Bar soaps are not what comes to the mind at first for most of us when it comes to body wash care. It seems that the only places where soaps are still commonplace are hotel room showers or bed & breakfast guest bathrooms. As if the days of bar soaps have been numbered and belong to the past. Nothing can be further from the truth! Let us rediscover why bar soap is better for you than an average body wash.
Body washes are still very popular and hold their place in your skin and body care routine, especially if your skin is very dry or suffers from pH imbalance. However, a small bar of soap is safer as there isn’t any water content so it retards any bacteria growth by its nature. It is perfect for traveling, you can even cut just a small piece off, only as much as you need for your next trip.
Bar soaps almost always come will less packaging and are more environmentally friendly. You can either buy them naked at the markets or just in a simple paper or cardboard box and in the end, there is nothing left. On the other hand, once you are done with a body wash, there is a plastic bottle left that you have to recycle. Simply put, they get the same job done with less wastage and can last longer.
Bar soaps can be as versatile as body washes: you can find soaps for dry skin, oily skin, sensitive skin, irritated skin, flakey skin, acne-prone skin, and many more. Plus, nothing makes you feel more manly than using a proper, real bar of soap! Check out our top picks and we promise you that once you try them, you won’t go back to the bottle.
Why do we use body soap rather than body wash
- they are more concentrated, do not contain any water which means you get more bang for your buck,
- no plastic packaging is a win for us and for the planet,
- natural, biodegradable ingredients that do not negatively impact the environment once the wastage leaves through the sewerage system,
- in spite of the general belief that bar soaps dry out the skin more, the truth is that there is plethora of soaps that have balanced ingredients that can be very benefitial and nourishing to dry skin,
- soap bars are more compact and lighter and take up less space in our shower and when travelling,
- soaps containing active ingredients such as natural earth clays, fruit extracts, honey, minerals, activated charcoal and much more provide added benefits to our skins, help to draw out toxins from the body and leave our skin feeling clean, refreshed and glowing with health.
Our top picks of Natural Soaps in Australia
Himalayan Cedarwood essential oil gives this mild, skin-loving, olive oil-based soap the perfect natural manly scent. Plus, it is great for dry skin. Win-win! Cruelty-free, palm oil-free, paraben-free, biodegradable & vegan. Simple and Aussie made.
This soap is made from Western Australia Sandalwood water and powder with North West extra virgin olive oil, coconut oil, and castor oil. A simple yet powerful combination to cleanse, restore the balance of your skin. Sandalwood is believed to have antiseptic, disinfectant, and emollient properties.
The Fresh Coffee natural and organic Earth-Conscious soap makes a great cook’s soap, as coffee aids in absorbing food odours such as those from fish and garlic. It also acts as a deodorising soap when you are feeling less than ‘fresh’ and the ground coffee helps to gently exfoliate the skin without mess! So why not nurture you and the Earth at the same time.
Ingredients: Saponified Australian organic extra virgin olive oil, saponified organic virgin coconut oil, Australian grown ground coffee.
All Australian Botanical Soaps are natural with a high glycerin content, derived from pure plant oils, helping to moisturise your skin.
Organic Raw Shea Butter is added to all bars in their range, known for its high concentrations of fatty acids and vitamins. It is an ingredient that can help to soften the skin. All their bars are also triple milled which means they are extra gentle to your skin.
This soap is made from olive oil, coconut oil, shea butter, sunflower oil, macadamia oil, rice bran oil, castor oil, pure essential oils including sweet orange, bergamot, nutmeg, clove and bay leaf and rhassoul clay.
Completely free from palm oil, petrochemicals, synthetic colours and fragrances, these large bars are perfect for men who like showering with a REALLY BIG piece of soap, ensuring it won’t run out too quickly. The tangy tones of fresh citrus mix perfectly with spicy clove and peppery bay leaf to produce an irresistible tropical spicy treat.
Thi is the old calamine lotion formula in a soap bar. Made with castor oil, olive oil and zinc, Calamine Soap is perfect for itchy and sensitive skin. Zinc is calming to the skin topically and is an essential mineral in the maintenance of healthy skin. Use daily as a preventative measure for those with acne,psoriasis, itchy skin and nappy rash.
This soap is made in Australia with only palm free ingredients.
Last but definitely not least: a Garden Scrub soap that is handcrafted in Australia is a winner for us. Made with Olive Oil, Spring Water, Coconut Oil, Macadamia Nut Oil, Tallow, Rice Bran Oil, Sweet Almond Oil, Cedarwood Atlas, Grapefruit Pink, Orange Sweet, Frankincense, Rose Absolute Bulgaria Essential Oils and black poppy seed for that extra exfoliation. The relaxing, rejuvenating aroma that soothes the spirit while washing away the garden dirt, this soap is hand-poured and very reasonably priced. Stock up as much as you can as these guys have plenty of beautiful soaps for everyone.