In case you missed it, bar soaps are enjoying a bit of a renaissance as of late. Once turned to only in emergencies (like when our favorite shower gel unexpectedly runs out), today’s bar soaps are being reimagined with equal regard to aesthetics, ingredients, and environmental impact, making them every bit as appealing as their liquid counterparts—not to mention better for the environment.
When looking to lessen your plastic waste, switching to solid soap is a bit of a no-brainer. While you can buy soap bars in recyclable cardboard packaging, liquid soap, on the other hand, almost always comes in a plastic bottle (very few of which are fully recyclable). In fact, research has found that we use more than six times the amount of liquid soap than bar soap, which means a whole lot of plastic and a higher carbon footprint.
So if you’re ready to make the switch back to the old-time beauty essential, ahead we tapped two board-certified dermatologists to share their insights on bar soaps, including how they differ from body washes and the skin types they benefit the most.