Soap. It’s a part of life so common that it is often overlooked; something that few people ever think about. We find antibacterial soap in washrooms, dish soap in kitchens, body wash in locker rooms, and even de-greasing soaps in auto-repair shops all over the world. Though it’s not something many people think about, most turn to soap multiple times every day, whether for a morning shower, for keeping hands clean and germ-free, or for a refreshing wash after a good workout. Though it doesn’t often receive much attention, a good bar of soap can have a significant impact on how skin feels and looks. Chemical-based, artificial soaps can leave skin dry and itchy, while natural plant-based soaps can lead to comfortable, healthy skin.
Soap can also invigorate with refreshing smells and bracing plant extracts that leave the skin tingling and fresh.
Bar Soap for the Environment
Though soap sometimes takes the form of body wash in plastic bottles, it is important to consider the impact of packaging on the environment. A single-use plastic bottle of liquid body wash is often quickly used up and then discarded without a second thought, leaving the container empty and left in a landfill.
Bar soap, on the other hand, often is usually packaged in simple cardboard or wrapped in paper that can easily be recycled. This makes bar soap an earth-friendly choice for any man looking for an environmentally thoughtful clean. Not only is the packaging of bar soap easy on the ecosystem, but a bar of soap also usually lasts much longer than a bottle of liquid wash making it a great economic choice as well.
Bar Soap for the Skin
When selecting soap, a man needs to consider his skin-type. Often, bar soap is perceived as drying out the skin. While this may have been the case with chemical-based artificial soaps in the past, this is not always the case with modern soaps. Many bar soaps are available today in special formulas for everything from oily skin to chemically sensitive skin.
The skin is the largest organ of the body, and every person’s skin is unique. Skin-type is an important thing to consider when selecting the ideal bar of soap. Does the skin tend to be oily or dry? Is there sensitivity to certain chemicals or extracts? Are there any skin conditions such as acne, eczema, or psoriasis that require special formulations? Many soap-makers offer a variety of bars that are tailored to different types of skin.
Bar Soap is Satisfying
In addition to being good for the environment and good for the skin, a well-made bar of soap is uniquely satisfying as it is used day after day to keep skin clean and healthy. Every bar of soap is a new experience with unique textures, aromas, and possibilities. For some bars, even the packaging itself is almost a work of art.
Many of the soaps that are reviewed in this list come in a variety of formulations or scents, but each bar comes from an established brand using high-quality ingredients and offering reliable skin-care day after day.
Using a quiz, Hawthorne creates products tailored to your skin. With nourishing oils and invigorating mint and eucalyptus, reinvigorate tired and worn-out skin. Hawthorne designed all of their cleansers’ scents to complement their colognes.
Duke Cannon’s Big Ass Brick of Soap
Duke Cannon’s extra-large bars of soap live up to their humorous name. Each bar weighs ten ounces, and a single bar can hold up to nearly a year of daily use. Duke Cannon’s products are made in the United States and come in a variety of masculine themed scents such as “Leather and Leaf,” with aromas of tobacco and leather, or “Naval Diplomacy,” which is a fresh, ocean-inspired fragrance. Duke Cannon products do not contain parabens, artificial dyes, or animal products, and many of their soap bars also contain steel cut grains for extra exfoliation.
In addition to its renowned Big Ass Bricks of Soap, Duke Cannon also offers a variety of other grooming products, including hair products, fragrances, and beard care products. Also, soaps can be purchased in themed packs of four bars, which are great for stocking up or giving as a gift.
Duke Cannon’s branding is appealingly humorous, though they take the business of soap and cleanliness seriously. The company also donates a portion of every sale to benefiting veterans.
Dr. Squatch Pine Tar Soap
Dr. Squatch soaps are hand-cut, made of natural glycerin, and contain no chemicals or preservatives. The Pine Tar soap stands out with an aromatic woodsy scent derived from real pine oil. The smell is reminiscent of a refreshing hike through a mountain forest. Also, the soap contains activated charcoal, sea salt, oatmeal, and sand. It’s the perfect exfoliating blend for those with skin that tends to be dry or flaky.
