Clinique Facial Soap
The humble bar of soap is making a comeback.

It might seem like an old-fashioned beauty buy, but according to those in the know, 2013 is set to see a revival.

But forget zipping to the shops for a bar of Pears, this season’s soap is luxe lather all the way.

With the cleansing market saturated with all manner of wipes, gels, creams and washes, soap has seen a massive decline in popularity over the years with dermatologists criticising it for being too harsh on the skin.

Soaps usually contain surfactants, the ingredients that remove dirt and oil, which can be irritating, particularly to those with dry or sensitive skin.

But formulas have improved beyond measure over the years with gorgeously packaged soaps turning up in some of the world’s most high-end shops.

So if you’re struggling for Christmas shopping inspiration, here are some super-stylish soaps to tempt you.

Prada soap
This super-chic bar blends bergamot, orange, rose patchouli, sandalwood and vanilla for a super-sweet lather.

Jo Malone Lime, Basil and Mandarin
A fantastically moisturising soap with extract of lime, basil and mandarin.

Clinique Facial Soap
A rich, non-drying bar which is balanced to maintain the skin’s protective lipids while loosening surface flakes. It leaves skin clean and refreshed without it being taut or dry.

The Nephria Beauty Bar
A gorgeously-packaged option, this beauty bar is rich in apricot, olive and jojoba oils as well as vitamin E.

Gamila Secret
An olive oil-based bar that include no less than 15 hand-picked herbs. Perfect for sensitive skin as it is super-hydrating and contains no added essential oils. © Cover Media