13 Hand Soaps To Make Washing A Little More Enjoyable
The daily hygiene practice of hand washing has never been more important, yes we wouldn’t dream of not washing our hands after going to the loo or before preparing food or prior to eating but in today’s climate not washing your hands literally could be a case of life and death. Washing our hands thoroughly and frequently throughout the day is our biggest defence and one of the best ways to protect ourselves against the current pandemic of covid-19.
The government and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend washing your hands often and thoroughly for at least 20 seconds, or humming the ‘happy Birthday’ song from beginning to end twice is ’one of the most effective ways to prevent the spread of germs from person to person and throughout communities.
The humble hand soap, a basic household necessity has become an essential commodity and our first line of defence in the fight against this outbreak.
Whether you’re looking for a simple budget friendly soap that does the job or want to splurge on a sink side accessory we’ve put together an edit of the chicest and best smelling hand soaps that unite function with pleasure and will make those 20 seconds of washing and scrubbing an absolute delight.
Aesop’s Resurrection Hand Wash is a deliciously scented hand washing gel that cleanses thoroughly thanks to the antibacterial properties of mandarin and rosemary extracts whist the lavender helps to soothe skin and keep it hydrated. Great for people who like to wash their hands a lot or who have sensitive skin.
A refreshingly fruity, fabulous combination of zesty limes and aloe vera, it is 100% hypoallergenic ‘tested to BSEN1276 (food grade standard) – it neutralises 99.9% of harmful bacteria including E.coli, Salmonella and MRSA, while still being gentle on skin’, definitely one of our faves.
Not all cleanser bars are created equal CeraVe’s Hydrating Cleanser Bar contains ceramides and hyaluronic acid making it richly moisturising and suitable for normal to dry skin. Developed with dermatologists to effectively remove dirt, oil and make-up without disrupting the natural skin barrier.
A mood-boosting combination of organic Geranium and Orange Essential Oils this delightfully fragranced organic hand wash is gently cleansing and purifying whilst the non-drying formula leaves skin feeling soft and freshened.
‘A botanical based hand wash that gently cleanses and refreshes without drying skin. Antioxidant rich parsley seed oil nourishes and protects hands while basil and black pepper extracts offer anti-microbial properties’.
If you’re looking to splurge then look no further than Suede from Byredo, scented with bergamot and velvet plum this gentle cleanser hydrates and softens hands whilst ‘divinely scenting them throughout the day’.
Soapsmith is a London based award winning artisan soap brand. Each scent is inspired and named after a location in London, like ‘Brick Lane’ which is an ‘aromatic and vibrant mix of oriental spices’. All their hand and body washes are ‘gently formulated with natural oils and ingredients to cleanse without drying out skin’.
Free from SLS, Triclosan and synthetic perfume this ‘gentle, pH-balanced formula leaves hands clean and nourished quinoa locks in water to prevent dry skin, antioxidant-rich Calendula helps soothe and calm inflamed skin. Aloe Vera nurtures the skin and refreshingly scented with citrus and ginger’.
“Sweet to the body and planet! Fair trade & organic sugar gives our Organic Pump Soaps a rich caramel colour and sweet scent. The sugar combines with organic white grape juice to keep your skin nourished, hydrated and smooth”. 4-in-1 because it can be used for washing hands, face body and hair”!
“Since it’s not practical to call it quits on reality and retreat to the Caribbean, consider this your temporary solution. your 20-second escape. Your oasis in a desert of routine. Surrender to the scent of cool, cascading water lily + sandalwood”.
“A gentle sulphate-free daily hand wash to deeply cleanse, moisturise and revive tired hands. Our Atlantic Kelp Extract and Magnesium PCA help replenish skin with essential minerals and remove dirt without drying out the skin. With our exclusive blend of anti-fatigue essential oils to energise the senses, leaving your hands refreshed and lightly fragranced”.
Pamper your hands with Oribe’s signature scent of Mediterranean citrus and white butterfly jasmine and invoke images of the sun-drenched coast. With a rich but gentle lather, this Revitalising hand wash cleanses the hands without dryness. thanks to the blend of meadow foam, sweet almond and starflower oils which help to replenish and soften the skin, while antioxidant-rich jasmine oil protects the skin from free radicals.
Cetaphil is a gentle therapeutic skincare range, specially formulated for all skin types, including dry and sensitive and for those with specific skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis. This soap bar is fragrance free but cleanses without stripping away the skin’s natural protective oils, and without disturbing the skin’s natural pH balance.