There’s no denying sustainable and eco-friendly living have a reputation. It’s often deemed expensive, unnecessary, and quite a “middle-class” thing. In fact, sustainable living can be affordable. Especially when done correctly. Ever heard the phrase “work smart, not hard”?
For me, an easy swap to make was switching up my shower routine. Bar soaps are easier to use, space-saving (especially on-the-go), and affordable… if you know where to look. I’ve done the hard work for you and have found the most affordable ones on the market.
Your Local Supermarket // While I’m pro-small business, it’s not always a viable option for everybody. Life has a habit of getting in the way, and if that means grabbing a bar soap from your supermarket while you do your weekly shop, who cares? I’ve bought bar soaps from Tesco in the past for as little as 60p!
Lush Cosmetics // This might not be the most obvious ‘affordable’ choice. Especially when a single bath bomb can set you back a fiver! But Lush have a whole world of bar soaps to choose from. The prices can differ slightly depending on limited edition stock etc. but typically 100g of soap retails for £4-£5.
Friendly Soap // You may recognise this brand from one of my previous sponsored posts – How to Travel Plastic Free Like a Pro. While I was gifted this shampoo bar for the purpose of the post, it’s possibly the most cost-friendly. A regular bottled shampoo could set you back £2-£3 right? Well Friendly Soap retails at £2.75 per 95g bar. I’ve had mine since August and it’s still going strong in October!
Primal Suds // Based in the UK, Primal Suds aim to provide sustainable soaps without the bullshit. No nasty chemicals here! Not to mention, they’re pretty bloody aesthetically pleasing. Their prices vary between products, but are around the £6 average mark. A 130g shampoo retails for £6, as does 120g of soap, and 75g of solid deodorant is £10.
Poapoa // I’ve worked with Poapoa previously on this blog, but their mention in this post isn’t on a sponsored basis. They work to empower those in their supply chain, investing money back into the rural communities who grow and cultivate the ingredients. Similarly to Lush and Primal Suds, 100g of soap retails for £5.75.
Little Soap Company // Created in the Cotswolds, Little Soap Co. produces cruelty free and vegan soaps at an affordable price. With natural ingredients and paper packaging, their soaps range from £2.50 to £4.
Eco Soaps // Locally produced in the Scottish highlands, Eco Soaps’ products start at £3.55 for a 125g bar. This small business proudly avoids palm oil, cuts back on plastic where possible, and is suitable for those with sensitive skin. While I haven’t tried them yet, they’re now on my list!
Soap Folk // Handmade in Stroud, Soap Folk are certified organic, contain no palm oil, and are cruelty and plastic free. They retail for £5.95 per 115g (minimum) bar. Look out for Soap Folk in future posts as I have an exciting collaboration coming up with them!
Simply Soaps // Free from Parabens, SLS, palm oil, and allergens, Simply Soaps is definitely worth checking out. All their products are produced in the UK, locally sourced, and vegan-friendly. What’s not to love? They also have compostable packaging on their soaps so they do their bit for the environment too! If that wasn’t enough, their soaps range from £2.50 to £5.95 for a 110g bar.
Llan Valley Soaps // Of course, I just had to include a small Welsh business in here somewhere! During my Google searches I stumbled upon Llan Valley, who’s tagline is “do what they’re supposed to without harming people, animals, or the environment”. Their soap bars are £3.30 for a (minimum) 100g bar.
So there you have it! Not all eco-friendly alternatives have to cost the earth. Some, if not most, can be cost-effective – especially over time. Not to mention they’re, like, ~totally~ trending right now. [Please note the sarcasm]. Bar soaps went out of style for a couple of years but they’re back with a vengeance! So why not help the planet a little more and boost your Insta cred at the same time?
Whether you’re a bar soap rookie or connoisseur comment your fave below! I love hearing back from you and I always get great recommendations from readers.
I'm Elen Mai, the brains behind Welsh Wanderer and 20-something human biology student from (you guessed it) Wales! Welsh Wanderer is designed with the eco-conscious adventurer in mind. So stick around for tips & tricks on living sustainably.