Looking for the best bar soap for men?
Our team of experts have diligently tested every bar soap worth considering and have analyzed the results to arrive at the definitive list of the top 5 bar soaps for men that cater to every skin type.
These 5 bar soaps are going to make your skin look, feel, and smell amazing.
We also provide you with all the essential information you need to know about bar soaps so you can make the right choice for your cleansing needs.
Use the table of contents below to jump to the sections most important to you.
Table of Contents
- What to Consider When Buying a Bar Soap
- 5 Best Bar Soaps for Men of 2019 Reviewed
- Prim&Prep’s Two Cents on Bar Soap
- Are Bars of Soap Sanitary?
- Will A Bar of Soap Dry Out Your Skin?
- Helpful Related Articles
1. Type of Bar Soap (Standard vs. Handcrafted vs. Artisan)
Broadly speaking, the best bars of soap for men will fall into one of the three categories.
The more ‘mass produced’, off-the-shelf brands. Be careful! A lot of these will contain more detergents and additives than soap. But not all of them. Just be sure to read the label and if the ingredients sound like a chemistry experiment, steer clear.
These soaps are normally milled and use vegetable oils. You’ll generally find more natural moisturizers and are generally just full of more good stuff!
These are tricky to come by. But when you do find them they are generally from skilled and experienced craftspeople. They’ll smell so good you’ll want to eat them*, and in some cases, you almost could as they’re made with such high-quality ingredients.
*please don’t be an idiot and actually eat them.
2. Your skin type
When exploring the best soaps for men, you must consider (or learn) your skin type. You’ll find a guide to skin types in our article on the best body wash for men.
But broadly speaking, they are;
Your face may glisten soon after washing. Or you may have obvious and protruding pores.
Often feels tight and can be itchy.
Prone to irritation, meaning often red and you may see a lot of blemishes and spots. Here you’ll need a gentle soap without any aggressive ingredients.
3. The Price
Bars of soap not worth the money? Wrong.
Compare even the very best soap bars with the majority of liquid body washes, and you’ll start to see that they make sense financially.
Plus, there is minimal wastage compared to liquid soaps and the bar will last you a long time.
Plus (again), bar soap is way better for the environment. Fewer plastics in the packaging and a smaller carbon footprint to produce it.
So if you do see a bar of soap and it’s a few dollars more than you would have expected a bar of soap to be, just remind yourself that in four months time and you’re still using it long after you would have emptied the bottle of your liquid body wash.
As always, if you have any questions, please post a comment below and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can. 🙂
#1 Dr. Bronner’s Organic Peppermint Bar Soap
- Best for: Sensitive Skin
- Scent: Peppermint
- Size: 5oz
- Price: $
- Buy it if you…: want to feel a tingle that you’ve not felt since Spring break
Fresh, tingly and vibrant! Oils of coconut, palm, and olive give it a luxurious smooth wash, and the active peppermint will make you feel more clean and awake than ever.
Plus the branding and the principles they stand by are super cool such as environmental sustainability and progressive/ethical business practices.
Loads of others soap types in their product line as well. They also made our list of the best shaving creams for sensitive skin and best shaving gels for men.
#2 Duke Cannon’s Men’s Soap Brick
- Best for: Dry Skin
- Scent: ‘Accomplishment’ (according to them)
- Size: 10oz
- Price: $
- Buy it if you…: want to feel like you’re in an episode of M.A.S.H
Modeled on the soap issued to GIs in the Korean War, this is a ‘big ass brick of soap’.
Does a great job at washing off that dry skin and increasing circulation for new fresh skin.
As an added bonus, a portion of the proceeds goes to supporting U.S military veterans.
#3 Baxter of California Vitamin Cleansing Bar
- Best for: Oily Skin
- Scent: Fruit, Subtle Musk
- Size: 7oz
- Price: $$$
- Buy it if you…: want to experience what most people call the best soap for men.
A ‘GQ Grooming Award’ Winner, and I’m not surprised.
Not only does this bar do a great job at removing all the excess oils from your skin, but it is also rammed full of natural moisturizers, vitamins, and oils, plus a scent which will make you want to take a bite out of the bar (again, please don’t).
The lather is almost unrivaled. If you’re a bar soap doubter, get this and open your eyes to a whole new world!
#4 MARLOWE. No. 102 Men’s Body Scrub Soap
- Scent: Sweet sandalwood, Musk
- Size: 7oz
- Price: $$
- Buy it if you…: are looking for an exfoliating soap that isn’t too harsh
A gentle exfoliating soap, that will remove dry skin without removing essential oils and moisture.
A really cool scent, and for just $8 this is an investment that will last and last!
#5 Oliver Rocket Pine Tar Soap
- Scent: Pine Wood, Smokey
- Size: 15oz
- Price: $$$
- Buy it if you…: want a versatile and sensitive soap. Gently exfoliates but is great for sensitive skin and acne breakouts. Full of anti-oxidants and natural oils, and great for face, body and beard.
This soap is one of the best ‘all-rounders’ you could hope to buy.
Great for your face, great for your body and it’s even great for your beard.
It’s full of high quality moisturizing natural ingredients, like shea butter, coconut oil and soybean oil, and the pine and tar give it a truly unique scent.
You might be thinking that even the best bar of soap still would be no good because bars of soap are just dry blocks of hard fat that smell of cheap air fresheners?
Well, you’re wrong.
The bar of soap is back. Not that it really actually went away, you just probably stopped thinking about using it.
Prim & Prep loves them. Why? For a lot of reasons.
They give a great and thorough wash. They are super hygienic (no, honestly!). They smell awesome. They’re easy to carry around for the gym etc. They are way better for the environment. They’re old-school cool.
Plus they cater to every skin type.
Convenient, on-trend, hygienic, cost-efficient, smell great, look after your skin and great for the environment. What is not to love about the bar soap?
There are so many to pick from too. So, much like the best body wash for men, there may be a bit of trial and error before you find your perfect bar of soap. But when you do you will wonder why you ignored them for so long!
So here is the essential information you need to know about bar soap.
Put simply, yes.
Let’s be clear. There are bacteria on EVERYTHING. So nothing is going to be totally free from them. But a bar of soap gets used, you rinse it off, maybe put it back in its bag or case, and that’s it. They may have a few bacteria hanging around, but rinse off before your next use and you’re golden.
Compare that to a loofah, washcloth or a ‘shower ball mesh net body puff thing’. If you’re not changing those every few days, you are basically creating the perfect environment for a bacteria orgy. Which is a lot of fun for them, but not for you.
OK, you might not want to share the soap with your family if someone has got a specific dermatological condition or some kind of hygiene ‘situation’ going on. But you’ve picked out this bar of soap for you anyway, so keep it as yours.
But more and more, people are realizing that the bar of soap is not the germ fest people thought it was.
Again, put simply, no.
But read the label! And you should be applying lotion after each shower anyway. Trust me, it’s awesome.
The best bars of soap for men are now loaded with moisturizers and other stuff to leave your skin feeling nourished, namely glycerin. So that ‘tight skin’ feeling you might remember when washing with soap in the past, is just that – a thing of the past!
Be sure to check out these surveys and vetted lists of the best products to keep your skin looking and feeling its best, along with detailed guides on selecting the best one for your specific needs.
Ben Rose is the founder and senior editor at Prim&Prep, the definitive guide to male grooming. He is a wet shaving expert, body grooming aficionado, and skincare guru. His work has been featured on many other prominent men’s publications including AskMen, Men’s Health, and GQ.