Soap bars: less plastic and saving money!

When turning green, I initially went for choosing products that were almost identical as the ones I’ve used before. So for my shower gel, I looked for a natural shower gel again.

However, green cosmetics tend to be more expensive than regulars in many cases. To save the extra money, I have now changed my habits of washing with a liquid soap to going back to the good old way: soap bars. Because there is no added water to a soap bar, you get more soap for your money: it will last you way longer than a liquid soap bottle.

Not only will this save you money, it’s also more ecological as the packaging for a bar of soap is way more minimalistic. Just a paper wrap will do, and that can be easily recycled. Or some brands use already recycled materials, which is a big plus!



Now, I know we are now so used to the convenience of liquid soaps in the shower. A bar of soap gets wet and if it is just left in the shower like that, it’s likely to become a melting mess. For that reason, I bought myself an old-fashioned soap box. You just store the soap in it so no water can get to it and it’s convenient to travel too. And of course, you can use it again and again!

I’ve been testing a few different soap bars so far, and there are many that I still like to put my hands on. Neither of these soaps have animal byproducts ore have been tested on animals. Here’s some reviews.



De Traay – Lavender flower soap 

 

Where to buy: I’ve bought this in my local health store.
Price: About 4 € for 250 grams of soap

Ingredients: Sodium Cocoate*, Aqua, Sodium Olivate*, Glycerin, Parfum, Lavandula Hybrida, Sodium Chloride, Butyrospermum Parkii, Rosmarinus Officinalis, Helianthus Annuus, D-Limonene, Linalool, CI 77007. * Organic

What’s special about it: This soap bar has real lavender flowers in it, which gives a scrubbing effect. It’s a big chunk of soap so it doesn’t fit in my soap box, but you can always cut it in half. Because of the lavender the smell is to die for. I’m a big lavender fan so I love this soap.



Himalaya Herbal Healthcare – Refreshing Lavender & Rosemary handcrafted bar 

 

Where to buy: here on iHerb 
Price: 4.4 $ for 125 grams of soap

Ingredients: Saponified cocos nucifera (from coconut) oil*, water (aqua), theobroma cacao (chocolate) seed butter*, saponified olea europaea (olive) fruit oil*, saponified ricinus communis (castor) seed oil*, mentha citrata (lemon mint) leaf oil, peucedanum graveolens (dill) extract, tocopherol , origanum majorana (sweet marjoram) flower oil*, pelargonium graveolens (sweet-scented geranium) flower oil, citrus medica limonum (lemon) peel oil*, vetiveria zizanoides (vetiver) root oil*, syzygium aromaticum (clove) bud oil*, lavandula angustifolia (English lavender) oil, rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) leaf oil, pogostemon cablin (patchouli) oil*, coriandrum sativum (coriander) fruit oil*. *Organic

What’s special about it: This is a handcrafted soap bar with a lot of calming herbs. The packaging was very ecological as it was in recycled paper. Although it says lavender, the smell is more of a mix of all kinds of herbs. I love the ingredient list! I did find this soap to be a bit more prone to melting than others I’ve tried.



Kirk’s Castile – Original Coco Castile bar soap, fragrance free

 

Where to buy: here on iHerb
Price: 2 $ for 113 grams of soap

Ingredients: Coconut soap, water, vegetable glycerin, coconut oil.

What’s special about it: This is a fragrance free soap which makes it perfect for those prone to allergies. This is about the most budget-friendly soap I’ve found so far. Although I normally can’t stand heavy aroma’s, I do miss one in this soap, so I probably will go back to the naturally scented bars after this.



Dr Woods – Castile Soap Lavender

 

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Where to buy: here on iHerb
Price: 3.77 $ for 149 grams of soap

Ingredients: Organic palm oil, organic coconut oil, sodium hydroxide*, water, organic olive oil, organic shea butter, organic lavandin oil, organic lavender oil, organic hemp oil, lavender flowers, organic jojoba oil, citric acid, vitamin E. *None remains after saponifying oils into soap and glycerin.

This soap bar by Dr Woods is next on my to try list. Dr Woods is a brand I repeatedly used a liquid soap of that I was happy with. My boyfriend is hooked on their Peppermint liquid soap and buys them in these very big bottles, so that means less plastic and less money too. I’m guessing the soap bars will be good too! There are a lot of scents, but as I'm clearly such a sucker for lavender, I've listed that one here too.

I'm wondering if you like to use soap bars, or did you stick with liquids?


3 comments:

  1. I have a mixture of the two, but I'm quite intrigued by some of these - especially the Kirks Castile one. I like the convenience of liquid soaps, and they don't leave mess if they get wet. But, as you mention, the plastic they come in can be problematic. The Lavender and Rosemary one looks lovely :) x

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  2. I can't give up my liquid soaps completely but I do also use solid bars. I also love Lavender so I like the look of the ones you have selected in this post :)

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  3. Always great to see people shouting about the ecological benefits of soap! Thanks :)

    I run ALL NATURAL SOAP Co and the more 'earth-friendly' nature of our bars is definitely one of the reasons our customers choose our products over shower gel

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