Hand washing has become top of mind for everyone in 2020—something you probably never thought twice about is now a hot topic of conversation. For most people, 20 seconds has never felt longer when you’re thoroughly scrubbing your hands, so why not make the whole experience more pleasurable by choosing a hand soap you enjoy? From texture to ingredients to scent, there’s a lot to think about when it comes to selecting the right hand soap that will make you actually look forward to the activity. You want one that suds and foams, doesn’t strip your hands of oil or dry them out, and gives off a scent you enjoy. The wrong hand soap will dry out your hands, making them feel cracked, rough, and painful, so choosing one that keeps them feeling hydrated is key.  Since hand washing will continue to be an important activity moving forward, treating yourself to a hand soap you love will make it feels less like a chore and more like a luxurious self-care moment. Below are 6 hand soaps you’ll find yourself actually wanting to use.

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Aesop Reverence Aromatique Hand Wash ($39): There’s a reason this product is in every influencer’s bathroom (and not just for its aesthetically-pleasing packaging)—this wash contains botanicals that gently cleanse and exfoliate hands without drying them out. Oh, and the intoxicating scent is just dreamy.


Grown Alchemist Orange, Cedarwood, & Sage Hand Wash ($37): Between the invigorating scent and the gel texture, it’s hard to determine what the best part of this hand wash is. The coconut oil and fennel seed work together to cleanse and hydrate, while the sweet almond oil nourishes dry skin to leave your hands feeling refreshed.


Byredo Rose Hand Wash ($65): Talk about a luxurious experience—Byredo’s Rose hand wash smells like you just stepped into a blooming rose garden (not to mention the chic packaging). This gentle formula nourishes hands while cleansing to keep your hands feeling soft. It’s definitely a splurge, but it makes a dull task like washing your hands suddenly feel spa-like.


Oribe Côte d’Azur Revitalizing Hand Wash ($36): Not only does this hand wash smell divine (like all of Oribe’s products), but the lemon peel extract works to cleanse while the grape seed oil works to moisturize at the same time. It’s also free from parabens, petrolatum and mineral oil, so it’s a product you can feel confident about using.


Malin + Goetz Lime Hand & Body Wash ($22): This non-toxic hand wash gently purifies without irritating, drying, or stripping skin of oils. Natural glycerin works to hydrate while cleansing, and the light lime scent has an energizing effect.


L’Occitante Lavender Cleansing Hand Wash ($24): This non-drying formula gently cleanses without disturbing the skin’s natural pH balance. And the refreshing lavender scent leaves hands lightly scented.

The Hand Soaps You'll Actually Want to Use Camila Coelho

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The Hand Soaps You'll Actually Want to Use Camila Coelho

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What’s your favorite hand soap? Let us know in the comments below!