Grooming

Bar soap’s back, alright

They’re better for your skin and the environment

As a Jackal reader, your bathroom is most likely packed with the latest grooming products. Unfortunately, that also means that your bathroom is full of plastic bottles – many of which probably aren’t recyclable. As David Attenborough tells us, if we keep going at our current rate of waste disposal, there will be more plastic in the oceans than fish by the year 2050. Not good. However, one of the most straightforward ways you can rid your shower of one piece of unnecessary plastic is by taking a grooming tip from your grandfather and switching from shower gel to bar soap.

‘Body bars’, as they have now been re-christened by many brands, are now a regular occurrence on the shelves of the sleekest grooming houses, often crafted into show-off shapes, packed with exfoliants and infused with signature scents. Beyond that, save the wax paper or cardboard box they might come inside, the great thing about body bars is that they eventually lather into total obscurity, meaning no plastic to dispose of. So while it might feel old-school to go back to the bar, in reality it’s a small shift in your morning routine that future-proofs the planet. Turns out grandpa was onto something. Read on for the best body bars on the market for men.

Aesop Body Cleansing Slab 

This cleansing slab is perfect for gently removing excess oils and dirt while keeping natural pH and moisture levels thanks to the three steam-distilled botanical extracts that Aesop has worked in. This is also not your normal body bar as it’s about three times the size of your standard bar of soap. So it’s recommended that you work it up into a light lather (you won’t get a super thick foam as they’ve forgone artificial foam thickeners) and then rub this in from neck to toe. 

£17 for 310g, aesop.com

Baxter of California Exfoliating Body Bar

For those who like a really good scrub this is for you. While you might think they’re using illegal microbeads to get such good exfoliating from a bar of soap, you’d be wrong. Baxter of California instead opted to use jojoba meal and crushed olive seeds to help remove dead skin and any rough patches. The level of exfoliation that this bar provides will leave your skin feeling incredibly soft. 

£16 for 227g, available from amazon.co.uk

Tom Ford Neroli Portofino Bath Bar

From the master perfumer comes this fresh and fragrant bath bar that is supposed to evoke a cool breeze along the Italian Riviera. While your bathroom might not quite feel like Portofino, by working this into a rich lather your skin will feel far fresher and smoother than before. And working some more Tom Ford fragrance into your morning routine will never be a bad thing. 

£27 for 155g, tomford.co.uk

Kiehl’s Ultimate Man Body Scrub Bar

Not exfoliating properly can lead to clogged pores, not to mention dry and flaky skin. That’s why Kiehl’s mixed in oat bran, oat kernels and pumice to help naturally scrub away the layer of dead skin that can cause all of these pesky problems. They claim it is especially effective in the tricky areas of your elbows and heels where your skin can get extra dry. 

£14 for 200g, kiehls.co.uk

Molton Brown Re-Charge Black Pepper Body Scrub Bar

Combining exfoliating power and fresh, masculine scent, the peppercorns in this bar from Molton Brown deliver on both fronts. There’s also bergamot and oakmoss to round out the scent profile of your morning shower, as well as antioxidant rich peppercorn oil to help protect your skin throughout the day. 

£18 for 250g, moltonbrown.co.uk