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We Rated 15+ Of The Best Natural & Organic Body Lotions

Staff Guide

Mar 1, 2021

Along with sunblock, moisturizer is one of the key parts of any good skincare routine. Moisturizers keep the skin hydrated, not only by adding moisture back into the skin, but by trapping the moisture that's already there.

A skincare routine doesn't end at the neck—a body lotion is an important part of any beauty arsenal. The skin is the largest organ, and keeping it hydrated is important to keep it healthy.

There are many different moisturizers on the market and they all have different ingredients. As you might expect, there are some surprisingly bad ingredients lurking in some mainstream body creams and moisturizers.

Our Methodology

We researched the internet, online stores and social media for the most popular clean body lotions (along with some popular non-clean body lotions for context).

Each ingredient in every product was researched and analyzed for safety based on available public research. Where possible, sources for information are included.

Products are ranked from best to worst with an internal score based on the ingredient rankings.

Notes On Ingredients:

Irritants: We denote ingredients that can be potential irritants/allergens with an asterisk. (*) Almost all of the products we looked at had at least one allergen, but some are allergen-free.

Preservatives: Some of the products we looked at had no preservatives at all. While this can be great in terms of clean ingredients, it means you must use the product before the expiration date, and be mindful of noticing any changes in color, texture or smell which could indicate the product has gone bad.

Some products contain more harsh preservatives, namely parabens.

Toxic preservatives that have been linked to breast cancer, hormonal disruption and skin irritation. Anything ending in “-paraben” such as methylparaben, ethylparaben and butylparaben is included.

Parabens are not part of the USDA National Organic Program (NOP) list, meaning they can be included in products labeled as organic—a trick you need to watch out for. Conversely, the European Union has banned products with parabens since 2012.

As of 2020, the FDA says of parabens: “We do not have information showing that parabens as they are used in cosmetics have an effect on human health.

Because there are products with safer alternatives, we don’t recommend using products with parabens.

Phenoxyethanol and sodium benzoate are two other preservatives found in the products we looked at. These two ingredients are safer than parabens. However, sodium benzoate is a known potential skin irritant and phenoxyethanol, which is not recommended to be used in baby products due to irritation potential.

Because these two ingredients are widely considered to be a safer alternative to parabens, we give them an “iffy” rating as opposed to a “bad” rating for parabens.

Ingredients With Contamination Concerns: Some of the products we looked at had ingredients that have a risk of contamination with harmful chemicals.

These ingredients include all ethoxylated ingredients, namely those starting with polysorbate-, PEG-, Ceteareth-.

These ingredients are at risk of being contaminated with 1,4-dioxane, a known human carcinogen. For this reason, we give them an “iffy” rating.

Fragrance: A very common reason for skin irritation, and a 2008 study found that 83% of drugstore creams contained fragrance or a fragrance-related allergen.

The term fragrance when used in products is an umbrella term, and there are currently 3059 chemical ingredients that can be used in fragrances. And what’s worse is that manufacturers can just list “fragrance” and not the individual ingredients that go into the fragrance.

Some of these 3059 ingredients have been linked to health effects like cancer, allergies, reproductive issues and more.

We always considered non-natural fragrance as a “bad” ingredient.

Oil-Based vs. Water-Based Moisturizers

There are two different types of moisturizers: oil-based and water-based. It's easy to tell which one a moisturizer is based in the first ingredient. If the first ingredient is water, it's a water-based moisturizer. If not, it's almost certainly an oil-based moisturizer.

Water-based moisturizers are good for those with dehydrated skin. They're also good to use in hot climates and summer months because they're more lightweight than oil-based moisturizers.

Oil-based moisturizers are good for those with dry skin that lacks sebum (oils). They're also good for cool climates and winter months.

The Best Natural Body Lotions, Rated By Ingredients

Below is our vetted list of clean, non-toxic body moisturizers ranked from best to worst based on their ingredients.

Many of these products contained potential irritants or allergens, indicated with an asterisk. (*)

Products are ordered from best to worst, based on an internal algorithm that scores products based on their individual ingredients.

This is not a rating based on the actual performance of the product, only the ingredients.

All Body Lotions Rated: Best

Buttah

Buttah Whipped Body Butter
Rating: Best 🌟
Price: $29 ($7.25 per oz)

This product contains only one ingredient: organic shea butter. A good choice for those looking for a plain shea butter.

Ingredients:

  • Organic Shea Butter (Butyrospermum Parkii Butter)

Osmia

Osmia Rosemary Body Mousse
Rating: Best 🌟
Price: $48 ($12 per oz)

The main ingredients of this product are organic shea butter, jojoba oil, rosemary oil, and organic babassu oil—a more eco-friendly alternative to palm oil. Because of the short and simple list of organic ingredients, we give this product a top rating.

