Bathing Culture

4.119 Ratings

Bathing Culture offers naturally radical, environmentally friendly bathing products.

April 2016
San Francisco, US
Spencer Arnold
Tim Hollinger
B Corp
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About Bathing Culture
San Francisco-based personal care brand Bathing Culture is designed for the adventurous, the design-driven, and the sustainably-minded. Bathing Culture was founded by childhood friends Tim Hollinger and Spencer Arnold, who share a lifelong love of all things outdoors -- surfing, climbing, and mountain biking together from the Golden Gate Bridge to the Marin Headlands. The duo’s active lifestyles often ended in a search for outdoor bathing opportunities, from spontaneous dips in hidden thermal springs to showering (and dancing) under waterfalls deep in the forest. Over the years, they found that run-of-the-mill body washes simply didn’t fit into these joyful moments of bathing. Existing products typically stripped skin of moisture, were full of toxic synthetics, didn’t deliver an effective clean, or were housed in ecologically harmful and aesthetically uninspiring packaging. Enter Bathing Culture: an homage to the joyful act of bathing and its centuries-old influence uniting cultures around the globe and across generations. In an appropriately celebratory manner, the brand was launched at a BYOB(ottle) beach party, where friends and family brought their own vessels to fill with the brand’s now-bestselling Mind & Body Wash. This approach lives on today, with Bathing Culture leading the charge to create refill-friendly personal care products. Through Bathing Culture, Tim and Spencer hope to motivate their customers to take part in an age-old tradition: bathing not only in the literal sense, but also bathing in all that the world has to offer, inspiring peace, community, health and happiness.
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This is just simply not a good body wash. My skin feels SQUEAKY squeaky clean after using it... AKA super stripping to the skin. It smells alright... if you like the smell of jumbled & overpowered essential oils, but it basically feels like using dish soap on your body.


Some moisturizing/hydrating ingredients to not make the skin feel so squeaky!

Eco-friendly packaging
5 days ago

I purchased their classic body wash. Overall, a beautiful experience. Not only does the bottle and design look pretty sitting on my shower ledge, but the scent is really transporting - feels like I'm in the redwoods. I also have really dry and sensitive skin, and this gel does the trick without any issues. Lathers really nicely (I hate when soap doesn't lather) and also rinses easily.

Good for gifts 🎁High qualityCool look & feelWorks really wellEco-friendly packaging
11 days ago

I can't wait to try their other products, but from the one product I had an introduction with (their rose face mist), I was absolutely in love with and happy I had purchased - definitely used it regularly throughout the day and it was the perfect item I needed during the dry summer months for a little wake me up.

High qualityWorks really wellSmells amazingEco-friendly packagingLuxury
5 months ago

Over the past year, I've tried to be more conscious of buying earth-friendly products. Bathing Culture's Mind and Body Wash popped out to me for having a squeaky clean ingredients list, and the hiiiip retro packaging made the purchase a no-brainer. The body wash applies well, has a nice texture and a soothing woodsy smell to match. If you're not into earthy scents, this may not be a match for you. But if you're into redwoods and moss and the PNW, look no further.


My skin is on the dryer side, and I felt like this wasn't exactly *as* moisturizing as I wanted it to be. The scent is great for everyday, but if I was heading out on the town, I'd opt for something a little more sweet.

Good for gifts 🎁Cool look & feelEco-friendly packagingSustainable productsLove the brand's mission 💕
7 months ago

The 'Mind and Body Wash' is my absolute favorite option I've tried. Ever. Best smell. Best consistency. Best branding.

High qualityCool look & feelWorth the money 💸Works really wellSmells amazingEco-friendly packaging
14 days ago

Bathing Culture products are silky and smell wonderful.


No complaints.

Good for gifts 🎁High qualityWorks really wellSmells amazingSustainable productsLove the brand's mission 💕
2 months ago

From the branding to the sustainable ingredients to the truly incredible smells, I love Bathing Culture's products and ethos. One of my favorite things in the world is a good bath -- bathing culture’s Big Dipper Mineral Bath is a potently relaxing and aromatic blend of ingredients that make me feel amazing and smell even better. I also love their Cathedral Grove Body Wash (one of the best smelling body washes I've ever used), the Outer Being Face Oil and the long-sleeve "peace through bathing" t-shirt :)

Good for gifts 🎁High qualityWorth the money 💸Smells amazingComfortableEco-friendly packagingSustainable productsLove the brand's mission 💕
2 months ago

I love the smell! It's a unique and refreshing, California scent. It works well as a body wash for men and women. Love the refillable package.


No real improvements! I wish I could find more locations near me to refill.

Cool look & feelWorth the money 💸Works really wellSmells amazingEco-friendly packagingSustainable products
9 months ago