The Ferrari of Winter Hand Washing, Plus 6 Other Fan Favorite Moisturizing Hand Soaps

updated Jul 21, 2020
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With cooler temperatures comes drier skin—and your hands are the first to face the wrath of winter. Tackling regular chores such as cleaning the house or doing the dishes can dry them out even further, leaving you with flaky, peeling, and cracked skin. If, like me, you’re not a fan of constantly dousing your hands in moisturizer that turns everything you touch into sticky goop, then you’ll appreciate owning a reliable hand soap that nourishes your skin while still keeping them squeaky clean.

Below are some of our favorite moisturizing hand soap picks, many of which come in bottles you’ll love to show off in your bathroom or kitchen. Be sure to tell us in the comments if you have a favorite we missed!

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Aesop Resurrection Aromatique Hand Wash

The Ferrari of hand soaps, Aesop’s cult hand wash, Resurrection, has been the subject of heated debates: Is $39 really justified for a hand soap? I recently succumbed to its charms and, yes, the hype is real! Every time I gently press the pump to release a drop of soap (just a drop—it’s $39, for heaven’s sake!), it smells like I’m rubbing pulpy orange rolled in freshly cut cedar and then sprinkled in rosemary all over my hands. Even better? The soothing notes gently linger in the bathroom for hours after.

Buy: Aesop Resurrection Aromatique Hand Wash, $39 at Nordstrom

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Jergens Extra Moisturizing Hand Wash

From the Ferrari of handwashes on to a more economical pick that’s equally revered: Jergens Extra Moisturizing Hand Wash is perfect for those of us with sensitive skin, plus it has a classic cherry-almond scent that stays with you a long time, just like its moisturizing properties. While the packaging isn’t fancy, Jergens is a trusted brand you’ll want to proudly show off.

Buy: Jergens Extra Moisturizing Hand Wash, $6.99 at Amazon

Barr-Co. Pure Vegetable Hand Soap

When did hand wash become art? This pretty glass bottle is home to a delicate blend of milk, oatmeal, vanilla, and vetiver. Reviewers love the “light and pleasant smell,” that doesn’t leave skin dry or flaky. And we really love that old-fashioned label!

Buy: Barr-Co. Pure Vegetable Hand Soap, $24 at Anthropologie

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Le Labo Hand Soap

Le Labo perfumes are the stuff of legend, and their hand soaps are pretty good too, garnering almost all 5-star reviews. Sea buckthorn works as an antioxidant while soothing hints of rosemary leaf and sugar cane help cleanse and nourish the skin without stripping away natural oils.

Buy: Le Labo Hand Soap, $22 at Nordstrom

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Huntington Coconut Hand Soap

When I think of coconuts, I think nourishing. And this coconut hand soap from World Market essentially does just that while the blend of essential oils gently cleanses skin. It comes in a beautiful apothecary-like bottle that can be easily repurposed once you’re done.

Buy: Huntington Coconut Hand Soap, $12.99 at World Market

Boulangerie Vanilla and Fig Hand Soap

Remember when we wrote a love letter to Boulangerie’s candle? Turns out they also have hand soap in three lovely scents. It strips away any lingering food smells without stripping away moisture. We also think it makes a lovely hostess gift.

Buy: Boulangerie Hand Soap, $18

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Crabtree & Evelyn La Source Hand Wash

I personally swear by Crabtree & Evelyn’s Gardener’s hand cream, which is why I was stoked to find this conditioning hand wash that focuses on nourishing, healing, and cleansing tired hands that need some TLC.

Buy: Crabtree & Evelyn La Source Hand Wash, $18