Ingredients:

  • Organic Shea Butter (Butyrospermum Parkii Butter),
  • Organic Babassu Oil (Orbignya Oleifera Oil),
  • Organic Jojoba Seed Oil (Simmondsia Chinensis Seed Oil),
  • Organic Rosemary Oil (Rosmarinus Officinalis Oil),
  • Tocopherol,
  • Organic Rosemary CO2 (Rosmarinus Officinalis CO2)

Rose Mira Organics

Rose Mira Organics Sweet Coconut Body Butter
Rating: Best 🌟
Price: $60 ($18.18 per oz)

Organic coconut oil makes up the base of this product, along with organic mango seed butter and candelilla wax. It’s scented with an unspecified blend of essential oils.

Ingredients:

  • Organic Coconut Oil (Cocos Nucifera),
  • Organic Mango Seed Butter (Mangifera Indica Seed Butter),
  • Candelilla Wax (Euphorbia Cerifera Wax),
  • Tapioca Starch,
  • Organic Vegetable Glycerin,
  • Organic Essential Oils*

Badger

Badger Damascus Rose Body Oil
Rating: Best 🌟
Price: $26.99 ($6.75 per oz)

With a 100% organic list of ingredients, the main ones being jojoba, olive and pomegranate oils, we give this product a top rating.

Ingredients:

  • Organic Jojoba Seed Oil (Simmondsia Chinensis Seed Oil),
  • Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil,
  • Organic Pomegranate Seed Oil (Punica Granatum Seed Oil),
  • Organic Rose Hip Fruit Extract (Rosa Canina Fruit Extract)*,
  • Organic Sea Buckthorn Fruit Extract (Hippophae Rhamnoides Fruit Extract),
  • Organic Lavender (Lavandula Angustifolia Flower Oil),
  • Organic Rose Oil*,
  • Organic Calendula Flower Extract (Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract),
  • Organic Roman Chamomile Oil (Anthemis Nobilis Oil)*

Potential irritants: 1*

Nourish Organic

Nourish Organic Rejuvenating Rose Butter
Rating: Best 🌟
Price: $16.99 ($3.27 per oz)

With a base of organic shea butter and oils (coconut, sunflower, rose hip), this product is full of natural and organic ingredients and is 100% vegan. It does have natural fragrance, however.

Ingredients:

  • Organic Shea Butter (Butyrospermum Parkii Butter),
  • Organic Sunflower Seed Oil (Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil),
  • Organic Rose Hip Oil (Rosa Canina Oil)*,
  • Organic Corn Starch (Zea Mays Starch),
  • Organic Coconut Oil (Cocos Nucifera),
  • Organic Fragrance Oil*,
  • Rose Clay,
  • Tocopherol

Potential irritants: 2*

Dr. Bronner

Dr. Bronner Organic Lotion - Lavender Coconut
Rating: Best 🌟
Price: $9.99 ($1.25 per oz)

Dr. Bronner’s body moisturizer is made with all organic ingredients, with the base being water, coconut oil and jojoba oil. This is a 100% vegan product as well.

Ingredients:

  • Water,
  • Organic Coconut Oil (Cocos Nucifera),
  • Organic Jojoba Seed Oil (Simmondsia Chinensis Seed Oil),
  • Organic Ethyl Alcohol,
  • Organic Avocado Oil (Persea Gratissima Oil),
  • Organic Hemp Oil (Cannabis Sativa Seed Oil),
  • Organic Soapbark Extract (Quillaja Saponaria Wood Extract),
  • Organic Lavender (Lavandula Angustifolia Flower Oil),
  • Xanthan Gum,
  • Tocopherol

OSEA

Osea Ocean Lotion
Rating: Best 🌟
Price: $38 ($7.6 per oz)

With mainly organic ingredients (the main ingredients of the product are oils like sunflower, jojoba) and only one potential irritant, this product gets a great rating.

Ingredients:

  • Water,
  • Organic Algae Extract (Laminaria Japonica Extract),
  • Organic Sunflower Seed Oil (Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil),
  • Sorbitan Olivate,
  • Organic Macadamia Gympie Nut Oil (Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil),
  • Organic Jojoba Seed Oil (Simmondsia Chinensis Seed Oil),
  • Organic Avocado Oil (Persea Gratissima Oil),
  • Kukui Oil (Aleurites Moluccana Oil),
  • Organic Shea Butter (Butyrospermum Parkii Butter),
  • Saccharomyces/Copper Ferment,
  • Saccharomyces/Manganese Ferment,
  • Saccharomyces/Zinc Ferment,
  • Rose Hip Oil (Rosa Canina Oil)*,
  • Tocopherol,
  • Xanthan Gum,
  • Glycine,
  • Potassium Sorbate

Potential irritants: 1*

All Body Lotions Rated: Good

Butter Me Up Organics

Butter Me Up Organics Healing Body Cream
Rating: Good
Price: $21.95 ($3.66 per oz)

This body moisturizer is not organic nor vegan, but still uses 100% natural ingredients. The main ingredients are oils (grape seed, coconut) along with shea butter and mango seed butter. It’s scented with essential oils.

