The Best in Bar Soaps | the Lovely Best



They seem so old fashioned. Those nondescript white bars that often inhabit a place at the sink, normally covered with dirt and swimming in a little self-made pond of scummy water.  Not lovely at all. In fact, bars of soap have maintained a poor reputation in the skin care world – many of them drying and too harsh for facial skin.

These bars, however, have managed to impress me. They still aren’t really glamorous (although I find most LUSH soaps beautiful). Even a $100 bar of Cle de Peau Synactif Soap once its stripped of its opulent packaging is still well…a bar of soap. Still, beyond their modest exteriors, these little chunks of loveliness are worth their weight in gold.

LUSH Honey I Washed the Kids ($7.95 for 3.5oz.)

This delectable bar is a guaranteed staple in our bath and on our sink. Made with honey and aloe, this toffee scented soap (serious deliciousness) is so gentle it even works on sensitive, dry and eczema prone skin and your face! It is by far my favorite bar.

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: “Once you’ve unwrapped this mouth-watering toffee scented soap, you’ll immediately want to wash yourself all over with it – and then wash your honey, and then the kids and maybe even gran if she’s lucky. With masses of honey and aloe, this delectable bar is perfect for washing the whole family, even those with sensitive skin. Topped with a slice of beeswax and infused with bergamot and sweet orange to lift spirits right up into honey-heaven.” – LUSH
Honey I Washed the Kids Soap Ingredients: Honey Water (Mel Aqua),Propylene Glycol,Rapeseed Oil,Sunflower Oil,Coconut Oil (Brassica napus; Helianthus annuus; Cocos nucifera),Water (Aqua),Sodium Lauryl Sulfate,Sodium Stearate,Sodium Hydroxide,Perfume,Beeswax (Cera alba),Sweet Orange Oil (Citrus dulcis),Bergamot Oil (Citrus bergamia),Aloe Vera Extract (Aloe barbadensis),Sodium Chloride,Gardenia Extract (Gardenia jasminoides),Titanium Dioxide,*Limonene,*Linalool,*Benzyl Benzoate.
Available at LUSH stores or at


Conju Princess Soap ($20 for 90g)

Conju Princess Soap is a Korean made soap containing Asian herbs that purify and exfoliate skin. I stumbled across this fairly unknown bar of facial soap on one of many shopping expeditions to Ala Moana Shopping Center, here in lovely Honolulu, Hawaii. The shop I found it in, Shirokiya, is a Japanese goods store. I have not found anywhere online that sells it. If you would like one, email me and I can send one to you for $27 (to cover shipping and paypal fees).

I purchased a starter set that had the soap, BB cream and skin activator (serum). After using the three products for a week I went and purchased full sizes. While continuing to use the series, I started to develop a rash and flaky skin. I persisted. Two weeks later I gave up – but my Mom, who has the most sensitive skin EVER really liked the soap. I returned the BB cream and skin activator since I didn’t open the full sizes but kept the soap for my Mom.

Months later, I started using the soap consistently because my Mom’s skin looked great. After an initial purging (but it was just clogged pores that I could feel under the skin previously – so I was happy) and sloughing, my skin was rash-free with no blemishes. Using it bi-weekly with my fabulous Clarisonic Mia also keeps my pores clear and tight. I’m no princess, but I’ll always keep a couple bars around for my Mom and I.

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: “Instead of a surface-active substance, Conju uses natural coconut oil.   The rich foam will gently heal tired depleted skin.  Furthermore, 11 types  of natural Korean plants are used. Harnessing the power of natural plants known to be the secret to beauty, your skin tone will be brightened.” – BT Cosmetics Website
CONJU PRINCESS SOAP INGREDIENTS: Coconut Oil, Squalane, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Tocopherol, Bamboo Salt, Evening Primrose Extract, Licorice Extract, Chamomilla Recutita Flower Oil, Luffa Cylindrica Extract, Cnidium Officinale Root Extract, Apricot Kernel Extract, Perilla Ocymoides Extract, Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Artemisa Extract. Made in Korea.
Available through custom purchase with Cosmetic Monster. Contact me at for more information.



For me, when it comes to face washes, form does not always follow function. I love fancy face washes…with a pretty bottle, luxurious texture and scent. Unfortunately for me (but fortunately for my wallet) I have come to terms that the cheap stuff without the bells and whistles work best for me.

My pregnancy skin has been my normal skin ramped up a few notches. Its oily with a dry surface, prone to breakouts, rash and redness. In a desperate attempt for relief after a weekend of sunscreen (I’m allergic…) I bought a bar of this cheap soap because Aveeno products works wonders for my daughter’s eczema prone skin.

It is not a pretty bar…it doesn’t foam a lot…it doesn’t smell good (smells like plain oats). But in a few days my skin is as close to normal as it gets. I use this only at night in the shower because the lather is minimal and hard to use at the sink without getting white spots on my clothes. Cetaphil bar soap is my cleanser of choice in the AM. It isn’t glamorous, but it works. Sometimes just being pretty isn’t enough…a lesson you learn as you get older and realize what’s important. My skin is calm, clear and comfortable once again.

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Fragrance free. Dermatologist recommended. Aveeno Moisturizing Bar for Dry Skin looks and feels different because it contains oatmeal to cleanse and gently exfoliate your skin. The unique soap-free formula blends powder-fine oatmeal, nature’s own gentle cleanser, with a skin-softening moisturizer. The natural oatmeal absorbs dirt and oil then gently rinses away, leaving your skin feeling soft and smooth. The Aveeno Moisturizing Bar is fragrance free and dye free, so it is gentle enough for even sensitive skin. The Aveeno Brand has been dermatologist recommended for more than 60 years.” -Aveeno
AVEENO MOISTURIZING BAR INGREDIENTS: Oat Flour (Avena Sativa), Cetearyl Alcohol, Stearic Acid, Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate, Water, Disodium Lauryl Sulfosuccinate, Glycerin, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Titanium Dioxide, Citric Acid, Sodium Trideceth Sulfate, Hydrogenated Castor Oil.
Available at most drugstores and at



Now here is a bar that is not only effective , but a true work of art. Glorious in its presentation – the entire experience of cleansing with this creamy soap embellished with a hand-carved floral center (which is made of 11 essential oils) is a lovely one. Its price point is also a lot more luxurious, but like the Conju Princess Soap – it is milled to last well over 6 months with twice daily use.

This pretty bar delivers a rich, creamy foam that moisturizes and soothes the skin, providing a comfortable effect for most skin types. Those with dry skin may want to only use this in the evening – opting to skip cleansing or to use a more emollient cleanser in the morning. I enjoyed using this bar till it was nothing more than a thin disk – and would buy it again.

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: “A luxurious, skin-softening botanical soap for those who prefer a gentle lather cleansing.” – Neiman Marcus
AMORE PACIFIC TREATMENT CLEANSING SOAP INGREDIENTS: Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Sodium Hydroxide, Sodium Palmitate, Elaeis Guineensis (Palm) Oil, Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate, Sodium Palm Kernelate, Triethanolamine, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Sorbitos, Stearic Acid, Peg-150 Distearate, Hydrolyzed Ginseng Saponins (Bio-Gf1ktm), Phyllstachis Bambusoside Juice (Bamboo Sap), Hydrogenated Lecithin, Propylene Glycol, Glycerin, Titanium Dioxide, Decyl Glucoside, Dimethicone, Isostearic Acid, Disodium Edta, Ethyl Hexanediol, Etidronic Acid, Methylparaben, Peg-5 Rapeseed Sterol, Sodium Chloride, Petrolatum, Bht, Red 33, Alcohol, Fragrance
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