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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You may want to clear out some storage space, though, because when it comes to non-toxic, soy 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 essential oil 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 eco-friendly 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 natural body wash are just as easy to come by.
Check out our whole collection of natural body washes here. We've got all kinds of products that keep you clean and do good for people and planet—including completely zero-waste options from Plaine Products, plus plenty more natural and sustainably made choices!
If you're a fan of Bath & Body Work's foaming hand soap, you'll love Meliora's foaming hand soap tablets. They're non-toxic, vegan, plastic and palm oil-free. They come as tiny tablets that are super low waste, and they're more affordable than BBW!
Hand in Hand Soap also has a ton of great options for liquid soap, including their Cactus Blossom scent, 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 soap 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 products are 100% palm oil-free!
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.
You'll also want to check out Tierra & Lava and their collection of natural and sustainably sourced balms and lotions.
We've also got several zero-waste hand sanitizers from Plaine Products and a fragrant Moisturizing Hand Sanitizer from Mountain Mel’s. 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!
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.