Best Bar Soaps For Men

The Best Bar Soaps For Men

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Sooner or later (and usually sooner) you’ve got to get clean. And your options for doing so are just about endless. There’s something gratifyingly primal about a basic bar of soap. Grasp it, wet it, rub it on skin to lather and clean. No bottle, no brush, certainly no pouf — with a bar of soap there’s no intermediary between you and some good morning (post-gym, pre-dinner) suds. The number of available men’s bar soaps out there has reached the bazillion mark (we’re pretty sure) which makes choosing one an exercise in guesswork. So let this list of the best bar soaps for men be your compass as you navigate the scents, textures, and grippiness of your next bar of soap.

You’ll find every kind of men’s soap to fit your style and taste preferences, we made sure of it. From good enough to eat, to big enough to last, these bar soaps are woodsy, minty, citrusy and rummy fragranced workhorses that will get you clean, make your skin smooth, and leave your whole body smelling it’s best. When it’s just you, a jet of water and a solid chunk of saponified oils, this is how you make sure that chunk is a good one.

Duke Cannon Big Brick Of Soap

Duke Cannon Big Brick of Soap – Victory

Most grocery store soaps fall in the three to four ounce range. Coming in at a much heftier ten ounces, this Duke Cannon soap has earned the name “brick.” Bigger means the strong clean and not-too-strong scent will last far longer in your shower before you need to replenish. They’ve added steel cut oats to give the brick of soap a superior grip and the smell of Victory in this case is a fresh scent with a hint of grass. This bar of soap, like many Duke Cannon wares, was tested by active duty US Military personnel — and a portion of the proceeds will go to veteran causes. – Buy It

Dr. Squatch Pine Tar Soap

Dr. Squatch Pine Tar Soap

By leaving in the glycerin — a natural result of soap making that many commercial soap makers extract — Dr. Squatch soaps are able to give a good lather without extra added chemical whatnots like SLS and parabens. Gritty, grippy sand and oatmeal bring the sloughing scrub while shea butter offers the soothe. The Pine Tar bar of soap is made with real pine extract and the strong scent is reminiscent of an old growth forest. Good for oily or dry skin, this nothing-but-the-good-stuff bar soap will clean you up and get you yearning for a hike somewhere wild and woody. – Buy It

Byrd Soap On A Rope

Byrd Soap On A Rope

The only acceptable accessory for soap is the trusty rope. Coil it on your wrist as you lather up then hang it to dry (thereby extending the bar’s longevity) when you’re done. Byrd products win special places in our routines by being multi-function (this one does hair, face and body duty) and by making you feel like you just swam the ocean after using them. The tropical coconut scent and Pacific sea salt will remind you of surfing Waimea Bay and the shea butter and aloe vera gel will keep your skin as calm and smooth as an island breeze. – Buy It

Every Man Jack Body Bar

Every Man Jack Body Bar

Designed in California, made in Rhode Island, and containing ingredients from Iowa, these East Coast/West Coast/Midwest soap bars from Every Man Jack come in three different scents. Cedarwood and sandalwood bring a warmer woodsy feel to your morning, while citrus scrub offers a brighter note with wheat bran for a good scrub. All three options feature shea butter and organic aloe in a 100% vegetable-based bar with no parabens, phthalates or dyes. All this at a pretty agreeable price per bar from a company that promises products that perform while using as many natural ingredients as possible. – Buy It

St. Johns Bay Rum Bar Soap

St. Johns Bay Rum Bar Soap

You don’t get much more classic than the scent of Bay Rum. A blend of West Indian bay leaf oil and Caribbean rum, it’s been making men smell nice since 1838 or so. This triple milled bar soap (which makes soap smoother in texture, creamier in lather, and long-lasting) comes from St. John’s Fragrance Company, a 70 year old company actually based on the island of St. John (the smallest of the US Virgin Isles). It’s a good place for a Bay Rum soap to originate, as we hear the Caribbean knows a bit about growing bay leaves and making rum. – Buy It

