Well, it’s about time I share another interesting fact about myself… I’m a hand soap fanatic. If I’m being honest, I’m actually kind of a hand soap snob (that might be putting it lightly). I’m pretty picky when it comes to liquid hand soap. Think about how many times you wash your hands each day! I’m all about the little details and if a soap looks and smells amazing, it puts a smile on my face. After Emmett called me out for the amount of hand soaps living in our linen cabinet I’ve collected, I figured maybe it was time to share a big roundup since I’m a self-proclaimed connoisseur. Ha! Click through to see which soaps (of all prices) made my list and why.
I’m just going to get to the point… hand soap may seem like a silly thing to roundup or focus on in terms of interior and home decor blog posts, but believe me when I say- making little upgrades like this can really make you happier (I’ve pretty much tested them all)! Like I said, I’m a details person and I notice these tiny things.
Click directly on my finds below to shop or use the numbered links at the bottom…
01: cleansing hand gel // 02: juniper hand soap // 03: tocca hand soap // 04: aesop hand soap // 05: lavender liquid soap // 06: au lait hand wash // 07: shea hand wash // 08: le labo hand soap // 09: method hand soap // 10: byredo hand wash // 11: citron hand wash // 12: orange blossom hand soap // 13: bergamot hand wash // 14: jo malone hand soap // 15: elderflower hand soap // 16: lightwell hand wash // 17: vegetable hand soap // 18: nourishing shea soap // 19: white gardenia hand wash // 20: olfattivo hand soap
These range from $3 to $65 and there are some seriously wonderful smelling options! I like to alternate between options of different price points to see if I can tell a difference (and to help the budget). Regardless, I’ve kind of turned Emmett into a soap scent snob too. He has been requesting more of numbers 5, 6, 8, and 16. Those are his favorites! In our master bath, we each had the same soap at our divided sinks… long story short- his ran out, I replaced it with a different option, and he went as far to steal my soap and swap the two. I’m serious!!
Lots of the options listed above also have complimenting lotions. I love the sets for the kitchen sink, when your hands get dry from doing dishes!
If you love the scent of a less expensive option, but aren’t into the packaging- it’s an easy fix. I have plenty of ceramic soap dispensers that I refill and dump nice smelling liquid soap into- like pictured above in our guest bathroom.
These soaps also make great gifts. Given I have a bunch stashed away in the linen closet, I often use them for hostess gifts, holiday gifts, birthday gifts… you get the point. It’s easy to pull together a cute basket with a hand soap, tea towel, candle, and handwritten note at a moments notice! I’ve converted lots of my friends and family to using these by giving them as gifts. They’re always well received and useful.
I also end up in the soap aisle when shopping at HomeGoods. Remember this post? I’m tellin’ ya… I have problem- a serious addiction to hand soap. Emmett makes fun of me! Is anyone else in the same boat? Please say yes! What other luxury items do you like to hoard or stash away?
AmandaNovember 7, 2019 at 4:23 am
Hand soap lover over here too! Do you like the Tatine line? That’s been on my list to try!
SarahNovember 7, 2019 at 9:12 am
LOVE Tatine. The citrus one is my all time favorite (and Emmett’s), but I have a hard time finding it (unless you’re local to Chicago). It’s incredible and worth every penny!
PeggiNovember 7, 2019 at 4:44 am
Since we’re telling truths here, I’ll admit that I have commitment issues!😉 I will stand in the soap/lotion aisle at any fine retailer and smell-test items for an absurdly long time…then walk away with none. I love the idea of giving them as gifts though. Also, I think writing scent descriptions should be my next career. (Or maybe just reading them!) Happy (OMG, it’s only) Thursday!
SarahNovember 7, 2019 at 9:13 am
Haha!! I think scent description copy writing would be a hoot. And HOW is it only Thursday? This week is moving slooooow. Have a great day anyway :) xo
RoseNovember 7, 2019 at 5:00 am
Ok this is going to sound crazy but I’ve never been so excited to read the blog after seeing the title in my email!! I literally was complaining yesterday about being unable to source good hand soap since I moved from Washington to Michigan. I went to so many lovely boutiques and found the very best some of which are on your list. Last night I was researching where to find and buy my soap because I’m out completely, no hand soap in the entire house! So I’m thankful for this post, I wish I could come shop your linen closet lol
SarahNovember 7, 2019 at 9:14 am
I love hearing that, Rose! It sounds like we’re on the same page :) If you were closer, I’d totally let you come peruse my linen closet! Happy soap hunting!
