It has been recorded that the Babylonians were producing the bar soap as early as 2800 B.C. Although they did not necessarily use it for cleaning the body but wash wool and cotton in preparation for weaving into cloth. The bar soap today is made from natural ingredients that may include animal fats and vegetable oil.
The bar soap has dominated for many decades as the option for body and hand hygiene; it wasn’t until the 1980’s that liquid soap was mass produced for the public, that started the conversation, “Is this the end of the bar soap?” Fast forward three decades and there is no sign that the humble bar soap is going anywhere, here’s why:
It’s better for the environment
Soap has minimal wrapping that is recyclable compared to liquid soap that comes in the form of a bottle with a pump. Once the liquid soap is finished, the bottle is disposed of in garbage, increasing landfill.
It’s very easy to pump out more than what you need with liquid soaps as there is no way to adjust the amount dispensed. Compared with a bar of soap, you can determine the amount of lather you require before putting the soap down; in addition 100% of the bar can be used, thus reducing wastage.
Soap is just not enough anymore, they need to also exfoliate and remove dead skin from our body. This is accomplished by adding mild abrasive particles in the bar of soap to improve the lathering and scrubbing process for a deeper, richer clean. The use of liquid soap for exfoliating, although is achievable, needs to be used with a loofah in order to have the same effect.
No need for a loofah or washcloth
Soap bars provide convenience in that they do not require the use of a sponge, loofah or washcloth. Have you ever showered with liquid shower soap without a loofah? Did you truly feel clean? If so, you probably had to pump the bottle excessively and had to use half a bottle of the liquid soap.
Preservatives must be used in liquid soap to prevent contamination and the growth of mould. There is no doubt that preservatives have many side effects and should be avoided when necessary. On the other hand, the bar of soap does not require preservatives and is a clearer, healthier alternative.
From a financial and health perspective, the bar soap is less wasteful, saves money, contains less chemicals and can do just as good if not a better clean than their competitors.