June 10, 2021

Why You Should Be Using Bar Soaps

The bar for environmentally-friendly beauty products just got a whole lot higher.

It’s no secret that we’re all becoming more aware of how our daily habits affect the environment. For you, this could mean that you carry a keep cup wherever you go or that you no longer buy plastic wrap and opt for containers instead. For the beauty junkies in the room, it’s likely that you’ve found yourself in a bit of a pickle, with your devoted love of new products leading to a whole lot of waste that ends up in landfill. And believe us, we get it. That’s the whole reason we created our June 2021 Sustainability Issue of Gritty Pretty Magazine—to help ourselves and our loyal readers navigate the world of environmentally-friendly beauty. 

While we’re all trying to do our best to be better at considering the environment, overhauling your entire life in one go is unrealistic. So, rather than panicking that you’re not perfect (yet), now is the time to consider where you can make even the smallest of changes to bring about a much bigger impact.

And that’s where bar beauty products come in. Whether it’s a bar soap, shampoo, conditioner or cleanser, these products are designed to deliver the same great formulations without the plastic. But how exactly do you get the most out of these blocks of goodness? We investigate.

How To Incorporate Bar Soaps Into Your Routine

Incorporating a new beauty product into your regimen generally comes once you’ve run out of a previous love—and incorporating a bar product should come at the same time. Wasting products you’re already half through to quickly integrate your bar bestie is completely counterproductive.So, please, make sure you’re through with your liquid body wash before you buy anything else.

Once the day comes to crack open a bar, it’s important to consider where the solid formula would best fit into your routine. For most, using bar soap to clean your body is the easiest way to infiltrate the bar soap market. But for others, particularly those of us who go through shampoo and conditioner like it’s an extreme sport, a bar alternative to hair care may be better suited. There are also bar cleansers, exfoliators and even solid perfumes to throw into the mix now-a-days, so, like chocolate, there truly is a bar for everyone.

How To Care For Bar Soaps

Now, we’re not immune to the fact that bar soaps have copped a lot of flack over the years. It’s no secret that they’ve got themselves a reputation for harbouring bacteria and drying out your skin. However, with the correct care, these problems are nothing but a bit of hearsay. 

To ensure the bar stays as sterile and clean as possible, it’s recommended that you keep it out of the shower and in a breathable soap dish. This will prevent the soap, shampoo or conditioner from drowning in water every time you have a shower and will also give it time to air out, killing any potential bacteria before your next rinse.

For body and face products, it’s also recommended that you look for bars that contain nourishing oils within the formula to help keep your skin’s pH balance in check and moisturise the skin while you clean. The same goes for shampoo and conditioner bars with a particular favourite being the inclusion of argan oil.

How To Dispose Of Bar Soaps

Great news! Disposing of bar products is about as easy as recycling can get. Most are wrapped in either biodegradable paper or cardboard which can easily be popped in your curbside recycling bin and the bulk of the product withers away to nothing but suds. Genius!

June 10, 2021

Why You Should Be Using Bar Soaps

The bar for environmentally-friendly beauty products just got a whole lot higher.

It’s no secret that we’re all becoming more aware of how our daily habits affect the environment. For you, this could mean that you carry a keep cup wherever you go or that you no longer buy plastic wrap and opt for containers instead. For the beauty junkies in the room, it’s likely that you’ve found yourself in a bit of a pickle, with your devoted love of new products leading to a whole lot of waste that ends up in landfill. And believe us, we get it. That’s the whole reason we created our June 2021 Sustainability Issue of Gritty Pretty Magazine—to help ourselves and our loyal readers navigate the world of environmentally-friendly beauty. 

While we’re all trying to do our best to be better at considering the environment, overhauling your entire life in one go is unrealistic. So, rather than panicking that you’re not perfect (yet), now is the time to consider where you can make even the smallest of changes to bring about a much bigger impact.

And that’s where bar beauty products come in. Whether it’s a bar soap, shampoo, conditioner or cleanser, these products are designed to deliver the same great formulations without the plastic. But how exactly do you get the most out of these blocks of goodness? We investigate.

Photography: Edward Urrutia

How To Incorporate Bar Soaps Into Your Routine

Incorporating a new beauty product into your regimen generally comes once you’ve run out of a previous love—and incorporating a bar product should come at the same time. Wasting products you’re already half through to quickly integrate your bar bestie is completely counterproductive.So, please, make sure you’re through with your liquid body wash before you buy anything else.

Once the day comes to crack open a bar, it’s important to consider where the solid formula would best fit into your routine. For most, using bar soap to clean your body is the easiest way to infiltrate the bar soap market. But for others, particularly those of us who go through shampoo and conditioner like it’s an extreme sport, a bar alternative to hair care may be better suited. There are also bar cleansers, exfoliators and even solid perfumes to throw into the mix now-a-days, so, like chocolate, there truly is a bar for everyone.

How To Care For Bar Soaps

Now, we’re not immune to the fact that bar soaps have copped a lot of flack over the years. It’s no secret that they’ve got themselves a reputation for harbouring bacteria and drying out your skin. However, with the correct care, these problems are nothing but a bit of hearsay. 

To ensure the bar stays as sterile and clean as possible, it’s recommended that you keep it out of the shower and in a breathable soap dish. This will prevent the soap, shampoo or conditioner from drowning in water every time you have a shower and will also give it time to air out, killing any potential bacteria before your next rinse.

For body and face products, it’s also recommended that you look for bars that contain nourishing oils within the formula to help keep your skin’s pH balance in check and moisturise the skin while you clean. The same goes for shampoo and conditioner bars with a particular favourite being the inclusion of argan oil.

How To Dispose Of Bar Soaps

Great news! Disposing of bar products is about as easy as recycling can get. Most are wrapped in either biodegradable paper or cardboard which can easily be popped in your curbside recycling bin and the bulk of the product withers away to nothing but suds. Genius!

Comments

Cat

I've just switched from using very expensive shampoos to my first shampoo bar from the Swiss brand Abhati Suisse. It performs like a shampoo, but so much better. My hair has never looked so full and healthy. Love this product and how it helps me to reconnect to nature. And thank you GP, I would never have switched but this article helped me explore and use a solid shampoo for the first time.

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