Last Updated: December 29, 2022

6 best foaming hand soaps that smell great.

WRITTEN BY Grove Collaborative • 13 min read

Foaming hand soap just hits differently. Universally enjoyed by kids and adults alike, it pops out of the dispenser and magically expands into a pillowy cloud of delightfully scented bubbles that sit on your palm, just waiting to be smooshed and lathered into luxurious, aseptic nirvana.

What we’re saying here is, foaming hand soaps are an experience. But there are a ton of ‘em on the market, and most are filled with gnarly chemicals that really ruin the tactile pleasures that foam soap brings us. Don’t let your bubble burst quite yet — we’ve curated a list of the best natural foaming hand soaps that smell divine, are free from harsh chemicals, and leave your hands feeling petal-soft and oh-so-clean.

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

1. Grove Co. Kids Foaming Hand Soap - 3 Refills

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These Grove Co. Kids Foaming Hand Soap - 3 Refills (in one 12 fl oz bottle) create a playful foam for soft and clean little hands. Plastic-free and crafted to be sustainably powerful for a healthy home and planet.

This foaming hand soap concentrate’s formula is made with 97% plant-based ingredients — no parabens, phthalates, phosphates, chlorine …

1 x 12oz bottle
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2. Babo Botanicals Sensitive Baby Fragrance Free Foam Hand Soap

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Perfect for babies and also the entire family, this Babo Botanicals Sensitive Baby Fragrance Free Foam Hand Soap features a lightweight texture and is made with healthy ingredients such as New Zealand manuka essential oil, organic argan oil, shea butter, olive oil and aloe vera. It’s USDA organic, biodegradable, hypoallergenic, paraben-free, …

8 oz
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3. Babyganics Alcohol-Free Foaming Hand Sanitizer

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Did you know you can protect baby’s tiny hands from germs just like you would anyone else’s in your family? This Babyganics Alcohol-Free Foaming Hand Sanitizer is dermatologist tested to kill 99.9% of common germs without using phthalates, artificial dyes, parabens, or sulfates. Plus, its easy-to-use pump dispenser makes cleaning up hands …

8.4 oz
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4. method Foaming Hand Soap

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Send dirt and nasty germs down the drain with method Foaming Hand Soap that uses plant-based cleansing power. The method foaming hand soap pump formula contains thoughtful ingredients like hydrating aloe vera and vitamin E that won’t dry out your skin. Choose from eight refreshing scents, including pink grapefruit, sea minerals, and sweet water. …

10 Oz
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5. Mrs. Meyer's Foaming Hand Soap

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Give your family a healthy defense from the start with Mrs. Meyer's foaming hand soap. Choose from garden-inspired fragrances, including lemon verbena, watermelon, and rain water, so you can set the vibe of your house with just a simple pump. This naturally derived, paraben-free Mrs. Meyer's Clean Day foaming hand soap is made with a unique blend …

10 Oz
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6. Grove Co. Foaming Hand Soap Concentrate - 3 Refills

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A foaming hand soap concentrate to gently cleanse hands and wash away germs, leaving them soft and moisturized. Crafted to be sustainably powerful for a healthy home and planet.

Our Foaming Hand Soap Concentrate Refill creates a luxurious lather to effectively clean hands without drying the skin. …
12 Oz
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What is different about foaming hand soap?

Foaming hand soap is a diluted form of liquid hand soap that’s been infused with air to create a wonderfully foamy lather as it exits the dispenser. But don’t get it wrong — foam soaps are just as effective at cleaning hands as regular soaps, plus they’re better for the environment — and your pocketbook. Foam soaps require less soap to get your hands clean, less to fully cover your hands in a lather, and less water to rinse them off. Hello, savings!

Foam soaps don’t stop there. Because these aerated aseptics are thinner than normal soaps, they're less likely to clog the drains in your house. That may not seem like a terribly big deal, but fewer clogged drains mean fewer nasty drain cleaners or plumber visits to clear up the muck.

So you switched over to green cleaning products, but you aren’t sure what to do with all those old chemical cleaners hanging around under your sink? We’ve got tips! Read up on how to dispose of conventional cleaners safely.

Can you put foaming hand soap in a regular dispenser?

Foaming hand soap requires a special dispenser to create those fluffy, luxurious bubbles we all love so much. What’s so special about foam soap dispensers, you ask? It’s all in the valve.

Foam dispensers have a valve in the pump that introduces air into the soap when it passes through. If you put foam soap into a regular dispenser, it’ll just come out as regular soap — nothing magical to see here, folks.

If you’ve got a foam soap dispenser but no foam soap, there’s an easy fix. Just fill the foam dispenser with an inch of regular soap then top it off with water from the tap. Screw on your ultra-fancy, extra-special foam soap pump, et voila! A luxe marshmallow of cleansing foam shall appear.

What if you’ve got foam soap but no foam soap dispenser? Look no further — we’ve got a reusable foaming hand soap dispenser that’s made with durable, partially recycled glass to reduce waste — and it’ll look great on your bathroom sink, to boot. We’ve even got one for kids too.

Is foaming hand soap more drying?

Natural foaming hand soaps aren’t inherently more drying than other types of natural soaps. The real culprit in dried out hands is overwashing — just like with your hair, your body, and your face, if you wash your hands too often they’re going to dry out (the CDC has a handy list of key times to wash your hands if you’re interested).

To avoid drying out your hands, don’t use super hot water — it dries out your hands more quickly. Use lukewarm water instead and choose a foaming hand soap that’s made without parabens, phthalates, sulfates, and synthetic fragrances. Look for plant-based foaming soaps that boast hydrating ingredients like aloe vera and use essential oils for fragrance.

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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