When you think of your shower essentials, bar soap might not be the first thing that comes to mind. Shampoo? Yes. Body scrub? Sure. Shower oil? Go for it. But bar soap? Isn’t that reserved for dads, hotel rooms and Ralphie Parker’s potty mouth?
But if your body wash isn’t cutting it anymore, it might be time to ditch the bottle and bust out the soap dish. Bar soap has had a serious glow up since its Irish Spring days. With improvements in formulas, ingredients and even packaging, the humble bar is due for a major comeback. Gone are the days of grabbing whatever mom bought on sale and stashed under the sink. Bar soaps are trendy, chic and quickly becoming synonymous with skincare. Like mascara or highlighter, this shower staple is finally fun to shop for, whether it’s at Sephora or your favorite local drugstore. And as sustainable products go, it continually comes out on top, producing far less waste than your typical plastic bottle.
Ready to make the switch? Here are 15 of the best bar soaps for every beauty need, from eczema to exfoliating.