These 11 Soaps Make Hand Washing Way More Enjoyable

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A basic necessity to kill germs, a chic sink-side accessory—no matter how you think of hand soap, there’s no denying that you need it. And whether you want to stick with a simple, budget-friendly pick or splurge on a luxurious bottle, there are more options out there than ever before. So we sorted through the suds to find a handful of the best, perfect for every sink in your house.

Ahead, our picks of the best hand soaps on the market.

Best Overall: Aesop Resurrection Aromatique Hand Wash

Aesop Resurrection Aromatique Hand Wash

 Courtesy of Nordstrom

This cleansing gel gets the job done, leaving hands feeling fresh and clean, though never stripped (credit the addition of orange, rosemary, and lavender oils). We can’t get enough of the citrusy-meets woodsy-meets herbaceous scent, a crowd-pleaser among both men and women, and the ultra-chic bottle. Bonus points for the jumbo size, which seemingly lasts forever.

Take a look at our selection of the best hand creams to lock in moisture post-wash.

Best Drugstore: Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day Liquid Hand Soap

Mrs. Meyer's Clean Day Liquid Hand Soap

Courtesy of Walmart

If we’re being realistic, we totally get that dedicated hand soap shopping isn’t a thing for most people. Enter this brand, readily available at most grocery stores and drugstores. Not only is the formula clean, but it also comes in a host of different (all equally yummy) scents, features cute retro packaging, and rings in at a price that can’t be beaten. 

Best Antibacterial: Dial 2-in-1 Moisturizing & Antibacterial Foaming Hand Wash

By default, many antibacterial formulas can be pretty aggressive on your skin, but let’s face it, there are certain times when you really want to remove all traces of germs and bacteria. Luckily, this option is aggressive on germs but gentle on hands. It kills 99.9% of bacteria but is made with two times more moisturizing ingredients to combat any stripping effects and leave your skin both completely clean and super soft. And for those who prefer solids, it comes in a bar, too.

Best Luxury: Byredo Scented Hand Wash

byredo suede hand wash

Courtesy of Neiman Marcus

Sure, you could save this splurge-worthy sudser for a special occasion or reserve it for the ‘guests only’ bathroom…or you could #treatyourself. Just like the brand’s perfumes, the three scent variants are nuanced, complex, and totally addicting. Good luck choosing between Suede, which is floral and fruity, Rose, balanced out with musk and pink pepper, and the tart yet earthy Vetyver (we certainly can’t). The good news is you really can’t go wrong because either way, these make the simple act of washing your hands feel like a major self-care moment. 

Best Scent: Oribe Côte d’Azur Revitalizing Hand Wash

Oribe hair products are well-known (and beloved) for their signature scent, a sophisticated blend with notes of citrus and jasmine. Now, that scent comes in a creamy and luscious soap that not only smells amazing, but also hydrates and prevents dry hands, thanks to a blend of sweet almond, meadowfoam, starflower, and grapeseed oils. And we’d be remiss not to mention the pumpkin-shaped, amber-colored bottle, which looks more like a piece of artwork than a bottle of hand wash.

Best Budget: Softsoap Liquid Hand Soap

Softsoap Liquid Hand Soap Pump Wild Basil & Lime

 Courtesy of Walmart

With a pretty bottle and sophisticated scent combos, it’s hard to believe that this rings in at the price of coffee. But it does, which means you can pick one up—it comes in four different varieties—for every sink in your house.

Best for Dry Skin: L’Occitane Shea Butter Ultra Rich Hand Wash

loccitane shea butter hand wash

Courtesy of Nordstrom

When you’re washing your hands frequently (hello, cold and flu season), or it’s cold and dry outside, keep this hydration option handy (pun intended). Loaded with fatty acids to help replenish moisture, it’s made with five% shea milk and also contains soothing and protective oat milk, too.

Check out our roundup of the best body washes for dry skin available for purchase.

Best Exfoliating: Compagnie De Provence Exfoliating Liquid Marseille Soap

Compagnie de Provence Savon de Marseille Extra Pure Liquid Soap

Courtesy of Walmart

You exfoliate your face and body, so why not your hands? In this formula—which can also pull double-duty as a body wash—ground olive stones effectively buff away dry skin, making this a top choice to keep sink side during the winter. (Still, it’s gentle enough that you can use it daily.) With a citrusy and minty scent, we especially like keeping it next to the kitchen sink.

Best Variety: Bath & Body Works Hand Soap

There’s a good reason why this is America’s number one hand soap brand. Not only are there four different formulas to choose from—gentle foaming, nourishing, exfoliating, and cream luxe—but there are also more than 50 (yes, you read that right) different fragrances to choose from. All of that variety plus cute packaging rings in at an affordable price…which just means that you can stock up and mix and match all the more.

Best Natural Formula: Indigo Wild Zum Wash

All you need is a tiny pump of this clean cleanser. Made without any detergents or petroleum by-products, it’s packed with certified organic jojoba, olive, and coconut oils instead for a heavy hit of hydration. It also doesn’t contain parabens or phthalates, and, unlike many natural options, comes in a wide array of eight different fragrances.

Peep our roundup of the best organic body washes on the market.

Best Gentle: EO Hand Soap

EO Hand Soap Rose & Lemon

Courtesy of iHerb 

All-natural and made with organic ingredients, this formula is free of sulfates—harsh detergents that can strip your skin—relying on amino-based cleansers instead. It also touts a blend of botanical and herbal extracts, think aloe and calendula to soothe dry hands, along with nourishing vitamin E. Also nice: The roses they source help support local farmers in Bulgaria, Turkey, and Morocco.

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