Ethical Personal Care: Top 4 Fair-Trade Soaps Under $20

Showering is a daily activity that most people don’t think twice about, but can actually have a direct effect on your skin and health. Most of the soaps on the market contain artificial fragrances, colors, and other harmful ingredients such as sodium lauryl sulfate. Since these ingredients get absorbed into our bodies through the pores in our skin each day, it’s essential to choose our soaps wisely. Think organic.

Fair-trade soaps go a step further by containing ingredients that help improve people’s lives directly through fair wages. Purchasing fair-trade soaps allows your money to go toward socially responsible causes like helping people rise out of poverty or have access to clean drinking water.

Imagine what kind of difference we could make if we each purchase fair-trade soap. We could help the environment, reduce our exposures to harmful ingredients, AND support good causes. If you’re on board with ethical personal care, check out my four favorite fair-trade soaps under $20. They’re also organic and vegan, suitable for all skin types.


Alaffia Everyday Shea Moisturizing Body Wash

Alaffia Everyday Shea Moisturizing Body Wash is my personal favorite fair-trade body wash. It’s made with 100% fair-trade ingredients like shea butter and plant extract that leave skin cleansed and refreshed. It naturally cleanses and softens skins without stripping natural oils or causing dryness. I also noticed it lathers well and has a pleasant scent that isn’t overwhelming to the senses. Alaffia Everyday Shea Moisturizing Body Wash comes in several scents (all natural), but the lavender is the most popular because of its soothing effects.


Raw African Black Soap by Raw Apothecary

Raw African Black Soap is an all-natural, cruelty-free soap that works wonders on all skin types. It comes in a one-pound block, which you can cut and put in all the bathrooms in your house or store for later. This organic, vegan soap contains high-quality ingredients such as coconut oil, cocoa pod, and natural vitamin E to help alleviate many skin problems like acne and dry skin, leaving all skin types feeling super clean.

Dr. Woods Unscented Baby Mild Castile Soap with fair trade Shea Butter

This all-natural, vegan baby soap is gentle and hypoallergenic – perfect for babies or anyone with sensitive skin. Dr. Woods Unscented Baby Soap contains moisturizing ingredients like shea butter, olive oil, hemp oil, and vitamin E to soften skin. The shea butter is fair-trade, making this already eco-friendly soap a great find. Consumers love how this soap doesn’t leave skin feeling dry, but very supple. It’s perfect for shaving, as well.

Dr. Bronner’s Fair Trade and Organic Castile Liquid Soap

Dr. Bonner’s fair-trade liquid soap is a versatile, all-in-one product that men, women, and children appreciate. This soap is organic, vegan, and features fair-trade ingredients that cleanse and moisturize all skin types. The eucalyptus scent is very popular because it smells refreshing and is gender-neutral. This liquid soap is also perfect for camping because it can be used as dish soap and it’s biodegradable.

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