Most of us are very careful about what we ingest, often trying hard to avoid any artificial ingredients or anything which isn't natural in our foods. So it's interesting that many of us don't apply the same thinking when it comes to products that we apply to our skin, such as soaps. If you take a look at the ingredients which are used in most of the soaps stocked on supermarket shelves, you'd probably be shocked at the things which many companies pack into these products.
Luckily, for anyone wanting to avoid these unpronounceable ingredients in their soap bars, there are lots of brilliant natural soap bars out there to buy. We wanted to round up the best natural soap bars that we've found, based on our experience and on third-party reviews. Let's get into it:
Faith In Nature Hand Made Soap
Regular readers of our blog will be familiar with the Faith In Nature brand as we've included them in a number of our guides, including our recent roundup of the best natural toothpaste. But we have to say that the soap from Faith In Nature is maybe the best product that the brand makes - made entirely by hand, the soap is made using natural aroma & essential oils, and absolutely no silicone, paraben, SLS, or SLES. The soap is also Vegan Society approved, and there is no plastic used in the packaging. We loved the Tea Tree soap and felt that it was really nice on our skin, plus it has an amazing 4.6/5 rating on Amazon from almost 2000 reviews. Learn more and buy it here - amazon.co.uk
Zaytoun is a soap brand which is quickly growing in popularity, and we're not surprised by that at all. The soaps from this brand are hand-crafted in small batches and entirely made from natural ingredients, with olive oil as the main ingredient used in every soap. All of the Zaytoun soap is free from palm oil and free from SLS and parabens. We love how the olive oil gives this soap a luxurious and rich feeling on our skin, learn more and buy it here - zaytoun.uk
All of the soap bars made by Ethique are made using sustainably sourced, naturally-derived ingredients. This includes olive and coconut oils, as well as natural essential oils and other plant-based ingredients. The soap bars are non-drying and feel lovely on the skin. Learn more and explore the full range here - hollandandbarrett.com
UpCircle Fennel & Cardamom Chai Soap Bar
The soap bars from UpCircle are among the highest-rated soap bars that we could find on Amazon, with a very impressive rating of 4.4/5 from more than 130 reviews. Every soap bar from the UpoCircle range is made using 100% natural ingredients, and they're also all free from palm oil and made using vegan-friendly ingredients. We loved the Fennel & Cardamom scented soap which had a lovely fresh scent and slightly tingled our skin. Learn more and buy it here - amazon.co.uk
Made without silicones or sulphates, the soap bars from Foamie provide a gentle and soothing clean without the need for any ingredients which aren't natural. The soap is also never tested on animals and is also PETA certified. We love these products, learn more and buy them here - foamie.co.uk
Dr. Organic cleansing soap
Dr. Organic is an excellent natural brand that we love the lip balm from, but the cleansing natural soap bars from this brand are just as excellent. Every ingredient in this soap is 100% vegan, and the soap is never tested on animals. But the ingredients are also bioactive and very effective at cleansing the body. The soap from Dr Organic is among the most popular products from the brand, with a very impressive 4.5/5 rating on the Holland and Barrett website. Learn more and buy it here - hollandandbarrett.com
Just as the brand name suggests, Friendly Soap is a brand which makes soap bars that are very friendly to your skin. All of the soap bars made by Friendly Soap are free from added fragrances, as well as free from sulfates, preservatives, and palm oil. The packaging also contains no plastic, and the soap is never tested on animals. We tried the Cocoa Butter soap (pictured), which is made with 100% natural ingredients and had a lovely scent. Learn more and explore the full range here - friendlysoap.co.uk
We hope this guide helps you to find an excellent natural soap bar to use on your skin. Let us know if you've tried any of these or if you have any other suggestions for us.