Do Soap Bars Work For Sensitive Skin? Yes, & These 8 Are The Best Out There

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The Collins' Dictionary word of the year 2018 was "single-use," which is unsurprising considering David Attenborough's ground-breaking documentary Blue Planet II (which aired in last year) revealed that eight million tonnes of plastic end up in our oceans annually. As a result, beauty fans have begun seeking out environmentally friendly alternatives such as solid soap cleansing bars — which generally have little to no plastic packaging — to use in their daily routine. There are some amazing options out there for all skin types, but I've rounded up the very best soap bars for sensitive skin.

It is a common misconception that solid soap bars are particularly bad for sensitive skin. Yes, in the past, soaps bars have tended to be a little drying and ill-suited for those experiencing sensitivity, but over time an increasing number of beauty brands have begun developing more sophisticated formulas that suit all types of complexions. There are now a great deal of soap bars for both body and face that cleanse, nourish, and soothe thanks to their ingenious mix of essential vitamins and natural ingredients.

Are you thinking about making the switch to solid bars but don't know where to begin? Keep scrolling to check out my favourite soap bars for sensitive skin.

Clinique Face Soap - Extra Mild


Clinique's old-school soap has been around for years, and is just as effective now as it was then. A super mild cleansing formula in soap form, this is a great facial wash.

Institut Karite Shea Soap in Milk Cream


Using ultra nourishing shea butter, this product is beautifully calming and moisturising for the body.

Dr Bronner Almond Soap Bar

Planet Organic

Using natural, kind-to-skin ingredients, this hemp-almond formula will work on any skin type.

Friendly Soap Natural Shea Butter Facial Cleansing Bar

Planet Organic

This fragrance-free bar is one third shea butter, one third coconut oil, and one third olive oil, and it's naturally rich in Vitamin A.

The Body Shop Almond Milk & Honey Soothing & Caring Cleansing Bar

The Body Shop

The Body Shop has a great range of soaps, and this almond milk and honey bar is the mildest and gentlest for the body.

Drunk Elephant Pekee Bar

Cult Beauty

All Drunk Elephant products avoid toxins and the ‘Suspicious 6’ (essential oils, drying alcohols, silicones, chemical screens, fragrance/dyes and SLS). For this reason, you know this little bar is super gentle for the face.

Lush Fresh Farmacy Facial Soap


This product contains chamomile and elderflower decoction, rose absolute, and lavender oil to soothe and calm your skin.

Soap Co. Geranium & Rhubarb Bar Soap

Soap Co.

Featuring olive oil, coconut oil, vitamins, and organic cocoa butter, this natural bar smells amazing and lathers up the body brilliantly.