Sadly, they come in plastic. I thought I'd had this one figured out by simply making my own liquid soap from soap ends.... of course it was an epic fail. Who knew that the soap ends would harden in the glass bottle? (umm, I should have).
As a result, Andrew and I have been buying only soap for "body wash" and hand soap for over a year and a half now. No more plastic bottles of liquid body wash.
Now I wonder why I ever thought I needed it? We're able to find the most delicious smelling and long lasting locally handmade soap at our farmer's market. With options ranging from coffee-mint to my all-time long lost love Aveda favourite- Rosemary Mint, what is there to miss?
We put our soap ends into a glass dish to be used as our kitchen soap. You could also crochet (or purchase!) a lovely soap saver, like this one. Getting a really nice soap dish is key. Like this fabulous recycled wine glass dish (I'd break it) or a beautiful round clay one like this.
There are a few things to keep in mind when purchasing soap bars:
1. Stick with local and handmade. You're decreasing your soap's carbon footprint and supporting someone locally.
2. Avoid palm oil at all costs. It's the world's second largest crop after soy with around 83% of it coming from Malaysia and Indonesia. One study found that 18,130 square kilometres of rain forest was lost to palm oil plantations between 1982 and 1999 alone. This continued destruction of our planet's natural air filter also decimates thousands of animal and insect species. On top of that, you can add heavy unregulated pesticide use and soil erosion. (Ecoholic, June 2006).
3. Only buy when ingredients are listed. Avoid anything with a whole slew of unrecognizable chemical-y sounding ingredients. Guess what? Soap can be made with relatively simple ingredients that don't need to be identified by their chemical name.
4. Try to stay away from essential oil-heavy soaps. Many essential oils are synthetically made. If the soap smells like a Lush store, it's probably a bit on the heavy essential oil side. Synthetic essential oils can have respiratory and skin reactions and are processed heavily.
5. Get to know your soap maker if possible. Write them with any questions or concerns, chat with them about the ingredients they use.
Our favourite soaps? Free Spirit Farm sold at the Seaport Farmer's Market. This lovely couple make their soap from pesticide free, certified organic oils and herbs. Their soaps last a long time without losing shape or getting mushy and smell delicious without leaving a weird residue. They also carry Acadian Forest Stewardship certified wooden soap dishes that they hand mill themselves. We love them!
I'm telling ya, Eco-Yogis, make the leap to soap bars and never look back!
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