Soap. It has an old-fashioned connotation that’s pretty hard to shake. It’s also notorious for sitting languorously in a pool of water as well as leaving skin feeling a tad dry and stripped. Bars of soaps tend to have a bad rap because they’re typically full of sulfates which are notorious for sapping all moisture from the skin. New formulas and innovative, natural ingredients mean that Soap Has Had An Upgrade.
Soap just got sexier…
Gallinée Cleansing Bar
If the thought of washing your face with a bar soap sends shivers down your spine, you’re not alone. I like really rich and buttery cleansers because squeaky-clean skin just tends to be uncomfortable. Well, Gallinée’s offering is a far more sophisticated affair; made from gentle cleansing ingredients that are designed to help keep skin at its optimal pH level. The entire brand is based on the skin’s microbiome (loads more info on that in my post here), and this bar is packed full of prebiotics to feed the good bacteria in your skin. It doesn’t have any soap, parabens, mineral oils, silicones and makes cleansing the skin (face or body) a breeze.
Sister & Co Charcoal Soap Bar
From one of my favourite natural brands (products are natural and vegan-friendly), the ultimate detoxifying soap bar is made from activated bamboo charcoal to help removes impurities from the skin. Like the Gallinée this bar can be used on the face and body but I find it better suited used on the body. Not that’s drying, but the ingredients lend itself to better suit an oilier complexion. The secret to a hydrating soap bar has to be glycerin – it stops the formula from drying out the skin and makes the product far more enjoyable to use.
Heyland & Whittle Soap Bar
One of the perks of a soap bar is the lack of plastic in the packaging; liquid soaps and shower gels have loads of plastic by nature and then they tend to be water-heavy and contain lots of preservatives. A bar is more environmentally-friendly and Heyland & Whittle also has the option to buy pre-packaged in paper rather than their cardboard sleeves, too. Saving money and then there’s less to recycle as well. Disclosure – I work with Heyland & Whittle and have been lucky enough to visit their gorgeous factory, where they hand-make all their cold-pressed soaps. This one shown, Queen of the Nile, is made with goat’s milk and cocoa butter and it’s super soft and creamy on the skin.
One last brand I have to share is Soap Folk – an organic brand that specialises in cutely-packaged soaps formulated with olive oil. It’s a really cute little indie brand that is well worth having a look at for stocking fillers (too soon for Christmas?!).