If you haven’t tried out (or gotten back into) bar soaps yet, then now is the perfect time! Bar soaps offer a whole load of goodness – fewer ingredients, less packaging, and a lower price point!
Growing up, my parents always used bar soaps in the shower. I honestly don’t remember if I did or not – I must have, right? Somewhere – I’m guessing junior high – I made the switch to body wash and never looked back…
Until I did. What actually started me back on my bar soaps was using them in place of shaving cream. I noticed that when I used bar soaps when traveling to shave my legs, they were always softer. So why not try it at home.
Clean Beauty Bar Soaps
While I had a bar soap in my shower for shaving, however, I was still using body wash (albeit a clean brand for the last few years). Then when we moved to Sacramento, I discovered how many bars of soap we had and never used. So I finished up all the body wash we had on hand and started onto the bar soaps.
A few months later my husband ran out of body wash and I asked him if he’d be interested in bar soap and he said yes (obviously dependent on the scent). His pick was Schmidt’s Bergamot & Lime. After that, he picked the Ylang Ylang & Calendula, which he said made his skin feel good! It was the exfoliating apricot seed mixed into the bar!
We’re slowly but surely making our way through the bars we have, so we’re (mostly me to be honest) looking for more bars. I just opened up the 54 Thrones Adwera Turmeric Glow Bar! And there’s a local urban farm that sells all natural skincare, including handmade soap bars! I want to try their calendula + lemongrass or the rosemary + charcoal!
How to Keep Bar Soaps Dry
One of the big turn offs for people about bar soaps (clean beauty or not) is that they retain the water and can get goopy. (Is there a better word for it than that?!).
I use a soap bag in the shower. It’s basically a mesh bag that holds the soap. Not only is it great for preventing the goop, it also makes the bar easier to hold on to and it’s a great way to use up all those little bits of soap! I bought mine at my refill store, but you can find them on Etsy and even from Target online!
As for bars of soap next to the sink, you need a soap dish with GOOD draining. This self-draining ceramic one is beautiful and seems genius! This zigzag one is neutral, but would also drain the water from the bottom of the soap. And this black one is great for those of us who need some black in our lives!