Ingredients:

  • Grape Seed Oil (Vitis Vinifera Seed Oil),
  • Organic Coconut Oil (Cocos Nucifera),
  • Organic Shea Butter (Butyrospermum Parkii Butter),
  • Organic Mango Seed Butter (Mangifera Indica Seed Butter),
  • Essential Oil Blend (Organic Lavender),
  • Beeswax (Cera Alba)

Replenix

Replenix Glycolix 10% Moisturizing Lotion
Rating: Good
Price: $19.25 ($9.63 per oz)

This is the only glycolic acid moisturizer we looked at. It has a simple list of non-organic ingredients. Because it’s not organic we can only give it a “good” rating, but there are no ingredients of concern.

Ingredients:

  • Glycolic Acid*,
  • Vitamin E,
  • Aloe Gel (Aloe Barbadensis Gel),
  • Squalane,
  • Glycerin

Potential irritants: 1*

Christina Moss Naturals

Christina Moss Naturals Organic Body Lotion - Lemongrass
Rating: Good
Price: $24.99 ($3.12 per oz)

The main ingredient in this product is organic aloe. Alongside that, we have organic apricot oil. It’s scented with essential oils, namely citrus. There’s only one ingredient we consider iffy.

Emulsifying wax gets an iffy rating because it can be made of either vegetable wax or a petroleum-based wax, and the exact makeup does not need to be disclosed. (source)

Ingredients:

  • Organic Aloe (Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice),
  • Organic Apricot Kernel Oil (Prunus Armeniaca Kernel Oil),
  • Organic Vegetable Glycerin,
  • Stearic Acid,
  • Emulsifying Wax NF,
  • Organic Orange Peel Oil (Citrus Aurantium Dulcis Peel Oil)*,
  • Organic Lemongrass Oil (Cymbopogon Citratus Oil)

Potential irritants: 1*

Farmstead Apothecary

Farmstead Apothecary Body Lotion - Scented
Rating: Good
Price: $16.99 ($2.12 per oz)

This product’s main ingredient is water, along with organic safflower seed oil, vegetable emulsifying wax and sunflower seed oil. It is a scented product using unidentified natural fragrances.

We consider “natural fragrance” to be an “Iffy” ingredient simply because it is a blanket term for unknown fragrance ingredients. Because these are natural fragrances, the main concern is skin irritation or allergic reaction, but this shouldn’t be a concern if you aren’t prone to these issues.

Pentylene glycol has shown evidence of being an irritant. Studies show that it can cause contact dermatitis, which indicates that Pentylene Glycol is a sensitizing ingredient and can be considered as an allergen. (source)

Ingredients:

  • Water,
  • Organic Safflower Seed Oil (Carthamus Tinctorius Seed Oil),
  • Organic Vegetable Emulsifying Wax,
  • Organic Sunflower Seed Oil (Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil),
  • Natural Fragrance*,
  • Stearic Acid,
  • Propanediol,
  • Pentylene Glycol*,
  • Phenethyl Alcohol,
  • Sunflower Vitamin E

Potential irritants: 2*

Babo Botanicals

Babo Botanicals Sensitive Skin Fragrance Free Daily Hydra Therapy Lotion - Adult Care
Rating: Good
Price: $13.99 ($1.75 per oz)

Water, organic safflower and sunflower oils are the main ingredients in this product. The only iffy ingredient is emulsifying wax, the reason being that it’s a blanket term that hides what is truly in the wax. It’s unlikely that the wax is anything harmful, but since it’s not a fully organic product, we can only give it a good rating.

There is some concern that tocopheryl acetate is at risk of being contaminated with hydroquinone, a known human carcinogen. While we believe this risk to be small, we consider tocopheryl acetate an iffy ingredient. (source)

Ingredients:

  • Water,
  • Organic Safflower Seed Oil (Carthamus Tinctorius Seed Oil),
  • Organic Sunflower Seed Oil (Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil),
  • Vegetable Glycerin,
  • Emulsifying Wax,
  • Glyceryl Stearate SE,
  • Oat Kernel Flour (Avena Sativa Kernel Flour),
  • Organic Calendula Flower Extract (Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract),
  • Shea Butter (Butyrospermum Parkii Butter),
  • Jojoba Seed Oil (Simmondsia Chinensis Seed Oil),
  • Tocopheryl Acetate*,
  • Cetyl Alcohol,
  • Caprylhydroxamic Acid,
  • Glyceryl Caprylate,
  • Organic Matricaria Extract (Chamomilla Recutita Extract),
  • Organic Watercress Flower/Leaf Extract (Nasturtium Officinale),
  • Organic Kudzu Root (Pueraria Lobata Root Extract),
  • Organic Meadowsweet Flower Extract (Spiraea Ulmaria Flower Extract),
  • Xanthan Gum,
  • Sea Buckthorn Oil (Hippophae Rhamnoides Oil)

Acure

Acure Seriously Soothing 24hr Moisture Lotion
Rating: Good
Price: $11.99 ($1.5 per oz)

This lotion is not organic. However, the list of ingredients is all-natural, and has only one “iffy” ingredient that is okay because it’s only bad when included with other ingredients that are iffy.

Glyceryl Laurate is a penetration enhancer, making it an ingredient of concern if included with other ingredients that may be unsafe. (source)

Ingredients:

  • Water,
  • Aloe (Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice),
  • Cetearyl Olivate,
  • Sorbitan Olivate,
  • Glycerin,
  • Sunflower Seed Oil (Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil),
  • Safflower Seed Oil (Carthamus Tinctorius Seed Oil),
  • Glyceryl Laurate,
  • Cocoglycerides,
  • Glyceryl Stearate SE,
  • Colloidal Oatmeal,
  • Meadowfoam Seed Oil (Limnanthes Alba Seed Oil),
  • Cocoa Butter (Theobroma Cacao Butter),
  • Sea Buckthorn Oil (Hippophae Rhamnoides Oil),
  • Olive Oil (Olea Europaea Fruit Oil),
  • Squalane,
  • Xanthan Gum,
  • Tocopherol,
  • Sodium Levulinate,
  • Potassium Sorbate

Ursa Major

Ursa Major Perfect Zen Body Lotion
Rating: Good
Price: $28 ($3.5 per oz)

Organic aloe and sunflower seed oils are the main ingredients of this product. Not all ingredients are organic, and it’s scented with several essential oils.

The EU’s SCSS considers sweet orange oil to be an ingredient of  high concern of causing allergic contact dermatitis. (source)

Benzyl alcohol is listed by the The European Union’s Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety (SCCS) as a well-recognized consumer allergen. (source)

Ingredients:

  • Organic Aloe (Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice),
  • Organic Sunflower Seed Oil (Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil),
  • Cetearyl Alcohol,
  • Glycerin,
  • Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride,
  • Cetearyl Glucoside*,
  • Cetyl Palmitate,
  • Meadowfoam Seed Oil (Limnanthes Alba Seed Oil),
  • Tangerine Peel Oil (Citrus Reticulata Peel Oil)*,
  • Sweet Orange Oil (Citrus Sinensis Oil)*,
  • Organic Bergamot Orange Peel Oil (Citrus Bergamia Peel Oil)*,
  • Organic Lavender (Lavandula Angustifolia Flower Oil),
  • Rosemary Oil (Rosmarinus Officinalis Oil),
  • Petitgrain Bigarade Oil (Citrus Aurantium Leaf/Bud Oil),
  • Sandalwood Oil (Santalum Spicatum Wood Oil),
  • Cedar Oil (Cedrus Atlantica Wood Oil),
  • Xanthan Gum,
  • Organic Rosemary Extract (Rosmarinus Officinalis Extract),
  • Dehydroacetic Acid,
  • Organic Benzyl Alcohol

Potential irritants: 4*

Shea Moisture

Shea Moisture 100% Virgin Coconut Oil Daily Hydration Body Lotion
Rating: Good
Price: $10.99 ($0.85 per oz)

This product has a clean list of non-organic ingredients, with only one of potential concern.

Cetrimonium chloride is caused reproductive toxicity in a study of female rats. (source)

Ingredients:

  • Water,
  • Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride,
  • Stearyl Alcohol,
  • Vegetable Glycerin,
  • Organic Shea Butter (Butyrospermum Parkii Butter),
  • Glyceryl Stearate Citrate,
  • Cetearyl Alcohol,
  • Cetyl Alcohol,
  • Cetrimonium Chloride*,
  • Glyceryl Caprylate,
  • Coconut Oil (Cocos Nucifera Oil),
  • Coconut Extract (Cocos Nucifera Extract),
  • Coconut Juice (Cocos Nucifera Juice),
  • Kola Nut Extract (Cola Acuminata Seed Extract),
  • Acacia Senegal Gum,
  • Rose Hip Oil (Rosa Canina Oil)*,
  • Grape Seed Oil (Vitis Vinifera Seed Oil),
  • Green or White Tea Extract (Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract),
  • Panthenol,
  • Aloe (Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice),
  • Glyceryl Undecylenate,
  • Fragrance (Essential Oil Blend)

Potential irritants: 1*

100% Pure

100% Pure Honey Almond Whipped Body Butter
Rating: Good
Price: $29 ($8.53 per oz)

This product is not organic, however the list of ingredients is all natural. The main ingredient is coco butter, along with avocado oil, shea butter, argan oil, aloe, and candelilla wax).

