Ditching Plastic Bottles But Does Bar Soap Carry Bacteria?

Costa Californica's goal is to eliminate one plastic bottle at a time when possible. However, there are claims against the alternative replacements for plastic bottled body wash. There is this belief that bar soap carry bacteria from one person to the next, since at times people share the same bar of soap. According to recent studies, bacteria levels on previously used bar soaps are slightly higher than on unused soaps, however, there have been no detectable levels of bacteria left on the skin's surface after using the soap used by others [1]. Bar soap users who are still worried about spreading germs can always make sure that each person has his or her own soap. 

After careful thought, we have concluded that bar soap remains a greener choice than liquid soap. Because bar soap is typically packaged in paper or cardboard, its packaging materials are not only recyclable, but they also break down more easily in landfills than the plastic packaging liquid soaps, and don't requi…

How Handmade Soap Bars Save the Planet

While soap is one of the most common items we use in our daily lives, it can also have an impact on lives that aren't necessarily ours alone. This directly refers to animals that thrive in the seas that make up a majority of our planet. 

Bottles of body wash and other products, amount to an excess of plastic winding up in the sea. This isn't to say that soaps, shampoos and detergents are the only culprits contributing to plastic waste and debris.

While many efforts are being made to curb the habits and methods of our current consumption, there are new and sometimes old ways to contribute to responsible stewardship of the planet. A simple bar of soap eliminates one more bottle that could potentially wind up in a land fill. A time old tradition becomes fashionable and environmentally responsible. 

Some of the most commonly found chemicals were being added to soap bars in the past like: triclosan, parabens, phthalates, fragrances and Sodium Laurel Sulfate. These are harmful substanc…

Why Soap Bars Are Better for The Environment

People often ask me why soap bars? Don't you believe the switch to body wash and bottles liquid soap is preferable? I would answer that the preference is obviously in the hands of the end user, and that it is solely an individuals decision. However, when you think of the repercussion that one single decision can have on everything around you, it begs the question do we realize how our decisions effect others and the environment around us?  

Before you decide to determine whether this blog is intended on forcing my opinion on anyone, I will make it clear it is not. I only wish to reinforce the traditional use of bar soaps, and how they eliminate plastic waste that potentially could wind up in the ocean. While some people might not see an ocean in a lifetime (I hope not), fish and all other ecologies directly related are inadvertently affected by plastic waste, not to mention the carbon footprint that recycle plastic processing plants create. 

According to, a few days …