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Best Soaps in India - Reviews and Comparison 2021

We picked the 7 best soaps in 2021 for your budget and use cases.

If you are into soap bar for both face and body care but struggle while choosing the best soap due to several choices in the segment, worry not! We will help you choose the right soap, via the best soap for skin buyer’s guide.

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12/6/2021

Model

Our Rating

Rating

Moisturising Content

Dermatologist Approved

Pro's & Con's

Skin Type

For Face or Body?

Target Gender

TFM (in % )

Available Variants

Moisturising Bathing Bar Soap with Glycerine Pure & Gentle

Pears

Moisturising Bathing Bar Soap with Glycerine Pure & Gentle

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9.8 / 10

12/2020

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Glycerin

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Glycerine preserves your skin's natural moisture
Keeps skin young and glowing
Gentle on skin
World’s first transparent glycerine soap
All
Both
Unisex
Not mentioned

Pure & gentle

Oil-clear & glow

Soft & fresh

Dettol

Original Germ Protection Bathing Soap bar

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9.7 / 10

12/2020

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Glycerin

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Protect against germs
Glycerine locks in the natural moisture of your skin
24 months shelf life
IMA recommended
All
Both
Unisex
76

Original

Skincare

Intense cool

Aloe vera

Mysore

Sandal Soap

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9.6 / 10

12/2020

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Glycerin

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Give long term skin benefits
Reduces the chances of skin ailments, including skin cancer
Both beauty and therapeutic properties
The aroma of natural sandalwood
Oily
Both
Unisex
80

Nivea

Soap, Creme Soft

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9.5 / 10

12/2020

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Glycerin

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Enriched with almond oil
Ph balanced
Cleanses your skin without losing the skin's natural moisture
Equipped with Hydra IQ technology that keeps skin soft
Dry
Both
Unisex
>75

Dove

Cream Beauty Bathing Bar

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9.4 / 10

12/2020

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Glycerin

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Gentle on the skin
Keeps skin moisturised
It gives softer, smoother and glowing skin
Replenishes the nutrients
Dry
Both
Unisex
Not mentioned

Pink rosa

Almond cream

Fresh moisture

Cinthol

Original Bath Soap

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9.3 / 10

12/2020

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Glycerin

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Keeps your skin healthy and glowing
Reduces risk of skin problems by 95%
Fight against acne, blemishes and rashes
Prevents body odour
24 months shelf life
All
Both
Unisex
>76

Deo

Cool

Lime

Confidence+

Charcoal deep cleansing

Khadi Essentials

Turmeric Soap

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9.1 / 10

12/2020

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Glycerin

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100% organic, vegan and cruelty-free
Diminishes the skin’s pigmentation and brightens it
Removes tanning
Keep skin moisturised and glowing
All
Both
Unisex
Not mentioned

Pears

Moisturising Bathing Bar Soap with Glycerine Pure & Gentle


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9.8 / 10

12/2020

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Glycerine preserves your skin's natural moisture
Keeps skin young and glowing
Gentle on skin
World’s first transparent glycerine soap

Features

Moisturising Content

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Glycerin

Dermatologist Approved

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Skin Type

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For Face or Body?

Both

Target Gender

Unisex

TFM (in % )

Not mentioned

Available Variants

Pure & gentle

Oil-clear & glow

Soft & fresh

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Buyer's Guide - Best Soaps in India

Buy the best!

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Features: Most important purchase criteria for a soap

What should you look for when buying a new soap?

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FAQ: Learn more about the details

Any questions left? Here they are, including answers.

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How-To: Usage hints and care instructions for a soap

Care tips for the long life of your soap.

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Our Picks: How we picked the best soaps in India

Find out how we selected and ranked the products.

1. Features: Most important purchase criteria for a soap

1.1 Types

A soap bar is broadly divided into three categories:-

  • Industrial: It is famously known as conventional or mass-produced soap. It is less soap and more detergent. Also, it contains sodium tallowate, BHT (butylated hydroxyl toluene), synthetic fragrances, artificial colours, salts and other preservatives. Besides, they have high alkalinity and are cured for approximately 3 days, while their handmade counterparts are cured for 30 days. Their three redeeming qualities are that these are hard, cheap and plentiful.