Ingredients:

  • Cocoa Butter (Theobroma Cacao Butter),
  • Avocado Oil (Persea Gratissima Oil),
  • Shea Butter (Butyrospermum Parkii Butter),
  • Argan Oil (Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil),
  • Rose Hip Oil (Rosa Canina Oil)*,
  • Organic Aloe (Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice),
  • Candelilla Wax (Euphorbia Cerifera Wax),
  • Tocopherol,
  • Acai Berry Fruit Extract (Euterpe Oleracea Extract),
  • Resveratrol,
  • Green or White Tea Extract (Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract),
  • Mangosteen Peel Extract (Garcinia Mangosteen Peel Extract),
  • Goji Fruit Extract (Lycium Barbarum Fruit Extract),
  • Maqui Berry Extract (Aristotelia Chilensis Extract),
  • Elderberry Skin (Sambucus Canadensis Skin),
  • Grape Skin (Vitis Vinifera Skin),
  • Honeysuckle Extract (Lonicera Caprifolium Extract),
  • Honeysuckle Flower Extract (Lonicera Japonica Flower Extract),
  • Rosemary Extract (Rosmarinus Officinalis Extract),
  • Oregano Leaf Extract (Origanum Vulgare Leaf Extract),
  • Thyme Extract (Thymus Vulgaris Extract),
  • Goldenseal Extract (Hydrastis Canadensis Extract),
  • Ethyl Alcohol,
  • Sweet Almond Flavor (Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis)

Potential irritants: 1*

True Botanicals

True Botanicals Nourishing Lotion
Rating: Good
Price: $38 ($4.75 per oz)

Ethylhexylglycerin can be a mild skin and eye irritant. Extra care should be taken when using products with this ingredient around the face. (source)

Ingredients:

  • Organic Green or White Tea Extract (Camellia Sinensis Tea Leaf Extract),
  • Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride,
  • Organic Vegetable Glycerin,
  • Cetearyl Olivate,
  • Shea Butter (Butyrospermum Parkii Butter),
  • Sorbitan Olivate,
  • Sunflower Seed Oil (Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil),
  • Glyceryl Stearate SE,
  • Isopropyl Jojobate,
  • Jojoba Alcohol,
  • Jojoba Esters,
  • Organic Camellia Oil (Camellia Oleifera Seed Oil),
  • Coconut Oil (Cocos Nucifera Oil),
  • Sodium Phytate,
  • Xanthan Gum,
  • Tocopherol,
  • Water,
  • Phenethyl Alcohol,
  • Ethylhexylglycerin*,
  • West Indian Rosewood Bark Oil (Amyris Balsamifera Bark Oil),
  • Orange Peel Oil (Citrus Aurantium Dulcis Peel Oil)*,
  • Cedarwood (Juniperus Mexicana Scheide),
  • Patchouli Oil (Pogostemon Cablin Oil),
  • Sandalwood Oil (Santalum Spicatum Wood Oil),
  • Bulnesia Sarmientoi Wood Oil,
  • Cinnamon Leaf (Cinnamomum Zeylanicum Blume)*

Potential irritants: 1*

Burt's Bees Baby

Burt's Bees Intense Hydration Day Lotion
Rating: Good
Price: $17.99 ($9.99 per oz)

This product has a number of potential irritants indicated with an asterisk below. If you’re someone with sensitive skin, consider a moisturizer with less irritants.

We consider “natural fragrance” to be an “Iffy” ingredient simply because it is a blanket term for unknown fragrance ingredients. Because these are natural fragrances, the main concern is skin irritation or allergic reaction, but this shouldn’t be a concern if you aren’t prone to these issues.

