Today we are talking about bawdy soap.
Frugal Faye’s pick? Good old bar soap!
Before my Whole Home Detox, the last time I remember actually using bar soap was probably in the 6th grade. (Zest, it was at our house.) I graduated to liquid body wash in junior high school, as I became a more sophisticated woman. You know. Because it cleans you more better and stuffs.
My grandma always had a pink bar of Oil of Olay in her shower and a rose-shaped one in her green soap dish next to the bathroom sink. Not that it has anything to do with this post. However, I do hope one day when I am a grandma that I can have a rose-shaped soap in a dish next to my bathroom sink. Non-toxic, of course.
When I started trying to find an economical way to rid my home of chemicals and over-priced toiletries, it didn’t take me long to figure out that liquid body wash (while lovely and foamy) is a pretty big waste of money and plastic. I also noticed that they tend to contain a whole more chemicals and preservatives than bar soaps.
Bar soap, guys. It lasts FOREVER.
Frugal Faye’s Soap Criteria:
- Naturally scented
- Organic (if possible)
- Fair Trade (if possible)
- $4 per bar limit
- SMELLS GOOD. Who are we kidding. It’s mostly about smell.
By the way, if you are worried about giving up your shaving gel, do not be. Just lather up your gams with one of these lovely concoctions!
Frugal Faye’s Top Three Bar Soaps
Favorites first. My favorite soap of all is Nubian Heritage shea butter soap. Their website is not currently in service, but you can read about their product and history on their Facebook page. I like it because it meets all my criteria, smells delightful, and works the best for shaving. You can snag a bar for around $3-$4.
My personal favorite is the Coconut and Papaya. (Don’t eat it. Just smell it.)
Kiss My Face:
This is the most economical choice at about $2.50 per bar! It is made of olive oil instead of shea butter. It also lasts the longest of the three but I don’t care for the smell quite as much. Their Green Tea scent is my pick though!
Dr. Bronner’s Pure Castile Soap
This is the most expensive of the three but it is the purest and most versatile. (I use it in my homemade laundry soap too). Dr. Bronner’s bars are made with ” a combination of organic extra virgin coconut, olive, jojoba and hemp oils, together with pure essential oils.” I have only used the peppermint, and the scent is very potent. Which I like. A lot.
Where to Buy
I get all of my toiletries at Vitacost.com. They offer huge discounts off of regular retail and free shipping for any order over $50. I log on about every other month and stock up so I can get my free shipping. It’s really the most affordable way I have found to purchase natural and organic toiletries.
Sadly, they do not offer an affiliate program to bloggers California, so I’m not making any commissions by telling you this.
Other than maybe you’ll trust me as a credible source of information and buy a book from me some day.
How do you lather up? Is there a great body soap that I missed on my list? Also if you have a rose-shaped soap in a dish next to your sink, I need to know.