RAISING THE BARS. Long gone are the days when taking a bath involves gentle kneading with a solid soap bar. The proliferation of liquid soap these days has almost obliterated this classic shower amenity. But, which is actually better: liquid or bar soap?
If you’re asking from a hygiene point of view, the truth is that both fare about the same. Even a shared soap bar wouldn’t spread bacteria from one person to another as the germs would have been rinsed off by water.
In terms of practicality, well, soap bars do require you to scrub the body thoroughly with care.
Yet, why not take your time and enjoy showering for real? Mind you, a self-loving body wash could be as therapeutic as it is cleansing.
Our 3 Favorite Soap Bars:
1. For the quintessential premium soap bar, then look no further than Musgo Real.
Established in 1920, this Portuguese label has a wide range of grooming collections. The Classic Scent soap is, appropriately, a real classic.
2. Thick-skinned men (as in men with skin that is literally thick) should give Kiehl’s Ultimate Man Body Scrub Soap a try.
The raw ingredients—natural oat bran, oat kernel and pumice—are more than capable of cleaning tough spots like elbows and heels.
3. One of perhaps the most unique soaps is the Lanolin-Agg-Tval from Sweden.
Said to be a favorite of the Queen of Sweden, this soap is made from egg whites, a local skincare secret that works to tighten pores, remove excel oil and slough off dead skin. The attractive packaging couldn’t get any better.