Body Care

How to use bar soap (and 7 reasons you’ll want to)

Once shunned for being overly drying on the skin, bar soaps have made a serious comeback in recent years. Today’s bar soaps now champion simple, all-natural ingredients that gently cleanse your skin and replenish lost moisture. Best of all, they come entirely package-free, making them a solid pick for both the planet and your skin.

Still, not everyone is sold on these plastic-free pucks. Some common complaints we hear about bar soap include:

“Bar soap is too slippery.”

“It gets mushy.”

“I can’t get a good lather.”

To be fair, these are valid concerns. But what if we told you that knowing how to use bar soap properly could solve most — if not all — of these minor grievances? In this article, we’re talking about the many reasons to switch to bar soap and how to use bar soap the right way to get the most out of this often-overlooked bath time essential.


Wondering what all the fuss about bar soaps is? Here are a few reasons why more and more people are ditching their liquid cleansers in favor of the humble bar soap — and why we think everyone should follow suit.

Reason #1: They Boast New And Improved Formulas

In the past, bar soaps were known for being drying and overly harsh on the skin. These old-school formulas often featured synthetic surfactants that would cleanse the body but diminish the skin’s natural lipid barrier over time. The result was dry, irritated skin that felt tight post-shower.

Nowadays, bar soaps come in a wide range of formulas, with many featuring all-natural ingredients that hydrate your skin.

Reason #2: They’re package-free

When you go to buy liquid soap, you probably aren’t thinking about how much water is in its formula — but you should be. According to the World Wildlife Fund, two-thirds of the population may face water shortages by 2025.

One easy way to preserve our precious water supply? Switching to bar soap and other waterless beauty products. Not only do waterless formulas help conserve water, but they also weigh less than their liquid counterparts and therefore don’t require as much energy to transport. 

Environmental benefits aside, there are other reasons to reach for waterless soap. Solid bar soaps don’t need parabens and other stabilizers to keep bacterial growth at bay. Plus, they’re highly concentrated with plant-based oils and fats, which means your skin will reap more of their moisturizing benefits.

Reason #3: They’re travel-friendly

If you’ve ever had the misfortune of having your liquids explode in your suitcase (and ruin all of your clothes), then you know why this benefit is worth mentioning. Solid bar soaps take the guesswork out of packing and help you breeze past airport security. Plus, they’re lightweight, take little space in your bag and — most importantly — won’t cause any unwelcome surprises when you arrive at your destination.


Bar soap instructions seem pretty straightforward: get in the shower, apply the soap to your body and rinse off. But as it turns out, there is a right way to use bar soap. 

1. Choose the right bar for the job

Having a good experience with bar soap starts with choosing the right bar for your skin. There are many types of bar soaps available, and not all of them are created equal.

First off, it’s important to consider which part of your body you’ll be washing with your bar soap. For example, if you want to use bar soap on your face, make sure you choose a facial soap bar that’s specifically formulated for facial skin.

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Also, be on the lookout for nourishing ingredients, such as glycerin, coconut oil, and shea butter. Avoid the following ingredients, which may be irritating or toxic:

  • Artificial fragrances and dyes
  • Sodium laureth sulfate (SLES)
  • Sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS)
  • Polyethylene glycol (PEG compounds)
  • Parabens (methyl-, isobutyl-, propyl-, etc.)

Here’s a good rule of thumb to follow: if the ingredients list is absurdly long and you can’t pronounce half the words, take a hard pass.

2. Use lukewarm water

By now, you probably know that hot water isn’t great for your skin. Hot water can deplete your skin’s natural oils, making it more susceptible to dryness, acne and signs of aging. 

But did you also know that it can hamper your bar’s ability to create a good lather? Bar soaps tend to work best in not-too-hot, not-too-cold temperatures, which is why many experts recommend sudsing up in lukewarm water. (As an added bonus, you’ll probably save money by lowering your water heating costs!)

3. Rub The Bar In Your Hands To Create A Lather

Speaking of lather, let’s talk about how to get a good lather going with natural bar soaps. Unlike synthetic bar soaps, natural bar soaps contain no SLS or other foam boosters. Instead, they rely on a combination of oils — like coconut oil and castor oil — and glycerin to create a lovely, foamy lather. Depending on the formula, this lather may be slightly creamier than what you’re used to, but we promise that it’s just as effective at getting your body clean!

To get a good lather going, do a quick rinse to wet your skin and rub the bar between your hands for 15 seconds. Then, apply the lather to your entire body.

Keep in mind that hard water can make it notoriously difficult to create a lather. If you find this bothersome, you can always install a water softener in your home to remove the minerals.

4.Keep Your Soap Dry In Between Uses

This step is crucial to having a good bar soap experience! If you don’t keep your bar dry in between uses, it could eventually turn into a mushy mess. 

You can make your bar soap last longer by storing it on a wooden or silicone soap dish with good drainage. We also recommend moving bar soaps out of the shower to protect them from the humidity.

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