I Tried a Bunch of Luxe Hand Soaps So You Don't Have to—25 Worth Splurging On

I'll be honest. I've been known to buy a lot of hand soap from Target and Trader Joe's. Hand soap used to feel like an afterthought to me, just a necessity that I needed to keep stocked. I never understood the allure of a quality hand soap—that is, until I tried some of the soaps on this list.

Luxury hand soap is an amazing way to give yourself a small moment of lavishness during your day. Good hand soaps soften skin without stripping, don't dry out hands, and smell absolutely amazing. Many of the soaps on this list smell good enough to be perfumes (and many of them do have fragrance counterparts). Keep reading for the best luxury hand soaps out there. Once you try them for yourself, you'll understand the hype.  

1. Byredo Hand Wash in Suede

Just like the brand's luxe fragrances, using one of Byredo's hand soaps is a sensorial experience. The scent Suede leaves hands smelling unbelievably fresh. 

2. Aesop Reverence Aromatique Hand Wash

After you try Aesop's exfoliating hand wash, you won't want to go back to another soap. Finely milled pumice gives you a gentle physical exfoliation, so when you rinse it off, you're left with baby-smooth skin. Plus, it smells divine. 

3. Moroccanoil Hand Wash

Before putting this hand soap in my bathroom, I'd never been complimented so much for my choice in soap in my life. This soap smells so good that any house guests will add the name to their Notes app immediately. Argan oil and hyaluronic acid also help maintain moisture, so it won't dry out your hands. 

4. Le Labo Basil Hand Soap

Le Labo's hand soap smells like a fresh herb garden, as you might expect. It's also really gentle on skin, so your hands won't feel stripped post-cleanse. 

5. L'Occitane Verbena Shea Butter Liquid Soap

L'Occitane's Verbena scent is one of my all-time favorite smells. It's such a bright, mood-lifting scent. It's also made with shea butter to soften hands. 

6. Le Labo Santal 33 Bar Soap

If you can't get enough of Le Labo's iconic Santal 33, this bar soap is perfect for you. Made with sustainable palm oil, olive oil, and vitamin E, it hydrates while it lathers. 

7. C.O. Bigelow West Village Rose Hand Wash

NYC-based apothecary C.O. Bigelow knows what it's doing when it comes to hand soap. It smells juicy but not overpowering, and aloe vera, panthenol, and shea butter work to hydrate hands. 

8. Susanne Kaufmann Hand Soap

Refillable and gentle on skin, Susanne Kaufmann's hand soap has aloe vera to soothe hands while you wash. Horsetail extract and wheat-germ oil also soften skin.

9. D.S. & Durga Big Sur After Rain Hand Soap

D.S. and Durga's Big Sur After Rain smells impossibly refreshing. Vitamin C, vitamin E, glycerin, green tea leaf, and hyaluronic acid make sure it also nourishes your hands. 

10. Grown Alchemist Hand Wash

Grown Alchemist's Hand Wash feels extremely luxurious when you use it. It doesn't strip hands, and the big bottle lasts a really long time. 

11. Byredo Rose Hand Wash

I can't resist putting another Byredo hand soap on this list—they're just that good. This one has a perfectly balanced rose scent. 

12. Diptyque Softening Hand Wash

Filled with lavender from Provence, Diptyque's hand soap is a truly luxe experience to use. It has rosemary floral water and lavender honey to nourish skin, and it comes in a refillable glass bottle that will look great on any sink. 

13. Kiehl's Grapefruit Liquid Hand Soap

Chamomile, aloe, and vitamin E ensure that this hand soap soothes and softens while it cleanses. The grapefruit scent is bright and will make you want to keep smelling your hands. 

14. Ouai Hand Wash

Ouai's hand soap is tough to beat. Jojoba esters exfoliate dead skin while a blend of oils softens and cleanses without stripping.

15. Nest New York Grapefruit Hand Soap

Pink pomelo grapefruit, lily of the valley, and coriander mix together to create an irresistibly juicy scent. 

16. L'Occitane Lavender Cleansing Hand Wash

If you love the smell of lavender, this soothing hand wash is perfect for you. It smells like freshly cut lavender from Provence. It's also pH balanced and doesn't strip skin. 

17. Acqua di Parma Colonia Hand Soap

Acqua di Parma scents are beyond good, and the brand's Colonia fragrance is one of its most well-known offerings. If a hand soap could transport you to Italy, it would be this one. 

18. Jo Malone London Wood Sage & Sea Salt Body & Hand Wash

Wood Sage & Sea Salt is everyone's favorite Jo Malone fragrance. A hand-soap version is another way to smell like the woodsy scent all the time. 

19. Fresh Hesperides Grapefruit Oval Soap

There's not much to dislike about this French-milled bar soap. Its rich lather and citrus notes make it feel immersive while you wash your hands. 

20. Malin + Goetz Rum Hand + Body Wash

I'm always excited when I see this Malin + Goetz hand soap. It smells divine, and the bottle is so big that it lasts for a long time. 

21. Molton Brown Delicious Rhubarb and Rose Fine Liquid Hand Wash

Molton Brown soaps are incredibly luxe. This one smells like rhubarb and rose, an intoxicating mix. 

22. Deborah Lippmann Balancing Act PH-Balanced Manicure-Safe Hand Soap

Consider this soap an entire handcare routine in a bottle. Designed to prevent water loss with panthenol and vitamin B5, this soap helps preserve the longevity of your manicure. 

23. Sachajuan Shiny Citrus Hand Wash

This citrus-scented hand wash hydrates skin while it dissolves dirt and oil. 

24. Oribe Cote d'Azur Revitalizing Hand Wash

The haircare brand Oribe also makes incredibly luxe hand soap. This alluring scent gives you a moment of tranquility while you wash your hands. 

25. Lake & Skye 11 11 Hand Soap

White ambers and musk help give skin a soft, delicate scent while you wash your hands.