Last Updated: October 16, 2021

The 15 best natural bar soaps for healthy skin and hair.

WRITTEN BY Grove Collaborative • 25 min read

Natural always sounds better ... but is there really a benefit to using natural soaps over conventional soaps? The short answer is usually yes! In general, natural soaps don’t contain the artificial, super-harsh ingredients lurking in the mass-produced soaps you might find from big companies. Instead, they use natural ingredients, base oils (like coconut oil, avocado oil, and shea butter), essential oils, and plant extracts to provide you with a satisfying clean.


Plus, if you use natural bar soaps you're not only getting the best ingredients for your hair, body, and face but also helping the environment by reducing your plastic waste. Bottles of body wash and shampoo are full of plastic and are contributing to our plastic pollution crisis. With bar soaps, it's possible to have good hygiene without all of the plastic. Sounds amazing, right?


The top ingredients to avoid when it comes to bar soaps aren't always easy to find in an ingredient list because they tend to go by specific product or chemical names. Typically, artificial fragrances, parabens, sodium sulfates, and triclosan are the worst ingredients in bar soap to date. But, instead of scouring soap ingredient labels at the store, make life easy and take a look at the best bar soaps that we've gathered together in one list for you below.


This list of products was determined by ratings and reviews from Grove members.

1. Grove Co. Hydrating Bar Soap - Plastic-Free

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An all-natural moisturizing bar soap that washes away germs and hydrates skin, leaving skin clean, soft, and silky.

  • WASHES AWAY GERMS AND HYDRATES SKIN
    Our all-natural bar soap is made of moisturizing glycerin, organic coconut, and olive oils that create a sudsy lather and thoroughly moisturize skin.

  • THOUGHTFULLY FORMULATED WITH YOUR HEALTH …

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4 Oz
$5.95
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2. Peach Shampoo & Conditioner Bar Set - Volumizing

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A plastic-free volumizing shampoo & conditioner bar set formulated for fine, flat hair to invigorate the scalp and bring volume and fullness to lifeless strands.

Hair types: Fine and flat
Scent: Wild Honey

  • HEALTHY, FULLER-LOOKING HAIR WITHOUT COMPROMISE
    This set has a plant-powered, tailored formula to lift and amplify fine and flat hair, …
(133)
1 x Shampoo Bar, 1 x Conditioner Bar
$22.95
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3. Oars + Alps Exfoliating Bar Soap

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Blue charcoal soap designed for exfoliation and deep cleaning, purges your skin of dead skin cells, sweat and bacteria.
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6 oz
$9.95
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4. method Men's Exfoliating Bar Soap

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Naturally derived, mineral-based exfoliants like volcanic pumice give this method Men's Exfoliating Bar Soap its magic. Activated carbon detoxifies impurities while shea butter ensures your skin feels smooth, even with everyday scrubbing. Men — and the people who love them — will appreciate this ocean-inspired scented lather that leaves a body …

(32)
6 oz
$4.99
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5. Mrs. Meyer's Bar Soap

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You trust Mrs. Meyer’s products to clean your home, now trust them when it comes to your personal hygiene. This Mrs. Meyer's Bar Soap is paraben-free, cruelty-free, and made from 98-percent naturally derived ingredients, including a 100-percent pure vegetable base. Plus, it’s available in the garden-inspired scents you know and love from Mrs. …

(391)
1 Bar
$3.89
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6. Peach Hydrating Facial Cleansing Bar - For Dry & Normal Skin

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A plastic-free moisturizing facial cleansing bar with super-hydrator hyaluronic acid to replenish and revive dry skin.

Skin types: Dry and normal
Scent: Grapefruit

  • REPLENISH DRY SKIN
    Infused with nature’s super moisturizer, hyaluronic acid, this cleansing bar deeply hydrates and reinforces skin’s natural moisture. It’s like a drink of …
(128)
3 Oz
$12.95
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7. Yes To Natural Man Charcoal Bar Soap

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Studies have found that smelling good can significantly improve mood (no surprise there), so embrace a clean slate for your scent with this Yes To Natural Man Charcoal Bar Soap. It'll help you ditch even the smelliest of stenches, but it’s also made with activated charcoal to absorb dirt and oil from your skin and remove dead skin cells, too. Plus, …

(140)
1 Bar (7.7 Oz)
$4.99
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8. Peach Shampoo & Conditioner Bar Set - Strengthening

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A plastic-free strengthening shampoo & conditioner bar set formulated for damaged hair to support scalp health and improve hair strength by reducing breakage and split ends.

Hair types: Damaged and split-end prone
Scent: Honeydew Melon

  • STRONG, HEALTHY HAIR WITHOUT COMPROMISE
    This set offers a plant-powered, tailored formula for damaged …
(90)
1 x Shampoo Bar, 1 x Conditioner Bar
$22.95
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9. Yes To Coconut Ultra Hydrating Milk Bar Soap

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Say no to boring, conventional bar soap and hello to a moisturizing, naturally derived alternative that's still easy on the wallet. This little bar packs a big punch with cleaning and hydrating powers channeled from one of Mother Earth’s most useful fruits — the coconut. From the flesh to the husk, almost all aspects of the coconut get their time …

(153)
1 Bar (7.7 Oz)
$4.99
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10. Peach Moisturizing Hand & Body Bar + Soap Saver Bag Set

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This set includes some of our favorites from Peach, Grove’s line of waterless, plastic-free bath and body products.

