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10 Great Cruelty-Free Bar Soaps

I tend to be a shower-gel type of person, but in an effort to keep packaging to a minimum, I’ve been trying to make the switch to bar soaps. No matter what your skin type or budget, there is a great cruelty-free bar soap for you. Here are 10 soaps worth checking out:

1. LUSH
LUSH soaps are all handmade with fresh, organic fruits and veggies and have invigorating scents such as ginger, sea vegetable, and even porridge. Vegan products are clearly labeled on the company’s website, too, so shopping is a breeze. The soaps are available in LUSH shops and online. Find a store.

2. Kiss My Face
Classic and long-lasting, Kiss My Face soap is the first natural soap I used when I started buying only cruelty-free products. There are several nourishing olive formulas, including chamomile, lavender, green tea, and more. Find a store.

3. Clearly Natural
Clearly Natural makes vegetable glycerin soaps that come in a multitude of colors and scents—as well as unscented. They are really gentle on sensitive skin, and there are also special formulas for acne-prone skin. They’re available online and at many health-food stores for typically less than $2 a bar.

4. Dr. Bronner’s Magic All-One
Available at most health-food stores and online, Dr. Bronner’s Magic All-One comes in therapeutic scents such as eucalyptus, peppermint, almond, rose, tea tree, citrus, and lavender. There’s even a special mild formula for babies.

5. The Body Shop
Possibly as close as your nearest mall, The Body Shop has tons of fruity and creamy soaps—coconut is my favorite. Find a store.

6. Crabtree & Evelyn
Walking into a Crabtree & Evelyn store is just about as relaxing as using one of the company’s natural moisturizing soaps. And the cocoa butter body bar smells like a cookie—but don’t eat it! Find a store.

7. Sailor Mouth Soaps
With some of the cutest, most unique soap bars I have ever seen, Sailor Mouth Soaps is definitely worth checking out! From doughnuts to robots, it has a variety of fun scents and shapes.

8. A Wild Soap Bar
Take a wash on the wild side with A Wild Soap Bar! The passionflower soap relieves anxiety, while the black willow bark soap helps with acne and doubles as a deodorizer! With a variety of scents and ingredients, you’re sure to find a bar that fits your needs.

9. Palmer’s
For problematic and acne-prone skin, try Palmer’s Skin Success complexion bar. It will help you have—as its namesake suggests—skin success! Great for shopping on a budget, one bar is typically around $2. Find a store.

10. Tom’s of Maine
Available in moisturizing, clear, and deodorant varieties, Tom’s soaps are popping up in major department and drugstores everywhere these days. They’re great because they’re long-lasting. Find a store.

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  • Yogeshvara says:

    I see where no animal byproducts are in Bee and flower soaps. So I guess they are vegan. Does anyone know more about them?

  • barry says:

    i love the soap it gives me a real smooth boad would give it 10 out 10

  • Pioneer Soaps says:

    I am vegan and have been using my own vegan soap for well over 10 years to ensure I indeed use a 100% vegan product. I recently started my soap company called Pioneer Soaps. For those who want a vegan product, made by a vegan, never tested on animals and not owned by a larger non-vegan company, please stop by my website :)! pioneersoaps.com

  • emma says:

    I think it doesnt matter if the parent company s fund the smaller ones as long ad those smaller ones produce products which dont test on animals. In the case of L’Oréal and the body shop. At least they are investing in a vegan product!!! Without that there would be one less vegan product on the market.

  • Leila says:

    My question would be, which soaps are vegan and without palm oil? I recently replaced my old soaps with non animal oil soaps but then read palm oil was the main ingredient and felt guilty. Are lush also good for this?

  • Lonecolt says:

    Burt’s Bees, Tom’s of Maine, and The Body Shop (among many others) do not test on animals, even though their parent companies do. This list is for people who don’t want to use specific products that have been tested on animals. If you are looking for companies completely unassociated with animal testing, you’ll have to dig deeper.

