Soap bars aren't typically the first thing we think about when it comes to luxury beauty products. Still, thanks to the industry's heightened focus on sustainability, countless skincare and fragrance brands have poured time and effort into creating luxury soap options.
First, let's discuss sustainability. Soap bars tend to last significantly longer than their liquid counterparts, meaning if you do decide to spend a little extra on a luxury soap, you can rest assured you'll undoubtedly get your money's worth. Another factor we need to take into account is the packaging—or lack thereof. While liquid soaps are housed in plastic or glass bottles, hard luxury soap bars boast considerable less packaging. More often than not, they're wrapped in paper, making it easy to recycle with less adverse environmental impact.
Beauty aficionado Emma Hoareau creates a pretty sink-scape with flowers and luxury soap.
Now, let's talk about what makes luxury soap such a treat. Gone are the days of harsh soap bars, where moisture-rich and perfumed ingredients were pretty much unheard of. Soap, however, has had a serious glow-up. Fragrance houses Diptyque, Byredo, and Le Labo have bestowed them with their coveted scents, while luxury skincare brands, including Sisley, Malin + Goetz, and Fresh have created frothy and foamy bars that not only cleanse but nourish the skin. Throw in offerings adorned with Chanel and Dior logos, and treating yourself to a luxury soap is too tempting to resist.
Keep scrolling to see and shop our edit of the best luxury soap bars that'll elevate your sink or bath in a flash.
LUXURY SOAP BARS THAT ARE WORTH SPENDING A LITTLE EXTRA ON:
Diptyque Tam Dao Perfumed Bar Soap (£18)
Turn the most every day of tasks into a spa-like experience with one of Diptyque's luxury soaps. While we'd gladly choose any scent, this cedar-, sandalwood-, and cypress-infused bar is a real delight that'll fragrance your entire bathroom.
Senteurs D'Orient Hammam Soap in Orange Blossom (£33)
Is there anything more refreshing than a citrus scent? What sets this luxury soap apart is its woody base notes, which enhance its decadence.
Cowshed Cosy Hand & Body Soap (£12)
Cowshed creates some of the best bath and skincare products out there, and this luxury soap, blended with essential oils, is no exception.
Claus Porto Cerina Soap in Brise Marine (£18)
If anyone knows how to create a luxury soap, it's Portuguese fragrance and soap company, Claus Porto. While a holiday may have been off the agenda for most of us this year, this soap will transport you to the heady coastlines of Portugal the second it meets the water.
Byredo Vetyver Bar Soap (£27)
If you're already a fan of Byredo's scented hand creams, we recommend investing in the luxury soap in the same fragrance collection to enhance the aroma further.
Sisley Eau du Soir Perfumed Soap (£25)
You'll be hard-pressed to find a soap as foamy and moisture-rich as this classic option from luxury skincare brand, Sisley.
L'Objet Rose Noire Bar Soap (£22)
The rose heart note is undercut by fragrances of moss and pepper, making this luxury soap a complex medley of scents.
Buly 1803 Savon Superfin Soap in Peruvian Heliotrope (£31)
No ordinary bar of soap, Buly 1803's dermatologically-tested 'Savon Superfin' is lightly infused with the French heritage label's 'Peruvian Heliotrope' fragrance. It comes in a beautifully printed box, too, making it the ideal gift for the woman who has everything.
L:A Brukett Sage and Rosemary Soap on a Rope (£24)
Few scents are as comforting as sage and rosemary; we love how LA: Brukett has taken the nostalgic idea of soap-on-a-rope and turned it into something interior obsessives can get on board with.
Fresh Freesia Oval Soap (£14)
This vegetable-based soap is enriched with moisturising shea butter and infused with a rich white floral scent, but what really makes it luxurious is the way it's made. The nourishing formula is milled multiple times, making the soap super dense and long-lasting.
Chanel Coco Mademoiselle Fresh Bath Soap (£21)
Chanel's logo on a soap? This is just about as luxurious as soap bars get! Infused with the scent of the brand's much-adored perfume, Coco Mademoiselle, use this soap ahead of a date or meeting a friend for a glass of wine for a gorgeous aroma that lasts.
Malin + Goetz Rum Bar Soap (£14)
Perhaps one of our favourite-ever fragrances, Malin + Goetz's Rum scent is sweet and warming, and provides even more comfort in soap form. An excellent evening option to help you unwind at the end of the day, this luxury soap helps to balance, replenish, and purify the skin – even sensitive types – with its gentle (yet abundant!) foam, that leaves your hands spotless. It works as a body wash, too.
Floris Lily of the Valley Luxury Soap Set (£23)
There are few scents more classic or luxurious than Lily of the Valley but, thanks to Floris's signature floral moulding and gold-gilded box, this soap set is perhaps the most regal of them all. It may also please you to learn the Queen herself uses Floris products, meaning it has the royal seal of approval to boot.
Dior JOY by Dior Pearly Bath Soap (£24)
If Chanel-emblazoned soap wasn't bougie enough for you, let us bring your attention to this Dior soap bar, which has been fragranced with the brand's iconic perfume, Joy. Such a treat.
Aveda Rosemary Mint Bath Bar (£14)
We all know that Aveda creates some of the most nourishing haircare products around, and this soap bar is no different. Moisturing and invigorated with the scents of rosemary and mint, use this in the morning for an uplifting wake-up call. What's more, it's suitable for all skin types, while the calming combination of ingredients ensures it won't strip your skin of natural oils.
Bamford Jasmine Pebble Soap (£18)
Moulded from a heart-shaped pebbled plucked from a rocky beach, this soap, which has been fragranced with Jasmine, is as pretty as they come. Just think how sweet it'll look in a rose-tinted glass dish.
Aerin Lilac Path Soap (£22)
Aerin's dressing table-worthy perfumes are forever on our wish lists, but we'll gladly take one of the brand's fragranced hand soaps if it bestows our bathroom with the same rich scent. This nourishing, luxurious soap is infused with Aerin's Lilac Path aroma, leaving skin with hints of evocative lilac heightened by lush, fragrant galbanum.
Atelier Cologne Clémentine California Soap (£19)
Fruity, green, and sweet, this scent perfectly captures the citrus-infused smell of Californian air in the height of summer. Simply glorious.
Le Labo Bergamote 22 Bar Soap (£32)
If you can't get enough of your favourite Le Labo perfume or candle fragrances, then consider your next fix found by way of its luxury soap collection. Inspired by one of its best-selling scents, Bergamot 22 combines freshness, sweetness, and sensuality with notes of petit grain and grapefruit, with the slightest touch of amber, musk, and vetiver.
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