Portland General Store Hunting Camp Soap

Portland General Store Hunting Camp Soap

Here’s one of those companies that started life in the home kitchen of its founder. Since then they’ve upgraded to a larger operation, but are still based in Portland, Maine where it all began. In their line of natural grooming supplies for men, you can still feel the homemade attention to detail — and quality ingredients. Hunting Camp soap has pumice and sandalwood exfoliating powder for grit, with activated charcoal and natural oils to purify and moisturize, respectively. This slate black bar is also the only entry on our list containing spikenard (an essential oil derived from a Himalayan plant in the Valerian family). – Buy It

Old Spice Timber Bar Soap

Old Spice Timber Bar Soap

Old Spice reinvented itself from something your granddad slapped on his cheeks for that signature grandfatherly smell, into the makers of bizarrely quirky ads (and considerably more of-the-moment personal care products). It’s been pretty impressive to watch. Their Timber bar soap is going for a lumberjack vibe with the scent of redwoods and a healthy dose of mint. Round out your scent profile with the full line — including Timber deodorant, body spray and shampoo, if you so desire. Use it knowing you’ll actually smell good instead of being confused with someone who eats dinner at 3pm. – Buy It

Dove Men+Care Deep Clean Body and Face Bar

Dove Men+Care Deep Clean Body and Face Bar

Making bars of soap containing a quarter moisturizing cream worked out pretty nicely for Dove. Only problem, the scent (and marketing and packaging) was squarely aimed at women. Now, as part of their Dove Men+Care line of products, they’ve taken a good idea and reformulated into a bar of soap that appeals to (and cleans) men. This clean-rinsing bar works for your face or body and includes purifying grains (aka silica) for a deeper clean. It promises not to leave your skin dry and tight by maintaining moisture levels and features their “deep clean” scent — that’s decidedly un-ladylike. – Buy It

Jack Black Turbo Body Bar Scrubbing Soap

Jack Black Turbo Body Bar Scrubbing Soap

Want to get really clean? Rubbing your body with a lava rock will probably do the trick. While that may sound harsh, the granules in this bar are fine enough to just give you a gentle polish for smoother and cleaner skin. Using the same scent as their ever popular Turbo Wash, Jack Black’s Turbo bar also includes blue lotus and ginkgo biloba to wake you up in the AM. Shea butter (from the nut of the African shea tree) and murumuru butter (from the seed of an Amazonian palm) keep the moisturization level high — and exotic. – Buy It

Duke Cannon Big American Bourbon Soap

Duke Cannon Big American Bourbon Soap

Another reliable entry by Duke Cannon, this is the best bar soap for men who love whiskey and it smells like everything should — like the sweet, sweet fire of American bourbon whiskey. And no, they didn’t mix some stuff in a beaker and come up with something that smells bourbon-esque. In partnership with Buffalo Trace Distillery, Duke Cannon has added actual Buffalo Trace bourbon to the bar. This one too, is more than double the size of your standard soap bar and has a rich, oak barrel scent. We suggest getting some so you can pregame as early as your evening shower with a soap that “smells as good as bourbon tastes.” – Buy It

Redken Brew Cleansing Bar For Men

Redken Brews Cleansing Bar For Men

Known for making salon-only hair color and styling products for 50 plus years, Redken went and got itself in the grooming products for men game a while back with Redken for Men. Since then, they’ve revamped their male-centric offerings by incorporating a male-friendly theme: beer. They added things like malt and brewer’s yeast to their men’s products and even packaged some in beer-shaped bottles. The new line is called Redken Brews and while the bar soap isn’t beer-shaped, it is pH balanced so you get clean skin that feels refreshed and hydrated without feeling tight. – Buy It

Olivina Men Bourbon Cedar Bar Soap

Olivina Men Bourbon Cedar Bar Soap

Three key ingredients serve as the basis for Olivina products: olive oil, hemp seed oil, and grape seed oil, making their stuff extra moisturizing and hydrating. Their bar soap not only contains their three big players, it also packs kaolin clay and ground olive stones for some deep cleaning exfoliation, resulting in a serious clean that doesn’t dry out your skin. The scent here is their crafted Bourbon Cedar, made from essential oils, that also shows up in a deodorant, cologne and body scrub. Acquire the suite of products and go out in the world with a unified aroma identity. – Buy It

