Do you remember when loofas became popular? I don't know about you, but I've been using body wash at least since high school. I can't even remember the last time I scrubbed a wash cloth with a bar of soap. But I have noticed through snooping around men's bathrooms (including my own brothers) that 99% of them use bar soap. What is it with men and the bar? A popular brand I repeatedly saw was Yardley, so I put it to the test.
My brother likes the English Lavender scent, but I opted to try Lavender Wisteria, the scent is very relaxing and turned my shower into a soothing atmosphere. It didn't take long for the wash cloth to create a nice lather. Made with organic shea butter, honey, lavender extracts, rose and oatmeal for exfoliation it left my body feeling refreshed and smelling subtly like lavender. The experience was pleasant.
I have nothing against bar soaps and think they're actually more economic. I know I definitely squeeze more liquid than necessary out of my body wash daily. It all comes down to personal preference, but I believe that as long as you're using quality soap that cares for your skin your skin will thank you.