three, get two lotions and wash sets is off the hook. They’re full of the ingredients that the Environmental Working Group (EWG) and Think Dirty cringe at, and your body does too.
The Best Non-Toxic Lotions We Love
Best Eco-Friendly Skin Food
Au Toner in Eco Pouch
We’re sort of in love with Au Natural Skinfood. Their Prepare Spray-On Brightening Lotion will balance your pH and acts as the perfect toner for your face. It has been clinical tested to show that even after three hours of being on, it inhibited bacteria on your face (Staphylococcus aureus by 63%) and it keeps your face clean and hydrated.
The concentrated Vitamin C will help pigmentation issues on your skin and it reduces redness and age spots too. We love that the New Zealand based company uses their prized Manuka honey to moisturize and nourish and if we’re honest, their whole Skinfood line is pretty divine.
And,because we know the natural ingredients from New Zealand are rigorously tested to ensure efficacy on the skin, you can trust that they’re good for your body and the earth. Au ensures that all ingredients are ethically sourced and grown and designed to deliver effective results in a healthy way.
They’re endorsed by the New Zealand Vegetarin Society, are BPA-, Cruelty-, Paraben-free and pregnancy safe, and good for all skin types because they react with your body’s chemistry.
- Rigorously tested
- Award-winning and certified by New Zealand Vegetarian Society
- Inhibits bacteria and promotes healthy growth
- Manuka Honey one of the primary ingredients
When it comes to moisturizing that sweet baby skin, you want only the best and most moisturizing. Earth Mama Organics has been a leader in clean, safe products that make mama and baby skin feel incredible for years.
This baby lotion is no different, with it’s soothing organic herb and oil blend. It’s dermatologically tested and clinically tested to be sure that it isn’t irriatating in any way.
But, don’t be fooled by the name ‘baby lotion.’ We all know Earth Mama is all about the mamas and this yummy smelling vanilla and orange lotion is perfect for all the mamas everywhere. It’s perfect for moisturizing as it contains organic herbs and oils, and it was the very first U.S. personal care product that was certified to NSF/ANSI 305 Standard for Personal Care Products Containing Organic Ingredients.
It is rated ONE on the EWG database, has no mineral oil, parabens or artificial fragrance and it’ll make your skin as soft as your baby’s. Some mamas swear by it for daily facial lotion and even irritated dry patches that won’t go away.
It’s a lotion for the whole family to use every day.
- Organic ingredients
- NSF/ANSI 305 Standard Certified
- Rated 1 on EWG Database
- Safe for whole family
Best Lotion For Every Rash
Babo Botanicals Healing Ointment
So this may not be considered a traditional body lotion but I couldn’t leave it off the list. My son has had the worst skin and eczema since he was a baby. It wasn’t allergy-related or food-related and specialist after specialist and naturopath after naturopath would recommend different treatments for him. I would find some that would work, though what I found was the more ‘natural’ the less effective.
Until Babo’s Healing Ointment.
I stumbled across it because a friend said it was good for her baby, and I figured, “Why not?” I found the most incredible healer and moisturizer ever! My son’s eczema (as well as every other rash on the planet) disappeared and it is now my absolute go-to for dry skin that won’t moisturize or heal. Babo is a certified B Corp that makes all its products in the United States, and they don’t use any harsh chemicals or irritants. It’s NSF Organic certified, and it can be used for everything from chapped skin to bug bites to eczema to glowing skin after a tough day. Babo uses medical-grade colloidal oatmeal, organic calendula, shea butter, and love (seriously, you should see their packaging) for a product that works. They’re a leader in premium mineral and botanically-based health and beauty products and they’re committed to social and environmental transparency and performance. When it comes to a ‘lotion’ you must have on hand for just about everything? This is it.
- NSF Organic Certified
- General use for chapped skin, bug bites, eczema and everything in between
- Certified B-Corp
Best Body Milk
Yes, we’re suckers for companies that take care of the earth and its inhabitants and that’s just one of the reasons we love Farmhouse Fresh. Their mission is to make clean products for the people of earth, and as they do, they’re a non-profit farm animal sanctuary.
That’s right–they’re a company that wants their skincare to save, and they focus on being green in their ingredients, their methodology and in their caretaking of rescued and rehabilitated animals at their sanctuary. Purchases help take starving donkeys off slaughter trucks, among saving other animals in other ways, and you can’t help but love this Beach Body Milk.
It is like a vacation in a bottle with a touch of lime and a dash of coconut and the Texas grapefruit extract renews your damaged and tired skin. It pours over you like a light milk, and your body drinks it up like it can’t get enough.