Unionmade x Baxter Of California CNG Bar Soap

Unionmade x Baxter Of California CNG Bar Soap

Two stars of men’s style, both based in California, collaborated to bring you this massive (12.3 oz) bar of steel grey soap. One of the best independent men’s stores, Unionmade out of San Francisco, and one of the top men’s grooming supply companies, Baxter of California, are betting you’ll want to add this made in the US bar to your daily routine. The base fragrance is woodsy, layered with notes of black pepper, amber and citrus, with a hint of floral to round it all out. For when you want the power of not one but two men’s style icons in your shower. – Buy It

C.O. Bigelow Mentha Exfoliating Body Soap No. 1413

C.O. Bigelow Mentha Exfoliating Body Soap No. 1413

It doesn’t get much more refreshing than peppermint oil. Its cooling, peppery and, well, minty aroma definitely get the blood flowing and the eyes opening wide. Containing a full 1% peppermint oil, this soap brings on the good morning zip you need for any slow-starting morning. The addition of ground walnut shells add some skin sloughing power for smooth, invigorated skin and a lather that satisfies. It’s made in the US by C.O. Bigelow, out of New York City, known as the oldest apothecary in America. They’ve been supplying prescriptions and unusual beauty products since 1838 so yes, they know their soap. – Buy It

Ursa Major Morning Mojo Bar Soap

Ursa Major Morning Mojo Bar Soap

You read ingredients like honey, peppermint, rosemary, and coconut and get hungry. This bar seems good enough to eat. (But don’t.) All the ingredients are there to serve a purpose, like honey for soothing moisturization, fatty-acid-rich shea butter, and peppermint for cooling refreshment. The addition of volcanic rock does double duty as an exfoliant and slippery-soap eliminator and it’s all naturally derived. It’s made in Vermont by Ursa Major, an outfit committed to healthy and natural stuff that keeps your skin clean and clear. All their stuff is produced without petrochemicals or sulfates, and they only use sustainable palm oil. – Buy It

Hudson Made Worker's Soap

Hudson Made Worker’s Soap

First off, note the packaging: heavy duty gray paper, brown string, overhand knot. Quality materials coupled with simplicity that usually signals a superior product. Unless of course the stuff inside isn’t any good. This small batch soap comes from Hudson Made, a grooming concern out of the Hudson Valley that aims to source a good portion of their ingredients from within 200 miles of home base (which includes their own farm). Worker’s Soap contains pumice for scrubbing with tobacco, cedar and patchouli for a rugged scent, and leaves behind soft skin. You can go ahead and judge this book by its cover. – Buy It

Duke Cannon Soap Accomplishment

Duke Cannon Brick Of Soap – Accomplishment

When a company names their soap a “big ass brick,” you might think that’s just a cute marketing ploy. Fortunately, Duke Cannon doesn’t do cute. Here big ass means something. These bricks are big in heritage — produced in the same plant that made soap for GIs during the Korean War. They’re big in utility, with steel cut grains for grip and the smell of Accomplishment (bergamot and pepper) for a lasting scent. And they’re big in size — two to three times larger than a bar of the grocery store variety. When Duke Cannon says this soap is a big ass brick, Duke Cannon means it. – Buy It

Dr. Bronner's Pure Castile Peppermint Bar Soap

Dr. Bronner’s Pure Castile Peppermint Bar Soap

If you ever found yourself at a loss for something to read and came across a big blue bottle of Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soap, you suddenly had about an hour’s worth of reading material in your hands. While the bar soap label doesn’t sport quite as many All-One, Spaceship Earth, Moral ABC text, it’s still a darn fine chunk of suds. The peppermint scent is the original Bronner scent and the pure castile bar is particularly good for washing hair, body and face without drying anything out. The ingredients are simple, as is the Bronner directive of using only two cosmetics — enough sleep and this soap. – Buy It

