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June 24, 2019

5 Reasons You Need to Switch to Bar Soap RN

Time to suds up because bar soap is undergoing a revolution — and it’s actually cool to use that humble bar of soap again. Here are 5 reasons why.


*Taps mic* Is this thing on?


Here ye, here ye! I am here to declare the return of *drumroll*


The humble BAR SOAP.


Bar soap isn’t anything new. It’s probably one of the most important inventions like … ever. Like the Dr. Bronner’s label says, “Cleanliness is close to Godliness”… or something like that. I have fond memories from my childhood tied to bar soap. To this day, my mom still uses the OG Dove Beauty Bar for everything. She washes her face with it. She uses it in the bath. I myself am a fan of the OG Caress, the one in the peach packaging. It smells like HEAVENNNN.


Anyway, bar soap is having its moment in the spotlight. The girls are going crazy for it, with some beauty editors giving up their entire shower routines for one bar of soap. You don’t have to take it that far, but if you’re looking to add a bar soap to your routine, then read on!


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1. You can help save the planet


I’ve made the switch from using body wash to bar soap in the shower. There are a few reasons, but the biggest by far is the packaging. I’m trying to significantly decrease my plastic usage because this planet is a hot ass mess, and I’m trying to do my small part to save it, so I made the switch to using bar soaps.


The vast majority of bar soap is packaged in cardboard containers or has no packaging at all, so you don’t have to worry about filling up the landfills with all of your plastic body wash containers. And studies have shown that just manufacturing liquid soap in general leaves a 25% higher carbon footprint than bar soap. BOOOOO. So in 2019, we’re gonna help save the planet. Saving the planet is very in, OK!


2. Feel clean without the film


Have you ever taking a shower or washed your face with one of those creamy “hydrating” cleansers and it feels like you have a weird, gross film on your skin? Yeah … all that hydrating nonsense is fake. Those cleansers and body washes are made with ingredients that just sit on the skin and give the appearance of moisturizing without the, ya know, actual moisturizing. So switch to a bar soap to feel super duper clean.


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Yes, there are bar soaps that strip the skin completely, but that brings on my next point …


3. They aren’t all high pH, OK


A common misconception is that bar soap is just a bar of high pH shenanigans. And yes, that used to be true. Back in the good ol’ soap days, bar soap was quite heavy on the lye, which in turn increased the pH. But now people are making bar soap with all sorts of amazing, skin nourishing ingredients like goat’s milk, oatmeal, honey, aloe, even donkey milk.


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Instagram @aprilskin_global


AprilSkin’s Signature Original soap had a MOMENT in Korea while I still lived there (and even to this day, to be honest). It’s made with oil-zapping charcoal but then is packed with skin nourishing coconut, grapeseed, sunflower, olive, and lavender oils, as well as shea butter.


4. Variety is the spice of life


Compared to body wash and traditional facial cleansers, bar soaps are relatively inexpensive. (OK, well, in general. There are some ultra luxurious ones that can make your wallet weep.) And since it’s not covered in plastic, you can buy more to try without worrying about the Great Plastic Patch the size of Texas in the middle of the Pacific Ocean (it’s a real thing, look it up).


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Soap rocks from Bloomingdales


I keep a steady rotation of different bar soaps around. My fave place to shop is on Etsy. There, you can find pretty much every single type of bar soap that your heart desires. Do you want one that looks like a giant chunk of amethyst? Well, there’s one for you. One that looks like the ocean? That exists. A specialized soap for your lady parts? Unicorns? Elephants? Cupcakes? Like, it’s so much more fun than regular body wash. I even have an ultra-bougie bar of Do Son soap from Diptyque. Whenever I’ve had a stressful day and I want to treat myself, that’s the one I bust out. Options on options, OK!


5. Bad and bougie


If you want to be that friend who gives ultra bougie presents to your friends, buy them a bar of soap. Trust me. Not an $8 kind — I mean one from Aesop, Chanel, or Viktor & Rolf. It’ll look good sitting on the bathroom counter, and the empty box doubles as a clothing freshener. I stick my old boxes in my underwear drawer, which makes everything smell like a luxurious perfume. MOOD. And there is almost nothing better than lathering up a bar of soap and it smells like your favorite bottle of perfume. NOTHING. It’s the epitome of fancy and I live.

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Are you a fan of bar soaps? What is your favorite? Let me know in the comments!



Sheryll Donerson got her start as a beauty writer by writing K-beauty reviews for her blog, The Wanderlust Project. These days, she's lifting heavy weights, eating tacos, drinking (too much) coffee and is 1/4 of the beauty podcast, Beauty Beyond Basics (or Triple Bees for short). You can find her on Instagram and Twitter at @sheryllrenata.



As someone with very dehydrated skin, I would *love* if someone made a comprehensive list of Korean low ph body wash and soaps!

Woah, I had no idea manufacturing liquid soap had such an effect on the planet!!! And I remember my grandmother using that trick of putting her soap packaging in her underwear drawer. I did it once with my pajama drawer and would fall asleep at night smelling wonderful lol.

I'm okay with using a bar soap for my body, but I'm still a little wary of using one for washing my face and hands. Like how do you get the germs off of it???? But I am trying to finish off my liquid bodywashes so I can start to use... Read more