Soap bars aren't typically the first thing we think about when it comes to luxury beauty products. Still, thanks to the industry's heightened focus on sustainability, countless skincare and fragrance brands have poured time and effort into creating luxury soap options.
First, let's discuss sustainability. Soap bars tend to last significantly longer than their liquid counterparts, meaning if you do decide to spend a little extra on a luxury soap, you can rest assured you'll get your money's worth. Another factor we need to take into account is the packaging—or lack thereof. While liquid soaps are housed in plastic or glass bottles, hard luxury soap bars boast considerably less packaging. More often than not, they're wrapped in paper, which is easy to recycle and has a less adverse environmental impact.
Beauty aficionado Emma Hoareau creates a pretty sink-scape with flowers and luxury soap.
Now, let's talk about what makes luxury soap such a treat. Gone are the days of harsh soap bars, where moisture-rich and perfumed ingredients were pretty much unheard of. Soap bars have had a serious glow-up. Fragrance houses Diptyque, Byredo, and Le Labo have bestowed them with their coveted scents, while luxury skincare brands, including Sisley-Paris, Malin+Goetz, and Fresh, have created frothy and foamy bars that not only cleanse but that also nourish the skin. Throw in offerings adorned with Chanel and Dior logos, and treating yourself to a luxury soap is too tempting to resist.
Keep scrolling to see and shop our edit of the best luxury soap bars that'll elevate your sink or bath in a flash.
Luxury soap bars that are worth spending a little extra on:
Turn the most mundane of tasks into a spa-like experience with one of Diptyque's luxury soaps. While we'd gladly choose any scent, this cedar-, sandalwood-, and cypress-infused bar is a real delight that'll fragrance your entire bathroom.
If anyone knows how to create a luxury soap, it's Portuguese fragrance and soap company Claus Porto. While a holiday may have been off the agenda for most of us this year, this soap will transport you to the heady coastlines of Portugal the second it meets the water.
No ordinary bar of soap, Buly 1803's dermatologically tested Savon Superfin is lightly infused with the French heritage label's Peruvian Heliotrope fragrance. It comes in a beautifully printed box, making it the ideal gift for the woman who has everything.
This vegetable-based soap is enriched with moisturising shea butter and infused with a rich white floral scent. But what really makes it luxurious is the way it's made. The nourishing formula is milled multiple times, making the soap super dense and long-lasting.
Chanel's logo on a soap? This is about as luxurious as soap bars get! Infused with the scent of the brand's much-adored perfume, Coco Mademoiselle, use this soap ahead of a date or a meetup with a friend for a glass of wine for a gorgeous aroma that lasts.
Perhaps one of our favourite-ever fragrances, Malin+Goetz's Rum scent is sweet and warming and provides even more comfort in soap form. An excellent option to help you unwind at the end of the day, this luxury soap works to balance, replenish, and purify the skin—even sensitive types—with its gentle (yet abundant!) foam that leaves your hands spotless. It works as a bodywash, too.
There are few scents more classic or luxurious than Lily of the Valley, but thanks to Floris's signature floral moulding and gold-gilded box, this soap set is, perhaps, the most regal of them all. It may also please you to learn the queen herself uses Floris products, meaning it has the royal seal of approval to boot.
We all know that Aveda creates some of the most nourishing haircare products around, and this soap bar is no different. Moisturising and invigorated with the scents of rosemary and mint, use this in the morning for an uplifting wake-up call. What's more, it's suitable for all skin types, and the calming combination of ingredients ensures it won't strip your skin of natural oils.
Moulded from a heart-shaped pebbled plucked from a rocky beach, this soap, which has been fragranced with jasmine, is as pretty as they come. Just think how sweet it'll look in a rose-tinted glass dish.
Aerin's dressing table–worthy perfumes are forever on our wish lists, but we'll gladly take one of the brand's fragranced hand soaps if it bestows our bathroom with the same rich scent. This nourishing, luxurious soap is infused with Aerin's Lilac Path aroma, leaving skin with hints of evocative lilac heightened by lush, fragrant galbanum.
If you can't get enough of your favourite Le Labo perfume or candle fragrances, then consider your next fix found by way of its luxury soap collection. Inspired by one of its best-selling scents, Bergamote 22 combines freshness, sweetness, and sensuality with notes of petitgrain and grapefruit and with the slightest touch of amber, musk, and vetiver.