It’s funny how things fall out and then come back into fashion. Following the decline over the past few years, bar soap is definitely on the rise, especially in 2019.
It is not surprising that the main reason behind this comeback is the rising consumer preferences for natural and plastic-free personal care products. Environmentally friendly packaging and products are not just a trend. It is a movement of the whole beauty industry and it seems that this category will see further growth in the future!
Soap bars are easy to use and gentle, very cost-efficient (they last longer than shower gels or hand soaps), and are more sustainable than the plastic packaged liquid soaps. If you are planning to make the switch, here below some interesting facts you should know about soap bars:
IS BAR SOAP SAFE AND HYGIENIC?
This is probably one of the main concerns about soap bar. In fact, in the past years it has earned a bad reputation, coming to be known as an unhygienic way to wash our hands. It turns out these assumptions are pretty much unfounded, as stated in multiple scientific studies.
Sure, some microorganisms may be present on the surface, but they get washed off when you rinse with water. And don’t forget that the handle of the liquid soap probably has the same amount of bacteria as you bar soap. And as your towels. Or your mobile phones!
IS BAR SOAP MORE ECO-FRIENDLY THAN LIQUID SOAP?
As you can imagine, the lack of packaging gives bar soap serious green points, especially compared to most shower gels and liquid washes which come in plastic bottles. But don’t forget that in our stores you can find some Faith in Nature Hand and Body wash refill stations, so you can reduce your plastic waste by bringing your own reusable container.
Also, according to some studies, the carbon footprint of liquid soaps is 25% greater per wash than bar soaps. So yes, bar soap is probably the overall greener choice!
WHAT ARE THE BAR SOAP INGREDIENTS?
Bar soaps’ ingredient list should be pretty short and understandable:
The most common ingredients you’ll see are usually some kind of sodiums – e.g. Sodium Olivate. They are basically the saponified versions of that particular oil. Then you may find some essential oils or unsaponified oils – known for their moisturizing benefits. Plus, other ingredients like shea butter, Vitamin E, various extracts, petals, etc..
In our stores and online shop you can find some of the best natural and organic bar soap brands, such as Dr. Bronner’s, Nova Scotia Fisherman and Oliva Soap. Try them now and start your zero waste journey!