  • Handmade: These are milled soap made from vegetable-based oils and higher glycerin content. Also, it has luxe ingredients like essential oils, herbs or botanicals. It doesn’t have skin-irritating chemicals used in producing bar soap. Handmade soaps are usually made using the cold process, which leaves the vegetable and essential oils intact, and removes lye like harmful ingredients. Handmade soaps are soft and take between 4-6 weeks to get ready.

  • Artisanal: These are the most organic and luxury soaps. These uber-creative soaps are crafted by specialists using food-grade ingredients for skin-friendly results. Any super-fatted soap made using extra oils, butter, clay, milk, etc is the perfect example of artisanal soap.

A soap bar is broadly divided into three categories:-

  • Industrial: It is famously known as conventional or mass-produced soap. It is less soap and more detergent. Also, it contains sodium tallowate, BHT (butylated hydroxyl toluene), synthetic fragrances, artificial colours, salts and other preservatives. Besides, they have high alkalinity and are cured for approximately 3 days, while their handmade counterparts are cured for 30 days. Their three redeeming qualities are that these are hard, cheap and plentiful.

  • Handmade: These are milled soap made from vegetable-based oils and higher glycerin content. Also, it has luxe ingredients like essential oils, herbs or botanicals. It doesn’t have skin-irritating chemicals used in producing bar soap. Handmade soaps are usually made using the cold process, which leaves the vegetable and essential oils intact, and removes lye like harmful ingredients. Handmade soaps are soft and take between 4-6 weeks to get ready.

  • Artisanal: These are the most organic and luxury soaps. These uber-creative soaps are crafted by specialists using food-grade ingredients for skin-friendly results. Any super-fatted soap made using extra oils, butter, clay, milk, etc is the perfect example of artisanal soap.

1.2 Function

Different soaps have different functions or purpose to meet. For example, some soaps cover empty pores on the skin or reduce pimples, whereas some of them moisturise the skin deeply making it soft and hydrated. Some soaps, with antiseptic properties, are specialised to heal the skin in case of cuts and scratches.

Different soaps have different functions or purpose to meet. For example, some soaps cover empty pores on the skin or reduce pimples, whereas some of them moisturise the skin deeply making it soft and hydrated. Some soaps, with antiseptic properties, are specialised to heal the skin in case of cuts and scratches.

1.3 Skin Need

However, best soap you might be using, but if it is leading to dry, itchy, or tight skin, then it is not the one for you. The right soap for you is the one that makes your skin feel refreshed and clean. We all have unique skin types, and their response to soap can be different. Before choosing a new soap, get its sample and do not buy in bulk.
Here is a table helping you regarding the ingredients suitable for a skin type.

Skin Type

Ingredients

Oily

Oatmeal, sea salt, brown sugar and peach pits

Dry

Glycerin, vegetable & coconut oil, cocoa butter, aloe vera and avocado

Sensitive

Balanced pH level, fragrance-free and colour-free

Combination

Exfoliants, clay or charcoal, moisturiser

Normal

Avoid choosing soaps that are specifically made for oily or dry skin

However, best soap you might be using, but if it is leading to dry, itchy, or tight skin, then it is not the one for you. The right soap for you is the one that makes your skin feel refreshed and clean. We all have unique skin types, and their response to soap can be different. Before choosing a new soap, get its sample and do not buy in bulk.
Here is a table helping you regarding the ingredients suitable for a skin type.

Skin Type

Ingredients

Oily

Oatmeal, sea salt, brown sugar and peach pits

Dry

Glycerin, vegetable & coconut oil, cocoa butter, aloe vera and avocado

Sensitive

Balanced pH level, fragrance-free and colour-free

Combination

Exfoliants, clay or charcoal, moisturiser

Normal

Avoid choosing soaps that are specifically made for oily or dry skin

1.4 Ingredients

Soap that is not 100% natural doesn’t do any harm, but a soap made from 100% natural ingredients is undoubtedly good. Therefore, firstly look for “natural” on the soap label. However, do not rely only on that highlighted tag because, on closer inspection, you may find that a few synthetics have been added. 100% natural soaps will have only good oils, fats, and butter as primary ingredients. A trick to find out if the ingredient is natural or not is- if you can’t pronounce it, it’s synthetic.

