Bar soap vs. body wash: Which should you choose?

Posted By Better Living in Organized Bath | 1 Comment


It wasn’t too long ago that everyone bought and used bar soap. More than likely, you grew up with bar soaps in your home and didn’t think twice about it. It’s not that body wash wasn’t around, either. In fact, liquid soap was invented in the mid 1800s. Body wash was typically more expensive, however, and the appeal hadn’t quite caught on yet. That’s all changed now. In the past twenty years, liquid soap has become more popular and is often chosen over the traditional bar soaps.

Liquid soap might be more popular now, but is it actually better? Let’s take a look at the pros and cons of each type of bathroom soap so we can decide once and for all.

Soap Bar

If money is tight, you might want to consider buying a soap bar. Not only are they cheaper than liquid body washes, but they also prevent waste and therefore last longer. Have you ever noticed that you’re frequently shopping for body wash? This is because we tend to squeeze more soap onto a towel or loofah than is actually needed. Bar soap, on the other hand, is typically used less generously. Of course, one way to solve this problem is to be more mindful of how much body wash you actually need to get clean.

One big disadvantage of soap bars is they can get messy. If you prefer soap bars but you don’t like the soap residue it leaves on your bathtub edge, invest in a soap tray. Better Living Products offers soap trays that channel soapy water right into your tub.

Body Wash

Liquid soap is simply more convenient, and this is why many people choose it over bar soap. It doesn’t slip out of your hands or accidentally slip down the drain. To some people, body wash also feels less drying, as certain products have added moisturizers.

In the end, the decision between bar soap and body wash comes down to personal preference. Try both to find out which you like better and put the debate to rest!

One Response to Bar soap vs. body wash: Which should you choose?

  • Helena says:

    Soap versus body wash? Soap gets my vote. I find that it takes forever to wash the body wash off of my body. Soap rinses off much easier and leaves me feeling cleaner. The cost of soap and body wash aren’t all that different, though body wash costs a bit more. But for me, the better of the two is definitely soap.

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