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Why you should switch to a soap bar

Plastic-free and gorgeous formulas

Abigail Malbon
Lifestyle Writer
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We’re all washing our hands more than ever due to the coronavirus crisis, which means we’re getting through soap at a rate faster than we’re used to - and creating more plastic waste as a result. If you’re feeling conscious of the amount you’re throwing away, now is an ideal time to switch from liquid soap to a soap bar. 

The traditional form of soap is having a resurgence thanks to shoppers becoming more aware of their plastic usage. But rather than the drying, unpleasant smelling soaps of the past, you can now get hydrating options that do far more than just wash your hands. These are the best soap bars for cleansing, shampooing, conditioning and more…

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Now’s certainly the time to treat yourself, and if you can afford, these Jo Malone bars are pure heaven. They lather into a luxurious foam, making them perfect for in the shower or your hands.

Jo Malone London English pear and freesia soap, £16, Lookfantastic

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Fragranced with a natural blend of organic rose, camomile and lemon - each valued for their soothing anti-inflammatory properties - this soap bar is perfect for anyone with sensitive skin. 

Bamford Rose Pebble Soap, £18, Fortnum & Mason

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This original is still a favourite, but it’s been given a twist to make it perfect for face cleansing. Designed for sensitive skin and ultra-moisturising, your complexion will thank you for the change. 

Dove Sensitive Skin Micellar Hypoallergenic Beauty Bar, £9.99, Amazon

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If it’s a beautiful smell that appeals most to you, this Sisley bar will do the trick. We love the retro-looking green hue. 

Sisley Eau de Campagne soap, £19.20, John Lewis

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Alternatively, fans of Chanel's classic fragrance will love this luxury bar.

Chanel No5 bath soap, £19.12, John Lewis

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Cult brand Drunk Elephant makes some of the most coveted beauty buys around, so of course this soap bar is high on our wishlist. The 3-in-1 product cleanses, exfoliates and detoxifies, while promising not to dry out the skin. We approve!

Drunk Elephant Juju bar, £24, Cult Beauty

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Affordable yet nourishing, this hydrating bar is made with Community Trade shea butter from Ghana and certified sustainable palm oil. An eco-friendly alternative to liquid soap, we recommend stocking up on this non-drying bar if you've got extra sensitive skin.

Shea Soap, £2.50, The Body Shop

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Can’t decide which soap to go for? These are based on your star sign, so the decision is made for you - plus they’re super cute! Each one is decorated with that month's signature flower by artist Emily Taylor, making it a great gift. 

Birth month floral bar soap, £7, Anthropologie

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Lush is one of the first places you’re likely to head to when you think about packaging-free soap bars, and it’s no wonder; their selection is huge, and the products are all gorgeously scented. There’s currently a pause on online orders, but when it’s back up and running we’ll be picking up this bestselling honey-scented bar.

Honey I washed the kids soap, from £5, Lush


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