The Body Shop
It was announced in February 2024 that The Body Shop's private equity owners, Aurelius, had called in the administrators which was likely to result in shop closures and job losses. We have therefore removed The Body Shop from this guide until we can be sure that the brand will continue to exist and in what format and if Aurelius will continue to be the owners of a restructured Body Shop.
Which is the most ethical type and brand of soap to buy?
Should you buy a bar of soap, liquid soap or hand sanitiser?
This guide covers soaps in both bar and liquid form, including handwashes and hand sanitisers. As the score table above shows, there are many companies offering alternatives which are organic, made without the use of animal ingredients, or palm oil free.
There are hundreds of other small companies making soap which we could not cover here. Look out for your local supplier.
The score table also shows the huge difference between low scoring big high street brands, and the much higher scoring small, independent and often vegan and/or organic brands.
Which brands of soap dominate the market?
With so many high scoring small and independent soap brands, and medium scoring more mainstream brands, there's definitely plenty of choice when it comes to finding ethical soap.