This set includes:

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1 x Body Bar, 1 x Sudsing Soap Sack
$10.95
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11. Yes To Tomatoes Detoxifying Charcoal Clear Skin Bar Soap

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Whether you say “to-may-to” or “to-mah-to,” there’s one thing we all agree on — this Yes To Tomatoes Detoxifying Charcoal Clear Skin Bar Soap is strong enough to detoxify, while still being soft enough to use on delicate skin. It’s paraben-free, sulfate-free, triclosan-free, nut-free, and soy-free, leaving you worry-free with every use.

Vegan …

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1 Bar (7.7 Oz)
$4.99
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12. Grove Co. All-Purpose Hand & Dish Bar Soap - Removes Grease & Grime - With Moisturizing Shea Butter

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A plastic-free, high sudsing bar soap for degreasing dishes and cleaning and moisturizing hands.

Ginger-Lime scent.

  • Tough on dirty dishes, gentle on hands
    This kitchen bar soap is formulated for high sudsing action to remove grease and grime from dishes. It’s made with shea butter and aloe to moisturize skin as you wash.
  • Thoughtfully …
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1 x Bar Soap
$4.95
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13. method Men's Bar Soap

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Step up your grooming game with method Men's Bar Soap and leave your stinky side behind. Each naturally derived bar of soap is made with plant-based formulas and nature-inspired scents that make your body smell just swell. Quick-lathering and clean-rinsing, it's a no-fuss, no-muss solution to cleaning up your act in an instant. Just later and …

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6 oz
$4.99
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14. Peach Exfoliating Bar Soap - Hand & Body

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A plastic-free exfoliating soap bar with pink Himalayan sea salt to buff dead skin and wash away bacteria.

Scent: Raspberry

  • GENTLY EXFOLIATES AND RENEWS SKIN
    Peach’s Deep Cleansing Hand & Body Bar is infused with pink Himalayan sea salt, a natural exfoliant rich in 80+ trace minerals, that gently removes dead skin cells and reveals …
(138)
4 Oz
$7.95
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15. SheaMoisture SheaMoisture African Black Soap Bar Soap with Shea Butter

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With SheaMoisture African Black Soap Bar Soap, your skin is in the clear. African black soap is a traditional skin cleanser prized for its natural clarifying properties. Specially formulated with organic shea butter, oats, aloe, palm ash, tamarind extract, tar, and plantain peel, this amazing bar of soap helps soothe skin and clear blemishes. It …

(37)
8 Oz
$4.99
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FAQs

Is bar soap better than body wash?

There's no right answer to this question ... it really depends on what you need from your daily cleansing product. However, there are some benefits to bar soap (especially natural bar soap) that do make it better for you (and the planet).


Bar soap tends to use less energy to create and less plastic to package it. Solving the plastic crisis isn't easy but by switching to bar soap in sustainable packaging you can create less household waste while still smelling great.


The theory that body wash is more hydrating and moisturizing than bar soap can be debunked by natural bar soaps that use the same base oils and essential oils that body wash uses to moisturize skin, such as coconut oil, hazelnut oil, shea butter, and cocoa butter. And any worries about bar soap being less sanitary than body wash or liquid soap are also easy to squash as long as you lather with bar soap for the required 20 seconds to kill germs and you store the bar soap correctly.


If you're currently a body wash fan due to dry skin, try a moisturizing bar soap (we have a couple in our list) to see if it does the trick. Sometimes making the switch is simply as easy as testing out a new product. Or, if you're looking for exfoliating or acne-clearing options, check out bar soaps that include charcoal or seaweed. For those trying to find bar soaps for sensitive skin, look out for soaps that include lavender and colloidal oatmeal.


Which bar soaps last the longest?

Most bar soaps, in general, last longer than body washes as long as you store them correctly. Here are a few key facts to remember about how long bar soaps last:


  • Bar soaps are made with less water so they automatically last longer than most water-based body washes. In fact, some (like our Peach Hand & Body Bar Soap") last as long as three 22-ounce bottles of body wash.
  • Keep bar soaps outside of the shower! This lets bar soaps stay dry in between washes and free from water breakdown.
  • Use a sponge or loofah to lather your soap (instead of your hands). This will extend a bar soap's life by a bit.
  • Lastly, you don't want your bar soap to last too long ... most soaps do have an expiration date of 1–3 years after production.

Does bar soap dry out skin more than body wash?

Unfortunately, when people think of bar soap, they usually think of dry skin too. That's because, historically, bar soaps did tend to dry out skin (especially when compared to body wash). Commercial bar soaps still include skin-drying chemicals like sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) or Sodium Lauryl Ether Sulfate (SLES) in their ingredient lists. These sulfates are known to strip skin of its natural oils.


Now, many bar soaps, especially natural bar soaps, use the same hydrating and moisturizing ingredients that body washes use. Base oils like cocoa butter, shea butter, and coconut oil are key parts of moisturizing body soaps so that your skin stays moist and smooth, especially during cold winter months.


If you have sensitive, dry skin, colloidal oatmeal and argan oil are essential bar soap ingredients to help your skin stay calm. To make sure that the bar soap you're choosing has as much moisturizing power as your previous body wash, avoid soaps that have harsh chemicals and choose soaps that are natural, include moisturizing agents, like glycerin, have low PH levels, and feature a clear, easy-to-read ingredient list.


What is Grove Collaborative?

At Grove, we take the guesswork out of which products are good for you and your home. Every product meets strict standards for being nontoxic, effective, sustainable, and cruelty-free. Once you find products you love, we ship to your home on a flexible, monthly schedule.



If you're ready to make the transition to natural cleaning, beauty, and household products, shop Grove Collaborative's natural products for the eco-friendly tools to tackle the job.

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