When come to bar soap vs. liquid soap, first let me get this off my chest – I absolutely despise liquid soap. I dislike making it, or using it. Basically, I’ve had so much many fails with that it - I find it slimy and I just don’t like it.
However, it is completely your choice which you want to use, so today I’m going to present you with pros and cons – for both the usage and the making of both bar soap and liquid soap.
But do remember, this is completely my experience, it varies from person to person; some people may despise bar soap as much as I do liquid soap.
Now, come into my kitchen, let me pour you a big glass of red wine, and let’s talk.
I love bar soap. But you already know that. But don’t get me wrong – I don’t like store-bought bar soap, because it dries out my skin.
You know that feeling when you rub a store-bought soap on your hands, and the minute you wash it off your hands feel dry and cracked like a saltine?
Yeah, that’s because our store-bought soaps use too many chemicals – since they need these soaps to last longer - but at what expense? The expense of our skin.
A lot of people will tell you that bars have a higher level of pH than liquid soap – which is true – if you don’t make your own soap!
So, I make my own bars. I love it because I choose everything and anything that goes into the soap. And my handmade soaps don’t dry out the skin. Even if you have oily skin, you can customize your homemade bar soaps to your benefit.
When it comes to making, which is better, which is easier, and safer? I can honestly say, bar of soap. Why you ask?
Let me pour you another glass of wine and explain.
Simply – when making bar soap you needn’t use the lye + water solution, you can use melt-and-pour base.
This is way safer, especially for beginners, since you don’t have to watch for dangerous fog running away from the lye and water mixture, you don’t have to worry that everything will explode, or eat through your hand.
You just simply melt the base, and then add the rest of the ingredients. However, this is something you can’t do with liquid soap.
Okay, let me tell you a story of my epic fail with liquid soap. Sit down, please. Cradle that glass of wine, you’ll need it.
So, there I was, all happy and giddy while making my first liquid soap. Oh, if only I knew the series of unfortunate events that would follow.
Basically, I thought I could do this one the safe way, too. When you’re making a hard bar you can easily substitute the lye and water solution with melt-and-pour base, and I thought I’d do the same thing with my liquid soap recipe – people usually use the pre-made paste for making liquid soap instead of KOH and water mixture, but this paste seemed just too fickle for me.
I didn’t want to use the pre-made paste for a couple of reasons-
I took a block of all-natural olive oil soap base, and dropped it into water, waiting for it to dissolve. What happened? Oh, it dissolved all right, but it hardened. And now I had this huge bowl of hardened soap.
I tried melting it again, but it just hardened again.
So, this technique – no worky. Don’t do it.
For making liquid soap you either need to have the pre-made paste, or some KOH and water mixture – which is tiresome, dangerous work, and most of all – not easy.
But, if you are a daredevil, and insist on making homemade liquid soap – I must warn you – sodium hydroxide is used to make hard bar soap, while potassium hydroxide is used to make liquid soap.
Also, if you succeed in making your own liquid soap – sometimes it goes bad pretty fast, or it becomes ‘milky’ – this is a common concern with dishwashing homemade liquid soap.
Here, let me pour you another glass of wine. What I’m trying to say is – mostly in usage there’s almost no difference while using hard or liquid soap. They both have cons and pros – hard soap may have some left over bacteria each time you wash.
But if you make it at home and not buy at a store – it is healthier for your skin; while liquid soap may be handier because you just squeeze it out, but that’s how you use an excess of it most of the time, plus liquid soap (store-bought) is more harmful to your skin than homemade bar.
Now, the recipes – making hard bars of soap is definitely easier, simpler, and safer, while making liquid soap is a bit more complicated, some crucial ingredients are harder to find.
It is a longer process that may go wrong more often than with hard soap, plus in my experience it goes bad faster than hard bars of soap.
As you can see, for the question of handmade bar soap vs. liquid soap, in my opinion bar soap wins hands down, and these are the easy recipes you will find on this site.
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