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From a bluff high above the Mississippi River in Winona, Minnesota to the homes and hands of our grateful, hard–working, globally–minded customers comes the purity of Watkins. It´s wholesome, it´s refreshing and it´s never "doctored up" like some big city factory products. Watkins has been good and natural through and through since 1868.


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JR Watkins - Moisturizing Hand Soap Sweetgrass & Citron - 11 oz.Non-Toxic, Biodegradable, Naturally Pure

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JR Watkins - Moisturizing Hand Soap Sweetgrass & Citron - 11 oz. (325mL)

J.R. Watkins Moisturizing Hand Soap Sweetgrass & Citron is a naturally pure, moisturizing and mild plant-derived formula which includes Vitamin E, aloe vera, and glycerin to clean and nourish. Your hands will be cared for - fresh, soft, and smooth. Natural aloe vera leaf extract (aloe barbadensis) is widely known to have healing, rejuvenating properties, especially for skin that's exposed to water, wind, and sun. It's also commonly used to treat minor skin burns and irritation. The first recorded use of aloe vera dates back to the 16th Century BC. That's a long history of soothing and moisturizing dry, chapped skin. Because aloe vera is absorbed by the skin up to four times faster than water, it's an effective moisturizing addition to J.R. Watkins' creams, salves, balms, lotions, and this excellent moisturizing hand soap.

Sweetgrass and Citron is lush grass and zesty citrus all packed into one, crisp scent. Energize your routine with the exhilarating and fresh fragrance of Sweetgrass and Citron.

Free Yourself

  • Paraben Free
  • Phthalate Free
  • Propylene Glycol Free
  • Dye Free
  • Non-Toxic
  • Biodegradable

Freedom Code
You won’t need a decoder ring or a biochemist to help you read the ingredients lists for J.R. Watkins products. They declare their products (and their customers) free from unsafe and unnatural ingredients. Free At Last! J.R. Watkins believes avoiding potentially harmful ingredients is as equally important as including safe, all-natural ingredients in their product lines. That’s why they pledge their commitment to the J.R. Watkins Freedom Code. They constantly evaluate their formulas and products to make sure they are at the very highest standard, and are as natural as they can be. Take a look at the ingredients that you’ll never find in J.R. Watkins products. You can find the petrochemicals, bleaches, synthetic dyes, and colors elsewhere if you really want them. With J.R. Watkins' products though, you’re free to enjoy things the natural way.

Bath & Body Ingredients J.R. Watkins Avoids:

  • No Chemical Sunscreen
  • No Dyes
  • No Ethanolamines
  • No Formaldehyde Donors
  • No Glycols
  • No Mineral Oil
  • No Parabens
  • No Petrolatum
  • No Phthalates
  • No Silicones
  • No Synthetic Polymers
  • No Talc

Watkins has long been a pioneer in natural living, utilizing the finest natural ingredients since 1868. As part of their commitment to creating natural, effective products for bath and body, home care, remedies, and organic flavorings, they have pledged to act responsibly and make sustainable choices when it comes to their products, processes and people.

Watkins has been good and natural through and through since 1868.

Watkins products are made according to strict quality standards and contain only natural, environmentally friendly ingredients from renewable resources. They’re big believers in letting go, especially when it comes to eliminating artificial additives and colorings. In addition to a full line of plant-based home care products that are free of pollutants and biodegradable, they also have a full line of USDA certified 100% Organic Herbs and Spices and All-Natural

Pure Extracts
In many cases, the ingredients they leave out of our product lines are just as important as the ones we put in. In the J.R. Watkins Freedom Code, introduced in 2008, they pledge to remain free of products that have been published as unsafe for consumer use or unnatural. This list includes ingredients such as ammonia, bleach, petrochemicals, sulfuric acid, and formaldehyde. J.R. Watkins is guessing you won’t miss them!

Their Processes
Responsible manufacturing processes are as important to J.R. Watkins as the commitment to provide natural, consumable items for everyday life. By utilizing gravity-fed filling, choosing soy-based ink, selecting biodegradable packing materials, implementing recycling programs, and much more, Watkins is devoted to leaving the smallest environmental footprint possible. They look for ways to eliminate waste and streamline operations, while at the same time encouraging their vendors to use renewable energy and cut waste.

Their People
It’s not enough to commit to sustainability as a company – they encourage their employees to embrace sustainability, as well. In addition to celebrating Earth Day, Earth Hour, and Bike-to-Work Day, they’ve started an annual Arbor Day tradition of giving all of their employees a tree to plant. They’ve also formed a sustainability committee, introduced a sustainable newsletter, and created an employee garden at their headquarters in Winona, MN that doubles as a sponsored garden plot for nearby Winona State University to use as a learning laboratory.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are J.R. Watkins products tested on animals?
J.R. Watkins Naturals does not conduct or commission any animal testing in the safety assessments of their ingredients, formulations, finished products, or any new product formulations.

Does J.R. Watkins use BPA-free plastic bottles?
J.R. Watkins is committed to making products that are safe and environmentally friendly. All of their packaging is comprised of BPA-free plastics, and they do not source packaging that may contain BPA.

What does NPA Certified mean?
The Natural Products Association has granted J.R. Watkins Natural Apothecary products the NPA Seal of compliance. To earn this coveted seal, products must be made of at least 95% natural ingredients from renewable and sustainable resources. This highly regarded seal represents the national standard for truly natural products and is carried by only two other brands. This seal makes it easier for customers to identify quality natural products.

