You don’t have to give up your favorite scents to be a sustainable shopper
Bath & Body Works is such a tempting mall staple, luring you in with its siren smell. But if you’re trying to replace BBW with products that are more thoughtful, natural, and eco-friendly, there are tons of great ethical brands that can scratch the same itch.
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CandlesIf you’re as much of a candle lover as I am, you know that there’s always room for more, no matter how many you already have hidden away at home!
You may want to clear out some storage space, though, because when it comes to candles, there are tons of great ethical brands to shop.
One of my favorites is Prosperity Candle—they're natural and hand-poured in the USA by fairly-employed refugees. Their candles also have a variety of beautiful scents, and the containers are so pretty you’ll want to repurpose all of them.
You'll also want to check out Nourish & Refine for non-toxic candles that smell great and are made to keep the calm in your home. All their products are made with five ingredients or fewer!
And if you'd rather get your scents from oils, make sure you check out Savhera. Their pure, organic essential oils help provide dignified employment for survivors of sexual exploitation around the world. You're sure to find what you're looking for with their variety of scents and diffusers.
Another one of Bath & Body Works’ most popular products is its body wash. Luckily, sustainable switches for that are just as easy to come by.
Hand in Hand Soap has a ton of great options, including their Cactus Blossom body wash, which is similar to the BBW scent of the same name. Cactus Blossom isn’t actually available in body wash form from Bath & Body Works, so this is a great find for lovers of that scent!
When you buy a body wash of any scent from Hand in Hand, your purchase enables them to donate one bar of soap and one month’s worth of clean water to a child in need. And rest assured, their body wash is 100% palm oil-free!
Also, check out Soapbox and their small line of body washes. They have 4 different scents (all delicious) and made from natural, ethically-sourced ingredients. Soapbox also provides bars of soap and hygiene education to people in need whenever you make a purchase.
Speaking of Soapbox, they also have a great line of hand soaps in all the same scents as their body wash, in liquid or solid form. The liquid soaps are even available in a refill bag to minimize waste.
If you’re open to bar soap, you have even more options! Sitti Soap carries vegan, olive oil soaps that are handmade by refugees. And Meliora also has non-toxic, naturally-scented soaps that you'll love and feel safe using!
Teadora’s Wild Superfood Beauty Butter is a great choice if you want a high-quality, vegan, cruelty-free skincare product. This lotion comes in an unscented version, a coco-vanilla scent, and a citrus scent.
If you’re someone who loves to sample a bunch of different lotion scents, Hand in Hand is coming through for you once again. Their body lotion comes in four different scents- Cactus Blossom, Citrus Grove, Lavender, and Sea Salt. If you ask me, there’s nothing more relaxing than a little lavender lotion before bed!
DoneGood has both spray hand sanitizer by Teadora, and gel hand sanitizer by Everybody by Dutton Farm.
Mountain Mel’s also makes a fragrant Moisturizing Hand Sanitizer. It’s made with natural ingredients and smells like lavender, yum. If you’re a fan of the Bath & Body Works scent French Lavender, you’ll love this.
It also comes in a metal container rather than a plastic one. Not only is it more sustainable, but it can stand up to way more jostling around at the bottom of your bag!
Who doesn’t want to smell good? And if it can be accomplished in an ethical, sustainable way, even better!
With brands like Pour le Monde Parfums, it totally can. Their range of eco-friendly, vegan, cruelty-free, and completely natural perfumes are available in three amazing scents, with more on the way.
They also have a unique way to help you choose the perfect scent. If you buy their Natural Perfume Sample Bouquet, you’ll be sent sample vials of all 3 scents to try out. Once you determine which one you like best, redeem a code to be sent a full-sized bottle, included in the original purchase price, and at a small discount!
This system works well for indecisive buyers as well as a way to gift someone a fragrance they’ll be sure to love.
Even if you’re not a big fan of Bath & Body Works products yourself, it can be a tempting place to buy gifts, especially if you’re desperately scrambling through the mall at the last second before dinner with your significant other’s parents.
But with a little foresight and planning, you can get any recipient a more unique, ethical gift.
Check out Nourish & Refine for a variety of preselected, beautifully-packaged gift sets that anyone would love. You can’t go wrong!
A freelance writer working with bighearted businesses who want to better our world.