It’s so hard to find clean products that offer you the opportunity to smell delicious without pouring damaging ingredients on your body’s largest organ. This is one you’re going to never want to run out of.
- Charitable giving
- Scents that you can trust
Best Daily Lotion
Indigo Wild is another company we can’t get enough of, and we’ll be honest…they had us at “We love dogs and we hate breast cancer.” They ensure all their ingredients are clean and green, and the Indigo Wild insists nothing toxic, harsh or unnatural and chemical will go in their products.
The reality is that the days of walking into that shop so that you can smell like a day at the beach without worry of damage to your skin because of harsh chemicals is over. It’s impossible, and watching what is used in ingredients that make you smell fantastic is always concerning because synthetic fragrances can be so harmful.
That’s one more reason the Indigo Wild Zum Mist is great. They use plant-based ingredients like shea butter, meadowfoam seed oil and aloe vera, as well as carrot and hibiscus for the ultimate microcirculation for your skin. The Sea Salt Wild Zum body lotion helps regenerate cell growth and fight free-radical damage, and its handmade goodness leaves your skin as soft and smooth as you can get.
Plus, they give back to causes like breast cancer and dog rescue, so you’re making a difference with every dollar you spend.
- Scents are essential oil and plant-based
- Purchases benefit dog rescue and breast cancer
- Large Variety of affordable products
Why Should You Consider Non-Toxic Lotions For Your Skin?
There are several reasons you should look for the best non-toxic lotions–the biggest is that you don’t have to worry about poisons and chemicals doing internal damage to your organs. Because your skin is an organ, what goes on it goes in it, systemically, and the junk that’s in a lot of lotions is literally poison. If you wouldn’t consider eating it, you may want to think about slathering it all over your skin.
Additionally, the best non-toxic lotions will not be irritants to your skin. If you have sensitive skin, you know how easily your skin gets aggravated and even if you don’t have sensitive skin, some of the ingredients definitely irritate. When you look for the best non-toxic lotions, you’ll find ones that have clean and healthy alternatives to some of the chemicals in other lotions, and they do just the job you want without the skin irritation.
More, a lot of the ingredients that are in lotions today have come about because of the evolution of industry and skin-enhancing chemicals. But what did our grandmothers’ grandmothers use? You got it–plant-based ingredients that used the best Mother Nature had to offer to enhance our skin and our glow. Many of the ingredients in the best non-toxic lotions are ones that have been around since the dawn of time, and they’re amazing at nourishing our skin.
When you buy better quality products, you’re going to find you don’t need to slather anywhere near the amount of product that you may if you buy something that’s full of chemical and filler. Good moisturizers and non-toxic lotions do a great job of nurturing the skin because of their ingredients, and many of those ingredients can very cleanly and affordably be used.
And since we’re talking about ingredients being cleanly made and used, when you look for non-toxic lotions, you’re looking for products that are made without ingredients that are harmful to you AND harmful to the environment. When you’re looking for the best non-toxic lotions, look for companies who are committed to the earth and her people. Look for companies who want to take care of the environment as much as they want to take care of you, and try to give back in some way.
What Should You Avoid In Lotions?
There are some ingredients in lotions that you just need to stay away from Period. If they have dyes, parabens, silicones, synthetic fragrance/perfumes, phthalates, formaldehyde, and alcohol you want to stay away from them. They’re not good for your body, they’re not going to make your skin any softer or more nourished, and they may even end up stealing nutrients from your body.
What Should You Look For In The Best Non-Toxic Lotions?
If you know what to avoid in lotions, you’ll also want to know what you should look for. The best non-toxic lotions are ones that are full of vitamins, minerals, and plant-based ingredients. Some of the most common ingredients in the best non-toxic lotions are:
- Shea Butter
- Aloe Vera
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin A
- Vitamin E
- Oats/Collodial Oatmeal
- Argan oil
- Jojoba oil
- Almond Oil
- Organic Glycerin
Why are so many of the best non-toxic lotions rich in various oils? It’s because they help support the function of your skin. They’re anti-inflammatory and many have anti-oxidant and even healing qualities, and they keep your skin soft by restoring your skin’s barrier. It does this using fatty acids. The outer layer of your skin (the stratum corneum) has more longer-chain free fatty acids. It also has a higher content of C-18 unsaturated free fatty acids like linoleic acid found in sunflower oil. Research has found this to improve the skin barrier, which protects your entire body, and those are the ingredients you’ll get a lot of benefit from.