Before World War I, many soaps were locally made with natural ingredients. Since the industrial revolution, however, most commercially produced bars of soap have become a cocktail of chemicals that aren’t necessarily good for the skin and may even lead to other health problems over time. Dr. Squatch places a strong emphasis on returning to cold process soaps made from simple, natural ingredients that will nourish the skin while also leaving it exceptionally clean and healthy.
Dr. Squatch offers soaps in a variety of other scents, including Gold Moss, Eucalyptus Greek Yogurt, and Cedar Citrus, as well as additional grooming products including hair care, deodorants, and even toothpaste.
With its humorous advertising, natural product quality, and thousands of five-star reviews, Dr. Squatch is an excellent choice for any man looking for healthy, well-made soap with the scent of the great outdoors.
Every Man Jack Body Bar
Every Man Jack was started as a small brand crafted by hand in the founder’s garage. From those small beginnings, the brand exploded into popularity in 2009 after a feature in O, the Oprah Magazine. From that time, they’ve only continued gaining popularity. Currently, Every Man Jack products can be found on the shelves of Whole Foods Market and Target, as well as online.
The company’s products are crafted from 100% natural plant-based ingredients, and all are created in the United States. Though they do offer bottled wash products, the company emphasizes preserving the environment by using at least 50% recycled materials in their plastic packaging.
The 2 in 1 body bar is no exception to the company’s commitment to all-natural, high-quality products. With ingredients including shea butter and aloe vera, each bar can be used to clean and moisturize both body and hair. The bars are available in three refreshing scents and are free of parabens and artificial dyes. Also, in keeping the company’s thoughtful emphasis on environmental responsibility, the packaging for each bar of soap is made from 100% recycled paper.
Dr. Bronner’s Pure Castile Bar Soap
Castile soap was first created in Spain in the 1500s from naturally pressed olive oils. Today, Dr. Bronner’s is one of the most widely recognized brands of Castile soap, instantly recognizable by its distinct packaging. Each bar is created from a blend of coconut oil, palm oil, olive oil, hemp oil, and jojoba oil, and is suitable for washing both body and face.
The blend of oils in Dr. Bronner’s castile soap is perfect for sensitive skin. Each bar produces a soft, smooth lather that is gentle on the skin. Also, each bar is scented with natural extracts and essential oils that invigorate and refresh the skin.
Dr. Bronner’s places a strong emphasis on caring for the earth that we all share, and also on caring for their customers. They do this by creating life-giving products that benefit the workers who produce them and the customers who use them.
In addition to their high-quality bar soaps, Dr. Bronner’s also creates many other healthful and nourishing products, including home cleaners and laundry soaps, as well as other body care products.
Baxter of California Exfoliating Body Bar
Baxter of California is a company known for creating premium quality products that are unpretentious. In their product line which includes hair care and shaving products, the exfoliating body bar stands out. It’s beautiful to look at and leaves skin clean and refreshed.
With its earthy but awakening scent of cedarwood and oakmoss, this bar of soap stands out in a class of its own. Each bar contains not only the moisturizing oils that create a rich lather, but also particles of jojoba meal, crushed olive seed, and pumice for effective exfoliation. Rough, dry skin is no match for this combination that leaves skin with a superior clean feeling.
In addition to the exfoliating bar and other products, Baxter of California also offers a brightly scented vitamin cleansing bar, as well as a deep cleansing bar containing bentonite clay and activated charcoal.
Baxter of California also offers hair care products and shaving necessities (including razors).
Jack Black Turbo Body Bar Scrubbing Soap
The Turbo Body Bar from Jack Black is a bar of soap designed to scrub and polish away dead skin with natural particles of pumice while nourishing the fresh healthy skin underneath. Each bar contains Ginko Biloba extract as well as blue lotus and herb extracts. The refreshing, natural aroma is derived from lemongrass, juniper, rosemary, sage, and thyme.
The Turbo Body Bar is included in Jack Black’s line of Performance Remedy products, designed with sports therapy in mind. This skincare line is specially formulated to cleanse and refresh sweaty or tender skin that has been put through hard work or sports.
In addition to the Turbo Body Bar and the entire Performance Remedy line, Jack Black also offers a complete line of skincare products formulated for men. These include shaving and hair care products as well as specially formulated anti-aging and sun-protection products.
Harry’s Bar Soap (Stone Scent)
Many people know Harry’s as a company that produces exceptional razors and shaving products, but the company also produces an entire line of products, including their exceptional bar soaps.
