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by Fiona McBryde June 11, 2021 3 min read

Soap on a rope is back! 

Banish those 1970s novelties from your memory. The new wave of soaps on a rope are stylish, luxurious and eco-conscious. It’s time to ditch those plastic shower gel bottles and hang up your soap instead. Offering long lasting and effective cleansing, are you ready to transform your morning shower routine?

Why we are loving our soaps on the rope at shower time

At Soap Folk, we will always love our traditionally shaped natural soap bars but there are times when a roped version works brilliantly. 

If you are someone who struggles with slippery soft soap, or wonders just where to place your bar in the bathroom, then why not give a soap on a rope a try? Here are some of the reasons we love our soaps on ropes:
  • No more slippery soap in the shower - just loop it round your wrist for a firm grip, especially good for children or those who struggle to bend down.
  • The perfect plastic free alternative to shower gel bottles - we find our peppermint and green clay soap on a rope lasts the equivalent to 2 shower gel bottles
  • Offers aromatherapy benefits - the steam of the shower cubicle helps to diffuse the essential oils in the soap creating an immersive aromatherapy experience
  • It's easier to keep the soap dry in between use which will make the soap last longer
  • There always somewhere to hang your soap, especially great when space is limited such as smaller bathrooms, wetrooms and gyms

Bang on-trend bathroom accessory

The first commercially available soap on a rope appeared in the 1940s but it was in the 1970s when they really became popular. As soap manufacturers realised anything could be moulded into soap, literally anything was. Enter the microphone soap on a rope (for singing in the shower?) the storm trooper soap on a rope, and even the head of the catholic church until the vatican had to step in and say no more pope on a rope

Thankfully those days of novelty soaps are - mostly - behind us. A new generation of soap makers are now creating some really beautiful and stylish soaps

How to find the best soap on a rope?

If you are going to take the plunge and treat yourself or family and friends, then here are just a few pointers:

  • Check out the rope as some tend to be plastic, so if you’re looking to cut down on plastic in the bathroom, search for natural alternatives like cotton, hemp or sisal
  • Not all soaps are natural, for the best ingredients which will be kind to you and the planet, always choose from natural soap maker

As an alternative, you could always try making a soap on a rope - it’s not as hard as it looks and we have some useful tips on how to make a soap on a rope for you.

 PS. It’s not just men who take showers

In a recent HuffPost/YouGov poll, a whopping 88% of men preferred to take a shower to a bath. Perhaps it’s for this reason that the majority of soaps on a rope are branded and marketed towards men. How crazy is that? Come on soap makers, less gender stereotyping and more choice please!

So are you a convert to soap on a rope? Tell us how you've go on - or better still, share a pic on Insta of your soap taking pride of place in your shower, just tag @soapfolk so we can find you.



Fiona McBryde
Fiona McBryde

Founder. Soap maker. Never finishes a cup of tea.

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