  • jack says:

    We are an exporter of Soap Nut (SAPINDUS MUKOROSSI) from Nepal. We harvest our own soap nuts from the Himalayan region. Our product is certified as organic by USDA
    The shell contains a high level of saponins which is an excellent hair tonic and is also known for its ability to cleanse and wash and used in cleansing lotion, protein shampoo, and protein shampoo with conditioner.
    Soap nut, highly effective mild and natural, preserves the colors and the structure of your valuable clothing longer than chemical detergents
    We also offer packaging per your requirements. We also offer custom packaging with your own artwork, logo, text, a product completely ready for your customer. We offer muslin drawstring bags for the soap nuts to be thrown into the washer.It can be reused many times.
    If you need soap Nuts from Nepal, we are there for a steady and long term supply .
    Some portions of the sales help support an orphanage and a single mom income generation program in the region.
    Regards
    Jack

  • Stephanie says:

    I love the Hugo Naturals artisan soap. It’s vegan, cruelty free, and no packaging. It lasts a long time, doesnt dry the skin, and the scents are nice. They sell it at Whole Foods.

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  • Demetric says:

    Does Yardley soaps contain animal ingredients

  • T says:

    hippiechick said she uses Yardley’s because they don’t test on animals which is what I have been using for years for that same reason. But recently I found out that the first ingredient, which is (Sodium Tallowate), is derived from animal fat. Doesn’t work for me as a vegetarian. I’m bummed because up until I knew that I loved their soap. Now I’m searching for a new soap too. Some of the animal ingredients are words most of us might not realize were from an animal, such as tallow. Always learning and trying to make better choices.

  • tiff says:

    i’m sorry, but if l’oreal owns the body shop and colgate owns tom’s of main, how can they be on this list of approved products?

    i do agree about lush’s soaps, they are super!

  • Katie says:

    Trader Joe’s sells 2 bar soaps (maybe more!) that are both cruelty free. They have the Compassionate Consumer bunny on them & I believe they are an oatmeal exfoliating soap & a shea butter soap. If I won’t be at one of my favorite specialty stores for a while, these are convenient to pick up while I do my other shopping.

  • Roanna says:

    How about Whole Foods 365 brand? I hope it is ok because I use it!

  • jackie says:

    i love “Olivella” bar soap. i use iton my face & it keeps my skin glowing & healthy -even with mild acne. it is cruelty-free and pure, simple virgin olive oil.

  • LINDA DRISCOLL says:

    Pangea Organics!!!! Pangea makes the most wonderful organic cold-pressed oil soaps ever! The company is crulty-free, chemical-free, synthetic-free, and also has a sustainability education non-profit attached to the body and skin care business. The soaps are all super yummy and the recycled packaging even grows amaranth flower! I am in LOVE!!!

  • Lindsay says:

    I have recently started using the Naked range available in Boots stores across th UK, all their products are vegetarian and many are vegan too! even better they also contain no sls, sles, phatlates or parabens.

  • Jacqueline says:

    Many products claim that they do not test on animals
    and I do not see the brand mentioned as tested on animals on the link provided that lists such things. Do brands such as Tressemme shampoo and St. Ives body wash really test on animals?

  • Ali says:

    I’m having a hard time finding info on Ivory bar soap- is it cruelty free, and is it vegan? Thanks!

  • Christie says:

    I love the soaps at Delizioso Skincare cause they are so good smelling and all natural, and of coarse crulty free! http://www.deliziososkincare.com/

  • vanessa says:

    I use a soap called Veganu. Tropical smelling. Very nice.

  • hippiechick says:

    I use Yardley soap. I get it in the Oatmeal and Almond, and I love it! They don’t test on animals and you can find a bar for under two dollars…you can even get Yardley soap at the Dollar Tree! Or if you have a Walgreens, they sell it there too for about a dollar and a half. They have a few different kinds. :)

  • e says:

    california classics creation makes great soaps, moisturizers, and even soap shampoo. that’s a great way to cut down on packaging, plus the shampoos don’t have nasty chemicals like sodium laureth sulfate. also, the company signed the safe cosmetics compact and doesn’t test on animals. try googling “california classics creation” or, even better, go to blackle.com to save energy while searching.

  • rachel says:

    I always go with what’s not tested on animals first but then you really need to learn and be concerned about how “clean” your soap is concerning the ingredients. I would say Dr. Bronners is the cleanest of them all. The body shop on the other hand smells artificial and it’s not the most pure. Research using this site http://www.cosmeticsdatabase.com/

  • Marcela says:

    I was wondering if aveeno products are free of animal testing? And if not what else can I try? Does anyone have the list of the products I can use

  • charlotte says:

    dove, owned by unilever, cause unimaginable damage to the enviroment and consqeuntly animals habitats:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=odI7pQFyjso&feature=related

  • Sheri says:

    U say the bodyshop doesnt test their soap on animals, but the body shop is owned by l’oreal and they both test their make-up on animals, im just curious do they just test their make-up? :]

  • Jane says:

    My skin care products are listed in the PETA directory AND are truly all natural. Take a peek-many vegan products and NO fragrances or artificial colorants! http://www.plainjaneskincare.com

  • Cate says:

    Hi,
    Is Youngblood cosmetics claim they are cruelty free but I don’t see them on the list. Are they?