ColleenNovember 7, 2019 at 5:52 am
Haha! This is a funny topic but yes I’m totally a soap snob 😂 I’ve been stocking our house with Method soap for many years now and I use all there cleaning supplies too. I like the foaming dispenser and you can buy refills for all their soaps. They also have a beautiful kitchen scent too ☺️ Have a totally awesome day!!
SarahNovember 7, 2019 at 9:17 am
They have the best stuff! One of my friends used to work in the design department at Method and I was always so inspired by the work that went into their products. I just bought Everspring laundry soap at Target for the first yesterday, but have to try it. I’ll report back! Hope you have a wonderful day too, Colleen :)
ColleenNovember 7, 2019 at 11:23 am
Ooh I like the ever spring products too! I have their Lemon & Mint hand soap for the kitchen but I haven’t tried the laundry soap. Worth a try for sure 😁
CarlyNovember 7, 2019 at 5:54 am
I’m obsessed with hand soaps, and therefore this post!! I can’t wait to seek some of these out and give them a good smell!
Also, I have #12 in Eucalyptus and it’s probably by favourite thing ever. If you can get your hands on that scent, it’s amazing!!
Thanks for the inspiration Sarah!
SarahNovember 7, 2019 at 9:18 am
I also love that one! We used it all last winter and it’s still one of my very favorites :) So happy you liked this post, Carly! xo
DeborahNovember 7, 2019 at 7:12 am
Do you have any unscented favorites? My husband is really sensitive to smells, and so he doesn’t like scented soaps.
SarahNovember 7, 2019 at 9:19 am
I think Method for unscented! It’s affordable, the pump is nice, and the packaging is minimal. I’ll link it here for you: http://bit.ly/2NqVD0T
DannaNovember 7, 2019 at 7:57 am
Interesting post! I am smell sensitive so first and foremost I must like the scent. Unfortunately, lavender is not one I care for and in most kitchen soaps. The soaps I do like are usually on high price point side…which occurs for most things (clothing, furniture, etc). When it comes to soap we use too much (party of 3)ha! I am giddy when I find one that checks all the boxes but especially one that is super inexpensive! You have given us so many options. I haven’t found one for our kitchen that I like in a long time. Thanks for the options.
SarahNovember 7, 2019 at 9:20 am
Isn’t that how it always goes, Danna? Haha! I’m in the same boat…. why do I like all the fancy things?! Hope you find a good new option you like :) xo
PatNovember 7, 2019 at 11:38 am
I use Jergens moisturizing hand soap. It’s under $2 for 16 oz and has a nice cherry almond scent. I hate to spend money on something that you literally goes down the drain. I just can’t find a nice dispenser with a good pump. For some reason the pumps disintegrate with the hard well water even with treatment. A post on those would be awesome. I buy method from time to time, still waiting for their Christmas scents. I have 2 bottles of cinnamon (heavenly) that I’m hoarding. Yum!
SarahNovember 7, 2019 at 1:43 pm
Great idea Pat! I’ll try to work on a roundup for the dispenser :) The method holiday scents are always so nice!!
Anne HNovember 7, 2019 at 12:06 pm
Hand soap snob and proud of it! You’re right, it may seem like a little thing, but it can really make a difference in your day if you’re continually washing your hands (and since we both work at home, that’s a LOT of hand washing during the day) with something that feels slimy and just doesn’t smell good. Have you tried the Rosemary Mint from A La Maison de Provence? I discovered it at a friends house several years ago and just about stole it away in my luggage. Not cheap, for sure, but we get it in a 3pk from Amazon and love it.
Definitely interested in trying some of your faves, though – especially #18. My hands get so dry out here in the West during the Winter. Is that one of your faves for being less drying than some of the others?
SarahNovember 7, 2019 at 1:45 pm
Yesss- you can totally relate! I just added the A La Maison de Provence soap to my amazon cart- thanks for the rec! I’m sure I’ll love it, as that sounds like it would be right up my alley. Ha! Yes, #18 contains shea and I’ve found it to be more moisturizing :) I also hoard hand cream though.
Anne HNovember 8, 2019 at 12:52 pm
I hear you on the hand cream. I’m allergic to parabens and am in love with The Nest’s hand cream (not the hand lotion in the pump!) in the bamboo/jasmine scent ($18 at Ulta for a tube). Use it every night and I swear the relaxing smell helps put me to sleep, too! Hope you like the A La Masion De Provence soap. May the scent take you right back to Atibes! ;-D
ChristinaNovember 7, 2019 at 7:54 pm
So excited to see this post! I’m glad you put the Aesop and Jo Malone lines on your list. I like how the bottles are actually nice looking enough to keep on your sink. Especially love the Byredo one.
SarahNovember 8, 2019 at 7:53 am
I’m with you- pretty bottles that are ready to go are the best! Love those two :)