Stone is a unique scented soap that evokes a scent of minerals, including charcoal combined with refreshing and crisp citrus aromas. The citrus scent is partially derived from bergamot, a variety of orange often used in flavoring Earl Grey tea.
Every Bar of Harry’s soap is made with moisturizing coconut and palm oils as well as shea butter. This combination of ingredients leaves skin smooth and refreshed after washing. Harry’s bar soaps also come in other scents, including shiso, fig, and redwood.
While Harry’s is already well known for its razors and shaving kits, in addition to their soaps, the company also offers other body care products including hair care and deodorants.
In addition to physical health and cleanliness, Harry’s also values the mental health of men, recognizing that this can be an important, but often overlooked need. A portion of sales is donated to nonprofits that help men access to therapy and other mental health resources.
Dove Men + Care Bar Soap
For over 60 years, Dove has been an iconic brand in women’s skincare. In 2010, it launched Men + Care, a line of skincare products specially formulated for the unique skin chemistry of men.
Men + Care offers body washes and shampoos, but their bars of soap stand out as a skincare product that is both affordable and good quality. The soaps are designed for washing both the face and body and come in a variety of formulations. Most include moisturizing creams, while others are formulated to leave the skin feeling fresh and cool, as well as clean.
Also, every bar includes Dove’s MICROMOISTURE, which leaves men’s skin healthy and strong after every wash.
Dove also has a line of body washes, deodorants, and hair care products, all formulated especially for men’s skin. In addition to skincare, Dove is also committed to contributing $1 million over the next 2 years to allow men to take paid paternity leave. When a man becomes a dad, he needs the opportunity to contribute to his family and have the time to bond with his new child. Dove is committed to making that possible.
The Rich and Clean No. 9 Bar Soap
Not only is the No. 9 an excellent bar of soap, but it is also the 9th on this list.
The Rich and Clean creates skincare and body care products designed for men. Their No. 9 bar of soap, like their other products, contains natural scents derived from essential oils and natural minerals and botanicals. Containing fresh, invigorating aromas of Japanese peppermint, this bar will leave skin feeling tingly, refreshed, and above all, clean. Designed to evoke the atmosphere of a mountain forest, this bar of soap also contains oils of douglas fir and tea tree. The Japanese peppermint oil leads to reduced oil production on the skin, making it ideal for washing both the body and face. Activated charcoal purifies and cleanses, reducing toxins on the skin with every wash.
The Rich and Clean also creates moisturizers, hand soaps, shampoo, and deodorants. For a serene washing experience, try out the Rich and Clean’s bar soap today.
Ethique Pumice, Tea Tree & Spearmint Solid Body Wash
Ethique creates a body wash bar that is fully biodegradable and sustainable. Each bar is made from natural oils that clean and refresh the skin. The spearmint and ginger oils in this particular bar make it exceptionally exhilarating, while particles of ground pumice exfoliate to reveal fresh new skin underneath dry patches.
The blend of oils in each bar not only feels good on the skin, but also fills the shower with an herbal aroma that is soothing, refreshing, and stimulating. Each bar creates a rich lather that will never dry out the skin.
Using a bar of Ethique’s solid body wash saves bottles, and the company plants a tree for every order that is received. The company was founded as a response to the amounts of waste created by the body care industry, and every purchase leads to reduced waste.
Soap is an important component of every man’s daily self-care routine. While it’s important to choose a bar that’s enjoyable to use, it’s also important to consider the environmental impact and quality of ingredients in the bar that’s chosen.
Modern bar soaps take these things into consideration in the production and packaging of their products. Many brands use minimal or recycled packaging that supports the earth and its preservation. Also, many soap brands have begun eliminating chemicals that in the past have led not only to water pollution but also to dry, damaged skin for many men. In place of these harsh, synthetic additives, many bars of soap now contain rich nourishing oils and smooth plant butters. Refreshing scents are created from special blends of natural extracts and essential oils.
This list is by no means exhaustive. There are many excellent bars of soap available to men, but we’ve attempted to narrow it down to a few of the best. Choose a bar of soap from this list and give it a try! You may be surprised at how satisfying and refreshing it can be to wash with a good quality bar of soap. The largest organ of your body will thank you.