I adore beautiful bars of soap, one of my favourite treats. To receive a present of the stuff makes me a very happy bunny indeed. This stuff from Provence, commonly sold in French markets is a favourite.
I've even made my own for a project when I was an occupational therapy where we had to analyse an activity. I'd love to do it again if I ever get the time. It's proper alchemy in action. I made three types. Orange and clove was my favourite. Honey and oatmeal was another but that was less successful. One person that I gifted a bar to said that when they bathed with it, it smelt gorgeous but left them with porridge around their pubes!
I was really surprised to hear that bars of soap are becoming less popular. Many youngsters believe they're unhygienic and go for liquid soap instead. But I've done a bit of reading and it seems that there's little risk if your skin is hale and healthy. And I've just come across all sorts of soap savers too, to keep your favourite bar dry and scum free and make it last longer. Google if you're interested.
The big plus is that soap bars are usually way less heavy on the packaging than all those liquid soaps and shower gel. That's got to be a plus in the plastic waste conscious world we've recently been plunged into. So get a grip youngsters. Choose a bar over a bottle. Remember what doesn't kill you will make you stronger!