One of the ingredients you should clearly stay away from is a sulphate. It is a detergent producing a big, creamy lather, and commonly used in conventional soaps. It is a harsh cleanser and so lathering that it has the potential to strip the skin of required natural oils leading to dryness, irritation and unbalanced pH.

Soap that is not 100% natural doesn’t do any harm, but a soap made from 100% natural ingredients is undoubtedly good. Therefore, firstly look for “natural” on the soap label. However, do not rely only on that highlighted tag because, on closer inspection, you may find that a few synthetics have been added. 100% natural soaps will have only good oils, fats, and butter as primary ingredients. A trick to find out if the ingredient is natural or not is- if you can’t pronounce it, it’s synthetic.

One of the ingredients you should clearly stay away from is a sulphate. It is a detergent producing a big, creamy lather, and commonly used in conventional soaps. It is a harsh cleanser and so lathering that it has the potential to strip the skin of required natural oils leading to dryness, irritation and unbalanced pH.

1.5 Hardness

Soft soaps have a shorter lifespan and melt easily because they are made using all-natural and organic materials. Go for a hard soap as it has better usability and more shelf life. However, it should not be too hard or should be very long-lasting because that means too many preservatives.

Soft soaps have a shorter lifespan and melt easily because they are made using all-natural and organic materials. Go for a hard soap as it has better usability and more shelf life. However, it should not be too hard or should be very long-lasting because that means too many preservatives.

1.6 Price

The rates of the best soap in India varies from brand to brand. Also, it depends on the composition, quality and quantity of the soap. Usually, the soap price is not high. The best soap in India starts from ₹20 and it can go on till ₹300. However, a soap costing 20 bucks doesn’t make it bad, and high-priced soap is not necessarily suitable for everyone. You should look for labels and ingredients rather than price while making the purchase.

The rates of the best soap in India varies from brand to brand. Also, it depends on the composition, quality and quantity of the soap. Usually, the soap price is not high. The best soap in India starts from ₹20 and it can go on till ₹300. However, a soap costing 20 bucks doesn’t make it bad, and high-priced soap is not necessarily suitable for everyone. You should look for labels and ingredients rather than price while making the purchase.

1.7 TFM-Total Fatty Matter

As per the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS), there are two types of soap - toilet soap and bathing bar. TFM content in a bathing bar should be between 40% to 60%. Whereas, toilet soaps are categorised into three types on the basis of TFM content-Grade I, II and III. Grade I toilet soap is one with 76% or above TFM content. If TFM content is less than 76% but not less than 70%, it is Grade II soap. Grade III toilet soap has less than 70% but not less than 60% TFM. In the case of the toilet, soap, it is mandatory to mention the TFM value while there is no such obligation in the case of a bathing bar.

Considering this, from our list, there are three bathing bars- Pears, Dove and Khadi Essential soap. Similarly, Dettol original, Mysore sandalwood and Cinthol original are Grade I soap. Last but not least, Nivea is a Grade II soap.

It is the content of TFM and insoluble matters that distinguish between a bathing bar and toilet soap.

As compared to Grade II and III, Grade I soap are gentler on the skin and has better cleaning ability. Unlike, Grade II and III soap, they have zero fillers (moisturising cream, vitamins or ayurvedic materials or talc). Moreover, low-grade soaps are consumed faster than Grade I soap when they come into contact with water.

The bathing bar has acceptable surface-active agents, perfume, processing aids, permitted antioxidants, preservatives, permissible germicides, that can be used for bathing purposes.

As per the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS), there are two types of soap - toilet soap and bathing bar. TFM content in a bathing bar should be between 40% to 60%. Whereas, toilet soaps are categorised into three types on the basis of TFM content-Grade I, II and III. Grade I toilet soap is one with 76% or above TFM content. If TFM content is less than 76% but not less than 70%, it is Grade II soap. Grade III toilet soap has less than 70% but not less than 60% TFM. In the case of the toilet, soap, it is mandatory to mention the TFM value while there is no such obligation in the case of a bathing bar.

