Raising the bar

Remember when liquid soap happened?

It was the early 90s and everyone got excited about shower gel and hand wash. Sainsbury's started making flavours like 'Kumquat & Rosemary' and 'Seakelp & Lavender'- each one a different jewel colour. One summer my mum bought the whole range and we took it on holiday to Spain. It was a heady, decadent time. 

Suddenly it was like a bar of soap had been a bad dream. Banished forever to memories of school and visits to the grandparents. But really, what was so bad about a bar of soap after all?

 The Klar classic soap bar. Made to a 100 year old family recipe.

The Klar classic soap bar. Made to a 100 year old family recipe.

It's true that the tactile nature of a bar means that the idea of sharing it with a stranger can be off-putting. But just to be scientific about this, laboratory tests have shown that bacteria are not transmitted via soap bars, the action of washing cleans bacteria away.

And now that every public bathroom from Selfridges to Whetherspoons is stocked with liquid soap isn't it time we opted for something that distinguishes our private spaces?

That's where the bar of soap comes back into play. There can be few things as pleasing as unwrapping a crisp new bar. The experience of lathering up and the soft bubbly sensation on the skin is something you just don't get with liquid soap.

And that's before we talk about the expense. A bar of soap lasts on average 3 times as long as liquid soap. What's more its carbon footprint is 25% smaller. Just think of the landfill required for all those bottles and pumps.

Granted some traditional soap bars tend to mush after a little use. But not the soap made by Klar.

 Klar Ladies,  gentleman's and children's soap. Klar make something for everyone. The wrapping designs are from the orginal 1950s editions.

Klar Ladies,  gentleman's and children's soap. Klar make something for everyone. The wrapping designs are from the orginal 1950s editions.

Klar know how to make soap that stays perfect to the very last nub. They have had enough practice. This family have been making soap for 170 years. They use only the finest natural and organic ingredients and no nasty petrochemicals that are often found in liquid soaps. 

 Klar ladies bath soap is a luxurious combination of coconut oil and lotus flower.

Klar ladies bath soap is a luxurious combination of coconut oil and lotus flower.

The only problem a bar of soap gives you is finding a good soap dish. Not as easy as you might think. But I am on the case.