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The Soap Bar Is Back (And Here To Stay)

Like most things in life, I tend to go pretty hard on the scented soap. While I personally identify as both a soap bar enthusiast and connoisseur, I’ve noticed that somewhere along the way, they seem to have lost favour among the masses. I’m here to assuage any fears you may have about the legitimacy/coolness of a good soap bar. I’ve spied them in the bathrooms of beauty insiders across the world, and I scarcely bathe without one. Not only do these luxurious multi-taskers clean your skin (duh!), they also rival your favourite Diptyque candle in scent. There are few better things than walking into a pristine clean, lightly-scented bathroom; it makes ~doing you~ far more relaxing.

Bar soaps are the stuff your minimalist chic dreams are made of, and are also infinitely better for Mother Earth than shower gels in plastic pump containers. Rich and creamy, they lather well, helping to replace the skin’s natural oils. Like generations of smart women before me, I believe a bathroom is never fully dressed without a scented soap. The renaissance of the humble soap bar is upon us, people! DW if you’re new to the game, though — I’ve got you covered with where to kick-start your return back to the bright side.

  • Malin+Goetz Rum Soap Bar

    Get ready to be transported to your happy place. Malin+Goetz’s Rum Soap Bar smells like sipping rum cocktails in Cuba with Hemingway. If that’s not enough to convince you to dabble, it’ll please you to hear that it’s also filled with hydrating goodness. Perfect for those with dry skin, this soap doesn’t strip your skin of its oils, and is infused with moisturising glycerin. Get. On. My. Body.

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    Argentum Le Savon Lune Hydration Bar

    Delight your senses with Argentum’s illuminating, hydrating facial soap bar. If you’re after a beautifully balanced, all-over glow, look no further than Le Savon Lune. Lather the soap up with wet hands, smooth it over your face, and gently wash it away with warm water to truly know what it means to be invigorated. The bar will tighten up yo’ pores, and completely remove all make-up and excess build-up from your day. Worth every penny of it’s $189 price tag.

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    Tom Ford Neroli Portofino Bath Bar

    From the maestro himself! If soap bars have the Tom Ford tick of approval, then you know they’re in vogue. I can’t resist the smell of Tom Ford’s Neroli Portofino Bath Bar — it makes me feel like I’m constantly indulging in my favourite past time of pampering myself. Floral notes sing like a light breeze on the Italian Riviera. As soon as you work the soap into a light, creamy lather, the whole room will ~come alive~ with the smell of TF. Keep by your basin for a daily dose of #luxury.

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    Kiehl's Ultimate Man Body Scrub Soap

    Anyone that says soaps are dull and/or good for nothing clearly hasn’t met this product. An exfoliant and cleanser in one, the Ultimate Man truly lives up to his name. Kiehl’s has packed the bar with oat bran, oatmeal, and pumice to help rejuvenate your dermis and rid it of tired, dead skin. I use this head-to-toe in the morning, and as a result, my skin stays woke all day.

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    Erno Laszlo White Marble Treatment Bar

    Fact: Soaps are luxurious and elegant, and this White Marble Treatment Bar is here to prove it. It smells divine, and is formulated to exfoliate, smooth, and clarify the skin. Filled with powerful skin-conditioning antioxidants, it leaves my face feeling enriched and pampered.

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    Words, Domonique Chevalley.