Choosing between liquid bodywash and conventional soap bars
When choosing the best way to wash, which method should you choose- liquid bodywash or soap bars?
When it comes to deciding whether to opt for liquid bodywash or soap, there are a number of different factors to take into account.
Ease of use
In terms of ease of use, a bar of soap wins every time. Grab it, lather it up, rub it on- job done. There is no need for faffing about with a sponge or flannel, or squirting it out only for half of it to go down the drain.
Again, soap wins in terms of lack of waste. Our soaps come in almost zero packaging, with no bottles, lids or labels to worry about recycling or reusing. You just use it and when it’s gone, it’s gone. Our bodywash however does come in recycled glass bottles with a metal lid, biodegradable label, and a plastic EPE lid liner. This means that once you’ve used it, you don’t need to stress about the packaging having a bad impact on the environment.
Bodywash is easy to store as you just pop the lid on and put it on the shelf. Soap however needs to be stored somewhere dry where the liquid can drain away, otherwise you will go back to use it and find a little puddle of suds remaining. When it comes to travel however, especially if you are flying and just have hand luggage soap is a winner. Just wrap it up in muslin, flannel, or a reusable food wrap and you are good to go!
Some may argue that soap can harbor bacteria and you may not be keen on potentially sharing your bar with others that use your shower and for this reason some prefer to use bodywash. If you are using up your soap pretty quickly however, and you make sure you know who else is using it, there really is no issue. Bodywash is great in terms of hygiene- its lid means that many of the germs that breed in damp environments are kept out and it is fresh for every use.
Effect on skin
Some say that soap can have a drying effect on skin but with our wonderful, natural bars, that is not the case. The wrong kind of bodywash can also dry your skin though, so it’s best to use one that doesn’t have harmful and drying foaming agents like sodium laureth sulphate. Both soap and bodywash can clean your skin while leaving it soft, moisturised and healthy- as long of course, as you are using one from the ranges we stock!
At the end of the day, there is no winner and it really comes down to personal preference. There is a time and place for both, and as long as you are using natural, vegan, plastic free products, you cannot really go wrong. But just to err on the side of caution, at Peace With the Wild, we recommend that you get both!