Considering this, from our list, there are three bathing bars- Pears, Dove and Khadi Essential soap. Similarly, Dettol original, Mysore sandalwood and Cinthol original are Grade I soap. Last but not least, Nivea is a Grade II soap.

It is the content of TFM and insoluble matters that distinguish between a bathing bar and toilet soap.

As compared to Grade II and III, Grade I soap are gentler on the skin and has better cleaning ability. Unlike, Grade II and III soap, they have zero fillers (moisturising cream, vitamins or ayurvedic materials or talc). Moreover, low-grade soaps are consumed faster than Grade I soap when they come into contact with water.

The bathing bar has acceptable surface-active agents, perfume, processing aids, permitted antioxidants, preservatives, permissible germicides, that can be used for bathing purposes.

1.8 No Antibacterials

Antibacterial soap sounds like a good idea initially. After all, it can kill those germs which are constantly picking up on our hands and body. But that’s not entirely true. Antibacterial soaps have triclosan, an agent that is banned in many products in the U.S. as it affects the body’s hormones. In fact, as per a few studies, it works as an endocrine disruptor and a suspected carcinogen.

Antibacterial soap sounds like a good idea initially. After all, it can kill those germs which are constantly picking up on our hands and body. But that’s not entirely true. Antibacterial soaps have triclosan, an agent that is banned in many products in the U.S. as it affects the body’s hormones. In fact, as per a few studies, it works as an endocrine disruptor and a suspected carcinogen.

1.9 Palm Oil

If you are a supporter of organic and ecology, then you must be aware of palm oil. It is a highly popular oil in the soap and beauty product market. Due to being inexpensive, it is profusely used in industrial soaps.

Different soap bars can be made using a different combination of several oils. If you use palm oil, you get a hard and stable bar of soap that lathers very well. However, if used in large quantities, it can be excessively drying on your skin.

If you are a supporter of organic and ecology, then you must be aware of palm oil. It is a highly popular oil in the soap and beauty product market. Due to being inexpensive, it is profusely used in industrial soaps.

Different soap bars can be made using a different combination of several oils. If you use palm oil, you get a hard and stable bar of soap that lathers very well. However, if used in large quantities, it can be excessively drying on your skin.

1.10 Cold or Hot Process

Under the hot process, the soap is made at a much higher heat which decreases the manufacturing time to a few days. All the cosmetic soaps are made this way, and they have palm oil as an active ingredient. However, one of the disadvantages of the hot process is that it results in a lower concentration of beneficial ingredients such as oils and glycerin. Whereas, in the cold process method, manufacturing takes place at room temperature, thereby preserving the oils and glycerin.

Under the hot process, the soap is made at a much higher heat which decreases the manufacturing time to a few days. All the cosmetic soaps are made this way, and they have palm oil as an active ingredient. However, one of the disadvantages of the hot process is that it results in a lower concentration of beneficial ingredients such as oils and glycerin. Whereas, in the cold process method, manufacturing takes place at room temperature, thereby preserving the oils and glycerin.

1.11 Long-lasting

You must have seen that organic soaps deplete so quickly. The reason behind their quick depletion is zero preservatives. They are made from all-natural material which melts and evaporates faster than cosmetic soap bars. No hardening agents leads to quick evaporation when exposed to water and moisture, and therefore, they should be kept in a place that is dry and cool. Despite that, they have a shorter shelf life, around a year. If your soap bar can stay for more than a year, then your bar is not so natural.

Two of the best ways to use your all-natural soaps  optimally are:

  • Store them in a refrigerator or even freeze them.

  • Cut them into two halves, so that the entire bar doesn’t evaporate in one go.

You must have seen that organic soaps deplete so quickly. The reason behind their quick depletion is zero preservatives. They are made from all-natural material which melts and evaporates faster than cosmetic soap bars. No hardening agents leads to quick evaporation when exposed to water and moisture, and therefore, they should be kept in a place that is dry and cool. Despite that, they have a shorter shelf life, around a year. If your soap bar can stay for more than a year, then your bar is not so natural.

