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Shopping Guide: The Best Hand Soaps That Elevate Your Kitchen Sink in 2024

We are talking everything but the kitchen sink in this shopping guide of the best luxury hand soaps

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By House & Garden South Africa | February 28, 2024 | Shopping

A luxury hand soap might be at the top of your kitchen shopping list, but a chic bottle of liquid soap transforms habitual hand-washing into a more sensual experience, that can be linked to one’s overall self-care rituals. Today, everything doubles as a decorative piece, and seemingly this goes for hand soaps too.

For example, other day I was washing my hands at one of my favourite Cape Town inner-city sanctuaries: Labotessa Boutique Hotel, which houses an exclusive Diptyque boutique where heavenly scents of the French Maison mingles with the smell of freshly ground coffee from the adjacent breakfast lounge. I’d washed my hands in the bathroom using their Diptyque hand soap, which resulted in all-day-long spouts of smelling my own hands and inviting others to feel how soft they feel. If that’s not enough of a reason to adorn your kitchen sink with a luxurious hand soap, then what is?

I don't see the curiosity for luxury in everyday goods as a vice. I see it as essential. We are talking everything but the kitchen sink in this shopping guide of the best luxury hand soaps.

For the Luxury Kitchen: Diptyque Exfoliating Hand Wash 350ml

Diptyque Do Son Hand Wash. Image courtesy of Diptyque.

We invite you to follow a special ritual made possible by the epitome of luxurious hand soaps from the aforementioned French luxury brand, Diptyque. This soap is encapsulated in a divine glass bottle with refills available, which will come in handy once you too become addicted to this hand soap.

Diptyque’s hand soap is enriched with ground olive pits leaving hands soft and exfoliated, perfect for right before moisturising.

For the Contemporary Design Kitchen: Aesop Resurrection Aromatique Hand Wash

Slow down in a joyful, modern manner with the internet’s favourite aesthetically-pleasing hand soaps. Aesop may feel like an obvious choice for those who have been around the block with high-end hand soaps, but this one has stuck around for good reason.

Aesop’s now iconic Resurrection hand wash simply enrobes hands with natural fragrances (a citrus and herbaceous blend ) making it instantly recognisable and universally loved. Dare I say this has reached cult classic status.

Aesop Resurrection Aromatique Hand Wash. Image: Supplied.

For the Country Kitchen: L’occitane Shea Verbena Hand & Body Wash

A L’occitane hand soap is undoubtedly the most classic choice. The timeless shea butter scent the brand is known for is perfectly bottled into a hand soap that will impress both you and your guests.

L’Occitane Shea Verbena Hand & Body Wash. Image courtesy of L’Occitane.

For the Traditional Kitchen: Africology Purifying Hand Soap

A luxurious hand soap needn’t be too much of a splurge with many locally-available hand soaps made in South Africa using many of our indigenous botanicals. Consider Africology’s divine neroli scented hand soap that make your hands smell and feel irresistibly floral and relaxing.

If you are concerned about harsh chemicals (that may already exist in your kitchens), that can compromise your immune system, then this hand sope is the perfect foray into a natural hand care and hygiene routine.

Africology Purifying Hand Soap. Image: Supplied.