Sodium benzoate is a chemical preservative. Reports show that people with sensitive skin should not use products which contain sodium benzoate as it may induce contact allergy. (source)

Phenoxyethanol is a common preservative. Typically, this ingredient is considered safe in products not meant for babies. An EU study found skin irritation in animal studies even when exposed to very low amounts. (source)

Ingredients:

  • Water,
  • Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride,
  • Glycerin,
  • Cetyl Alcohol,
  • Stearyl Alcohol,
  • Glyceryl Stearate,
  • Natural Fragrance*,
  • Propanediol,
  • Clary Sage Extract (Salvia Sclarea Extract),
  • Lactobacillus,
  • Astrocaryum Tucuma Seed Butter,
  • Trichilia Emetica Seed Butter,
  • Beeswax (Cera Alba),
  • Jojoba Seed Oil (Simmondsia Chinensis Seed Oil),
  • Aloe Powder (Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice Powder),
  • Avocado Oil (Persea Gratissima Oil),
  • Bitter Orange (Citrus Amara),
  • Yacon Root Juice (Polymnia Sonchifolia Root Juice),
  • Lecithin,
  • Alpha-Glucan Oligosaccharide,
  • Maltodextrin,
  • Tocopherol,
  • Xanthan Gum,
  • Soybean Oil (Glycine Soja Oil),
  • Stearic Acid,
  • Sodium PCA,
  • Potassium Stearate,
  • Potassium Sorbate,
  • Sodium Benzoate*,
  • Phenoxyethanol*,
  • Amyl Cinnamal*,
  • Eugenol*,
  • Hydroxycitronellal*,
  • Linalool*

Potential irritants: 7*

All Body Lotions Rated: Iffy

Cetaphil

Cetaphil Restoring Lotion
Rating: Iffy
Price: $19.36 ($1.21 per oz)

Ceteth-10 is an ethoxylated ingredient, meaning it can be contaminated with 1,4-dioxane, a known human carcinogen. (source)

Steareth-20 is an ethoxylated ingredient, meaning it can be contaminated with 1,4-dioxane, a known human carcinogen. (source)

This product has dimethicone, a petroleum-derived ingredient in the silicones family. Silicone makes the skin feel like it’s being hydrated, but it’s simply a short-term effect. Silicones can trap debris in the pores, cause acne and congestion, and can accumulate on the skin.

Ingredients:

  • Water,
  • Behenyl Alcohol,
  • Meadowfoam Seed Oil (Limnanthes Alba Seed Oil),
  • Mineral Oil (Paraffinum Liquidum),
  • Glycerin,
  • Ethylhexyl Palmitate,
  • Cetearyl Alcohol,
  • Niacinamide,
  • Panthenol,
  • Squalane,
  • Ceteth-10,
  • Steareth-20,
  • Tocopherol,
  • Dimethicone,
  • Disodium EDTA,
  • Sodium Hydroxide*,
  • Polyaminopropyl Biguanide

Potential irritants: 1*

Adamia

Adamia Therapeutic Repair Lotion
Rating: Iffy
Price: $18 ($1.13 per oz)

This product has dimethicone, a petroleum-derived ingredient in the silicones family. Silicone makes the skin feel like it’s being hydrated, but it’s simply a short-term effect. Silicones can trap debris in the pores, cause acne and congestion, and can accumulate on the skin.

There is some concern that tocopheryl acetate is at risk of being contaminated with hydroquinone, a known human carcinogen. While we believe this risk to be small, we consider tocopheryl acetate an iffy ingredient. (source)

Stearate (PEG-20) is an ethoxylated ingredient, meaning it can be contaminated with 1,4-dioxane, a known human carcinogen. (source)

Ethylhexylglycerin can be a mild skin and eye irritant. Extra care should be taken when using products with this ingredient around the face. (source)

Phenoxyethanol is a common preservative. Typically, this ingredient is considered safe in products not meant for babies. An EU study found skin irritation in animal studies even when exposed to very low amounts. (source)

Ingredients:

  • Water,
  • Macadamia Nut Oil (Macadamia Integrifolia Seed Oil),
  • Glyceryl Stearate,
  • Cetearyl Alcohol,
  • Hydrogenated Macadamia Seed Oil,
  • Dimethicone,
  • Tocopheryl Acetate*,
  • Allantoin,
  • Aloe (Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice),
  • Stearate (PEG-20),
  • Potassium Cetyl Phosphate,
  • Xanthan Gum,
  • Sodium Polyacrylate,
  • Citric Acid,
  • Maltodextrin,
  • Ethylhexylglycerin*,
  • Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate,
  • Potassium Sorbate,
  • Phenoxyethanol*

Potential irritants: 1*

Eucerin

Eucerin Daily Hydration Lotion
Rating: Iffy
Price: $8.83 ($0.52 per oz)

Pentylene glycol has shown evidence of being an irritant. Studies show that it can cause contact dermatitis, which indicates that Pentylene Glycol is a sensitizing ingredient and can be considered as an allergen. (source)

Phenoxyethanol is a common preservative. Typically, this ingredient is considered safe in products not meant for babies. An EU study found skin irritation in animal studies even when exposed to very low amounts. (source)

This product has dimethicone, a petroleum-derived ingredient in the silicones family. Silicone makes the skin feel like it’s being hydrated, but it’s simply a short-term effect. Silicones can trap debris in the pores, cause acne and congestion, and can accumulate on the skin.

