For as long as I can remember, my dad has hoarded bars of Irish Spring soap. As a result, I’ve always considered soap bars to be a very middle-aged-man sort of thing to own. It wasn’t until I received a bar of Tom Ford soap as a gift that I realized all of those middle-aged men were on to something.
As it would turn out, showering with a bar of soap can be just as luxurious an experience as lathering up with a fancy loofah and gel. As evidence to support this controversial claim, I present to you 10 super luxurious bars of soap, guaranteed to turn doubters into believers.
Tom Ford Neroli Portofino Bath Soap, $35
This is the aforementioned bar of soap that changed everything. I’ve long been in love with Tom Ford’s Neroli Portofino perfume, and when I was given this bar of soap as a present, I was thrilled to discover that the scent translated wonderfully into soap form. Neroli Portofino soap lathers well, smells incredible and leaves my skin feeling moisturized post-shower. At $35 pop, I’m not sure I’ll be buying it on the regular for myself, but it will certainly have a spot on my Christmas wish list this year. (100 days and counting!)
Korres Milk Soap, $10.50
The people are Korres are marketing geniuses. First of all, their packaging choices are phenomenal. Secondly, they like to include the words “milk” or “yogurt” in the names of their skincare products, which I find incredibly appealing (and I can’t be the only one). Korres Milk Soap (see? How enticing is that name?) is infused with a healthy dose of moisturizing almond oil and soft enough to use on your face.
The Body Shop Satsuma Soap, $5
And here to prove that soap doesn’t have to be expensive to be luxurious is my next pick, The Body Shop’s Satsuma soap. Satsuma has got to be the The Body Shop’s most popular scent (right?) and in soap form, it’s delicious–light, citrusy, and a wonderful morning pick-me-up.
Dior J’adore Soap, $26
Dior’s J’adore soap is to die for–the scent lingers all day and the bar of soap itself is surprisingly large. Also, Jennifer Lawrence, if you’re reading, please confirm: this is the soap you use, right? And you switch it up occasionally with a bar of Irish Spring, because you’re kind of kooky like that, right?
Kalastyle Swedish Dream Sea Salt Soap, $7
Ugh, I am such a freaking sucker for a good nautical theme, and if something has the words “sea salt” on it, I’m basically helpless to resist. All of the Kalastyle products are to die for, in my opinion, but I love their Swedish Dreams Sea Salt Soap in particular. The large sea salt crystals are super exfoliating (but can be hard on sensitive skin, so go easy!) and the scent is super crisp and fresh.
Guerlain Shalimar Soap, $31
Guerlain wins the award for designing the most ’90s-style bar of soap I’ve ever seen, but I kind of love everything about it. I love the soft pink color and the elegant curve of the bar itself, and I love, love, love the scent: it’s citrus, violet, vanilla, and something a little woody on the finish.
Fresh Citron de Vigne Soap, $15
When I was a kid, I remember seeing an episode of Oprah where she described filling her guest bathrooms with beautifully wrapped soaps and brand new jars of bath salts, and my God, did that ever leave an impression on me. Since then, I now hold every house I stay at to the Oprah standard. Like, thanks for letting me crash here, but where are my wrapped soaps? Why haven’t you left me any brand new Fresh Citron de Vigne soaps for my afternoon bath? Like, were you born in a barn?
Rocky Top Soap Shop Totally Pumpkin Soap, $7
A bar of soap doesn’t have to be scented to be luxurious. Totally Pumpkin is totally unscented, but it’s also handmade and infused with pumpkin puree, pumpkin seed oil, and pumpkin butter–perfect for the girl who wants super soft skin but doesn’t care to smell like everyone’s favorite orange fruit (vegetable?).
LUSH Rock Star Soap, $7.95
This soap marries bubblegum pink with the delicious scent of vanilla bean, and trust me when I say that this is one happy marriage. All LUSH soaps are pretty phenomenal, but I love Rock Star in particular because it’s just so soft and feminine.
Jo Malone Red Roses Bath Soap, $20
Jo Malone, can you do no wrong? Showering with Red Roses is like rolling around in a thornless rose garden while a baby angel tosses red and pink petals on you. The smell is divine, and the soap is infused with shea butter, so it’ll leave your skin feeling soft and moisturized post-shower.