Picture this: you’re strolling the aisles at Target, picking up more than you probably should and putting it into your basket, when you hit the personal care section. You know you need a new body wash, but the shelves are full – there’s just so many choices, and you’re feeling a little overwhelmed by all the options.

While there’s certainly no ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach to skincare, there are some crucial factors to take into consideration when choosing what products to put on your skin – especially when some are much healthier for you than others.

We believe the health and vitality of your skin is important – and everyone should make feel-good choices that encourage you to love the skin you’re in. Here’s the low-down on safe and wholesome skincare with these 5 things you need to know before choosing – and using – a body wash on your precious pores.


Say no to Parabens

When you take a closer look, you’ll find that many products include parabens. The reason companies put parabens into their cleansers and creams is because they act as preservatives – giving the product a longer shelf-life. But parabens have been found to have some negative side effects. It’s best to avoid them if you can.


Kick Sulfates to the Curb

The younger sister of parabens, sulfates, is also used as a preservative in skin and hair products. Sulfates are an intense chemical, and can be quite harsh on your skin – especially on sensitive complexions. The chemical can strip the skin of its natural oils and even potentially cause unwanted reactions. Best to steer clear, we say.

Phthalates? No Thanks!

Another chemical that can be harmful to your skin is phthalates, but you won’t see it listed on the ingredients list. This hard-to-pronounce ingredient can be quite toxic, and has even been banned by certain governments.

Consider Your Skin Type

Everyone’s skin is unique, so when you’re choosing a body wash for yours – you should be considering your skin type. If you have sensitive skin, for example, it’s best to opt for gentle products that have been specifically crafted for more delicate complexions.

Skincare has Impact

What you choose to put on your skin can have broader impacts on our planet – from what’s inside the bottle to what it’s packaged with. Products that are classified vegan are generally kinder, and will have a smaller carbon footprint. The bottle can also be a factor – it’s best to do some research to find out what it’s made from.

At Raw Sugar, we’re proud of the plant-based and wholesome approach we take to skincare. When you choose one of our ColdPressed body washes,  you’re choosing a skin-loving product that’s free of parabens, sulfates and phthalates. You’re also choosing a product that’s kind to the earth by being proudly vegan and cruelty-free, and made with eco-friendly packaging – in fact, our packaging is made from 25% post consumer recycled plastic and our bamboo caps are also sustainable!

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Oh, it doesn’t stop there. Raw Sugar has even more for you to feel good about, because for every product you purchase, we donate a bar of soap to a family in need.


You can find our range of kind and nourishing body washes on RawSugarLiving.com – happy browsing, sugar!