Posted by on 2/6/2021 to Let's Talk Soaping
What are Solid Lotion Bars & Why are they so Unique?
First things first, understand the basics of moisturizers. Most moisturizers serve the purpose of holding onto water in the outer layer of skin, so in other words not allowing water to escape, which in turn keeps things looking and feeling more hydrated.
Some oils/butters and added ingredients are based solely on smoothing the skin or acting as emollients, like jojoba oil. Others are high in ingredients like glycerin and other humectants that draw water into the skin.
Now onto Lotion Bars and there Impact!
Low waste products are becoming more and more popular these days. From toothpaste to soaps, there are all kinds of low waste items you can buy to reduce your green footprint and live a more sustainable life.
To us, we look at low-waste products as a way to not only reduce are own footprint, but to influence change from other small business, even all the way to large producers of cosmetics, bath & beauty products.
In some way, we hope that the more companies who focus on this aspect, potentially the faster we get to being more green all the way around in this market.
Lotion bars may be one of the newest additions to this trend, and you can find some really great designs and anything from subtle to more distinguishable scents!
Low waste lotion bars are compact, (most) use all natural ingredients, no harsh chemicals, smell great, leave your skin feeling ultra moisturized. Along with these natural solid lotion bars, some companies have even shipped with sustainability in mind, like green or environmentally-friendly packaging.
What Are Solid Lotion Bars?
Solid lotion bars are essentially a block of solid lotion. These types of lotion bars produce less waste and can be used directly on the skin. Lotion bars typically stay solid at room temperature and come in a variety of scents and designs.
Many of them may even resemble bars of soap, but in fact they are body lotion. These really are a fun play on your typical creamy (liquid-based), rub on lotions. In fact many DIYers or sellers of solid lotion bars are putting natural exfoliants in them as well to do double duty.
Typically the oils that produce these solid bars of lotion are ones with lower melt points, which means they will easily start to melt when they are exposed to your skin and your own body heat. The goal is to also use oils and percentages of oils that will readily and more easily absorb into the skin, so not to leave your skin with that "greasy" feel.
The number of ingredients used is typically very small, which is another reason these are so great. Often-times "less is more" and we feel when it comes to stay on body lotions, this is the case! Who wants a bunch of synthetic ingredients sitting and absorbing into their skin?!
You can read more about some of the typical oils & butters that produce these bars of solid lotion like coconut oil, shea butter, sweet almond oils, jojoba oil and olive oil on our blog.
What Is So Special About Lotion Bars?
1. They Are Eco-Friendly
Having a lotion bottle lying around is convenient, specially one small enough that you can pack in your purse or keep in your vehicle.
However, the waste that is produced from drug store lotions is concerning. Most plastic(s) are not recycled and are actually dumped in landfills, and don't break down easily.
More importantly are "microplastics" that are commonly found in personal care and cosmetic formations. These are particle size and shapes, that help to get a certain "feel". According to IVM Institute for Environmental Studies 2014, these plastics are emitted to the environment through waste water.
Point is, it's not just the packaging, it's the product itself that is potentially harmful.
Many lotion bars are made in eco-friendly packaging, since the lotion itself has no container it reduces a lot of the plastic waste associated with a typical lotion bottle.
2. Men & Women Use them Right After your Shower and/or Shave!
In today's world of skin-care, it goes without saying the importance of moisturizing, but when? Probably the best times to moisturize is after a a shower, shave or even exfoliating session. "Hot showers may be relaxing, but they strip the oils out of your skin".
Be mindful that the percentages of oils and butters may vary with each lotion bar. Relatively speaking, they will begin to melt within about 30 seconds - 1 minute of your body heat exposure.
Simply holding them in the palms of your hands, or if you have just run a hot shower, the steam will help this process along.
3. Contains Far Fewer Toxins and Impurities
Keep in mind, one of the biggest benefits of solid lotion bars is their natural ingredients. The University of Tennessee Medical Center discusses the importance of choosing lotions, rich in Vitamins A, and B (for skin firmness), and Vitamin C and E (to protect the skin).
Many commercial lotions are filled to the brim with toxins and other chemicals. It is hard to even pronounce some of the ingredients listed in lotion bottles, right?
This is less of a problem with lotion bars, as they are made from mostly natural oils and butters.
Another important element in this process is to know your skin, right?
Do you have sensitive skin? Do you have dry skin? Do you have oily skin? Do you have a combination of these? What are you trying to achieve with your skin? Firmness? Allergy relief?
Point is, know your skin and know your goals! Please share with the community any all-natural solid lotion bars your have tried and like! Thanks for coming by!