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Bar Soaps vs. Body Wash: Which is Better?

At some point in our mundane lives, we have often wondered: Are bar soaps better than body wash? Let us unravel the mysteries of time and save you the trouble of contemplation with this blog. We get it, you did not come here to make a decision on your own, nor do you have to. We will compare each product in multiple scenarios so we can give the winner its due credit.

1. Skin Care

Soaps have a reputation for drying out skin as most of them contain chemicals known to cause dryness when applied to the face. Sodium hydroxide is the main culprit here, which is why you should never apply any soap on your face. But there are premium soaps that act like body washes that can moisturize your skin; these usually contain all sorts of exotic butter and essences. Go for any one or both depending on your need, affordability and ease of access.

2. Hygiene

One bathes to get rid of bacteria and germs, not to get them back. However, it is believed that the wet and moist surface of a bar soap provides a cozy haven for bacteria to breed – yikes! Just imagine everyone using the same soap in public bathrooms? But are shower gels any safer to use? Technically, no. Shower gels and body washes are used with loofahs and wash cloths. Storing these in your bathroom as they dry provides the ideal condition for bacteria and molds to grow. The best advice we can give you is to go for what is convenient for you.

3. Travel Friendliness

While bar soaps are guaranteed not to explode in your carry-on, you can’t possibly bring one with you everywhere you go. Also, plucking one from your hotel bathroom and packing it in your toiletries bag isn’t anyone’s idea of a good time. So, it is pretty clear that a travel-size body wash is a winner here and the way to go.

4. Ease of Use

Bar soaps may not be a technical product that needs to be evaluated over ease of use, but it still has a benefit. All you need to do is to take it out of the box and use it while a body wash may require you to have a loofah before soaking it and lathering it with the liquid wash to create the perfect amount of foam. It sounds like a lot of work! Soap certainly takes the lead in this.

5. Cost Effectiveness

This actually depends on the product. While it is all too easy to squirt out more body wash than you need, a bar soap is left at the mercy of shower splash and standing water, resulting in a diminished size of the soap, whether you are using it or not. Looks like the body wash wins this round!

Clearly, there is no obvious winner. Whichever you decide to use depends on your situation and time of need. But, we can surely pitch in a product that we have loved so far Elysyle Body Basics that not only moisturizes your skin but also keeps it nourished throughout the day. If you are team body wash then surely you are going to enjoy it

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