There is some concern that tocopheryl acetate is at risk of being contaminated with hydroquinone, a known human carcinogen. While we believe this risk to be small, we consider tocopheryl acetate an iffy ingredient. (source)

Ingredients:

  • Water,
  • Sunflower Seed Oil (Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil),
  • Petroleum Jelly (Petrolatum),
  • Glycerin,
  • Glyceryl Stearate SE,
  • Octyldodecanol,
  • Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride,
  • Pentylene Glycol*,
  • Palmitic Acid,
  • Stearic Acid,
  • Phenoxyethanol*,
  • Dimethicone,
  • Cetearyl Alcohol,
  • Caprylyl Glycol*,
  • Panthenol,
  • Tocopheryl Acetate*,
  • Cholesterol,
  • Carbomer,
  • Sodium Hydroxide*,
  • Trisodium EDTA,
  • BHT

Potential irritants: 4*

La Roche-Posay

La Roche-Posay Lipikar Body Lotion Daily Repair Moisturizing Lotion
Rating: Iffy
Price: $17.99 ($1.33 per oz)

This product has dimethicone, a petroleum-derived ingredient in the silicones family. Silicone makes the skin feel like it’s being hydrated, but it’s simply a short-term effect. Silicones can trap debris in the pores, cause acne and congestion, and can accumulate on the skin.

Ingredients:

  • Water,
  • Shea Butter (Butyrospermum Parkii Butter),
  • Glycerin,
  • Sorbitan Stearate,
  • Mineral Oil (Paraffinum Liquidum),
  • Niacinamide,
  • Rapeseed Oil (Brassica Campestris Seed Oil),
  • Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate,
  • Dimethicone,
  • Beeswax (Cera Alba),
  • Sorbitan Tristearate,
  • Carbomer,
  • Sodium Hydroxide*,
  • Poloxamer 338,
  • Ammonium Polyacryloyldimethyl Taurate,
  • Disodium EDTA,
  • Sucrose Cocoate,
  • Caprylyl Glycol*,
  • Citric Acid,
  • T-butyl Alcohol,
  • Cetyl Palmitate,
  • BHT,
  • Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-T-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate,
  • Chlorhexidine Digluconate*

Potential irritants: 3*

Augustinus Bader

Augustinus Bader Body Cream
Rating: Iffy
Price: $165 ($24.63 per oz)

Sodium benzoate is a chemical preservative. Reports show that people with sensitive skin should not use products which contain sodium benzoate as it may induce contact allergy. (source)

Phenoxyethanol is a common preservative. Typically, this ingredient is considered safe in products not meant for babies. An EU study found skin irritation in animal studies even when exposed to very low amounts. (source)

Ingredients:

  • Water,
  • Shea Butter (Butyrospermum Parkii Butter),
  • Behenyl Alcohol,
  • Dicaprylyl Ether,
  • Glycerin,
  • Lauryl Laurate,
  • Myristyl Myristate,
  • Glyceryl Stearate,
  • Polyglyceryl-3 Methylglucose Distearate,
  • Sodium Stearoyl Glutamate,
  • Xylitylglucoside,
  • TFC-8,
  • Anhydroxylitol,
  • Xylitol,
  • Chlorphenesin,
  • Sodium Benzoate*,
  • Citric Acid,
  • Bisabolol,
  • Xanthan Gum,
  • Tocopherol,
  • Sunflower Seed Oil (Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil),
  • Glucose,
  • Sodium Hydroxide*,
  • Verbena Extract (Verbena Officinalis Flower Extract),
  • Phenoxyethanol*

Potential irritants: 3*

Era Organics

Era Organics Oasis Extra Hydrating Moisturizer for Dry Skin
Rating: Iffy
Price: $14.45 ($7.23 per oz)

While this product does have many organic ingredients, there are too many we consider “iffy” to give it a good rating.

