Both bathing solutions are common. Is one better than the other? Is one product a clear winner in the bar-soap-vs.-body-wash debate? What exactly are the differences between bar soap and liquid soap? As you choose your personal cleanser, use the following guide to decide which is best for you.

Differences between bar soap and liquid soap

The main difference between these two products is the ingredients used to make them. Liquid soap is made with potash (potassium hydroxide). Bar soap is made with lye (sodium hydroxide). Bar soap also contains higher quantities of superfat and glycerin.

When it comes to effectiveness for cleaning, there is not much difference between bar soap and liquid soap. There are, however, unique pros and cons to each type of soap.

Bar soap pros

  • Cost-effective: Bar for bar and ounce for ounce, you will typically pay less for bar soap than liquid soap. If you’re looking for the most budget-friendly option, bar soap is probably your best bet.
  • Environmentally friendly: Due to the natural ingredients found in bar soap, this is the greener option of the two. If this is a top priority for you, you may want to choose bar soap over liquid soap.
  • Pure ingredients: Some manufacturers produce bar soap with minimal, pure ingredients. There’s usually no need for chemical preservatives or other extraneous ingredients, so you get just what you need to get clean.

Bar soap con

  • Skin dehydration: Bar soap contains a harsh ingredient that can dehydrate your skin; therefore, washing with a bar soap can remove natural oils from the body and leave it dehydrated. If your skin has ever felt extra tight or “squeaky clean” after bathing with bar soap, this is why.

Body wash pros

  • Moisturizing: Unlike bar soap, which can dehydrate the skin, liquid soap is better for moisturizing. It does not contain the same drying ingredients as bar soap, so if dry skin is a concern, you may be better off choosing liquid soap.
  • Hygienic: Liquid soap may be slightly more hygienic than bar soap, depending on how the bar is stored and used.

Body wash cons

  • Chemical ingredients: Liquid body wash contains preservatives, so it may include harsh chemicals that you don’t want on your skin or in the environment.
  • Cost: In many cases, liquid soap is more expensive than bar soap, so this might not be the most budget-friendly option.

Find the right soap for you

Want to learn more about the differences between bar soap and liquid soap? Visit Soaps & Scents today. We have been making beautiful handmade soaps for over 20 years, so we are your go-to experts for all things soap. We offer bar and liquid soaps in a variety of fragrances and even some fun soaps such as our Ducky or Cupcake soaps. We make everything by hand in small quantities, and all of our soaps are free of animal products. If you haven’t had a chance to try our wonderful soaps and products, you’re in for a treat! Stop by today to find the perfect cleansing solution for your needs.

Skincare isn’t just for women, but most men are hesitant to pick up these types of products, lest they be labeled too “girly.” Maybe the men in your life don’t want to smell like flowers and candy, but there’s nothing like a good handmade soap or sugar scrub to make them feel like a million bucks. If you choose a great unisex scent, you might just turn your dad into a skincare aficionado. Here’s why body scrubs for men make such a great gift.

Exfoliation and hygiene are for everyone

Everyone—men included—can benefit from high quality soaps and sugar scrubs. After all, everyone needs to wash and exfoliate their skin. Even if the idea of sugar scrubs seems too feminine for your dad, he might be pleasantly surprised once he gives them a try.

Exfoliation removes dead skin cells from the skin’s surface. This prevents them from building up, clogging pores and causing acne. Many men suffer from acne on their bodies, but don’t realize that a quick sugar scrub treatment can eliminate the problem entirely. It also prevents ingrown hairs, and when there’s a moisturizing ingredient included, it will leave your skin clean and smooth.

Choosing the right scent for men

Generally, men tend to gravitate toward spicy, woodsy or musky scents. If you’re having a hard time choosing a sugar scrub for the men in your life, try to avoid “sweet” smells. Those are typically associated with women, which could ruin your “stay clean and exfoliated” campaign before it even begins. That means our Sugar Plum Fairy and Jasmine sugar scrub scents are probably out, unless your dad loves to flout convention.

However, citrus and herbal scents are almost always a good bet. For example, lemongrass has a sharp, tart scent, while eucalyptus offers a unisex vegetal note. Adding sage to fruit scents, like our Blackberry Sage and Tangerine Sage scrubs, is a great compromise. The bright, fruity notes are tempered with an herbal note.

When it comes to soaps, our Teak and Sandalwood scent is popular among men—the woodsy notes are clean and masculine. Another great choice for men is the Salty Mariner. If your dad loves to be out on the water, this scent will make him smell like he has been, in the best possible way. If your dad is a fan of musk-based colognes, our Masculine Musk soap will be the perfect complement to his normal routine.

Shop for Dad at Soaps & Scents

With Father’s Day right around the corner, now is the perfect time to upgrade Dad’s daily shower routine. Not sure what kind of scents or bath products he might enjoy? Stop by our store to get help from one of our friendly staff members. We’ll be glad to help you choose the perfect gift for Dad. Call, stop by or shop online today to get the perfect body scrub picked out in time for Father’s Day—he’s sure to appreciate the thoughtful gift, and might even have his eyes opened to other skincare products!

If you’re new to the processes involved in soap making—or just want to find out what some common soap making terms mean—you might be confused by “cold process” vs. “cold press.” Although these terms sound quite similar, they actually refer to completely different processes. In short, cold process is a soap making procedure, while cold press refers to the process of oil extraction. Although they’re both related to soap making, knowing what they mean can help you choose higher-quality products and better understand the process.

Cold process soap making

Some soap making methods use a heat source, but this is not the case with cold process soap making. This method (which is sometimes called CP for short) combines oils and lye to create a soap. This slows the chemical reaction and allows the soap maker to create elaborate patterns and swirls.

In traditional soap making, the maker might use kettles, heat chambers or crockpots to speed up the chemical process. The heat increases the reaction rate, so the soap blends together faster—but it also doesn’t allow for cool designs.

Cold process just mixes the lye and oils together until it creates a stable emulsion. Then the maker is able to create intricate patterns or other designs without worrying that the soap will cool and harden too quickly. This method is preferred for most handcrafted soaps, while traditional soap making is usually used by industrial makers. Both will turn out perfectly usable soaps—but cold process usually indicates it’s handcrafted.

Cold press

Cold pressing, on the other hand, is a method of oil extraction—which is not a soap making process at all. Cold pressing involves grinding plant seeds or nuts into a paste, then mixing to ensure the oils coagulate. Next, the maker uses a mechanical press to extract the oils from the solids.

The cold pressing method turns out a higher-quality product than other methods of oil extraction, which may use heat or solvents. It’s also environmentally friendly—anytime you can avoid using solvents, you’ll get a cleaner end product that retains more of its nutrients, flavonoids and antioxidants. In other words, if you see the term “cold press” on soaps or essential oils, you know you’re getting a finer and purer product. The only drawback to cold press extraction is that it yields far less oil, making it more expensive.

Get more information about cold process vs. cold press

Now that you know the basic difference between these two processes, you can apply it to soap making and shopping knowledge. In short, cold process soaps will generally have more attractive designs. Since the process takes a lot longer to complete, the soap maker has probably made them by hand, ensuring a higher-quality product. Meanwhile, cold press essential oils are a higher quality oil that retains more nutrients and other positive compounds.

For the highest-quality soaps—made with high-quality essential oils—visit Soaps & Scents today or shop online. We look forward to helping you find what you’re looking for!