Liquid Soap vs. Solid Soap

SoapWhy bother using Liquid Soap? Liquid soap is preserved, used up quickly and most importantly is arguably less hygienic that unpreserved, unpackaged, good value, effective solid soap!

You might have forgotten – LUSH sells solid soap! Solid soap is unpreserved, unpackaged, it lasts longer and most importantly is arguably more hygienic that preserved, packaged, wasteful, ineffective liquid soap.

A soap, is a soap, is a soap, you might say. If you did, you’d be wrong! Our soaps are more than just soaps – they are clever blends of unlikely raw materials – cocoa butter, sand, herbal infusions, essential oils, fruit juices, plant extracts and a selection of fresh fruit – lemons, cherries, oranges and kiwis. We could leave all these lovely things out – you’d still be left with a soap you could wash with – but they all add something very special to the soap they are in. Check out our ingredients lists for each one and get yourself into a right lather deciding which one to try out first.

Sadly, people are forgetting just how good solid soap actually is. Instead, more and more people are turning to liquid or pump soaps instead of reaching for a trusty bar of soap. There are literally thousands of choices for the tub, shower and sink. A heated debate has surfaced, pitching the more traditional bar soap against the more modern feel of liquid soap. Here are some handy pointers when making your decision.

1. Solid soap, from LUSH at any rate, comes unpackaged. We make all of our soaps by hand at the LUSH factory, before sending them to our shops to be displayed in colorful, attractive, fragrant stacks. Packaging is often more expensive than the contents in the bottle. We don’t bother spending money on having the best quality packaging – we’d rather spend the money on the best quality ingredients instead. By buying ‘naked’ soap, think of how much plastic you are saving from going to landfill!

2. ‘Naked’, as well as signifying unpackaged, means that we don’t need to use preservatives in our recipes. We use the minimum possible water content to ensure that we don’t need to use preservatives when we don’t have to.

3. Look at the QI (quantitative ingredients listing) on the label of a bottle of liquid soap, then look at the QI on a LUSH bar of soap (you’ll have to find it in the LUSH Times – or soaps are naked, remember!): do you recognize anything on the label? Most of the time, liquid soaps contain nothing but water and cheap chemicals and preservatives. What are you paying for then? LUSH soaps are made from our palm oil free soap base, natural fruits and vegetables, as well as the finest possible essential oils for fragrance. That’s where we spend your money – not on the bottle it comes in.

4. Determine if wasting less is important to you. You waste less with a bar of soap. Liquid soap is used faster because people misjudge the amount coming out of the container or place large globs on their washcloth or scrubber. A bar of soap can last for weeks.

5. Measure the level of exfoliation you are getting with your soap. Soap acts as an exfoliant by helping to release skin cells, debris and excess dirt from the surface of your skin. A bar of soap exfoliates well because you are usually rubbing the soap directly against your body. This can also be true with liquid soap if you pair it with a cloth or scrubber or it contains micro-scrubbers within the liquid. Then again, your cloth or scrubber will contain those germs and bacteria that you are trying to rid your hands of. So where’s the sense in that?

6. Solid soap, because of its reusable nature, may hold bacteria acquired from previous uses. Yet, it is unlikely that any bacteria are transferred to users of the soap, as the bacteria are rinsed off with the foam. However, based on the same principles as antibiotics, if antibacterial soaps are used for a prolonged period, germs will mutate becoming immune to the antibacterial qualities contained in the soap. There are many beneficial naturally occurring microbes living on human skin. These microbes attack unwanted germs, helping to keep the skin healthy. Taking a daily bath or shower doesn't wipe these microbes out. Instead they bounce right back within an hour or so, continuing their task. Why would you want to get rid of them?