Body Wash vs. Bar Soap

Body Wash vs. Bar Soap

MONSTER Flesh & Mane offers two ways to purify that undead monster hide of yours, each with different merits. There are, as we see it, four primary differences between these two products.


We have a long history of bringing you products for hair, beard, and body at a price that's lower than most of our competitors. We're a small business, and like most people, we know what it's like not to want to pay $40 for a bottle of beard oil. We make our products for customers who feel the same way, and try to keep our prices as low as possible.

At first glance, our Blood Bath body wash appears to be the more expensive option: $8-13 vs. a mere $5 for a bar of our soap. But longevity is a consideration here. A bar of our coconut oil MONSTER soap will last anywhere from 3 to 6 weeks for a single person. 8 oz. of body wash, on the other hand, can last two months - maybe a bit longer if you're conservative with it, maybe not so long if you like to really get that bath puff saturated. So consider that while $13 is obviously more than $5, you may get as much as three times the amount of use out of it (making the body wash the cheaper option in the long run).

Nature vs. Science

How do you define "natural" when it comes to bath and body products? Obviously no one is harvesting soap from some mystical forest, pre-scented and cut into perfect bars. But some consider a soap like ours - made from pure coconut oil, water, and lye - to be the more natural option.

Soap is not naturally occurring, but were we to find ourselves in some kind of post-apocalypse scenario, and all the soap had been raided years ago, we could make soap out of any natural fat and wood ashes. For many years this was the way - ash and beef tallow, or naturally occurring butters like cocoa and shea in Africa. That's not how it's done anymore - science has given us pure sodium hydroxide (lye) so we don't have to make the crude, mushy soap our ancestors used to make. But even a viking soaper a thousand years ago was still forcing natural ingredients to undergo a chemical reaction to produce a finished product - and thus becomes a synthetic material.

But if soap is not quite natural, body wash - ours and anyone else's - is considered less so, as it starts with synthetic ingredients. Sure, something like coco betaine begins with coconut oil, but that oil is reacted with other substances to create the finished product (similar to how oil, water, and lye are mixed to create a new substance).

If you prefer the most natural product you can get, then bar soap is your better bet. If you're into mad science like we are, then this isn't a consideration anyway.

Means of Application

One thing people like about bar soap is how easy it is to use. Grab that hunk of fatted-lye and rub it on a wet surface, and there you have it - a result that is, according to the old adage, next to godliness.

Body wash, on the other hand, should be applied to a cloth, or preferably a sponge or bath puff. This extra step is a turn-off for some, but we urge those extremely time-efficient washers to consider something else: applying body wash with a sponge/puff/cloth has the added benefit of exfoliation. This is something that can't be achieved by simply rubbing a bar of soap on your skin. You could use soap with a sponge, of course, but this make the time consideration moot.

Both means of application are efficient - it's just up to you what kind of efficiency you prefer.

Scent Options

As of right now, we have four options for our bar soaps: Bigfoot, Ghostly Pirate, Psycho Clown, and Reaper. Only those last two are available as a body wash (though we intend to expand the options in the near future). So depending on your fragrance preferences, you may like to go one way or the other on this one.

Check out our soap and body wash options here, and decide for yourself what kind of man you are.