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Scented vs Unscented Soap Bars: Pros and Cons

When it comes to choosing a soap bar, one of the biggest decisions you will have to make is whether to go for a scented or unscented soap. Each option comes with its own set of pros and cons, which we will explore in this blog post to help you make an informed decision.

How are scents added to soaps?

The fundamental difference between scented and unscented soap lies in the presence of fragrances. Scented soap bars contain added fragrances to give them a pleasant scent, while unscented soap bars are free from any added fragrances.

The scents in soap are typically added during the soap-making process and can be either natural or synthetic. Natural fragrances are derived from plant extracts or essential oils, while synthetic fragrances are created using chemicals.

Some soap makers use a combination of both to create unique and long-lasting scents. The amount of fragrance added to soap can vary, depending on the desired strength of the scent. It's important to choose soap bars made from natural fragrances and to read the ingredients list carefully to avoid any potential allergic reactions or harmful chemicals.

Scented Soap

Scented soap bars come in a wide range of fragrances, Sandalwood, Rose Geranium, Juniper and more, making it easy to find a soap bar that suits you! Scented soap can help to relax and uplift your mood. Additionally, the fragrance in scented soap can linger on the skin after use, giving you a pleasant scent that can last for hours.

However, scented soap also has its downsides, as the added fragrances can cause irritation and allergic reactions for those with sensitive skin or allergies. It's important to choose soap bars using natural fragrances and to read the ingredients list to avoid any potential skin irritants.

At The Little Goat Soap Company, we only use essential oils to give our soaps their wonderful aromas and avoid any harsh synthetic chemicals.

Pros of scented soap

Fragrant: Scented soap bars are perfect for those who want to enjoy a pleasant fragrance while bathing. They come in a variety of scents, from floral to fruity, and can be a great way to lift your mood and relax your mind. 

Mask Unpleasant Odours: If you have a particularly strong body odour, a scented soap bar can help mask the unpleasant smell and leave you feeling fresh and clean. 

Aromatherapy: Certain scents, such as Lavender and Bergamot, are known to have therapeutic properties that can help soothe and calm the mind.

Cons of sented soap

Irritation: Some scented soap bars can contain synthetic fragrances that may irritate sensitive skin, causing rashes or itching. It's important to read the ingredients list carefully before buying a scented soap and opt for natural fragrances instead. 

Allergic Reactions: If you have allergies or asthma, scented soap bars may trigger a reaction, causing coughing, sneezing, or even shortness of breath. 

Chemicals: Scented soap bars may contain chemicals that can be harmful to the environment and may cause skin irritation or other health issues. It's important to choose a soap bar made from natural ingredients to avoid these potential risks.
"Item arrived very quickly and I have been delighted with it since I’ve started using it. I’m plagued with dry very sensitive skin and this feels beautiful on my skin and really moisturising. I had absolutely no reaction after using it and I can see a difference in my skin after a few weeks of use. I will definitely be reordering and I can highly recommend using this company and it’s products if you have problem skin."
Dorothy Urquhart

Unscented Soap

Unscented soap bars are free from any added fragrances, making them ideal for those with sensitive skin or allergies such as psoriasis, eczema or dermatitis. Unscented soap bars can help irritated or dry skin, as they do not contain any potentially harmful fragrances or chemicals that could cause adverse reactions.

Unscented soap can be a good option for those who work in sensitive environments, as it won't interfere with the scents and fragrances of their workplace. However, unscented soap may not provide the same experience as scented soap, as it lacks in the pleasant fragrances that they enjoy in their daily routine.

goat milk soap, on a soap tray by the bath. There is also a soap bar still in its packaging resting on a soap bag.


Gentle on Skin: Unscented soap bars are typically made from natural ingredients, making them gentle on the skin and less likely to cause irritation or dryness. 

Hypoallergenic: If you have sensitive skin or allergies, an unscented soap bar can be a great option as they are less likely to trigger a reaction. 

Environmentally Friendly: Unscented soap bars are often made from organic and sustainably sourced ingredients, making them a great option for those who are environmentally conscious.


No Fragrance: If you're someone who enjoys a pleasant scent while bathing, unscented soap bars may seem a bit boring and lackluster. 

Masking Odors: If you have strong body odor, an unscented soap bar may not be enough to mask the unpleasant smell. 

Limited Options: While unscented soap bars have grown in popularity, there are not scent options that are available in scented soap bars.

Try our soap products!

Now you have a great understanding of the difference between Scented and Unscented Soap. Why not give some of our soaps a go! All our soaps use natural products such as goat milk, shea butter, coconut oil and essential oils. 
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