New, organic bar soaps may give liquid a run for its money.
By Jo Abbie
"It may not be as popular as its trendy new cousin – liquid body wash – but old-fashioned bar soap could be on the verge of a renaissance, as natural-loving, green-leaning consumers begin to favor pure, organic and cruelty-free bar soaps over their plastic-clad liquid counterparts.
These beautiful bars are a far cry from the ubiquitous cakes of Dial that sat in many people’s soap dishes growing up. Packed with natural ingredients rather than chemicals, and made using vegetable instead of animal fats, this new breed of soap is actually made using an ancient method.
Making soaps on a much smaller scale are Kasey and Kelly Evick, the sisters behind young line Biggs and Featherbelle. Their handmade, natural soaps are made using botanicals, vitamins, vegetable and nut oils, and various herbs and spices. They are also free of synthetic fragrances, dyes and additives, and are packaged in recyclable paper. Adding to their appeal are the quirky names its makers have given the various bars, including Bar-tender, Bar-lesque and Granola Bar."