Happy Monday and welcome to the sixth installment of "The low-impact loo," a special series of product-centric posts dedicated to a part of the home that's hard to ignore when both nature and Mother Nature call: the bathroom. We spend a good amount of time in the bathroom — most of us start and end our days in there — and it's an easy place to lower your environmental impact in numerous ways without sacrificing an ounce of style or comfort.
Following up on last week's post where I spotlighted various eco-friendly medicine cabinet must-haves
, today I'm taking a look at a shower staple that if you don't already have ... well, I don't know what to tell you. I'm talking about bar soap, the foundation of all bathroom-bound personal care products.
While many of us have our preferred brand of name-brand bar soap that maintains a constant presence in our shower — Dial, Dove, Ivory, Irish Spring, your grandmother's favorite, Cashmere Bouquet, and the list goes on and on — it's worth investigating lesser known brands that clean and then some without the use of iffy chemical ingredients such as triclosan
that can wreak havoc on aquatic ecosystems once they're washed down the drain. Because really, the only soap-related drama in your household, environmental or otherwise, should occur on daytime network television.
Below you'll find a dozen lather-worthy soaps that boasts various eco-attributes: cruelty-free, castile (olive oil-based), vegan/vegetarian (free of animal tallow), handcrafted, organic, and on. Plus, all of them boast lovely and invigorating scents courtesy of essential oils and plant-based ingredients. Personally, I jump around when it comes to bar soaps so I've actually tried out a few of the below (for the past several months, I've been big on tea tree oil-based ones). Is there a type of eco-friendly soap that's a constant fixture in your shower? There are tons out there so tell me about it in the comments section ...
Organic Lavender Eucalyptus Soap @ SkinnySkinny ($9)
Save Water Soap @ CB2
Saipua Saltwater Soap @ Terrain
Sabon Organic Bar Soap @ Sabon