What does the Kosher symbol on some of the J.R. Watkins products mean?
Some Watkins products have been certified Kosher by officials of the Jewish faith. The specific symbol appearing on those products represents the organization that has certified the products -the Upper Midwest Kashrut Association.

The J.R. Watkins Story

From humble beginnings in Plainview, MN to a multi-national company, one thing has always stayed the same: J.R. Watkins' commitment to making hard-working products from high-quality natural ingredients.

The Product That Started It All

Wash and iron; cook and clean; repeat. Such was life for many women in 1868. But times were changing. Elizabeth Blackwell opened the first Women’s Medical College. Louisa May Alcott captured the period’s ideals and values in Little Women. And, hard-working wives and mothers with tired, aching muscles found relief in a new, all-natural liniment manufactured and sold by Joseph Ray Watkins.

Working out of his Plainview, MN home, J.R. Watkins made the one-of-a-kind pain reliever with camphor from evergreen trees and capsicum from red peppers. Still sold today, the Pain Relieving Liniment is now 96.5% natural and uses eco-friendly packaging.

“The Watkins Way”
From the beginning, J.R. Watkins has been committed to providing high-quality products and excellent customer service. Watkins first introduced the “Trial-Mark Bottle” and America’s first money-back guarantee in 1869. Relying on door-to-door sales, Watkins gave customers a risk-free way to try his products by adding a molded “trial mark” to each bottle. Customers who used the natural products and stayed above the mark could get a full refund.

J.R. Watkins History Highlights

Launch of Watkins Almanac and Face Cream
In 1900, Watkins put knowledge and know-how behind its products with the debut of the “Watkins Almanac, Home Doctor and Cook Book.” Customers referenced the Almanac for tips on feeling better and eating well. And, with the introduction of the company’s first personal care product, Watkins Face Cream, Watkins helped women look good, too. Today, the first facial care product has been reformulated into Divine Day Cream and Nourishing Night Cream.

A Monumental Building
In 1912, one short year after J.R. Watkins’ death, the company celebrated completion of its Winona, Minnesota administration building. Watkins had commissioned the famous architect George W. Maher to design the monumental building, which is accented with a 70-foot high rotunda dome coated in 24-carat gold leaf, a blue Bedford stone façade, 224 stained-glass skylights and three, custom-made Tiffany stained glass windows. Considered architecturally and historically significant, the building is part of the Minneapolis Institute of Arts’ multi-media prairie school collection and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Famous "Watkins Man" Launches Career
In 1955, the unstoppable Bill Porter began his career as a Watkins Man, walking door-to-door in his Portland, Oregon sales territory despite crippling cerebral palsy. His indomitable spirit and steadfast perseverance propelled him through a 50-plus year career with Watkins, which inspired others along the way. He has been featured in countless news stories and was the subject of a 2002 Emmy award-winning television movie, “Door to Door”.

The End of An Era
After 88 years in operation, The Watkins Print Shop closes in 1988, ceasing all printing operations. Its most famous publication was the 1948 “Watkins Almanac, Home Doctor and Cook Book.” The print shop space becomes the Watkins Museum & Store in 1993, a popular Winona, Minnesota tour stop.

Watkins Earns a Place in History
In 2005, the J.R. Watkins Medical Company complex in Winona, Minnesota was added to the National Register of Historic Places. Visitors continue to tour the Museum & Store, located at 150 Liberty Street in Winona.

Along New Lines
In 2008, J.R. Watkins offered a new way to refresh your home with its Natural Home Care line, introduced in August of 2007. The non-toxic, plant-based formulas are biodegradable and phosphate free. And, the launch of the J.R. Watkins Natural Apothecary line brings back tried-and-true, over-the-counter remedies, many of which are NPA-certified. Customers who already love J.R. Watkins Vanilla, Pepper, and Cinnamon rejoice when the line is expanded to include more than 20 spices and seasoning blends. Meanwhile, they continued to increase their standards of natural.

Community Involvement
J.R. Watkins Naturals has supported the community of Winona, Minnesota continuously for over 140 years. Along with numerous donations for various disaster relief initiatives, Watkins continues to support educational, cultural, and humanitarian efforts nationally and locally.

Suggested Use

Rotate pump to unlock. Pump into hands, create lather, rinse, and dry.


Keep out of reach of children.


JR Watkins - Moisturizing Hand Soap Sweetgrass & Citron - 11 oz. (325mL)

Water/aqua/eau, sodium lauryl sulfate, sodium chloride, decyl glucoside, glycerin, fragrance/parfum, stearyl citrate, lauryl glucoside, aloe barbadensis leaf juice, tocopheryl acetate, Hierochloe odorata (sweetgrass) extract, Citrus medica limonum (lemon) peel oil, guar hydroxypropyltrimonium chloride, gluconolactone, sodium benzoat, citric acid, methylisothiazolinone sodium hyrdroxide.

About JR Watkins

From a bluff high above the Mississippi River in Winona, Minnesota to the homes and hands of our grateful, hard–working, globally–minded customers comes the purity of Watkins. It´s wholesome, it´s refreshing and it´s never "doctored up" like some big city factory products. Watkins has been good and natural through and through since 1868.


Winona, MN, 55987
Phone: 1-800-243-9423
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