The Hottest Trend in Bodycare Is… Bar Soap? 10 Luxe Bars to Try


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When I think of bar soaps, my mind immediately jumps to bars of Irish Spring or Ivory—soaps that I might find in a guest bathroom or an Airbnb. Bar soap has always had a place in the bathroom, but I'd be hard-pressed to say it's chic. That is until the most recent bar soap iterations hit the market. 

For the first time in recent memory, bar soap is having, dare I say, a moment. The most high-end brands in the bodycare realm are releasing bar soaps. Not only do you want to use these soaps, but they also feel like a moment of self-care. Many are packed with exfoliators, vitamins, and other good-for-your-skin ingredients. Plus, bar soaps have gone from plain rectangles in unexciting packaging to gorgeously crafted shapes in colors of every kind, housed in luxe, sustainable containers. 


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When considering bar soap, sustainability is at the forefront of the conversation. According to one study, we use less soap when we wash our hands or bodies with bar soap, and liquid soap usually uses up to 20 times more packaging than bar soap. Many bar soaps only packaged using an easy-to-recycle cardboard box, while hand soaps typically have a glass or plastic container and a pumping mechanism which is rarely recyclable

If you're looking for a new body wash, the bars available right now are truly special. Keep reading for some of the ones we're planning to add to our own shower routine. 


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Associate Beauty Editor

Katie Berohn is the associate beauty editor at Who What Wear. Previously, she worked as the beauty assistant for Good Housekeeping, Woman's Day, and Prevention magazines, all part of the Hearst Lifestyle Group. She graduated from the University of Colorado, Boulder, with a major in journalism and minor in technology, arts, and media, and earned her master's degree at NYU's graduate program for magazine journalism. In addition, Katie has held editorial internships at Denver Life magazine, Yoga Journal, and Cosmopolitan; a digital editorial internship at New York magazine's The Cut; a social good fellowship at Mashable; and a freelance role at HelloGiggles. When she's not obsessing over the latest skincare launch or continuing her journey to smell every perfume on the planet, Katie can be found taking a hot yoga class, trying everything on the menu at New York's newest restaurant, or hanging out at a trendy wine bar with her friends.