Two of the best ways to use your all-natural soaps  optimally are:

  • Store them in a refrigerator or even freeze them.

  • Cut them into two halves, so that the entire bar doesn’t evaporate in one go.

1.12 Natural Antiseptic

If you’ve been facing skin issues and infections, pick a soap with a natural antiseptic. Soaps containing oil like tea tree, coconut, or eucalyptus are naturally laden with antiseptic and anti-fungal properties. These oils are equipped to combat fungi, infection-causing viruses, and bacteria. So, these oils are always a plus.

If you’ve been facing skin issues and infections, pick a soap with a natural antiseptic. Soaps containing oil like tea tree, coconut, or eucalyptus are naturally laden with antiseptic and anti-fungal properties. These oils are equipped to combat fungi, infection-causing viruses, and bacteria. So, these oils are always a plus.

1.13 Glycerine

Glycerine is one of the natural byproducts of the soap making process. Glycerin is an excellent skin moisturiser, a humectant as it draws moisture to it and keeps your skin soft and hydrated.

Glycerine is one of the natural byproducts of the soap making process. Glycerin is an excellent skin moisturiser, a humectant as it draws moisture to it and keeps your skin soft and hydrated.

1.14 Fragrance

The fragrance is a feature worth considering while buying beauty and cosmetic product. Preferences vary from person to person for fragrance. On the one hand, some buyers prefer long-lasting strong and intense aroma; on the other hand, some like zero or soft smell in their soap. Beside your nose, your skin should also accept the smell and not be allergic to it.

There is one more thing associated with fragrance. It is said that when the scent is put in a soap, it is usually synthetic. According to the National Academy of Sciences, crude oil is used to produce around 95% of the chemicals that causes fragrance. And these derivatives can cause cancer, allergies, nervous system disorders, and even birth defects. Therefore, until and unless a fragrance soap is recommended by a doctor or dermatologist, in particular, don’t buy it.

The fragrance is a feature worth considering while buying beauty and cosmetic product. Preferences vary from person to person for fragrance. On the one hand, some buyers prefer long-lasting strong and intense aroma; on the other hand, some like zero or soft smell in their soap. Beside your nose, your skin should also accept the smell and not be allergic to it.

There is one more thing associated with fragrance. It is said that when the scent is put in a soap, it is usually synthetic. According to the National Academy of Sciences, crude oil is used to produce around 95% of the chemicals that causes fragrance. And these derivatives can cause cancer, allergies, nervous system disorders, and even birth defects. Therefore, until and unless a fragrance soap is recommended by a doctor or dermatologist, in particular, don’t buy it.

1.15 Vegan and Cruelty-free

Unfortunately, still, most of the mainstream soap brands test their products on animals. Try to buy cruelty-free products like Khadi Essentials Turmeric Soap from our list.

Unfortunately, still, most of the mainstream soap brands test their products on animals. Try to buy cruelty-free products like Khadi Essentials Turmeric Soap from our list.

2. FAQ: Learn more about the details

2.1 Why surfactants are harmful?

Surfactants are of two types - soap-based surfactants (pH ~ 10) and synthetic surfactants (pH ~ 7 or lower). The soap-based cleansers are more alkaline than detergent-based surfactants; they compromise the natural pH of the skin, which is 5.5. The result is dry and irritating skin.

Surfactants are of two types - soap-based surfactants (pH ~ 10) and synthetic surfactants (pH ~ 7 or lower). The soap-based cleansers are more alkaline than detergent-based surfactants; they compromise the natural pH of the skin, which is 5.5. The result is dry and irritating skin.

2.2 What are the traditional soaps?

Traditional soaps are a concoction of oils (animal fats), alkali and water. All these ingredients are combined into a soap bar using a chemical process called saponification. Though it has lye, but the final soap does not contain any harshness at all. Modern soaps also include skin-friendly ingredients like vegetable oil, coconut oil, palm oil, etc. besides fruits and nuts. However, most traditional bar soaps contain harmful add-ons, like synthetic dyes, fragrance, preservatives.

