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Body Wash vs Body Bar: What's The Difference & Which Is Better?

Body Wash vs Body Bar: What's The Difference & Which Is Better?

Article Outline:

1. The Difference Between Body Bars & Body Wash

2. The Pro’s & Con’s For Each

3. How To Use A Body Bar Properly

4. What Makes A Good Body Bar

When it comes to shower essentials, two options often take center stage: body bars and body washes. While they both serve the purpose of cleansing your skin, there are distinct differences between the two. In this article, we'll dive deep into the realm of body bars and body washes, exploring their differences, pros and cons, and how to use a body bar properly. Whether you're a loyal body bar enthusiast or a devout body wash aficionado, this guide will help you make an informed decision about which option suits your bathing preferences best.

The Difference Between Body Bars & Body Washes

Imagine stepping into the shower, reaching for a solid block of cleansing power, and transforming yourself into a sudsy superhero. That's the magic of body bars! These trusty companions have been around for centuries, standing the test of time in the realm of cleanliness. Crafted from a delightful combination of fats, oils, and other magical ingredients, body bars unleash their lathering prowess when introduced to water. But not every body bar is created equal. They come in various forms, each with its own unique charm. From handmade artisan bars that evoke a sense of luxury to moisturizing bars that leave your skin feeling silky smooth, and even exfoliating bars that scrub away your worries, there's a body bar for everyone. So don’t just limit your understanding to the cheap, drug store body bar’s you might have tried in the past… there’s a whole new world out there to discover.


The main difference between a body bar and body wash is that body wash are liquid based cleansers. Housed in bottles or pump dispensers, these shower superheroes are concocted with a magical blend of water, cleansing agents, and nourishing ingredients. With a gel-like consistency that glides over your skin, body washes create a rich and indulgent lather that takes your bathing routine to new heights. They come in a delightful array of fragrances and formulations, catering to every desire and skin type. Whether you crave a masculine scent such as rum and tobacco (like Desperado) or you’re looking for a cooling and invigorating scent (like MINT), there's a body wash that's just perfect for you.

Pros Of Body Bars

  • Exfoliation Extravaganza: Many body bars come with built-in exfoliating properties (like ours!). It could be tiny particles that help scrub away dead skin cells, or specially formulated ingredients that all serve the purpose of leaving you feeling refreshed and rejuvenated. Who needs a spa day when you have a body bar?
  • Versatility: Body bars can serve multiple purposes, such as shaving or as a facial cleanser, making them a versatile addition to your grooming routine.
  • Cost-effective: Body bars tend to last a lot longer than body washes, especially when  paired with a Loofah, offering long-lasting value for your money.
  • Earth-Friendly Vibes: Finally, if you're an eco-warrior on a mission to save the planet, body bars are your environmentally conscious soulmates. They often come wrapped in minimal or plastic-free packaging, reducing your carbon footprint one shower at a time.

Cons Of Body Bars

  • Hygiene Concerns: While they may effectively wash away dirt and grime, there's a hygiene concern to be aware of. If not properly rinsed and dried after use, body bars can create bacteria. If you choose to embrace the solid soap life, remember to keep it clean, dry, and replace it regularly to avoid any unwanted bacterial guests.

  • Sharing Dilemmas: If you're living in a household where sharing is caring, body bars might pose a slight conundrum. Sharing a bar of soap with your roommates or family members means potentially sharing more than just hygiene. So, maybe invest in a few extra bars to avoid any awkward encounters.

  • Low Standards: It’s easy to believe that all body bars are equal, settling for a $1 option from your local drug store over a premium, specially formulated option. If you’re looking to experience the benefits of a Body Bar, don’t expect it with the lower quality options. Take the leap, opt for premium and you’ll never look back again.

Pros Of Body Washes

  • Liquid Lovin': Body washes offer a smooth and silky texture that glides effortlessly across your skin, making you feel like a shower superstar. The liquid formula allows for easy application and distribution, giving you the freedom to lather up every nook and cranny with ease.

  • Variety Galore: Body washes come in an array of fragrances and formulations, catering to every nose and skin type. The options are practically endless!

