Shower time is an essential daily ritual for most, and in sweltering Singapore, multiple showers can sometimes be a necessity. But what if this routine could become not only refreshing but also eco-friendly?
Embark on a journey towards conscious living by making a simple yet impactful switch from liquid soaps and shampoos to their solid counterparts.
Bar soap is generally regarded as more sustainable because it typically requires less soap and water per wash compared to liquid soap. It also lasts longer, reducing the need for frequent replenishment. What’s more, bar soap uses less energy to produce, package and dispose of.
Today’s market offers an array of bar soaps made with natural ingredients that not only cleanse effectively but also pamper your skin. Many of these products feature minimalist, recyclable packaging, further reducing their carbon footprint.
Here are a few solid showstoppers that exemplify this eco-conscious ethos.
Dr. Bronner’s Pure-Castile Bar Soap (S$9.50)
Hailing from New Zealand, this creamy body bar cleanser boasts a refreshing coconut, ginger and lime scent while promising to scrub, wash, deodorise and moisturise. Its ecological credentials include biodegradability, sustainable sourcing and a formulation free of harmful ingredients. It’s also larger than your standard bar soap and can last approximately 12 to 18 weeks.
This vegan and biodegradable soap bar blends soothing ingredients, including certified palm oil, organic safflower oil, biodynamic avocado oil and biodynamic macadamia oil. Each bar incorporates either linseed meal or primrose seeds for non-abrasive exfoliation. Lemon tea tree and lavender variations are available.
Made in the United States, Caswell-Massey’s commitment to quality is reflected in its plant-based bar soaps, which are free from parabens, sulphates and phthalates. Experience the calming embrace of lavender as you lather up with this glycerin-rich moisturising soap bar. A triple-milled process removes air bubbles and excess water, extending the lifespan of the soap.
One for the frizzy-haired girls, this shampoo bar contains cocoa butter, coconut oil, argan oil and jojoba oil to nourish and hydrate. Colloidal oatmeal lends a soothing touch and imparts a fuller feel to your locks. One bar is good for 80 washes and you can pair it with the conditioner bar for a complete hair care regimen.
HiBAR Shampoo and Conditioner Bar Set (S$36.43)
Tailored for those dealing with dandruff and itchy scalps, this vegan bar incorporates plant-derived keratin, avocado oil for hydration and restoration, tea tree oil for soothing the scalp, and green tea leaf extract to promote healthy hair growth.