Something that bubbled up from the pandemic was the fact that regular hand washing is one of the best ways to remove germs, avoid getting sick, and prevent the spread of germs to others.
Soap sales doubled in the UK across 2020. And the amount of single-use plastic soap bottles entering the waste systems skyrocketed. Most were burnt or went to landfill because our recycling is not working.
Time to bring back the bar.
Most liquid hand wash is detergent rather than soap, and so foaming additives are included to create a bubbling soap-like effect. Some of these additives can cause skin irritation and allergic reactions.
Sometimes even worse additives are included to preserve the liquid, like triclosan and parabens. They can also cause skin irritation, allergic reactions and even potentially disrupt our hormones.
In recent years, many of us have become used to reaching for an ‘antibacterial handwash’ expecting this to be even better for our health. But washing our hands with regular soap or handwash is the best way to remove bacteria, and antibacterial versions just rub aggressive biocides over our skin unnecessarily. In the US the FDA even went as far as to ban almost all antibacterial handwashes because of the lack of benefit over regular handwash [source].
And then of course there’s the plastic packaging. Only tiny amounts are getting recycled.
doing ourselves a solid.
So the smol revolution is getting personal.
Our NEW moisturising hand bar is simply going to bring out your zen. Containing cleansing lemon verbena, soothing oatmeal and green tea it will actively cleanse your skin whilst gently nourishing the largest organ in your body!
some other reasons to LOVE smol’s new hand soap bars…
save your energy.
A 2009 Swiss study* found that overall, the carbon footprint of liquid hand soap is 25% larger than that of bar soaps on a per wash basis:
Liquid hand soap uses 5x more energy to make than solid bar soap
It also uses 20x more energy to package than solid bar soap
And washing our hands with liquid soap requires 7x more product than solid bar soap
longer lasting clean.
Solid soap cleans every bit as well as a liquid, in fact it has been suggested that the added friction from rubbing the bar in your hands makes it more effective at removing visible dirt.
But the extra great news is that solid hand bars can last 6x longer than a plastic bottle of liquid hand soap. So you’ll not only save 6 plastic bottles from needing to be used… you’ll be saving £££s as well.
Our bar soap is free from SLS, parabens and silicone PLUS it’s been dermatologically tested as safe for those of us with sensitive skin.
Your hands are going to thank you for ditching all those single-use plastic bottles and so will our planet. Our cardboard boxes come from FSC cardboard that can be easily recycled in your kerbside collection or added to your garden compost. And there’s no waste from your bar, just lots of bubbles and lovely clean hands.
water bout the carbon?
Liquid hand soaps are 80% water and that makes them really heavy compared to a bar of hand soap. Transporting heavy bottles of liquid around means a much higher carbon footprint so stick with your solids and just combine them with water from your tap that’s already waiting for you.
you’ll never run out.
With each pack holding 3 x 70g bars for just £8 with free delivery, it’s one more way to revolutionise how you wash and get rid of those plastic bottles. Our clever system will work out how much you need and only send your packs out at a schedule that YOU want. And of course you can cancel, pause or reschedule via your account at any time.
only tested on thumbs …
… human ones. No animal testing here. Our hand soap bar is Leaping Bunny certified by Cruelty Free International and it’s Vegan too.
and to really revolutionise your move to the bar…
… you’ll want the perfect partner. Really attractive yet with an easy way about them… we’re bringing back soap magnets from the 1970s.
These tiny magnets hold on tight so there’s no more soap scum on surfaces and no soggy bottoms. You’ll be totally stuck on them and they’ll help you save SO MUCH PLASTIC.
Their suction cup fixing makes them eminently movable and so easy to put up. You’ll can’t help but feel drawn in…
*Comparing the Environmental Footprints of Home-Care and Personal-Hygiene Products: The Relevance of Different Life-Cycle Phases. Annette Koehler* and Caroline Wildbolz