In this world of a seemingly ever increasing number of different beauty and skin care products, it can be difficult to see through the blur of super-designed packaging to find the right product for you. With the cosmetic and pharmaceutical companies developing more and more ‘wonder’ products, maybe it’s time we took a step back and revisited the benefits of some of the simpler toiletries and cosmetics out there? So we thought we’d spend a bit of time singing the praises of a good old fashioned bar of soap.
In its simplest form, soap consists of a mixture of fat and an alkali, and early versions of soap have been recorded in history from as early as 2800 BC. For example a formula for soap consisting of water, alkali, and cassia oil was written on a Babylonian clay tablet dated to around 2200 BC. There is also mention of the ancient Egyptian’s making a soap like substance from a mixture of animal fat and an alkali salt in a papyrus dating to 1500 BC. The word soap comes from the Latin ‘sapo’ and is mentioned by Pliny the Elder in his book, ‘Naturalis Historia’, written around 77-79 AD. The production and manufacture of soap has then continued through the ages, the process being refined until the production of the fine soaps that we see today.
However the use of the humble bar of soap seems to be waning in popularity in favour of liquid hand and body washes. And we think that’s a crying shame! Not only because people are missing out on some of our wonderful soaps, such as Lavender Soap, Lavender & Rosemary Soap and Gentlemen’s Soap, but also because there are a number of advantages of using bar rather than liquid soap.
Firstly consider waste. Not only is there significantly more packaging with a bottle of liquid soap, as most bars of soap are packaged in little more than a sheet of paper and a cardboard box. But also most people tend to find that a bar of soap will last much longer than the same cost in liquid soap. With a bar of soap you can easily feel how much you have used and stop when you have enough (which often really isn’t as much as you’d expect), whereas liquid soaps tend to come in a pump dispenser, often causing people to use more than they actually need.
Also there is a school of thought that says that many bar soaps can actually be better for your skin than liquid soaps. Bar soaps are often accused of being drying to the skin; however studies have shown that their high level of glycerine can, in fact, be beneficial to sufferers of eczema and other dry skin conditions.
Finally a bar of soap is often more likely to leave your skin cleaner than liquid soap. This is due to the exfoliating properties of actually rubbing the soap against your skin. Of course you could apply liquid skin via a washcloth and exfoliate dead skin cells away that way. However many washcloths actually harbour more bacteria than you are trying to wash away!
However if you are still devoted to a squirt of liquid soap then why not try our fantastic Lavender Handwash!