How Much Does Soap Cost?
Soap has been around for a long period of time. Back in the days, Cleopatra used milk and essential oils for her bath. Even King Henry IV made the Order of the Bath where he ventured in a tub filled with water during his knighthood. Soap has greatly evolved over the years. The ingredients, the form, the shape, the use, and the feel have all seen changes.
How much does it cost?
- Depending on the type of soap, the cost of soap is going to vary anywhere from $1 to as much as $4.
- For instance, a bar of soap, typically sold in packs of four, can retail for $1 to $2. On the other hand, liquid soap can cost $2 to $4 for a 32-ounce container.
- Hand soap gallon refills can retail for $9 to $22 depending on the brand and scent.
- Hydrating facial soap can retail for $5 to $33 for 12 fluid ounces. This will depend on the brand.
- At Drugstore.com, there are a lot of soaps sold. For instance, a bar of Vitabath moisturizing Gelee soap is sold for $5. The Olay Body Quench bar is sold for $7. The Dove Sensitive Skin Beauty Bar is sold for $9. There is also the River Soap Company All Vegetable Body Bar Soap with milk and honey that is sold for $5. Then the Boticario de Havana that is soap on a rope, coffee, orange blossom and Bergamot is sold for $15.
- Shannon’s Soaps, an online retailer that sells organic soaps and other products, has soaps crafted by hand and created with natural ingredients. Here, they sell the Honey Oat with Goat milk Soap for $4 each. The decadent and refreshing Mint Chocolate Chip soap is sold for the same price.
What is going to be included?
- Most soaps with synthetic cleaning agents contain the following: Sodium Lauroyl Isethionate, Stearate Acid, Sodium Tallowate, Lauric Acid, Sodium Isethionate, Water, Sodium Stearate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Cocoate, Kernelate, Fragrance, Microcrystalline Wax, Sodium Chloride, Propylene Glycol, Titanium Dioxide, Yellow 5 Aluminum Lake, Yellow 6 Aluminum Lake (CI 15985).
- Organic soaps they may contain saponified oils of palm, coconut, canola, sweet almond; ground oatmeal; goat’s milk; raw honey; almond extract.
- Because there are so many different types of soap, there are also many different things included. For example, dish soap is designed specifically for removing grease and bacteria from dishes; face soap is specially formulated to remove the oils in your skin to prevent acne and other skin problems; hand soap is used to remove germs that may be picked up on a daily basis; specialty soap, while it still has cleaning agents, is made into designs, colors, shapes, sizes, and scents that are more designed for show.
What are the extra costs?
- Usually, extra costs will go to the shipping fee of the soaps you ordered.
- For those that want to use a soap dispenser to match a bathroom or room, a dispenser can cost $5 to $20. You could also purchase a soap dish that is used to hold a bar of soap.
Factors that influence the price:
- Packaging. Soaps are placed in a package because it serves as a protection. This allows the ingredients to stay active for as long as possible, leading to better quality soap.
- Brand. There are many different brands of soap, and this can determine the price. An every day bar of soap may be sold for very cheap, but a high-end facial cleanser may be much more expensive.
Tips to know:
- More and more people are opting for organic soap. You should follow their choice too. Organic soaps do not have chemicals mixed into the soaps. This means that it leaves your skin free from harmful effects of chemicals.
- Choose a soap that moisturizes. The soap you buy should not leave you behind with dry skin. It should leave your skin soft.
- Read the labels. You should know what ingredients are used in the soap you choose.
Questions to ask:
- What is the soap made of?
- Is the soap organic?
- Does the soap come with a moisturizing agent?
How can I save money?
- Watch out for daily offers. Most stores offer discounts on several soaps. You might just be able to buy the soap you use at a discounted rate. You are most likely to receive 20% off on your bar of soap.
- Use your coupons. Walgreens has paperback coupons and so do many other stores. Take a look if they have coupons on soaps. Use that coupon to be able to buy the soap at a cheaper price.
- Check the local dollar store. Here, you can often pick up packs of four for less than $1.
- If you have the time, consider making your own soap! This is a great way to save money on this every day item. This About.com article has ways to make soap.