  • Jamie says:

    I kinda like the soap from Whole Foods (their store brand). It says it is cruelty free, and its cheap (1.99 up here in Canada). I should have doubel checked that it is vegan (since I am) I guess I just assumed…

  • DEBBIE says:

    I have a question about Palmer’s products. One time I was looking up the different items that they make and one or more had shark cartilage as an ingredient. I’m assuming that this means actually “Shark” and not a fancy name for some secret ingredient found only in the leaves of a plant hidden in the Congo. Now they may not test their products on animals but I think having an ingredient in it like shark cartilage is just as bad.

    I personally would like for the list that PETA has to start excluding the companies that include animal “parts”. However, I think honey is a reasonable ingredient as I don’t think it hurts the bees.

    Thanks, Debbie

  • Joy Cumberland says:

    I love Dancing Dingo soap & they are listed in PETA. Very hard and well lathering bars, good selection of scents. All of their soaps have shea butter in them and feel great!

  • Katie says:

    I recently bought Pureology Shampoo and Conditioner, it’s 100% Vegan and Cruelty Free, also it’s the best shampoo and conditioner I’ve ever used, my hair is at the top of its game! :)

  • Aaron says:

    guys also check out Keys soap found in health food stores they are therapeutic, green, vegan, chemical free and great for sensitive skin they smell great too

  • Holly says:

    I have to agree with Antonia on this. It seems like a sell-out to me, and it’s very upsetting.

    As the proud “parent” of two pet rats, I would never want to support testing on their less-fortunate brethren directly or indirectly.

    Until the parent companies of these more compassionate companies complies with strict no-testing measures, I’m not going to buy from any of them. Sorry, Body Shop.

  • Mylie says:

    Hi Antonia, for more info on this please check out: http://www.caringconsumer.com/cosmetics_bodyshop.asp

  • Antonia Mannette says:

    How are Body Shop products listed on here? For 3 years they’ve been owned by cosmetics giant L’Oreal, who tests ingredients on animals. (Remember, just because a finished product isn’t tested on animals doesn’t mean the ingredients aren’t!) The money the Body Shop produces goes to L’Oreal, and thus, ultimately to animal testing, even if it’s not a direct link. The Body Shop used to have awesome ethics, but since Anita Roddick sold the company to the epitome of everything the Body Shop stood AGAINST, I’ve had no patience for them. If I want ethics in a product, I want blood-free right from the production phase…and Body Shop can’t offer it anymore.

  • terry says:

    What can we do to influence Sam’s Club to start carrying these products? They just started stocking their shelfs with eco friendly detergent.

  • T A Stewart says:

    What about KIRK’S Original Coco CASTILE soap? It’s all natural, hypoallergenic, biodegradable, and never tested on animals. Made since 1839. I love it! ( http://www.kirksnatural.com )

  • Nastay Eremenko says:

    It is very good.I love the products
    they are all handmade, vegan and natural.
    I love the olive oil soap!

  • Mylie says:

    Hi Brittany! Dove is made by the company, Unilever, and they have not yet signed PETA’s statement of assurance stating that they do not test on animals. Please contact them and politely ask them to sign our list so that you and many other caring consumers can start buying their products.

    If you have very sensitive skin I would recommend trying a soap like Tom’s of Maine Unscented Moisturizing: http://www.tomsofmaine.com/products/product-detail.aspx?id=45&name=Natural%20Moisturizing%20Body%20Bar&s3=MjN8NDR8NDV8MjU=

    For your face, you could try Baby Face gentle cleanser by LUSH: http://www.lushusa.com/shop/products/face/cleansers/baby-face

  • Brittany says:

    I was just curious about Dove and the products they offer. Are they animal friendly, and if not… what are alternatives for very sensitive skin types?! thank you for your time- Brittany

  • shelly says:

    I love the products from http://www.serenitysoapnshower.com
    they are all handmade, vegan and natural.
    I love the olive oil soap!

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