Summer Cleansing Bars for Face & Body

When the hot sweaty stretch of summer hits, my shower routine doubles. 2 showers a day means more face and body care products used and a marked increase in plastic empties. If you’ve already switched to cleansing bars for face, skin and body as I covered in Forget Empties, Bar Soap is Here to Slay and “Face Wash Who … Facial Cleansing Bars Are So Hot Right Now,here’s an additional list of well-priced bars and formulas for a broader range of skin and body care needs that won’t contribute to your plastic consumption.

In addition to Argan Oil-rich body, shampoo, and conditioning bundles in Citrus, Coconut Vanilla, and Mint Eucalyptus, Brixy has just launched 3 targeted facial cleansing bars for a variety of skin concerns. Because juicy, glowing skin is a top beauty priority, the Brightening Facial Cleansing Bar is a must for all. From the rice powder added for gentle exfoliation, along with the requisite Vitamin C for brightening and niacinamide for pore health, it’s a no-brainer swap for most facial cleansers. For oily and congested complexions, the Blemish Control Facial Cleansing Bar targets sebum with salicylic acid, balanced with castor oil and ceramides to avoid stripping skin of essential moisture and irritating even the most sensitive skin.

If a hydrating cleanse is in order, the Hydrating Facial Cleansing Bar delivers aloe and raspberry seed oil, along with castor oil, ceramides, and niacinamide that rivals any gentle cleansing gel. Like all Brixy bars, these lightly fragranced bar are pH-balanced to protect the scalp and skin microbiome, and foam into light lather, purifying lather without the ickies – soap, sulfates, phthalates, parabens, PEGs, and synthetic scents and colorants?. The bars are available individually, as a trio or bundled with your fave Brixy shampoo, conditioner and body bars.

For a rich body cleansing experience tailor-made for hot weather, Wonder Valley, an artisanal, family-owned brand, combines mega nourishing, polyphenol-rich olive oil grown in California with ultra-rich, coconut and avocado oils for a luxurious herbal-scented mousse. With a blend of energizing and grounding Juniper, Sage, Eucalyptus, Rosemary, and Vetiver essential oils, so evocative of the California desert, Two Deserts Soap will make you pine away for a trip to Joshua Tree.

Just the sight of the bright, triple-milled orange bar from added beta carotene and the initial whiff of its herbaceous zing wakes me up and leaves me prepped and primed for the day ahead. After using twice daily for weeks, my arms and legs are hydrated and gleaming.

For targeted skincare level formulations for face and body, imported  from escargot-loving France, RoyeR Cosmetic Snail Slime Soap is unique for a non-vegan bar. In a base of ultra-emollient shea butter and coconut oil, the snail mucin we mostly see in Korean skincare essences to treat large pores and acne scars is the star ingredient. The 5% extraction of the naturally antibiotic snail byproduct supplies elastin, allantoin, and glycolic acid to hydrate, plump, and repair for glass skin from head to toe. To maximize the benefits for radiant skin, follow with Snail Mucin Face Mask and Snail Mucin Hand Cream.

Gesha-Marie Bland


Not bland at all. Gesha-Marie Bland is an essayist, Vanity Fair-published film and television writer, and unrepentant beauty junkie who jumpstarted her career at NYU’s Master’s Program in Cinema Studies. In homage to her beauty icons Jeanne Moreau, Dolly Parton, and Grace Jones, she is forever in search of the perfect cat-eye liner, a killer pair of heels, and unforgettable statement accessories. Currently NYC-based, this dual American-French citizen still wears all-black and has a soft spot for clean beauty, pharmaceutical-grade actives, and most ingredients sourced from vineyards in the south of France. She loves New Wave cinema, Mary Gaitskill’s fiction, Spain, and matcha double-shots. After selling "The Ripper," her Alexander McQueen-Issie Blow biopic to the Cannes-winning production company Maven Pictures, she remains convinced fashion and couture are the next frontiers for edgy cinematic stories.