Soap Bar vs Liquid Soap: Which is better?

So I have done a bit of research into the pros and cons of both soap bars and liquid soaps to answer the question; which is better? I have been using soap bars in the shower for over a year now (which I love!) and I have been wanting to switch to soap bars to wash my hands for sometime but as silly as it might sound… I wasn’t sure if a soap bar would perform as well as liquid. Here are my findings!

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Pros of soap bars:

  • Antibacterial soaps are no more effective than regular soap and water for killing disease-causing germs

  • Bar soap tends to be less expensive than antibacterial soap and hand sanitisers

  • A bar of soap will kill all the nasty bacteria but not healthy bacteria on the skin's surface

  • Can easily buy fragrance free bars (better for those with allergies)

Cons:

  • Soap can be messy, leaving residue

  • Can dry skin if a high PH bar is used however soap contains glycerin which is actually good for dry and sensitive skin

  • When the soap is nearly used up it breaks into small, hard to use pieces

Pros of Liquid soap:

  • Lathers up better than bar soap

  • Can be better at moisturising

  • Easier to store (less mess)

Cons of Liquid soaps:

  • Harder to control the amount used with each wash = more waste

  • Filled with unnecessary chemicals like petroleum and Diethanolamine (DEA) which are harmful to us and our ecosystem

  • Liquid soaps leave a 25% larger carbon footprint. It uses 7 times more energy and carbon emissions and don’t forget the nasty plastic packaging plus the hard to recycle plastic pump.

  • Not as cost effective as bar soap typically in a household of 4-5 people one bottle of liquid soap will last a few weeks. Yet a bar of soap will last twice as long.

  • Fragranced soap can affect those with allergies ( liquid soap without fragrance is harder to find)

Overall:

Bar soap is overall a better option, if you want to go green, save money, kill germs and be more health conscious then bar soap is the way to go. The only downside I can see from bar soap is it’s sometimes not as moisturising and doesn’t lather up as much as it’s liquid counterpart!

Here’s some great soap companies to check out:

https://www.faithinnature.co.uk/tags/pure-hand-made-soap.aspx?tag=Pure+Hand+Made+Soap

https://allnaturalsoap.co.uk/

https://www.hollandandbarrett.com/shop/product/oliva-pure-olive-oil-soap-60038772

Eco beauty switch: Reuseable make-up pads

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Eco beauty switch: Reuseable make-up pads

When I found out about reuseable make-up pads my first thought was... why didn't I think to use these before?! 

I bought these pads from Marley's Monsters (www.marleysmonsters.com) they sell eco-friendly and reuseable beauty, home and baby items. I was drawn to these because of the lemon print (typical stylist!) but looks aside these pads are amazing! They are made of 100% cotton flannel and are soft on my skin. 

My reason for looking for an alternative? Even though I used to buy organic cotton pads I was still creating waste... I calculated that in a year I was using about 1,450 pads; that is a waste of natural resources and ££.

Usability: I use about 1-2 pads per day for cleansing and toning (I wear light coverage makeup and some mascara); on days with a heavier base of make-up 2-3 pads. I've been using the pads for about a month now and I'm really happy with the results. My skin is soft and no stray cotton bits stuck to your face!

Wash/care: To look after/wash the pads I pop them in a netted drawstring bag (see below this one is from the zero waste maker www.the-zero-waste-maker.com/). Once I've built up about a weeks worth (10-14 pads) I just add the bag in with my light wash at 30 degrees and they come out lovely and clean! If there are heavy mascara/makeup stains then you will need to use a bit of stain remover on them before adding to a wash. I definitely recommend the drawstring bag as when I first washed some nearly got lost in the drum!

Storage: I store my pads in a glass jar (previously a gift which has cotton wool inside) but any airtight container will do. Make sure pads are dry before storing to ensure they are in top condition before usage.

Durability: If looked after properly reuseable cotton pads will last years which is better for the environment and your wallet!

Overall: Great for your skin, the environment and your wallet!