  • No Soap Droppin': With body washes, you won't have to worry about chasing slippery bars around the shower floor like a contestant on a wild game show. The bottle or pump dispenser keeps things tidy and convenient, saving you from unexpected bathroom acrobatics.

Cons Of Body Washes

  • Bottle Blues: If you're a frequent traveler or gym-goer, lugging around a bulky bottle of body wash can be a bit of a hassle. It's like carrying around a mini-weightlifting session in your bag. So, prepare those biceps for an extra workout if you choose to go the body wash route, or opt for a few smaller bottles to travel with.

  • Product Overload: With so many enticing scents and formulations available, it's easy to get carried away and create a shower shelf that rivals a department store beauty section. Your bathroom might start looking like a fragrance factory, with bottles of body wash staring back at you, silently judging your indecisiveness.

  • Product Overuse: It’s very easy to use too much body wash when applying, but it’s also common to accidently waste that magical liquid. Ever left a body wash bottle on it’s side with the lid still slightly open? Ever accidently squeezed too hard and found yourself having to wash away some of the liquid? It’s easy to overuse body wash due to the way it’s dispensed, and there, it’s easy to have to keep reaching for your wallet again!

How To Properly Use A Body Wash

If you’re edging towards a Body Bar over Body Wash, it’s worth us highlighting the correct way of using it. Using a body bar may seem straightforward, but there are mistakes that men often make that lead to poor hygiene.  Follow these steps to make the most of your body bar experience:

Step 1: Wet your body with warm water to open up the pores and prepare the skin for cleansing.

Step 2: Rub the body bar between your hands or directly on a washcloth or loofah to create a lather.

Step 3: Apply the lather to your body, focusing on areas that require cleansing.

Step 4: Gently massage the lather onto your skin using circular motions to help remove dirt and impurities.

Step 5: Rinse off thoroughly with warm water, ensuring no residue is left on the skin.

Step 6: Pat your skin dry with a towel and follow up with a moisturizer to lock in hydration.

Step 7: Rinse the Body Bar completely and store.

What Makes A Good Body Bar

As we’ve already mentioned, not every body bar was created equal. If you think you’ll get the same luxurious effect from a cheap, drugstore bar of soap in comparison to a body bar that’s been specially formulated think again. So when choosing a body bar, several factors contribute to its quality and effectiveness. Here’s what to look out for:

  • Ingredients: Look for body bars with natural and nourishing ingredients such as shea butter, coconut oil, aloe vera, or essential oils. Avoid bars that contain sulfates, parabens, or artificial fragrances, as they can cause skin irritation. Our Body Bar is infused with a silky combination of natural shea butter and olive oil that will hydrate your skin galore. It also includes just the right amount of pumice and organic oat bran to gently, lightly, yet effectively, exfoliate your skin head-to-toe.

  • Skin Type Consideration: Consider your skin type and choose a body bar that caters to your specific needs. For example, if you have dry skin, opt for a moisturizing body bar, while those with sensitive skin may benefit from gentle and fragrance-free options. If you have dry skin and you use a cheap body bar, you might find it does more harm to your skin than good.

  • Scent and Shape: The scent and appearance of a body bar can enhance your shower experience. Choose a fragrance that appeals to you and consider the shape of the bar. We’ve seen a lot of artisan bars with unique patterns or designs, but to be honest, this looks unique but adds no practicality to your showering experience at all. Opt for a fresh scent (like Eucalyptus Mint) and a rectangular body bar is far more practical than an artisan love heart shaped bar!

  • Reputable Brands: Stick to reputable brands that prioritize quality and use ethical sourcing and manufacturing practices. Read reviews and seek recommendations to ensure you're investing in a reliable body bar.

Which One Is Right For You

So there we have it. We’ve looked at the differences and weighed up the pro’s and con’s for both Body Wash and a Body Bar. We’ve then walked you through how to use a body bar effectively and what to look for when choosing one. But which one would you choose?


Whether you're a devoted body bar enthusiast or a fan of the convenience of body washes, both options have their merits. The choice between a body bar and a body wash ultimately comes down to personal preference, skin type, and individual needs. But whichever option you choose, proper usage and selecting high-quality products will ensure an enjoyable and effective cleansing experience.

Our advice? Choose both!

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