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4 of the Best Exfoliating Soaps


We live in a much different world than we were just a couple of years ago. The COVID-19 pandemic has forced us all to take extra safety measures like staying home more often, washing our hands more, and simply focusing on the things we hold most dear. Home self-care is something that many of us have adapted to during this time. While we used to rely on going to the spa or an aesthetician for a body treatment such as a facial, things have changed. We have adopted a hybrid model, performing these body treatments at home and professional establishments. This trend seems to be sticking around even though we could go back to our old routines.

Another trend that’s here to stay? Multi-use skincare products! The more eco-minded we’ve become has undoubtedly influenced the feeling that less is more. According to Mintel, 23% of 18-24 year-olds used fewer personal care products in 2021 than the year prior. Exfoliating bar soaps are perfect for those looking to minimize their product footprint; they are effective cleansers and remove dead skin cells, perfect for a spa-like experience at home. Some exfoliating bar soaps even contain ingredients known to moisturize or reduce inflammation. There are a TON of options out there when it comes to picking the best exfoliating cleanser for you. Here are just a few of our top picks.

Grove Collaborative’s Roven Peach Bar Smooth and sudsy, this bar is great for all skin types. This mineral-rich bar is formulated for both hands and body and uses all-natural Himalayan Sea salt as an exfoliating agent. This cleanser contains a coconut and shea butter base, and the raspberry scent is irresistible!

C.O. Bigelow Mentha Body Soap This minty exfoliator uses finely ground walnut shells in their formula. Perfect for the shower or bath, it gently washes away dead skin cells, leaving your skin smooth and refreshed. C.O. Bigelow’s bar is not overly harsh or scented, making it ideal for everyday use.

Biore Charcoal Bar If you are looking for a more intense exfoliator, check out one of Biore’s most popular cleansers. Their charcoal bar works triple-time to unclog pores, exfoliate, and cleanse. Unlike C.O. Bigelow’s body bar, this one is meant for your face and contains a natural cooling agent and peppermint oil to leave your skin feeling extra fresh following use.

Oars + Alps Blue Charcoal Bar This impressive bar soap packs a real punch with some serious ingredients. Witch hazel, algae, volcanic sand, and activated charcoal work together to clean, balance, and buff skin. Targeted toward men who care about their skin, many of their online reviewers claim it is the “best soap ever!” ● 


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