We've tackled organic skincare and makeup, but what about the entire rest of your body? Emily's beloved bath recipe is pretty eco-friendly, but I usually take showers, and my 10 minutes under the tap needs to be pretty straightforward. Which is to say: I'm not the kind of person who gets fancy in the morning, so I want a few simple products that get me clean, exfoliated, and moisturized before I turn the water off. Here's what I usually do (if you have other product suggestions, leave 'em in the comments! I'd love to hear them):
A lot of people are off shampoo and conditioner completely—they use an apple cider vinegar rinse or one of the other seemingly endless DIY hair cleanser recipes—but I have fine, lank hair, so I've never been completely successful in joining Team No-Poo. Instead, I like to use Acure Organics Shampoo and Conditioner. They have a whole line of Fair-Trade-certified, organic haircare products—many of them are USDA-certified organic, although the shampoos aren't—but I like the one in the blue bottle because it's all minty and refreshing, plus it's for fine, thin hair so it really soaks up the oil. Then, I just use my Alterna Translucent Dry Shampoo for a couple days in between, to avoid over-cleansing.
If I'm traveling or just in the mood for something a little sudsier, though, nothing beats the classic Lush Shampoo Bar. They're literally little round cakes of shampoo that come in tins so you don't have to worry about the three-ounce rule, and they're great. You just work them up in your hands like you would bar soap and then massage the resulting lather through your hair. Because I love all things minty, their Dr. Peppermint shampoo has become my dopp kit buddy, but I also know people who won't use anything but their jasmine-scented Godiva bar because it makes your hair smell so darn good. (Note: For people avoiding all surfactants, these do contain Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, not to be confused with the 'real' SLS, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, which is the chemical that gives people the most cause for concern.)
Normally, when it comes to body wash, I'd just recommend a nice dry brushing before you get into the shower followed by a rinse with your favorite Dr. Bronner's castile (I'm an Almond kinda girl myself), but a while ago I started using John Masters Organics Blood Orange & Vanilla Body Wash and now I'm utterly addicted. It's certified organic and makes you smell like a fancy creamsicle, which is great. The only drawback is that I now want either a Push Pop or an Orange Julius pretty much all the time.
If, like myself, you hate putting on lotion after you shower, or feel like it just takes too much time, Ro's Argan Body Conditioner might be your ticket to happy hydration. It's a cream that you can smooth all over in a few seconds, it smells like rose jam, and it makes your skin incredibly soft. Unless it's incredibly dry out and I'm being exposed to winter radiator heat, I don't need any extra hydrators at all when I'm using this stuff. Since you're using it on wet skin, it really locks in the moisture; I wish they'd do a version for your face, too.
Alternately, the answer is very, very simple: organic coconut oil. It's light, it's inexpensive, it smells great, and it sinks in beautifully. I put a jar next to the shower so it softens up (but doesn't quite melt) while I'm washing up, then, before I even turn off the water, I dig out a scoop out, massage it all over, and then give myself a final rinse to get off any excess so that I don't have oily clothes later. Then I get out, pat myself down with a towel—I never rub my skin, because it's dry enough already and shaving/in-shower exfoliating is all the scrubbing I need—and head off to brush my teeth and get on with the rest of the day!
Image via tumblr; by Lina Scheynius.