Why we see bar soaps as the best hygiene and personal care products out there and why, perhaps, you should too.
The form factor
Bar soap has an amazing form factor, which is simple and minimal. In fact, it’s hard to think of any other personal care product that is more minimal and basic than bar soap, without losing any of its functionality at the same time. Thanks to its superb form factor it is ergonomic, handy, intuitive and easy to use. It does not take up much space and is easy to store.
Related to the form factor, bar soap is super portable. Just toss it in your bag and take it with you wherever you go. A weekend getaway, camping in the woods or a longer holiday, solid soap bar is your ultimate travel companion. It does not take up much space and also does not weight much. Soap bars are also allowed on air planes, making it a great choice with people travelling light with hand luggage only.
Soap is not only for washing hands or body. Depending on the formula, you can also use it for shaving or washing your hair. Furthermore, natural soaps can easily be used for washing dishes or clothes or as a natural household cleaner. Soap is wonderfully multifunctional.
Plastic free and zero waste
Solid bar soap does not need a complicated plastic packaging. In fact, it does not need any packaging at all. Depending on the brand, it is usually packed in a simple paper or cardboard packaging, easily recyclable or even biodegradable. More and more solid soap brands have now minimal packaging, while some come almost entirely package free.
Natural and organic ingredients
Because it contains far less water than liquid soap, it doesn’t require preservatives, which are usually added to prevent a water-based product going bad. That means that soap can be made of 100% natural and organic ingredients. On top of that soap does not need artificial colorants or fragrances, as it can be made with natural fragrances or totally fragrance free.
Vegan-friendly and cruelty free
Soap can be made of 100% of vegetable oils without any animal-based ingredients, making it an easy choice for vegans. Also, because of the natural ingredients and their generally known effects, bar soap does not require prior testings on animals. Thus, the majority of natural soap bars are also cruelty free.
Eco-friendly and biodegradable
A bar soap that is made of 100% natural ingredients is eco-friendly and biodegradable. At the same time the production of such soap requires less energy and is thus better for the environment. Thanks to it’s form factor, the carbon footprint from shipping bar soap is smaller than the heavier liquid products.
Compared to liquid soap and body wash products, solid soap lasts longer and there’s less wasting. You only need as much soap as to produce lather, but once wet, the lather is constant. When using other liquid body wash products we tend to overuse because of the need to create more and more lather.
Easy and cheap to produce
Bar soap is easy and cheap to produce as it requires no special know-how or equipment. In fact, bar soap can be easily produced at home conditions. The ingredients are cheap and, depending on the specific formulation, generally easy to come by. It is basically like cooking – all you need is your tools, ingredients and a receipt to follow.
Great for small scale production
As bar soap is easy and cheap to produce, it makes a great product for small scale producers. Soap made by small producers are usually handmade. For consumers, choosing a small handmade soap brand, is a great way to support local economy and sustainability.
Many combinations of shapes, flavors, and colors
Because of so many different ingredients, soap can be made in countless different flavors and colors. The method of production also means that it can easily be produced in different shapes and sizes. As a result there’s a great range of different sizes, colors and flavors of soap bars, of which everyone can pick their personal favorite.Share this article: