What’s the best bar soap for men?
Well that depends on what you’re looking for in a bar soap.
Different strokes for different folks as they say.
I can choose the best bar soap for you about as well as I could tell you what the best sex position is; it’s all subjective.
So instead of offering a few bar soap suggestions, I aggregated a massive categorized list of the best bar soaps for men so you can find exactly what you’re looking for based on your unique needs and preferences.
You can thank me later.
Best Bar Soaps For All Skin Types
Dr. Squatch – Bay Rum Bar (5 oz)
Although I highly question the credentials of Dr. Squatch (let’s see a degree buddy) I can’t deny he makes some pretty kickass bar soap. Formulated using all-natural ingredients, this Bay Rum bar is scented specifically for men, and is designed to get you squeaky clean while moisturizing the skin. The ingredient list includes: bay rum, kaolin clay, shea butter, and glycerin. If you’re looking for a great all-around bar soap for men, the Dr. Squatch Bay Rum bar is a solid choice.
What’s great about the Dr. Squatch Bay Rum bar:
A bar soap that moisturizes instead of drying out? I’m down for that. Unlike that cheap crap you buy at the grocery store, this bar soap won’t leave your skin feeling like a dried out old lizard. That’s because the Bay Rum bar has a shit ton of skin moisturizing ingredients, including:
- Shea butter
- Coconut oil
- Olive oil
• Kaolin clay
The Bay Rum bar’s ingredient list includes kaolin clay. If you’re unfamiliar with the skin benefits of kaolin clay you’re missing out. Benefits:
- Reduces oily skin
• Smells awesome
Scented specifically for men, the Dr. Squatch Bay Rum bar’s all natural fragrance smells awesome, and contains hints of clove, cinnamon, pine, and citrus. If Bay Rum isn’t your thing, they also offer a few other all natural bar soaps that smell pretty great as well.
• All natural
I personally don’t like using synthetic ingredients on my skin, and I know most of you guys don’t either. All Dr. Squatch bar soaps are made from natural ingredients, making them safe for pretty much any skin type.
Art of Sport – Charcoal Bar (3.75 oz x 2)
Specifically formulated for athletes (works for couch potatoes too), Art of Sport bar soap knows a thing or two about keeping a guy’s body smelling fresh and clean. This charcoal based bar soap cleanses, moisturizes, smells awesome, and is made from safe ingredients.
What’s great about the AOS charcoal bar:
• Activated charcoal
Charcoal in bar soap? You’re damn right! If you haven’t noticed, activated charcoal based skincare products are kind of a big deal. That’s because charcoal offers some pretty serious benefits for the skin, including:
- Gentle exfoliation
- Absorbs toxins from skin and pores
- Fights acne
- Reduces oily skin
- Treats psoriasis and eczema
• Rich lather
Bar soap that doesn’t work into a lather is so unsatisfying. That’s not a problem here. This AOS body bar is formulated to work into a thick, rich lather that feels great on the skin, and helps speed up the process of getting clean.
• Won’t dry out skin
If you’ve ever used cheap bar soap, you know how badly it can dry the hell outta your skin. Thankfully that’s not the case here. With the help of glycerin and shea butter, the AOS body bar deep cleans without leaving your skin feeling tight and sapped of moisture.
• Smells great
The Art of Sport body bar comes in two really good scents: “Rise” and “Compete.” I would say the “Compete” scent is somewhat gender neutral, while “Rise” is a bit more masculine. You can’t go wrong with either in my opinion.
Viking Revolution – Charcoal Bar (7 oz)
Viking Revolution specializes in men’s products with a strong emphasis on beard care and grooming. Their activated charcoal bar soap is one of my personal favorite bar soaps because it does an awesome job deep cleaning the skin, it smells great, it’s freakin huge and it’s priced really well. I also like the fact that it’s designed for beard and face use as well.
What’s great about the Viking Revolution Charcoal Bar:
• Activated charcoal
There’s a reason why activated charcoal bar soaps have become really popular: they are great for the skin. If you’ve never tried charcoal bar soap before, I’d say this is a great place to start.
• It’s huge
It’s thick, heavy, girthy, and really packs a punch. And yes, I’m still talking about the bar soap. The size of this thing is really quite impressive considering the reasonable price tag. And though the size is bigger than the bars you’re probably used to handling, it doesn’t feel unwieldy or cumbersome in the hand.
• Fresh scent
I really like the light eucalyptus and peppermint scent of this bar soap. It smells fresh without being too strong or overbearing. I find that it adds a nice pick-me-up during those early morning showers, but doesn’t linger long past the confines of the shower. Meaning it won’t clash with your favorite body spray or cologne.
• Natural & organic
While synthetic chemicals and ingredients do a great job of cleaning my toilet, I’m not very keen on putting them on my skin. Thankfully this charcoal bar soap is made from all natural and organic ingredients that are safe for all skin types.
Duke Cannon – Leaf & Leather (10 oz)
Duke Cannon might be the manliest named bar soap in existence. It’s also probably the biggest. The Leaf & Leather brick of soap is part of Duke Cannon’s Great American Frontier line and is inspired by outdoor scents that any real man will appreciate.
What’s great about Duke Cannon Leaf & Leather:
• It’s freaking massive
This is probably one of the biggest bar soaps I’ve ever come across. Weighing in at a whopping 10 ounces, this thing lasts about 3x longer than those puny bar soaps you find at the grocery store. If I had to make one complaint, it’s that guys with smaller hands might have a tough time handling this monster when it gets all wet and slippery. If you find the size to be too cumbersome, I suggest cutting the bar in half, or grow larger hands. Whichever’s easier.
• It smells awesome
Inspired by the scent of tobacco and leather, this bar is unmistakably formulated for a man. Part of Duke Cannon’s Great American Frontier line, the Leaf & Leather bar is 1 of 3 awesome smelling bar soaps that take inspiration from the outdoors. If Leaf & Leather isn’t your thing, Consider Duke Cannon’s other two manly scents: Fresh Cut Pine and Campfire.
• Big lather
What’s a bar soap that doesn’t lather? Trash! One of the first things I look for in a bar soap is how well it lathers. Luckily for us it looks like Duke Cannon looks for that as well, because this Leaf & Leather bar has got suds for days. Satisfying.
Baxter of California – Vitamin Bar (7 oz)
Baxter of California has a reputation for being a premium brand, and for good reason. Their men’s products are crafted with high quality ingredients that are beneficial for the skin, and most importantly they work. The Baxter of California Vitamin Bar doesn’t just look cool, it’s packed with ingredients that cleanse, hydrate, and even heal the skin.
What’s great about the Baxter of California Vitamin bar:
• It’s moisturizing
Bar soap gets a bad rap for drying out the skin. That’s because the crap that most people buy at the grocery store does dry out the skin. Thankfully that’s not the case with the BOC Vitamin bar. Instead of leaving your skin feeling tight, dry, and itchy, it instead moisturizes and hydrates. That’s because it’s formulated with skin moisturizing ingredients such as:
- Glycerin – That cool looking stripe down the middle isn’t just for show. It’s actually packed with skin moisturizing glycerin that you won’t find in grocery store bar soaps.
- Aloe vera – A natural skin moisturizer derived from the aloe vera plant.
- Sunflower seed oil – Rich in vitamin E, sunflower seed oil acts as an emollient and helps trap moisture inside the skin.
As the name suggests, this bar is packed with vitamins that benefit the skin, including:
- Vitamin A – Helps fight acne, reduces fine lines, and helps eliminate age spots.
- Vitamin E – A powerful antioxidant that fights free radicals, boosts collagen production, and can even reduce brown spots on the skin.
• It smells great
Baxter of California is a men’s brand, so it only makes sense their bar soap smells masculine. With hints of citrus and “herbal musk essence” this Vitamin bar provides a subtle manly fragrance that stays on the skin for hours, and smells damn good while doing it.
Pré de Provence – No. 63 (7 oz)
Pré de Provence is a French company that crafts all-natural premium soaps that moisturize the skin instead of drying it out. Using a centuries old triple-milled process, Pré de Provence soaps are smooth, long lasting, and work into a satisfying lather. Their No. 63 collection is formulated specifically for men and includes grooming products such as: aftershave, beard oil, shower gel, shave cream, and of course bar soap.
What’s great about Pré de Provence No. 63:
• It’s moisturizing
Bar soap that leaves skin feeling sapped of moisture? No thanks. Thankfully the soap makers over at Pré de Provence feel the same way, so they enrich their soap with shea butter to leave skin feeling clean, fresh, and of course hydrated.
• Masculine scent
The No. 63 collection is designed specifically for us guys, so naturally this bar soap boasts a pretty serious masculine fragrance. Pré de Provence describes it as a:
“Masculine fragrance with a peppery, citrus top notes rounded by woody cedar wood, juicy plum, and violet leaves that finish into an ambery base of leather and tobacco.”
While that description sounds good and is very detailed, I just prefer to say it smells pretty damn good.
• It’s big
Size does matter when it comes to soap. This 7 oz brick of soap is built for a man, and you can tell when you get your hands on it. The large size lasts longer than most bar soaps, and offers pretty serious bang for your buck.
Best Bar Soaps For Sensitive Skin
Legend’s Creek Farm – Goats Milk Soap Bar (5 oz)
Legend’s Creek Farm was founded in 2011 and specialize in products derived from goats milk. Their handmade bar soaps are gentle on the skin, work into a thick, rich lather and are made from all-natural ingredients. While their bar soaps come in a variety of really awesome scents, I chose to feature their unscented, fragrance free version for those with really sensitive skin. Some of their scented offerings include: bay rum, black pine tar, coffee scrub, and dead sea salt.
Best Exfoliating Bar Soaps
Seattle Sundries – Sasquatch Soap (4 oz)
Seattle Sundries is a small Seattle based operation that specializes in a wide variety of handcrafted premium bar soaps. One of my personal favorites is their Sasquatch Soap bar which offers gentle exfoliation, skin moisturizing benefits, and a badass metal storage tin that features some pretty cool artwork.
What’s great about Sasquatch Soap:
• Doesn’t smell like a Sasquatch’s ass
Although it’s called Sasquatch Soap, thankfully it doesn’t smell like one. The scent can be described as a manly, earthy fragrance with a hint of cedar. Pleasant, masculine, but not overpowering.
Exfoliating bar soaps are a staple in my bathroom due to their ability to clean, and slough away dead skin cells. The Sasquatch Bar offers gentle exfoliation that is powered by cocoa and walnut hull powder, and will leave your skin feeling smooth, refreshed, and clean.
• It lasts
While this isn’t the biggest bar soap in the world (4 ounces) is does manage to hold it’s own in regards to longevity (roughly 3 weeks with proper care). I recommend keeping it in the storage tin when not in use to help protect and prolong it’s life.
Baxter of California – Exfoliating Body Bar (7 oz)
Another awesome offering from Baxter of California is this premium body bar that is designed to exfoliate, cleanse, nourish, and hydrate the skin. It also has masculine scent that smells pretty damn good. The all-natural ingredients make this a safe exfoliating option far pretty much any skin type.
What’s great about the Baxter of California Exfoliating Body Bar:
• Effective exfoliation
This body bar boasts some pretty serious exfoliation thanks to the power of pumice, jojoba meal, and crushed olive seed. I personally really like using it for sloughing away odor causing bacteria and dead skin cells in my nether region.
• It’s huge
You can tell by the size of this thing that it was built for a man. Dainty hands probably couldn’t even handle it. You can expect to pay more for a premium brand like Baxter of California, but bear in mind this 7 ounce bar will last considerably longer than pretty much all of those cheap bar soaps from the grocery store. It works way better too.
• It smells great
Baxter of California describes the scent as cedarwood and oak moss essence. I just say it smells awesome and is clearly intended for a man. While the fragrance isn’t overpowering, it does linger on the skin throughout the day in a pleasing way. Anyone who gets close is sure to catch the pleasant masculine aroma.
MARLOWE – No. 102 (7 oz)
Marlowe is a men’s brand that builds their products around the concept of simple yet effective. They only use safe, all-natural ingredients that not only work, but work well. Their body scrub bar is designed to cleanse and exfoliate the skin, all while making sure you leave the shower smelling like a real man.
Tame the Beast – Sandpaper Scrub Bar (5 oz)
For those guys looking for some serious exfoliation, you might want to consider this sandpaper scrub bar from Tame The Beast. As the name suggests, this thing is about as course as a piece of sandpaper, while still managing to be safe for the skin. Aside from it’s awesome exfoliating abilities, this bar soap smells really good, and leaves your skin with a fresh, clean feeling.
CHARLES + LEE – Exfoliating Charcoal Bar
Straight from Australia, Charles + Lee products are designed exclusively for men and work really well without costing an arm and a leg. Their exfoliating charcoal bar is one of my personal favorite bar soaps, and it’s priced very well. Thanks to the power of activated charcoal, this bar soap cleans and detoxifies, while gentle, yet effective exfoliating particles obliterate dead, dry skin. The finishing touch is a kick-ass scent that any self respecting man will love.
Jack Black – Turbo Exfoliating Bar Soap (6 oz)
If you’re the type of guy that gives a damn about his hygiene and grooming, chances are you’re familiar with Jack Black products. Designed exclusively for men, Jack Black grooming products are known for their quality and effectiveness and this Turbo exfoliating bar is no different. Natural lava rock particles blast away dead skin and imperfections, while shea butter and murumuru keep the skin moisturized and hydrated. The finishing touch is a refreshingly manly scent that smells awesome.
Best Bar Soaps For Acne and Body Acne
Baxter of California – Charcoal Clay bar (7 oz)
Blast away acne with the power of activated charcoal! Baxter of California is a premium men’s brand that doesn’t cut corners when it comes to quality, which is why I really like their charcoal clay deep cleansing bar. One of the best kept secrets about activated charcoal is it’s ability to rid the skin of acne thanks to it’s cleansing and detoxifying properties. This bar is designed to be used on the face and body, and helps eliminate acne and prevent future breakouts. It also features an awesome manly scent that’ll keep you smelling fresh all day.
Dermaharmony – Salicylic Acid Acne Bar (4 oz)
Acne treatment in the form of a bar soap? I’m down for that. This salicylic acne bar from Dermaharmony is designed to eliminate pimples, whiteheads, and blackheads with the power of salicylic acid.
Jack Black – Charcoal Bar
This torture device from Jack Black features a series of spikes that eliminate acne by tearing pimples from the skin. Although that does sound pretty effective, i’d imagine it would leave a scar or two. While this charcoal body bar looks a bit unusual, it does an awesome job of exfoliating and cleansing the skin, while helping to eliminate acne through the power of activated charcoal. And don’t worry, it’s actually painless.
KĒiKA Naturals – Charcoal Bar
One of my favorite skin benefits of activated charcoal is it’s ability to clear up acne, and one of my favorite activated charcoal bar soaps is the Keika Naturals Charcoal Detox bar. This all-natural bar soap is designed to detoxify the skin, eliminate pimples and blackheads, and moisturize the skin with the help of shea butter.
What’s great about the Keika Naturals Charcoal Detox bar:
• It fights acne
Thanks to the power of activated charcoal, bentonite clay, and Himalayan pink salt, this bar soap from Keika Naturals helps blast acne and blackheads into oblivion and helps prevent future breakouts.
• It lasts
I’ll be the first to tell you that premium bar soap is more expensive than the crap you can buy at the grocery store. So naturally it can be pretty frustrating when you spend extra money on a premium bar soap that ends up having the lifespan of a mayfly (very short). Thankfully Keika Naturals understands consumers expect more, so they formulated their Charcoal Detox bar to last a lot longer. I can certainly appreciate that.
Our skin doesn’t like harsh synthetic chemicals, so it’s nice to know that Keika Naturals formulated this Charcoal Detox bar using 100% safe and natural ingredients that won’t irritate the skin.
SAL3 – Salicylic Acid & Sulfur Acne Bar
Blast pimples and blackheads into oblivion with the SAL3 salicylic acid and sulfur bar soap. Featuring a blend of 3% salicylic acid and 10% sulfur, this bar soap is designed to help clear acne from the face and body while keeping the skin hydrated and moisturized. It also has the added benefit of treating dry skin, eczema, and psoriasis.
The Healing Tree – Bamboo Charcoal Bar
Treat your acne the natural way with this Bamboo Charcoal bar soap from The Healing Tree. Handmade in Thailand, this activated charcoal bar soap helps eliminate acne by absorbing dirt, toxins and dead skin cells, while coconut oil, shea butter, and tea tree oil nourish and hydrate the skin.
Prep U – Charcoal Bar
Best Bar Soaps For Face and Body
ZEUS – XL Face and Body Bar
Wahl – Face and Body Bar
Best Shampoo Bar Soaps For Hair
Rocky Mountain Barber Co.
For the guy that enjoys the simple things in life I suggest checking out this 5-in-1 soap bar from the Rocky Mountain Barber Co. This 100% natural soap is designed to replace your shampoo, conditioner, body wash, face wash, and even your hand soap. If that isn’t convenience in bar form I don’t know what is.
What’s great about the Rocky Mountain Barber Co. soap bar:
• Smells awesome
Rocky Mountain Barber Co. built this bar soap for men, so it only makes sense that it has a fresh masculine scent. While I personally prefer the fresh birchwood scent, it’s also offered in cedar spice.
• 100% natural
I’m not a fan of putting harsh chemicals on my skin and I know most of you guys aren’t either. That’s why this 5-in-1 bar is formulated using only 100% natural ingredients that are safe and gentle on hair, skin, and scalp.
As I already mentioned, this soap bar is designed to replace your shampoo, conditioner, body wash, face wash, and hand soap. Not only does that make showering a whole hell of a lot easier, it also significantly reduces clutter in the bathroom. You gotta appreciate that.
The Yellow Bird – Shampoo Bar
Bossman – 4-in-1
This 4-in-1 bar soap from Bossman is designed to work as a shampoo, beard wash, body wash, and shaving lubricant. The all-natural formula is gentle on the skin, while organic coconut oil, palm oil, sunflower oil, and shea butter provide a shit ton of moisture and hydration for the hair and scalp.
What’s great about the Bossman 4-in-1 shampoo bar:
Bar soap is known to be drying on the skin and hair but that’s not the case with this 4-in-1 soap. Bossman packs this bar soap with a ton of organic oils and butters that help nourish and hydrate the skin instead of over drying.
If you’re anything like me you appreciate simplicity. By combining 4 products into 1, this bar soap makes getting clean quick, easy, and also greatly cuts down on clutter in the bathroom. Pretty cool if you ask me.
• Masculine scent
If the name didn’t already give it away, the manly scent surely will. This bar soap is built for a man and will leave you smelling fresh, tough, and masculine; like every guy should.
Whiff – Freedom Shampoo Bar
This shampoo bar might not look like much, but sometimes looks can be deceiving. Containing only 4 natural ingredients, the Freedom shampoo bar is designed to be safe and gentle on the hair and scalp while still providing that deep down clean that every guy needs.
What’s great about the Whiff Freedom shampoo bar:
• Only 4 ingredients
While you may not initially understand how this is a positive, it becomes clear when you learn that most other shampoos can contain over 20 mystery chemicals and ingredients that do more harm than good. I personally prefer the simplicity and transparency of knowing exactly what’s in my whiff shampoo bar.
While they do offer the Freedom shampoo bar in a peppermint scent, I kind of prefer the simplicity of the unscented version. It also has the added benefit of not clashing with cologne or body spray.
• Lather monster
There is something undeniably satisfying about a bar soap that works into a thick rich lather, and the Freedom shampoo bar certainly doesn’t disappoint in that department. The thick, luxurious lather that this shampoo bar produces leaves your hair feeling clean, healthy, and looking great.
Voodoo – Bamboo Charcoal Shampoo Bar
When I saw the cool name and packaging of this shampoo bar I knew I had to give it a try. Made in Australia, the Voodoo shampoo bar is an awesome alternative to traditional shampoos, and even offers some pretty serious hair benefits as well. Formulated using only organic ingredients, this shampoo bar safely cleans the hair while olive, coconut, and castor oils moisturize and hydrate. The result is clean, healthy, shiny hair.
What’s great about the Voodoo shampoo bar:
• Activated charcoal
If you haven’t already noticed, I’m a big fan of activated charcoal grooming products and it’s many benefits. The Voodoo shampoo bar contains bamboo derived activated charcoal that detoxifies the scalp, neutralizes odors, and helps eliminate dry skin and dandruff.
Did you ever use traditional bar soap to wash your hair? I have and I know first hand how badly it can dry out your hair and scalp. Thankfully the Voodoo bar isn’t your typical bar of soap. Since it’s designed specifically for washing hair, It’s formulated to moisturize and hydrate instead of stripping the hair of essential oils and nutrients.
• It lasts
You wouldn’t think a bar of soap that’s intended to wash your hair would last very long, but that’s exactly the case. The Voodoo bar quickly works into a thick, rich lather that helps speed up the hair washing process while minimizing product waste. To further help maximize the lifespan of the bar I suggest storing it in a dry location when not in use.