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Lather It Up: A List of the Best Men's Soap Ever

Us men are notorious for not taking care of our skin and bodies as we should. Part of this is using soaps that are harsh on our skin or those that have pungent fragrances, which I admit, I'm guilty of myself.

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To guide the grooming-impaired among us, I've compiled a list of the best bar soaps for men for all sorts of occasions. This includes trying out a pleasant scent for work, spicing up your intimate life - yes, with a soap, or even trying to take better care of our bodies with skin-soothing soaps. 

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Best Smelling Men's Soap

While there are a lot of soaps that smell terrible, there are several men's soaps that smell quite good. However, one clearly stood above the rest: Dr. Squatch Mens Cedar Citrus Soap. This handmade brand is infused with fresh notes of cedar, orange, and rosemary. I found it to be a fresh, crisp fragrance that was not too strong and not too weak. Just right!

I'm a big fan of the Dr. Squatch brand, in particular, because of the great scents on offer, but also because they don't use chemical additives or other harsh ingredients in their products. This cedar and citrus bar soap are good options for keeping your skin looking healthy and smooth.

This is recommendation's a shout out to the guys who struggle with dry, damaged, or excessively oily skin. You'll likely want the best men's soap that is more targeted to your needs and let me tell you - this is it.

Cetaphil Gentle Cleansing Bar

Best Men's Soap for Dry Skin

Chronic, dry skin is a tough challenge, but I found that the Cetaphil Gentle Cleansing Bar was up to the task. Cetaphil's well-known for its lotions targeted to treating dry skin, and their Gentle Cleansing Bar was no different. 

It doesn't remove the skin's natural oil or irritate damaged skin. A big selling point is how easily it rinses off - moisturizing bars have a reputation for feeling oily and uncomfortable once you're out of the shower. The Cetaphil bar avoids this issue, leaving your skin feeling not only healthy and repaired but also comfortable. 

The strengths of Cetaphil in treating dry skin paradoxically introduces some drawbacks. The bar is scentless, which is great for sensitive skin but not so great for those looking for a fresh scent to follow them through the day. 

This men's soap won't be a good exfoliator either, meaning it's not a great choice as a regular face soap. Of course, if you struggle with chronically dry, damaged skin, you shouldn't be looking for an exfoliator bar anyway.

If you have chronically dry skin but would love a good strong scent, I recommend alternating between different soaps. A good routine would be to swap the Cetaphil bar soap with The Yellow Bird Soap Bar, or any other scented soap made with shea butter, every other day.

SheaMoisture Face & Body Bar for Oily, Blemish-Prone Skin

Best Men's Soap for Oily Skin

Most of the best bar soaps for men can remove oil from skin quite well - the challenge comes from removing oil without over-drying the skin underneath. It's a tough tight-rope to walk, but Shea Moisture's African Black Soap walks it well.

As the name implies, this body bar uses shea butter to keep skin moisturized and healthy, but there's more than just shea butter. There's also tamarind extract and tree oil to help wash away skin oil and soothe irritated skin. 

The results of using this body bar showed that it effectively cleaned away excess oil without over-drying or damaging the underlying skin. You'll be hard-pressed to find another bar that balances the two so perfectly, which is why this is a definite favorite for oily skin. 

Its scent is quite light, so if you want a bar that gives you a noticeable, long-lasting scent, consider other brands, like Dr. Squatch. 

The Yellow Bird Soap Bar - Men's Soap

Best Bar Soap for Men's Faces

Finding the best men's soap for a daily face wash that won't dry or damage your skin can be a challenge. The first rule is to look for a soap specifically made for faces. For a combination of a soap that's gentle on skin but provides a thorough clean, I recommend The Yellow Bird Soap Bar.

Activated charcoal removes oil, but the all-natural ingredients help protect your skin. It's also made with shea butter to make sure your face stays moisturized and looking healthy. It exfoliates without irritating or damaging your skin, making it an ideal choice. 

Unlike many soaps geared towards those with sensitive skin, The Yellow Bird has a noticeable lemongrass lavender scent, but it's certainly not overwhelming.

This bar soap for men is a good secondary option for those with oily skin but want a stronger scent than the Shea Moisture bar.

Dr. Bronner's - Pure-Castile Bar Soap

Best Overall - Handmade Natural Bar Soap for Men

This was a tough call. Some of my favorites, like Dr. Squatch and The Yellow Bird Soap Bar, are strong contenders for the best men's soap that's handmade and natural. But, as an overall best, I couldn't say no to Dr. Bronner's Pure-Castile Bar Soap.

Dr. Bronner's a well-known all-natural brand, and they have all kinds of scents to choose from (they also have unscented varieties). Plus chemicals or harsh additives aren't used in their soaps, most of the ingredients are organic, and the brand has a strong commitment to environmentally friendly practices. 

Dr. Bronner's also has the advantage of a full-utility soap, meaning it can be used on your face, body, and even as a shampoo. Of course, the brand offers more traditional shampoos if you'd prefer not to lather your hair with a bar. 

While I love this bar as the overall best for handmade natural bar soaps, it's not for everyone. The oils used in these bars may work well for keeping normal skin healthy and looking good, but they're not ideal for those with irritable or acne-prone skin

If you have chronically dry, damaged skin, again - you should consider a bar made with shea butter. The Pure-Castile soap bar may over-dry skin that is already prone to flaking or irritation, likely because of the presence of oil. 

But, with the large variety of scents, an ideal soap recipe for average skin, and a voracious commitment to sustainable production, I still found Dr. Bronner's bar to be my overall favorite handmade soap.

Dr. Squatch Spearmint Basil Men's Soap

Best Men's Soap for Summer

Summer means you are struggling with sweat, heat, and body odor. The season sets some challenges for the average guy to smell good and feel cool, so Dr. Squatch Spearmint Basil won me over. The brand avoids harsh chemicals that can irritate your skin, and their spearmint bar is no exception. 

The cooling sensation of the spearmint and the sharp scents of the basil make this just perfect for a summer soap. It's a wonderful combination of sensations to relax, cool off, with an attractive lingering fragrance that lasts through the day. 

Dr. Squatch Mens Cedar Citrus Soap
  • Handmade soaps
  • Well balanced scent
  • Natural ingredients
The Yellow Bird Charcoal Soap Bar
  • Daily facial soap
  • Exfoliating
  • Gentle on skin
African Black Soap with Shea Butter
  • Removes oil without drying
  • Subtle scent
  • Contains shea butter

Which Bar Soap Is Best for You

Although I've named my favorites, don't just take my word for it. Examine what you want and need out of a soap bar. Do you prioritize scent or prefer to tackle your dry or oily skin? Perhaps you want an all-body soap or one that specializes in facial cleansing?

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There are a lot of unknown factors to consider that can be best explored by trying several options yourself. You'll likely discover a few new preferences that will be a big plus in your grooming or hygiene routine.

It might take time to find the best men's soap, but the journey is half the fun. I recommend using my list of favorite soaps as a starting point to find the one best for you.

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Best Men's Soap Ever

Born and raised in Austin, David is a dedicated writer and avid fragrance lover. When he's not trying out perfumes, he enjoys traveling and exploring new restaurants.

Lather It Up: A List of the Best Men's Soap Ever