Bar Soaps for Body Wash: Low Waste Living on a Budget #2

Now I know that we won’t have the snafu that we ran into last time, because to be honest, if you find a bar of soap that costs more than $30, then you’re just doing something wrong.

Products in bar form are going to feature heavily in this series, as it is one of the most affordable ways to get your products. Getting your body wash in bar form is not only easier on the wallet, but it also makes traveling so much easier. You no longer have to worry about your bottles leaking and getting liquids all over your clothes! Bars also come in less packaging and much less plastic that your traditional bottle of body wash. The best ones come in little to no plastic at all!

What I think a lot of people don’t know is that many of the products that you find in liquid form, can also be found in bar form. I’m here to challenge you to look for your favorite body wash in bar form the next time that you go out to shop for body wash, and if you can’t find it, then maybe try and find a new scent or formula that could work for you. Note that I may not have a lot to say about each bar, since I haven’t tried them all, but I am recommending them based on packaging and average customer reviews.

Here are some of my recommendations for what you can find at Walmart and Target:

Dove Men+Care

I don’t want to leave my male audience out of the loop for this one. A lot of times my content tends to be catered towards women, so with this series I want to try to be as equal as possible. So at Walmart and Target? You can find Dove Men+Care bars in a multitude of different scents. What’s great is that this brand’s bars are usually for the body and the face, so you get to kill two birds with one stone.


Dove is a very versatile brand for soaps, as they have something for almost every one. From super hydrating, to gentle exfoliating, and they have a scent catalog to the point where you are most certainly going to find something that you like.

Dr. Bronner’s Pure Castile Soap

This is another bar of soap that can meet a lot of different needs. Not only just a body bar, but this soap can also be used for the face and cleaning around the house. Dr. Bronner’s usually comes in essential oils scents with lavender and peppermint being the most common.


Another brand that is known for their face and body washes. Olay has upped their game in the past year to compete with Dove, and have come out with an array of formulas and scents.


Harry’s came on the scene a few years ago with their razors and have expanded their line to a few face and body products. While they are typically marketed towards men, I found their scents to be pretty versatile to the point where they could be unisex.


I had honestly never heard of Yardley before researching for this post, but they seem to have a good reputation for being great on sensitive skin. They also say that you can use their bar on your face as well.


Ivory has done a huge rebrand in the past year and say that their bars are 99.44% pure (honestly I have no clue what they mean by that). Ivory was what we used in my family when I was younger because of my sister’s sensitive skin so I thought it would be a good addition to this list.


Probably my personal favorite of this list. Native lists all their ingredients so that you can understand what is in the product you’re using. They also have an amazing array of scents. If you’re looking for one of the best bars on this list eco-friendly wise, this is it.


Raw Sugar

This bar is cruelty free and plant based, and for every bar of soap bought, they donate one.

Ethique Body Wash Bar

Ethique is one of my favorite brands for shampoo bars, and their body wash bars are just as good. They are a bit on the high side for a bar of soap, but honestly worth it in every way.

Final Thoughts

This is one of those swaps that just make sense because you’re saving money while still getting the same great quality product. Honestly, in my opinion, soap is soap. All I really care about is that I don’t smell and I’m not dirty anymore. The scent and formula of the bar comes second to me in almost every respect.  For those of you with sensitive skin, I know that this may be a harder switch for you, but there are bars out there that do work for sensitive skin, I promise. You can even find lists like this one that tell you all the brands that work great for sensitive skin. Resources are out there for you to find what works best.




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