In Praise of the Humble Bar of Soap

Read this post on allure.com here.

I love swanky beauty products—La Mer face cream formulated with hand-harvested fermented kelp ($150), Oribe texturizing hair spray ($39), Tom Ford lipsticks housed in sleek gold tubes ($48). But after staying with my older brother for a few days during the recent hurricane, I rediscovered an old friend in the sparse grooming supplies at his bachelor pad: the Dove Beauty Bar ($1.25).

I’m generally not a fan of bar soap—it’s slippery, clunky, and loses its shape after a single use. How could it possibly compete with a luxurious body wash? But Dove’s classic soap left my skin feeling soft and hydrated, and the scent is refreshingly mild and clean. Not convinced? Try easing yourself back to bars with these slightly more luxe options.

Sabon Soap on a Rope. Aside from looking chic in your shower, these handmade soaps have vanilla essential oil, palm oil, and olive oil to form a thick lather.

Malin + Goetz Mojito Soap Set. With three triple-milled soaps that smell of rum, mint, and lime, this cocktail-themed collection is a tropical treat (and not at all like the floor of a tiki bar at last call).

Molton Brown Re-Charge Black Pepper Bodyscrub Bar. Flecked with cracked black peppercorns and infused with pepper oil, this spicy soap deep-cleans and doubles as a body scrub.

L’Occitane Lavande Perfumed Soap. This gorgeous soap leaves behind a subtle lavender scent that smells fresh, not heavy.
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Daily Beauty Reporter: Word of the Day: Soap Noodle!
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PHOTO: ROGER CABELLO

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