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It’s a rivalry as old as time. No, not the Ottomans versus the Persians or Arsenal versus Spurs. It’s a conflict that takes place in every toiletry isle and upon every bathroom sink across the country. Hand Wash versus the Soap Bar. Is hand wash really more moisturizing? Do Soap Bars actually remove more dirt? We have all the answers and offer both product types in a variety of lovely fragrances and formulations on our website.

Making a habit of washing your hands is a crucial part of staying healthy, especially in light of the recent COVID-19 pandemic. It’s important to find an effective soap with a fragrance you enjoy to wash away those germs and keep hands feeling fresh. So, which type of hand cleanser is more effective?

Hand Wash and Soap Bars are as effective as each other

There’s no winner in this battle, and you therefore can’t go wrong when selecting which product you would like to grace your sink. This is because both forms of soap do the same job and therefore create the same outcome. Soap of any kind will reduce the number of pathogens, germs and viruses on your hands. Scientifically speaking soap molecules have one end that bonds with water and another end that bonds with oils and fats. When we apply soap to our hands and rub our hands together under the sink, the tiny soap molecules are lifting the dirt and oil particles, as well as germs from the skin while the tap water flushes them down the sink. 

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So, the choice of hand wash or soap bar is yours, as long as you are being good and washing your hands for roughly twenty seconds. While both forms of soap are equally effective as each other, they do come with their own unique benefits and disadvantages.

5 Benefits of Hand Wash

  1. Keep sinks looking tidy as there is no wet soap bar residue. It’s true that a soap bar on a sink can look a bit lonely and leave a bit of residue behind. That’s why we recommend resting a soap bar on a tray. We provide soap dishes that make a statement in your bathroom and provide excellent storage and sophistication to the sink.
  2. Often more moisturizing due to its chemical makeup, which means more hydrated hands. However, this is not the case at The Somerset Toiletry Company as our soap bars come triple-milled and packed with natural hydrating ingredients.
  3. Easy and fun to use.
  4. A better travel companion, in comparison to soap bars.
  5. Optimal in a busy household with many hard-working hands.

Naturally European Rose Petal Hand Wash 500ml

£8.50

Naturally European Hand Wash (500ml) adds a touch of luxury to your day. The liquid soap’s classic design and perfected formulation will bring elegance to any sink.

*Refill pouch available now!

🇬🇧 UK Made 🐰 Cruelty Free 🌱 Vegan Friendly

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Naturally European Hand Wash Collection 3 x 100ml

£9.95

Naturally European Hand Wash Collection is an ideal gift for anyone who enjoys fine fragrance and a little luxury. This luxurious gift set contains three liquid hand soaps in three classic scents: Verbena, Freesia & Pear and Ginger & Lime.

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Aromas Artesanales de Antigua Hand Wash – Orange Blossom 500ml

£4.45

Add a little luxury to your day with Aromas Artesanales de Antigua (AAA) Orange Blossom Hand Wash (500ml). Wonderfully aromatic and sweet, yet fresh and enticing, orange blossom is a beautiful name for a beautiful fragrance.

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Naturally European Verbena Hand Care Caddy 2 x 300ml

£14.95

This stylish Verbena Hand Care Caddy brings together a Naturally European Verbena Hand Wash and Verbena Hand Lotion. This selection ensures your hands are clean, moisturised and truly cared for.

🇬🇧 UK Made 🐰 Cruelty Free 🌱 Vegan Friendly

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Naturally European Hand Wash Refill Ginger & Lime 750ml

£8.95

Our Naturally European Hand Wash Refills are as gentle on your skin as they are on the environment. Each refill requires 80% less carbon to create and 75% less plastic compared to rigid bottles!  Naturally European Ginger & Lime takes inspiration from Southern Spain and provides the perfect balance of heat and freshness in one uplifting scent.

🇬🇧 UK Made 🐰 Cruelty Free 🌱 Vegan Friendly

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There are many positives for hand wash. How does the soap bar stack up in comparison?

5 Benefits of Soap Bars

  1. A more cost-effective option, due to the fact that soap bars require less packing resources.
  2. Often longer lasting. A consumer study found that people use six times more liquid soap than bar soaps when they wash their hands.
  3. Could be more effective at removing visible dirt on hands. This because of the friction caused by hands rubbing against the bar which therefore causes more friction than hand wash and helps to remove more visible debris.
  4. A more sustainable option. In general soap bars are a more sustainable option in comparison to hand wash. This is because soap bars are often only wrapped in packaging paper or cardboard boxes. Comparatively, hand wash comes in plastic bottles that require more energy to make and are much harder to recycle or decompose. Thankfully, The Somerset Toiletry avoids this issue by using fully recyclable plastic bottles for our hand wash containers. We also only use eco-friendly paper wrapping for our soap bars, so fear not as both product types don’t harm mother nature.
  5. Better for sensitive skin. It is suggested that people with allergies or sensitive skin tend to be better off with soap bars as they often contain fewer ingredients. This is not the case for our products here at The Somerset Toiletry Company however. Not only do our soap bars come luxuriously triple-milled and often free of artificial colours, all of our hand wash comes free from parabens and SLS, making them ideal for skin that’s a little sensitive.

Naturally European Freesia & Pear Soap Bar 150g

£4.95

Naturally European Freesia & Pear Soap Bar have been updated with new vibrant packaging and a simplified formulation. The elegant white soap bars now benefit from beveled edges and a crisp embossed logo.

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Aromas Artesanales de Antigua Soap Bar – White Jasmine 200g

£4.45

Clean and delicately fragrance your skin using an Aromas Artesanales de Antigua (AAA) White Jasmine Soap. Floral notes including hyacinth and lily with green spring-like undertones, give this fragrance a rich freshness.

🇬🇧 UK Made 🐰 Cruelty Free 🌱 Vegan Friendly

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Ministry of Soap – Lavender & Ylang Ylang 200g

£8.95

Ministry of Soap is made here in Somerset, using ethically sourced sustainable (RSPO certified) palm oil. This naturally coloured triple-milled soap bar is blended with hemp essential oil, and scented with lavender and ylang ylang.🌴RSPO Certified 🇬🇧 UK Made 🐰 Cruelty Free

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Mr Perfect Soap – Spearmint and Patchouli 200g

£4.95

Mr Perfect Soap Bar is blended with shea butter to care for sensitive skin, leaving the body feeling softer and hydrated.

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To Conclude:

There will never be one true winner in the battle between the soap bar and hand wash. It all comes down to personal preference. We suggest picking one that will encourage you to wash your hands and again. Our online shop boasts highly regarded soap bars and hand washes. So, regardless of your allegiance, you can find the perfect product for you, packed with natural ingredients and carefully packaged with the environment in mind.

The Somerset Toiletry Company was founded in 1999 and has been developing beautiful body care and gifts ever since. Please read our about us page to find out more, or explore all our scented toiletries, home fragrances and more on our website.

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