Have you switched back to soap?

When I grew up we used bars of soap. Soap bars for bathing (mostly Lifebuoy), soap bars (Sunlight) for handwashing.

They used to get slimey if you didn’t have a decent soap dish, and when you were left with different slivers, you would smoosh the leftovers together to make another soap bar. My mother had some kind of mould where she made soap from leftovers.

Remember these?

In later years I have only used shower gel and liquid hand soap. If I receive soap bars as gifts I unwrap them and put them in my underwear drawer so everything smells nice. They also dry out a little so that they last longer. But I find I never use them. I end up using them to wash my undies.

I have noticed that soap bars are becoming more popular now – soap bars, shampoo bars, conditioner bars, massage bars. Beauty bars don’t contain water, and so cost less to transport, have little to no plastic packaging to dispose of, and last a long time. There are also different solutions to the storage problem. The system below allows each person in the family to have their own favourite soap, or for one person to have their shampoo, conditioner, soap and moisturising bars kept separately.

Lush was actually at the forefront of this movement years ago – see all their bars here. Their shampoo and moisturising bars are brilliant for travelling because they take up so little space. And they work really well. Can recommend!

Author: Janet Carr

Fashion, beauty and animal loving language consultant from South Africa living in Stockholm, Sweden.

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  2. I’ve used liquid soaps, but never found them as good as a bar of soap so I’ve never really stopped using bars for any significant amount of time. In the pandemic, it quickly became apparent to me that if you needed to wash your hands for upwards of 30 seconds, working up a good lather, then bar soap was absolutely essential. I tried bar shampoo once but hated it – it felt awful in use and left my hair feeling like straw. For travel, what they really need to do is bring back the shampoo sachets we used to have in the 1970s.

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