Bar Soap Is Back (Because We Like Our Body Care Handmade, All-Natural and Small-Batch)

Beauty trend authorities are in agreement: classic bar soap is making a comeback. “I think brands are really honing in on natural skin care, and these [referring to the selection found on her site] are sulfate-free, beautiful, gentle and all natural bar soaps that really work,” Alice Yoon, founder of K-beauty e-commerce site Peach & Lily, told Fashionista.

No, she’s not talking old-school standbys like Coast and Dial (or any of the brands the FDA sent running back to the lab when it banned triclocarban and triclosan, two antibacterial chemicals used, up until recently, in about 40 percent of soaps). “Don’t confuse these bar soaps with the harsh soaps of the past; they are gentle and efficacious formulas meant for your face,” Yoon said.

We know what you’re thinking. Bar soaps are slippery. They’re messy. They sometimes develop unsightly little fissures that trigger our OCD. And with so many neatly packaged body washes currently on offer — among them Glossier’s well-received Body Hero — why venture into the unknown?

Well, because these luxurious bar soaps are basically the cleanser equivalent of fancy underwear. Rarely do you think to buy it for yourself, but once you do, there’s no going back. For one, they smell great. For another, they’re made from carefully sourced, organic ingredients we trust to clean our most private of places. Many are forged by hand, the end results so pretty you almost can’t bear to bring them in contact with water, but knowing the effect they have on skin, you do anyway.

Trust us, seeing, smelling and washing is believing. Above, 14 next-level bar soaps that’ll make you a convert.

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