It's been several years since body washes took over our collective cleansing routine, but as consumers look for products with simple ingredients that generate less waste, bar soap is making a comeback. Gone are the days of the sad sliver of soap lingering in the corners of the bathtub. Today’s bar soaps are far more sophisticated — luxurious, even. They’re also reasonably priced, with even fancier brands being within reach.
Cost: $15 for an 8.8 oz. bar
Fresh is a brand known for many items, including lip balms and fragrances, but the oval soaps are not to be missed. At 15 bucks a pop, they aren’t cheap, but when I say these soaps will totally transform your humdrum shower, I tell no lies. They are packaged in paper so gorgeous, you’ll be tempted to save the wrapper for your next collage or scrapbook project. Of course, anyone spending more than $10 for a bar of soap isn’t buying it for the packaging alone, but don't worry: this soap delivers. The scents are lush and inviting, particularly the Hesperides Grapefruit variety, and they feel heavenly on your skin thanks to ingredients like moisturizing shea butter. These soaps are also generously sized, so your money will go a long way. Treat yourself with some affordable luxury at its finest.
Cost: $3.28 for a 3-pack of 4 oz. bars
It doesn’t get much cheaper than this, folks, especially for an all-natural vegetable-based soap. Kirk’s doesn’t get the hype or iconic packaging of Dr. Bronner’s, but it’s a solid, no-frills castile soap to have on hand, especially if money’s tight. In addition to the original version, Kirk’s has also whipped up a version of its bar soap that contains aloe vera for a more soothing shower as well as a fragrance-free option for sensitive bathing beauties.
Cost: $18 for a 6 oz. bar
Saipua is a small family-owned business that specializes in floral arrangements and soap. While the stellar bouquets cost a pretty penny, we can all bring a little bit of Saipua home thanks to their handcrafted, small batch soaps. Saipua’s attention to detail is evident, from the beautiful wrapping to the soaps themselves, created with moisturizers like shea butter and coconut oil as well as fragrant essential oils. All of the scents are gorgeous, but the Vetiver with French Green Clay is particularly stunning.
Cost: $4.99 for a 7 oz. bar
This soap is the epitome of an elevated skincare basic. Marlowe. is Target’s latest exclusive skin-care line, and it does not disappoint. The sleek minimalist aesthetic of the brand will appeal to people of all genders. This huge block of soap will last ages, lathers up great and treats skin kindly with the Marlowe. M. Blend, a mix of extracts including willow bark and deep sea algae, which help to lessen inflammation and irritation, and antioxidant green tea extract. It’s also a great price for both the size and quality.
Cost: $5.95 for a 3.5 oz bar
Lush’s soaps limited-edition Hand of Friendship marries Lush’s love of innovative, beautiful bathing items with its commitment to making the world a better place through various charitable initiatives. When you buy this soap, 100% (yes, you read that right) of the proceeds go to help Syrian refugees coming to North America. As for the soap you purchase you can count on enjoying a soft, almost powdery cherry blossom fragrance. The plethora of oils, including coconut, sweet almond and rosewood, will leave your skin soft and smelling divine.