Biodegradable Toiletries for Camp

Safeguard Our Environment

Personal care products that are natural, organic and biodegradable are becoming much more commonly used and thus easier to find as people are becoming more knowledgeable about the damage that chemical laden toiletries can have on the environment, and on our bodies. 

Well-formulated natural products can actually be more effective than the alternatives that are full of potentially harmful chemicals. 

Plant extracts have amazing qualities that help us look and smell great!  

Using natural ingredients instead of cheaper synthetic ingredients eliminates the release of hazardous bi-products by laboratories and factories around the globe. By buying environmentally friendly products, you are not only looking after our Lake Temagami, but also the global environment.

Environmentally Safe Products for Summer Camp

I’ve done some of the research for you and listed the environmentally safe products I came across. They are available in most stores that stock fairly large selections of personal care products, or you could try organic/environmentally friendly shops such as “Planet Organic Market”.  Mountain Equipment Cooperative (MEC) has a small selection of biodegradable products (which can be ordered online). You also can order a wide range of products online from www.kissmyface.com .

Shower Gels and Body Washes:

  • Kiss My Face Shower Gel and Sudz Foaming Soap
  • Live Clean Body Wash
  • Down Under Naturals Body Washes
  • Alba Botanica French Lavender Shower Gel
  • Sierra Dawn CampSuds
  • Druide Citronella Soap (will also help keep the bugs away!)

Shampoos and Conditioners

Environmentally friendly Shampoos and Conditioners are available for many different hair types (including 2-in-1 shampoo and conditioner for the efficient washers!!) and can actually leave your hair in better condition than the chemical-ridden alternatives. Making environmentally friendly decisions need not be a beauty sacrifice!! Here are some examples of companies that make 100% biodegradable shampoos and conditioners:

  • Live Clean
  • Kiss My Face
  • Aussie
  • Down Under Naturals

Shaving Foam

Shaving Foam is a bit more difficult to track down, but definitely worth the extra effort – residual shaving foam in the lake is not pleasant for anyone! Here is what I found:

  • Kiss My Face Moisture Shave (for men and women in many different scents).
  • I’ve heard that conditioner (biodegradable of course!) can also be a good alternative to shaving foam.

Natural Bug Repellent

For those of you who want to steer clear of DEET, but still wish to deter bugs, I also came across a natural Bug Repellent:

  • Natrapel – citronella repellent

At Canadian Adventure Camp we ask that campers and staff bring only biodegradable toiletries with them. 

We are lucky enough to be situated on beautiful, clean, unpolluted Lake Temagami and I believe that we have a responsibility to keep it that way. I hope that this article will provide some interesting information about environmentally friendly personal care products, and will make your camp-shopping a breeze!! !

If you have any suggestions of products that I may have missed out, or good places to find them, please send a comment…

Categories: Parents

Tags: Summer Camp Life

Comments: 6 Comments



  • Comment by Pouri jozani on 21 August 2016 11:57 am

    I need to receive your catalog or something that gives me more info about your products please!

  • Comment by Sahana on 26 December 2015 1:25 pm

    I've heard that even biodegradable shampoos and soaps can be harmful for water sources. Is this true and if so, do these products that you recommend cause any harm or no?

    I'm looking to be much more sustainable and have multiple sources telling me that the best solution is infact to not use soap at all, and to just use a wash cloth and warm water to clean instead of shower gels or soaps.

    But i'm not sure i'm ready to go completely without soap, and thus i'm searching for products that are really truly safe for water sources and the environment. I'm not sure which products to choose from though.

    Please let me know!



  • Comment by Kelly on 4 September 2015 5:06 pm

    Thanks for listing these enviro-friendly products!

    Happy Camping :)

  • Comment by Jon French on 15 August 2015 6:21 pm

    Are Nioxin shampoos and conditioners biodegradable and environmentally safe? Please advise

  • Comment by Mitchell on 26 June 2015 8:29 pm

    Looking for biodegradable ,phosphate free shampoo

  • Comment by michelle on 4 July 2014 10:50 am

    Very helpful

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