The quickest, most wallet-friendly way to upgrade your entire bathroom, readying it for guests? A sweet-smelling, gorgeously packaged hand wash, which will take your restroom aesthetic to the next level. Making a boring but necessary chore sweet smelling and beautiful elevates the entire experience, no? Here, the prettiest hand washes at a multitude of prices.
Spiked with the fresh, clean aroma of salt air, wild mint, and crisp cucumber, this wash is an olfactory trip to the furthest reaches out east in New York. The brand offers a coordinating candle and hand lotion, as well.
Tocca Voyage Collection Montauk Hand Soap, $20
Keep your bathroom pretty and your hands pristine while doing good for the oceans! Sea Bottle launched last year and comes housed in a frosted glass bottle, evocative of sea glass, with the coordinates of the Pacific Gyre silk-screened on the package as a reminder to be conscious of our consumption habits. Plus, you can purchase plastic-free refills and reuse the pump from the original bottle, so as to generate no new plastic waste. Win-win.
Sea Bottle, $24
The scent is delicately floral and zesty, but not so much to turn off even the most fragrance-sensitive hand washer. And it comes in a frosted glass bottle with a fun, patterned label that will jazz up any counter.
Brika Neroli and Grapefruit Hand Wash, $17.99
Serving French flare, this liquid wash blends coco oil and Provence olive oil (and zero-percent SLS), to gently cleanse and rinse clean, leaving behind a gentle honey lavender fragrance. This newly revamped brand is industry veteran Frederic Fekkai’s take on natural beauty, made in his hometown of Aix-de-Provence.
Bastide Miel De Lavande Artisanal Hand Wash, $35
At under $4, this citrus-scented sudser does the job and comes in charming French packaging. Recently released stateside, the brand boasts a bevy of cleansers and hydrators for body and hands housed in cheeky, colorful bottles.
Le Petite Marseillais Orange Blossom Extra-Gentle Hand Soap, $3.97
If a bar is more your scene, it doesn’t get more luxe than this beautifully packaged square of fine fragrance. This particular scent is inspired by the Romany lifestyle, evoking fresh soil, verdant forests, and campfires. Does it not scream, “welcome to my country home”?
Byredo Gypsy Water Soap, $30
Pop of Color
For an Instagram-friendly, all-white bathroom, this finishing touch offers minimalistic packaging with a pop of color on the label. Voga, a favorite of the group, is enriched with aloe leaf extract to clean hands thoroughly. The liquid soap blends the scents of almond blossoms, mimosa, and tuberose flowers with sparkling green leaves, orange flower, and cyclamen for freshness.
Claus Porto Liquid Soap, $30
This brand offers refills in their signature scents. Basil Blue Sage is our favorite take on a not-too-sweet iteration in crisp turquoise for a Greek islands feel.
Caldrea Basil Blue Sage Hand Soap, $10.50
Another pretty option for a lake or beach abode, this liquid latherer combines hints of sea salt, white tea and coconut for a light, subtle effect. It produces an aromatherapeutic effect while you’re washing, but it won’t overtake your dinner’s aroma shortly thereafter.
Nest Ocean Mist & Sea Salt Liquid Soap, $22