Will Body Wash or Soap Get You Cleaner? -- Savings Experiment

The Truth About Body Wash and Bar Soap
The Truth About Body Wash and Bar Soap

In recent years, body wash has zoomed past soap in the sud sales wars -- the creamy liquid is emerging as the body cleanser of choice for more and more Americans.

According to a recent report from Mintel, a consumer products and market research firm, liquid body wash now accounts for the largest segment -- nearly 40% -- of the total soap, bath and shower market.

And sales of liquid body wash are expected to surge 35% from 2009 to 2014, Mintel reports. For many consumers, body wash has replaced soap, the market research firm says, because of its ease of use and convenience: There's none of the goopy mess often associated with a bar of soap.

But what are the price and results difference between body wash and an old-fashioned bar of soap? We dipped into the suds of the matter to find out.