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Easy Eco Swaps: Soap Bars

Updated: Feb 21, 2020

Let’s be honest, there is nothing like the amazing smell of a fruity shower gel lathered in a loofah to wake you up during your morning shower! The relaxing smells, the soothing lather and the fabulous hydrating effects are just invigorating. But, when it all runs out and you place the plastic bottle in the bin, there is always a niggling feeling of guilt.

So what’s the alternative? Who wants to give up their sweet morning showers for dull alternatives? There is definitely no fun in that!

Who wants to swap out their ultra-lathering sensations for a gloopy soap-like bar? Not me.

Not to mention the price of buying an eco-friendly soap bar, who wants to take out a small loan just to get you through your showers? I think I will pass.

Adding to the fact, that if you are like me and have the joy of dealing with sensitive skin, you are already limited to your go-to soaps just so you can avoid a flare-up. Well, as I have mentioned previously, making eco swaps does not have to feel like any of the above.

There are plenty of alternatives to plastic bottled shower gels and creams that won’t break the bank but will help you on your way to living a more earth-conscious lifestyle.

So this may come as a surprise but, you won’t find a bar above £2.50 listed below. This is because I don’t believe that looking after the earth should cost us an arm and a leg and perhaps the rest of your body too. There has to be an element of affordability to ensure sustainability. If you are able to invest in 100% eco brands then that’s fantastic, but I know that it is not necessarily the case for everyone – including myself.

Check out some of my favourite earth-conscious soap bars and make your eco swap today.

1. Dove Beauty Cream Bar, 2x100g, £1

This cheap and cheerful soap alternative is a classic! Although the bars come in a plastic film to house the two bars, the company will be rolling out 100% plastic-free boxes this year.

This is a great starter option for anyone looking to reduce their plastic usage without spending too much money or changing your habits too much.

At 50p a bar, the soap is sulphate-SLES free but also comes in a sensitive skin alternative perfect for those in need of a hypoallergenic option.

Although the company states that these are not technically a soap, they are a fantastic daily use option as these creamy bars will keep you lathered for weeks on end and all for an affordable price.

2. Faith in Nature Aloe Vera with Ylang Ylang Soap 100g, £1.99

Eco-friendly and natural, Faith in Nature as a fantastic option for anyone looking for an organic soap blend without the chemicals. At 1.99 a bar, the soap is sold without a plastic dispenser in a recyclable box.

These bars really do bring the aromas, with different natural fragrance options made with essential and organic oils, you get the full flavour factor without the eco fallout.

What’s more, this adorable alternative is also Vegan Society Certified!

3. The Body Shop Coconut Soap 100g, £2.50

The body shop is known for their beautifully scented products and just because you are making more eco choices, doesn’t mean you have to give up some of your little luxuries.

With their soap bars made from sustainable palm oil, the vegetable-based bar features a beautiful lather, soothing scent and hydrating after effect.

Not only does this bar have some fantastic qualities, but the shea butter is also sourced from the Tungteiya Women’s Shea Butter Association in Ghana.

“In addition to paying a fair price, we pay a premium for the women to invest in community projects. We are also founding members of the Global Shea Alliance, involving the whole industry in sustainability discussions.” - The Body Shop

There are lots of other alternatives on the market, so if you have tried any others that you think should have made the list; let me know in the comments below!

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