Solid soap is incredibly underrated. There is something incredibly nostalgic about the bar, it’s been a constant, something that’s stayed relatively similar over the decades. Soap is such a transitory item, an ephemeral sculpture, shaped day after day, by us. The aspect is fascinating.
So when did these cute, plastic free – usually – blocks become so ‘un-cool’? Pushed out of our bathrooms by beautiful glass pump-bottles and the move towards liquid soap, bars are coming back in stylish vengeance.
According to research by Mintel, the popularity of bar soap has waned thanks to a number of negative perceptions, with forty eight percent of consumers thinking soap bars are a haven for bacteria and are generally unclean. Calling a soap bar unclean contradicts the entire existence of the bar itself, but I can understand the argument.
While we navigate the agreement of Bar Vs Pump, for those sticking with the square – or other shapes, as we have discovered – TBB has rounded up some top picks, to prove bar soaps are not always, boring.
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