My Favorite Biodegradable Exfoliating Cleansers

If you care about your skincare routine, you probably have an opinion about the impending ban on microbeads. I love that these microbeads are being banned because they do not dissolve and may pose a threat to the environment. However, some ladies are a bit frantic because their staple cleansers won’t be around anymore. Well, fret not. I have pulled together a list of my favorite natural exfoliants. I have purchased each of these products within the last year and have LOVED each of them.

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My Favorite Plant/Vegetable-Based Bath Buddies

When it comes to bathing, I am very particular about what I use. First, I need to get clean (that’s the point of using soap). Next, I need to feel clean (i.e. no soapy residue) once I’m out of the shower/bath. It wouldn’t hurt if the soap served a dual purpose. Finally, I like my soap to be free of animal by-products and harsh chemicals. Since I’ve been concerned about these things for a while, I decided to share a few of my favorites.

 

Dr Bronner’s 18-in-1 Hemp Peppermint Pure Castile Soap

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Why I love it: The smell. The way it leaves my skin squeaky clean. The tingle. The many uses. The writing on the bottle (seriously, you have to read it).

How I use it: Body wash, bubble bath, shampoo, face wash, household cleanser

Where I purchase: Whole Foods seems to have the best deal. You can get a family sized bottle for $9.00. Target sells a smaller bottle for the same price. However, Target also sells travel sized bottles for $1.99!

 

Allafia Unscented African Black Soap

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Why I love it: It’s non-drying. It clears my skin so well. It’s inexpensive. It’s made from plantain leaves!

How I use it: Face wash (although it can be used on the hair and body, too).

Where I purchase: I purchased my bar at Wegman’s for $2.99. Actually, Wegman’s has a great selection of vegetable based soaps for $2.99

 

Nubian Hertiage’s Coconut & Papaya Soap

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Why I love it: The coconut oil moisturizes well. It smells delicious. It’s inexpensive. There is a matching lotion!

How I use it: Body soap

Where I purchase: I purchased my bar at Wegman’s for $2.99. As stated above, Wegman’s has a great selection of vegetable based soaps for $2.99.

 

Biggs and Featherbelle’s Handle Bar (lavender, tea tree, and rosemary essential oils)

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Why I love it: The aroma is AMAZING. It helps to clear my ugly bacne. It has antifungal and antiseptic agents. It’s made by sisters!

How I use it: As a body soap for my evening showers. The lavender is so soothing.

Where I purchase: I purchased my bar at a kiosk in Wegman’s for $3.99.

 

Biggs and Featherbelle’s Barmore (spearmint, tea tree, and lemongrass essential oils)

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Sorry, no picture of this awesome bar. Imagine Handlebar in orange!

Why I love it: The aroma takes over the entire bathroom. my husband likes the scent. It makes a luscious lather. It’s made by sisters!

How I use it: As a “wake me up” body soap for my morning showers.

Where I purchase: I purchased my bar at a kiosk in Wegman’s for $3.99.

 

Lush’s FUN

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Why I love it: The name says it all…soap I can mold like Play Doh? I love it. The selection of scents is great. It is a great air freshener when not in use. It’s made fresh!

How I use it: As a body soap. I can crumble some in the tub for suds, scrub a piece with my bath poof, and mold tiny unicorns.

Where I purchase: I purchase directly from the Lush store, where you may find more discounts.

 

Lush’s Honey Bee Bath Bomb

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Why I love it: The aroma always reminds me of my honeymoon. It tints the water and makes it very aromatic. It is made fresh. It can serve as a bathroom air freshener before use.

How I use it: I drop one in the tub for a soothing bath, complete with unscented candles.

Where I purchase: I purchase directly from the Lush store. If you don’t have a store in your area, order online.