Erno Laszlo Sea Mud Deep Cleansing Bar

Erno Laszlo Sea Mud Deep Cleansing Bar

They say King Herod liked to visit the Dead Sea for a dose of mineral-laden vitality. And each year hundreds of thousands of people who are not ancient kings head there to take a dip too. The potassium, magnesium, zinc and 23 other minerals found in the mud from that salty body of water are said to have magic-level benefits for your skin. But if a trip to Israel isn’t on your upcoming itinerary, Erno Laszlo’s bar can bring a little Dead Sea mud to you. The deep black bar exfoliates, hydrates and detoxes while increasing circulation in your skin — no airfare required. – Buy It

Das Boom Industries Everything Bar Soap

Das Boom Industries Everything Bar Soap

Das Boom would like you to know that their soaps are scented for men. To that end, their Bourbon County soap adds the scent of leather, their Detroit soap is reminiscent of tobacco, musk and motor oil and their West Indies soap brings you essences of Bay Rum, smoke and, yes, dirt. Soft floral notes? Look elsewhere. These Everything Bars are meant for head to toe washing with ingredients like blue-green algae, argan oil and rosemary extracts to leave you smelling like a steer-roping cowboy who knows how to work on a diesel and just started a bonfire on a beach. – Buy It

The Yellow Bird Activated Charcoal Soap Bar

The Yellow Bird Activated Charcoal Soap Bar

Activated charcoal is carbon that’s been treated to be extremely, super absorbent. Used in skin care products, all that absorbency pulls dirt and oil out of your skin to get washed away. Will rubbing a lump of leftover campfire on your face achieve the same result? It will not. Leave these things to a professional like Yellow Bird. Their all natural, small batch, cold process bar has activated charcoal along with lavender oil for its antibacterial action, lemongrass oil for its astringent properties, and shea butter for its moisturizing fatty acids. Put down the coal, pick up this instead. – Buy It

Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey Soap

Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey Soap

Rich, peppery, oaky — all qualities you’d look for in a good bottle of bourbon. Now look for them in your soap bar. Handcrafted in the States using ingredients like oats, apricot seeds, and rosemary extract, this men’s soap from Florida gift shop, Swag Brewery, contains not whiskey flavor, not whiskey essence but real honest whiskey in each bar. If you’ve ever been bummed that shower water keeps getting in your bourbon, set that glass on the counter (it’ll be there when you emerge) and use this soap to enjoy whiskey goodness while simultaneously getting your face, body and hair clean (and smelling very agreeable). – Buy It

Tom Ford Oud Wood Bar Soap

Tom Ford Oud Wood Bar Soap

This is not for the guy who buys his toilet paper in bulk. This is for the guy who buys the kind of toilet paper that doesn’t come in bulk. Featuring one of the most expensive ingredients in personal care, this soap from Tom Ford turns your shower into a five star hotel day spa. Or at least it makes your shower smell like one. Oud is the resin from the heartwood of certain southeast Asian trees. It smells woody and softly fruity, with vanilla, musk and amber notes — and it’s very rare and very expensive. Lather up like you own an island or two. – Buy It

Bilt Prohibition Bar Soap - Leather & Oak Barrel

Bilt Prohibition Bar Soap – Leather & Oak Barrel

It was a dark time for the US of A. From January of 1920 to December of 1933, the country temporarily lost its mind and prohibited the sale, production and importation of alcoholic beverages — yet the truly dedicated and industrious still managed to find a way to drink. Inspired by the spirit (and spirits) of the speakeasies of the roaring 20s, this Prohibition bar soap from Bilt blends notes of leather and oak barrels into a bar that’s free from parabens and phthalates but full of good things like shea butter, Vitamin E and hops. Use it, then go buy yourself a deliciously legal drink. – Buy It

Detroit Grooming Peppermint Charcoal Bar Soap

Detroit Grooming Peppermint Charcoal Bar Soap

While Detroit Grooming is known for their stellar beard care products, they manage to apply their product-making know-how to the production of other stuff too. For our purposes here today, we’re talking about this fine bar of soap. Their Peppermint Charcoal bar contains activated charcoal (which you’ll remember as the super absorbent stuff that fights dirt, oil and blackheads) and also includes goat milk in the ingredients list, which brings along a host of vitamins and minerals, as well as hydration. The peppermint oil makes everything tingly and awake and each bar is made in small batches in the hardworking state of Michigan. – Buy It

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