There’s something extravagant about a bar soap. It spoils you silly at luxury hotels and makes you feel rather relaxed at home.
For one, the packaging is always pretty. Many brands wrap theirs with paper in gorgeous prints, some even having the designs revamped from time to time. So the experience begins before you hop into the bath.
Bar soaps also smell better for longer. Most body gels are a little cloying on the nose and leave a sticky residue on the skin (read: artificial). But for beauty and bodycare brands that offer bar soaps, no effort is spared in the production of these tiny blocks or spheres, from natural ingredients to soothing aromas.
Finally, bar soaps are more environment-friendly. They are smaller in size hence easier and cheaper to transport. They also use about 20 times less energy in terms of packaging production. We also use six times less of bar soaps than liquid soaps every wash. The only drawback: we use more water when washing with bar soaps.
Meanwhile, excuse us while we go bar soap-shopping.
Crabtree & Evelyn Citron, Honey & Coriander Triple Milled Soap, $15 (158g)
An invigorating blend of citron and lemon leaf is subtly infused with green herbs, honey and coriander in this bar soap, which is produced via a process known as triple-milling. At each of the three stages of homogenisation, refining and purification, the soap base, fragrances and ingredients are passed through a mesh screen to further break up the soap pellets and recombined. This ensures a smoother texture and a more even scent. This is part of the brand’s Heritage Soap Bars collection and comes in a new packaging from July 30, 2016.
Available at Crabtree & Evelyn.
Compagnie de Provence Version Originale Scented Soap, $15 (150g)
The brand’s Marseille Soap is hypoallergenic, antiseptic and antibacterial. Made exclusively from vegetable oils and free of colouring and artificial additives, it is further enriched here with organic olive oil for a super-gentle cleanse. Choose from three scents: Incense Lavender, Black Jasmine and Anise Patchouli.
Available at Escentials.
Como Shambhala At Home Invigorate Soap Bar, $15 (100g)
In this signature scent by the home-grown brand best known for its wellness retreats, uplifting notes of eucalyptus and peppermint are softened with lavender and geranium. Drawn from aromatherapy principles, this includes only premium pure essential oils and has no harmful ingredients like sodium laurel sulphate, parabens, silicones and artificial colouring and fragrances.
Available at SuperNature, Forum The Shopping Mall #B1-05, tel: 6304 1336. More information here.
MOR Blood Orange Triple Milled Soap, $31 (180g)
This vegetable-based soap nourishes with shea butter, cocoa seed butter, sweet almond oil and vitamin E to keep skin smooth, soft and refreshed. The key note of ruby red Italian blood orange is topped with floral accords of jasmine, rose and lily of the valley. It is not tested on animals.
Available at Sephora.
L’Occitane Pivoine Flora Petal Soap, $11.50 (75g)
Formulated with peony extract from Drome in the south of France, this offers a green floral aroma inspired by the beautiful flower.
Available at L’Occitane.