Top 10 Hand Soaps For Men
This article is long overdue. Way too many guys have floral, girly hand soaps in their bathrooms. Not because they want them, but because most are not aware of other options.
There are many great masculine hand soaps out there, but sadly most are not widely available in your everyday stores where you purchase household goods.
The reason these soaps aren't widely available is because women tend to be consumers who make purchasing decisions in the household for things like soap. As a result, manufacturers make a lot of hand soaps that appeal to just women. So, for you bachelor's out there, this review is just for you.
I have carefully curated a selection of some of the best-selling hand soaps for men--there's something here for every guy; whether you're looking for something fresh and clean, heavy duty, or designer, you'll find plenty of hand soaps that work well for men.
1. Ivory Liquid Clear Hand Soap
A lot of guys love the classic, clean smell of plain old Ivory Soap--it's a smell most of us grew up with and developed an affinity for.
The challenge with using Ivory Soap as a hand soap is that it can get messy if you're using a soap bar. In addition, lots of people use Ivory soap as a body soap, so it's not something you'd want to generally use as just a hand soap (as your bathroom guests might wonder if your cheapo using the body soap as a hand soap).
The good news is that Ivory now makes Ivory-scented clear liquid hand soap. You can purchase this soap on Amazon for about $5.
2. J.R. Watkins Liquid Lemon Hand Soap
Established in 1868, J.R. Watkins is one of the oldest household brands in America. They make a full line of hand soaps, but their lemon hand soap is one of my favorites. Their other scents that work well for men are "orange citrus" and "aloe & green tea."
The dispenser is a foaming dispenser too, so great for creating a rich lather as you wash your hands.
This product retails for about $5 on Amazon.
3. Malin + Goetz Rum Hand Soap
Malin + Goetz is a popular, unisex skin care line that makes a full range of neutrally fragranced products. One of these products is their hand soap--it smells like rum.
It's fair to say you've probably not seen a rum-fragranced hand soap before; it's one of those types of soaps that people comment on when they wash their hands in your bathroom.
At $22 a bottle on Amazon, it's not the most economically priced, but I think the value is tremendous. It's an 8.5 ounce bottle with a foaming dispenser--so it's going to last a long while in your bathroom.
4. L'Occitane Shea Butter Verbena Hand Soap
L'Occitane is a French brand and one of my favorites. They make a full range of skin care products, but they are most well know for their soaps; they are unisex and neutrally scented.
One of my favorites is the Shea Butter Verbena Hand Soap; it smells fresh, and the shea butter leaves your hands feeling super soft.
This product retails for about $27 on Amazon.
5. Pecksniff's Sandalwood & Vanilla Hand Wash
I discovered this product while in Beijing on a work trip--it's actually a well-known British brand; the hotel I was staying, The Renaissance, was using their products for their in-room bathroom amenities.
They offer several hand washes that work well for guys, but sandalwood and vanilla is my favorite--the combination is a very masculine smell. You'll also find their hand wash to be very nourishing and moisturizing on your hands.
This product retails for $20 on Amazon.
6. Crabtree & Evelyn Jojoba Oil Conditioning Wash
If you suffer from very dry hands, you may want to check out this Jojoba Hand Wash from Crabtree & Evelyn.
Believe it or not, this product is soap-free, it's made from oils and other nourishing ingredients. The fragrance profile is woodsy, citrusy, herbal scent with just a tad of floral. It's fresh and works well for guys.
I'm a huge fan of just regular jojoba oil--I use on my hair, skin, and in my bathwater. So, a jojoba oil hand wash ranks high by my standards.
This product retails for about $20 on Amazon.
7. Barr & Co. Pure Vegetable Hand Soap
For you vegan men out there, you might like Bar & Co. Vegetable Hand Soap. It's made from plant extracts, botanicals, and oatmeal.
The scent is like heaven, and definitely something your bathroom visitors will comment on. I also like that the bottle is made from glass--a rarity among hand washes (everything is better in glass!).
This product retails for $32 on Amazon, however before you balk at the price, it's 16 ounces, which is double and triple the size of most hand soap bottles.
8. Molton Brown Lime & Patchouli Hand Wash
Molton Brown is a popular skin care line, and they offer a full range of hand washes in some amazing scents. A couple stick out as their more masculine scents--one being Lime & Patchouli, my favorite.
The ingredients include Mexican lime, cumin, and patchouli--it's a spicy, manly scent that works well for keeping your hands fresh and smooth. This will also be another favorite among bathroom guests.
This product retails for about $28 on Amazon.
9. Kirks Coco Castille Soap
I hadn't really planned to review bar soaps as hand washes for practicality reasons, but I can't do a review on hand soaps without mentioning Kirks (plus there are some bar soaps that do work well for hand soaps as long as you take care of the bars--I'll mention those shortly).
Sometimes the simplest products are the best. Kirks has been a while for a while, and believe it or not, this is one of the best selling soaps on Amazon--it has a cult like following.
The ingredient list on this soap is simple: coconut soap, water, vegetable glycerin, coconut oil, and natural fragrance. You might be wondering if it smells like coconut? No, it doesn't. In fact, I'd liken it to Ivory soap--it's a very fresh smell. However, you can also get this soap fragrance free if you'd like.
A 3-pack retails for about $7. You can
10. Lava Heavy-Duty Hand Cleanser
For you guys with rough hands and calluses from your heavy duty jobs (e.g. construction), you'd probably like Lava Heavy-Duty Hand Soap.
Lava contains finely ground pumice stone (derived from volcanic rock). The pumice helps exfoliate and smooth the skin--restoring your hands to their natural smoothness. The soap doesn't just exfoliate, it also contains moisturizer--an essential ingredient to help your hands heal and remain soft.
This product retails for about $4 on Amazon.
I can't limit myself to just 10--there are a few other, highly qualified soap candidates that I think work well as hand soap. The following are non-traditional, designer hand soaps that will offer you a truly luxurious hand washing experience.
Acqua di Parma Colonia Scented Soap
Acqua di Parma is a well known Italian luxury brand offering a full line of fragrances.
Their signature fragrance Colonia is classic and masculine scent with notes of bergamot, citrus, and lemon. It's truly a scent for the distinguished gentleman.
This set comes with two, 3.5 ounce bars for $58 on Amazon.
Acca Kappa White Moss Vegetable Soap
I was introduced to this brand while staying at the Conrad Hilton in Tokyo. Unlike other hoteliers, Conrad spends extra on premium, bathroom amenities.
Acca Kappa is an Italian skin care brand found in 1869. Their White Moss line is quite divine--it's fresh, clean, and neutral. I find the fragrance to also be quite addictive--it's something you'll want to get in a shampoo and body wash too.
The product retails for about $12 on Amazon.
Hermes Eau d'Orange Verte
Hermes is the ultimate in luxury. A little known fact--they make amazing soaps for most of their fragrances.
I think the Hermes Eau d'Orange Verte is probably their most masculine scent that works well as a hand or body soap.
There are several package types for this. The bar soaps are widely available. You can also find it in travel size soaps. And, there are actual hand soap sizes that are a little larger than the travel soaps (but they are harder to find--they come in a beautiful white box with a green orange Hermes pattern on the front).
This product retails for about $17 on Amazon.