by BR Kellie
Remember how for the longest time we wouldn't have a bar of bar soap? Then we dispelled the myth that it was icky, and since then it seems the fear of the bar has well and truly gone the way of the dodo. In fact, over the last decade we've seen more and more bar varieties of skin and haircare pop up alongside their bodycare bestie.
So what beauty products can now be swapped out for a more environmentally-friendly, package-free/less solution? Check these out!
Basic old bar soap has come a long way since its humble beginnings as fats boiled with ashes back in ancient Babylonian times. These days it's filled with all sorts of ingredients to suit our skin's different needs. Hydrating, acne-fighting, exfoliating, gentle... there's a bar to suit everyone, whether you've the most sensitive of skin to the kind of skin that would make a rhino proud.
Bar shampoo and conditioner continues to go from strength to strength, with more brands getting on board and bringing new ranges to the market. The formulations are excellent, too. With bar shampoos and conditioners for those who need hydration, who have frizz that they want tamed, those with oilier scalps, those with dandruff, those with coloured hair, and so much more.
Other than (often) being kinder to the environment, shampoo and conditioner bars can also last a goodly amount of time, with brands suggesting they offer anywhere between 50 to 80 washes, which makes them both a bank balance and earth saver, and who doesn't love that!?
The first ever skincare in bar form I used was good old glycerin soap. Boy, have things changed. These days skincare in bar form is nowhere near as basic; you can enjoy cleansers formulated for dry skin, oily skin, pimple-prone skin, and 'normal' skin. You can even find exfoliators, makeup removers, serums and moisturisers in bar form. It seems there's a full face of skincare for everyone, bar none!
Our one tip if you're a fan of bar beauty products? Invest in a good container to store it in so that a goodly chunk doesn't end up melting away in the shower when the water hits it.
So, are you a fan of bar beauty? What products do you keep on hand? Or is it bar beauty something you still won't have a bar of? Chat below!