Exfoliate and revive: Lush’s Sea Vegetable soap looks like a chunk of the ocean, and has a crust of sea salt and arame seaweed pieces to scrub and nourish the skin, with lavender and lime oils to refresh. Rs220, 100gm, at The Forum, Kormangala, Bangalore, or lushindia.com.
Banish blemishes: This African Black Soap by Nourish looks like an ice hockey puck, but we suspect they had more than sport on their mind while creating it. Meant for acne-prone and blemished skin, the main ingredient is African black soap, which is a concoction of plantain skins, palm kernels, cocoa pods and coconut oil. There’s also raw shea butter, tea tree oil and honey. Rs175, 75gm, at The Bombay Store, Mumbai, Pune, Bangalore and Hyderabad.
Stimulate: Amritam’s forest-green Vetiver comes in a pack of three bars. The pure glycerine soap has a musty, earthy fragrance. Use it for relief from insomnia, acne and arthritis, or just as a pick-me-up. Rs270, 150gm, at Good Earth, Mumbai and New Delhi.
Cleanse and polish: Forest Essentials’ Natural Orange Peel and Loofah is a rustic-looking citrusy chunk, with a natural loofah made from vegetable gourds embedded in the soap to polish your skin as it cleans. Rs145, 100gm, at Forest Essentials stores in Mumbai and New Delhi.
Refresh and exfoliate: Ground walnut kernel and wheatgerm oil went into the making of this bar by Breathe. It’s packed full of Vitamin E and orange oil, which encourages healing of scar tissue and it’s gentle enough to use on your face every day. Rs75, 100gm, at The Bombay Store, Mumbai, Pune, Bangalore and Hyderabad.
Purify and cleanse: Fabindia’s Neem and Aloe Vera Scrub Soap from its Sana range has a layer of walnut shell for rough elbows and knees. The transparent-blue top layer has the goodness of neem, aloe vera, turmeric, rose water and honey, and has proved to be quite a hit with their male customers. Rs58, 125gm, at all Fabindia stores.
Detoxify and scrub: This buttercup-coloured creation with a sandy layer, by Lush, was inspired by the brand’s Brazilian customers, who rub sand and oil onto their skin to keep it smooth. The lemony scent is stimulating, while the coriander oil helps in detoxifying. Rs220, 100gm, at The Forum, Kormangala, Bangalore, or lushindia.com.
Protect: This authentic Marseille soap by La Compagnie de Provence contains 72% of palm and coconut oils, has no animal fat or colouring and is hypo-allergenic, antibacterial and antiseptic. Rs750, 300gm (set of three), at Good Earth, Mumbai and New Delhi.
Boost: A spicy scent isn’t the only benefit of the Orange Clove Soap from Susan’s Soaps and More. Soybean, rice bran and coconut oils give your skin a surge of anti-oxidants, while the orange peel and clove nuggets polish the skin. Rs650, 113.38gm, in select cities. Visit yestylemedia.com/susansoaps for list of stores.
Cool: This ice-blue slab with peppermint and menthol oils by Khadi keeps the skin cool, long after you’ve stepped out of the shower, and provides a mild antiseptic, as well. Rs58, 125gm, at Khadi, Khan Market, New Delhi, and The Bombay Store, Mumbai, Pune, Bangalore and Hyderabad.
Exfoliate and energize: This African Shea Butter Body Bar in Arabian Mocha by Nourish sounds like a dessert coffee with cinnamon oils, honey, Arabian mocha coffee and shea butter. It’s a pretty good way to kickstart your day and brighten dull skin. Try it instead of your morning cuppa. Rs160, 100gm, at The Bombay Store, Mumbai, Pune, Bangalore and Hyderabad.
Entice: “Less of a soap and more of a love bar,” is how Susan’s Soaps and More describes this slab called Passion, which is enhanced with essential oils of ylang-ylang, geranium and orange, and blended with cocoa butter, oatmeal and rose clay. Rs800, 113.38gm, in select cities. Visit yestylemedia.com/susansoaps for stores.