We have to wash our hands multiple times a day, often hourly. It can easily begin to feel like a chore, but it doesn’t have to. By finding the best hand soap to grant you a sensorial experience, washing your hands can feel like an indulgence. Not to mention, your guests will come out raving about the hand soap in your bathroom. Let us lend a hand. We’ve rounded up some of the best hand soaps you’ll ever use to make your 20-second hand wash feel like a treat.
The top editor-approved hand soaps
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I especially love this hand soap scent for the kitchen, where I’m oft burning Mrs. Meyers Basil candle next to my basil plant to really get the fresh Italian kitchen vibes going. If you’ve never tried the Mrs’s products, buy Mrs. Meyer’s hand soap in a dozen scents immediately. The products are a good size at a great price.
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One of the top visually luxe hand soaps on this list, Santa Maria Novella Soap really draws eyes. This hand soap is truly like a piece of decor sitting on your bathroom counter. The formula features surfactants, natural saponins and calendula extract to promote clean, smooth hands.
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This renewing, bliss-inducing hand soap helps awaken the senses while cleansing your hands. The essence of wild mint, eucalyptus with basil and Thai ginger work to clear the mind during this tiny daily ritual. Plus, the formula is infused with antioxidants to nourish skin even after lathering and rinsing.
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If you’ve ever caught a whiff of Moroccanoil products, you know the smell is the best. People across the globe adore their great signature scent. Now you can have the scent of amber, magnolia and woods lingering on your hands all day long with this skin-care inspired hand soap.
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A great hand soap that transports us briefly during our 20 seconds lather is always welcome. The brand says this soap scent gives off “rain water in eucalyptus groves off Highway 1. Young green shoots, long spears, russet underbrush,” sign us up.
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If you’re looking for a great soap scent on the stronger side, Jo Malone has just what you need. The scents of pear, white freesia, amber, patchouli and wood combine to create the ultimate essence of autumn. This hand soap is packed with coconut oil and hyaluronic acid to promote smooth, hydrated skin.
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There are dozens of great Bath & Body Works scents that people love and most also come in the form of hand soaps, both foaming and gel, but Kitchen Lemon is one of the best. With over 525 five-star reviews from people, you can trust that this fresh, zesty scent will brighten your day. Plus, the foam soap makes for a really good lather, but there’s also a gel hand soap option if you prefer that texture.
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The smell of fresh citrus and jasmine with a mix of guar beans in this hand soap will leave your hands smelling fresh and feeling smooth. This formula also features Earth Silk Technology for ultra-smooth hands.
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If you’re partial to bar soaps, this is one of the best to grab. L’Occitane’s bar soap is great for sensitive skin. Shea butter nourishes, moisturizes and comforts skin, in this bar soap, which is just what the hands need during the cooler months.
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This earthy hand soap gets its unique scent from a blend of botanical extracts. It’s more than a soap though, it also features finely milled pumice to exfoliate hands while cleansing. When people spy this bottle in a public bathroom, they know the place is chic.
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Evolved by Nature Hand Soap with Activated Silk 33B ($15 for a three-pack)
Consider this affordable three-pack of hand soaps skin care for your hands. The formula boasts bioactive peptides that stick around after lather and rinse your hands so they can boost the skin barrier and help keep hands looking smoother and younger.
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Byredo Rose Hand Wash ($68)
The scent of this hand soap is no tired, old rose scent. It’s dynamic with notes of pink pepper, raspberry, patchouli and white musk for an air of sophistication. Byredo promises polished, supple hands from this soap when all is said and done.
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Le Labo Hinoki Hand Soap ($33)
Sea buckthorn, rosemary leaf and hinoki give this hand soap a light, woodsy scent. On the sensory front, this soap can rival the brand’s beloved perfumes. The plant-based formula includes antioxidant sea buckthorn, soothing rosemary leaf and cleansing sugar cane.
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