Liquid cleansers are versatile, fragrant, and leave skin feeling clean and refreshed. But what's really in them? “Soap is made by combining an alkali and a fat,” says Alan Dattner, MD, a holistic dermatologist in Manhattan and New Rochelle, New York. “Look for ingredients that are pleasing to your skin and that have a vegetable-oil base, such as almond or olive oil.” And avoid parabens and formaldehyde releasers, such as diazolidinyl urea, which may cause allergic reactions.


Ecover Lavender & Aloe Vera Hand Soap
Aloe adds moisture, and lavender's scent soothes.


Nature's Gate Aloe Vera Velvet Moisture Liquid Soap
Aloe and apricot-kernel oil nourish skin. Shea butter, sweet almond oil, and vitamin E moisturize.

Terressentials Organic Real Soap for Hands Chillin' Mint
Organic coconut, castile, spearmint, and tea tree oils calm and clean.

Avalon Organics Olive & Grape Seed Bath & Shower Gel
Omega-3-rich grapeseed oil restores damaged, irritated tissues, and vitamins A, D, E, and K in olive oil defend against premature aging.

Burt's Bees Naturally Nourishing Milk & Shea Butter Body Wash
Safflower oil molecules lock in moisture, and milk powder helps calm, clean, and soften skin.

Pure & Basic Wild Banana Vanilla Natural Bath & Body Wash
Banana extracts hydrate, green tea's antioxidants refresh cells, and vanilla aromatherapy reduces anxiety.