Raising the Bar: The 5 Best Facial Soaps To Try

Raising the Bar: The 5 Best Facial Soaps To Try

V selects our five favorite bar soaps, formulated exclusively for your face.

V selects our five favorite bar soaps, formulated exclusively for your face.

Text: Christina Cacouris

Bar soap is making a comeback, and not just for your hands. Once thought to be too harsh for the delicate skin of your face, there’s a new series of gentle cleansers in bar form made exclusively for your face. They’re also travel-friendly; unlike liquid cleansers, they won’t get confiscated by the TSA. Read on to get our top picks.

For any skincare concern, Erno Laszlo has you covered with five different bars which can brighten, exfoliate, firm, or pull out impurities, like the Sea Mud Deep Cleansing Bar—our personal favorite—each is tailored to your skin type, with a creamy lather that feels gentle, not harsh. Each of the bars pairs well with its own dedicated pre-cleansing oil to maximize its effect: or, if you’re attacking multiple concerns, you can mix and match.

Natural skincare favorite Drunk Elephant has two offerings of their own, the Juju and Pekee bars, one for morning and one for night (respectively). Juju will help exfoliate and detox the skin; Pekee will hydrate and heal. Both are ultra mild, however, so you don’t have to worry about stripping your skin of its natural oils (as is always a concern with over-cleansing).

Rivaling Erno Laszlo as the best bar for acne-prone skin is Morihata's Binchotan Charcoal Face Soap, straight from Japan. Using the famed Binchotan natural charcoal, this will help detoxify your skin in a gentle fashion. With extracts of honeysuckle, rosemary, chamomile, and apricot, the soap leaves your skin matte—but not dried out.

For a dual face-and-body soap, Herbivore Botanics has a Pink Clay bar soap for sensitive to dry skin types. It’s so gentle you can use it multiple times a day without worrying that you’ll dry out your skin further, with a refreshing citrusy scent, thanks to the addition of blood orange essential oil which has the added benefit of not only a lovely fragrance, but naturally detoxifies skin.

For a luxury sheen, handcrafted brand Pearl + incorporates crushed natural pearls in their two soaps, giving a special glow to your skin. Their Detox soap, a marbled black and white brick, includes activated charcoal making it better for oily skin types, and is particularly effective in the summer. The Moisturizing, conversely, is perfect for wintertime and/or drier skin types.

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