Emulsifying wax gets an iffy rating because it can be made of either vegetable wax or a petroleum-based wax, and the exact makeup does not need to be disclosed. (source)

There is some concern that tocopheryl acetate is at risk of being contaminated with hydroquinone, a known human carcinogen. While we believe this risk to be small, we consider tocopheryl acetate an iffy ingredient. (source)

Sodium benzoate is a chemical preservative. Reports show that people with sensitive skin should not use products which contain sodium benzoate as it may induce contact allergy. (source)

Phenoxyethanol is a common preservative. Typically, this ingredient is considered safe in products not meant for babies. An EU study found skin irritation in animal studies even when exposed to very low amounts. (source)

Ethylhexylglycerin can be a mild skin and eye irritant. Extra care should be taken when using products with this ingredient around the face. (source)

Ingredients:

  • Organic Aloe (Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice),
  • Emulsifying Wax NF,
  • Organic Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride,
  • Glycerol,
  • Organic Coconut Oil (Cocos Nucifera),
  • Manuka Mel (Leptospermum Scoparium Mel),
  • Organic Cocoa Butter (Theobroma Cacao Butter),
  • Organic Cocoa Butter Deoderized,
  • Sodium PCA,
  • Oat Kernel Flour (Avena Sativa Kernel Flour),
  • Avocado Oil (Persea Gratissima Oil),
  • Organic Jojoba Seed Oil (Simmondsia Chinensis Seed Oil),
  • Jasmine Oil (Jasminum Officinale Oil)*,
  • Organic Olive Oil (Olea Europaea Fruit Oil),
  • Carrot Seed Oil (Daucus Carota Sativa Seed Oil),
  • Tocopheryl Acetate*,
  • Sodium Hyaluronate,
  • DL-Panthenol,
  • Organic Hemp Oil (Cannabis Sativa Seed Oil),
  • Cellulose Gum,
  • Organic Shea Butter (Butyrospermum Parkii Butter),
  • L-Ascorbic Acid,
  • Frangipani Extract (Plumeria Alba Extract),
  • Oat Amino Acids,
  • Carbomer,
  • Cehami (Centipeda Cunninghamii),
  • Tapioca Natural,
  • Titanium Dioxide,
  • Methylsulfonylmethane,
  • Sodium Hydroxide*,
  • Riboflavin (Vitmin B2),
  • Gluconolactone,
  • Sodium Benzoate*,
  • Phenoxyethanol*,
  • Ethylhexylglycerin*

Potential irritants: 4*

All Body Lotions Rated: Bad

Replenix

Replenix Smoothing Body Lotion
Rating: Bad
Price: $89 ($12.71 per oz)

This product has a number of ingredients of concern and for this reason, we can’t recommend it.

Polysorbate 60 can be contaminated with ethylene oxide and 1,4-dioxane, possible human carcinogens.

The main concern with cyclopentasiloxane is that it’s an environmental toxin. For this reason, in 2020 the EU restricted this ingredient in wash-off products at a maximum concentration of up to 0.1%. (source)

This product has dimethicone, a petroleum-derived ingredient in the silicones family. Silicone makes the skin feel like it’s being hydrated, but it’s simply a short-term effect. Silicones can trap debris in the pores, cause acne and congestion, and can accumulate on the skin.

Retinol is a controversial ingredient and there are a number of conflicting studies on the ingredient. Read our full description on retinol above to see why we give it a bad rating.

Polysorbate 20 can be contaminated with ethylene oxide and 1,4-dioxane, possible human carcinogens.

Stearate (PEG-100) can be contaminated with 1,4-dioxane and ethylene oxide, a possible human carcinogen and known human carcinogen respectively.

Phenoxyethanol is a common preservative. Typically, this ingredient is considered safe in products not meant for babies. An EU study found skin irritation in animal studies even when exposed to very low amounts. (source)

Ingredients:

  • Water,
  • Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride,
  • Glycerin,
  • Sodium PCA,
  • Polysorbate 60,
  • Cetearyl Alcohol,
  • Cyclopentasiloxane,
  • Soapweed Yucca Extract (Yucca Glauca Root Extract),
  • Dimethicone,
  • Retinol,
  • Sodium Hyaluronate,
  • Hydrolyzed Sodium Hyaluronate,
  • Edelweiss Callus Culture Extract (Leontopodium Alpinum Callus Culture Extract),
  • Ceramide NG,
  • Ceramide NP,
  • Ceramide AP,
  • Ceramide EOP,
  • Squalane,
  • Caffeine,
  • Resveratrol,
  • Green or White Tea Polyphenols (Camellia Sinensis Polyphenols),
  • Bisabolol,
  • Phytosphingosine,
  • Cholesterol,
  • Dimethicone Crosspolymer,
  • Glyceryl Stearate,
  • Inulin Lauryl Carbamate,
  • Sodium Lauroyl Lactylate,
  • Polysorbate 20,
  • Carbomer,
  • Behentrimonium Chloride,
  • Sucrose Laurate,
  • Stearate (PEG-100),
  • Xanthan Gum,
  • Potassium Hydroxide,
  • Caprylyl Glycol*,
  • Sorbic Acid,
  • Phenoxyethanol*,
  • Disodium EDTA

Potential irritants: 2*

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