Traditional soaps are a concoction of oils (animal fats), alkali and water. All these ingredients are combined into a soap bar using a chemical process called saponification. Though it has lye, but the final soap does not contain any harshness at all. Modern soaps also include skin-friendly ingredients like vegetable oil, coconut oil, palm oil, etc. besides fruits and nuts. However, most traditional bar soaps contain harmful add-ons, like synthetic dyes, fragrance, preservatives.

2.3 Why experts do not recommend traditional soap?

Our skin is acidic and traditional soaps are alkaline in nature. The traditional soaps have surfactants which get binds to the layer of dead cells in the outermost layer of the epidermis and cause overhydration. Due to this, soap ingredients gets pushed into deeper layers of the skin, thus causing dryness, itching, and irritation. Furthermore, the surfactants rip the skin off the lubricating and protective natural oils while flushing dirt and impurities out of it. 

Our skin is acidic and traditional soaps are alkaline in nature. The traditional soaps have surfactants which get binds to the layer of dead cells in the outermost layer of the epidermis and cause overhydration. Due to this, soap ingredients gets pushed into deeper layers of the skin, thus causing dryness, itching, and irritation. Furthermore, the surfactants rip the skin off the lubricating and protective natural oils while flushing dirt and impurities out of it. 

2.4 What are the things that should never form part of a soap?

  • Soap containing sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) should be avoided, especially if you have dry skin.

  • Fragrances, ethyl, and alcohol can also lead to dry skin and irritation.

  • Synthetic colour or dyes should be avoided as they can exacerbate dry skin problems.

  • Soap containing sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) should be avoided, especially if you have dry skin.

  • Fragrances, ethyl, and alcohol can also lead to dry skin and irritation.

  • Synthetic colour or dyes should be avoided as they can exacerbate dry skin problems.

2.5 Should I use different soap for the face and body?

Not necessarily. Usually, people use different soap for the face and body because a soap with strong cleansing abilities is fit for the body, but it can be harsh for the face skin. The face needs more moisturiser than a body, so if you are using moisturising cream bars for your body as well, you can use that as face soap too.

Not necessarily. Usually, people use different soap for the face and body because a soap with strong cleansing abilities is fit for the body, but it can be harsh for the face skin. The face needs more moisturiser than a body, so if you are using moisturising cream bars for your body as well, you can use that as face soap too.

2.6 Are superfatted soaps always good since it has required oil and moisture?

No. Superfatted soaps have natural oil, glycerine and moisturising properties; also, they might not have any side effects. But they have one disadvantage, due to too much moisture or oil, they do lack excellent cleaning properties.

No. Superfatted soaps have natural oil, glycerine and moisturising properties; also, they might not have any side effects. But they have one disadvantage, due to too much moisture or oil, they do lack excellent cleaning properties.

2.7 What is the life of a soap?

Usually, as long as a soap produces lathers, it is effective. The commercial store-bought soaps have a shelf life of two to three years. Natural soaps may expire sooner, within a year, as the natural oils and fragrances can get mouldy.

Usually, as long as a soap produces lathers, it is effective. The commercial store-bought soaps have a shelf life of two to three years. Natural soaps may expire sooner, within a year, as the natural oils and fragrances can get mouldy.

2.8 I am allergic to fragrance. Which soap is best for me?

Any unscented soap is right for you. A soap made using natural ingredients like olive oil, coconut oil, goat milk, shea butter, etc are great for you. These soaps will not be 100% free from any odour, but they will certainly be free from the artificial scent. You will find a slight odour in them due to the natural ingredients used.

Any unscented soap is right for you. A soap made using natural ingredients like olive oil, coconut oil, goat milk, shea butter, etc are great for you. These soaps will not be 100% free from any odour, but they will certainly be free from the artificial scent. You will find a slight odour in them due to the natural ingredients used.

2.9 I have sensitive skin. Which soap is best for me?

Any commercial soap that is detergent-based and uses lots of synthetic ingredients, is not good for you. A soap that doesn’t have any artificial colour, hardeners, or preservatives is right for sensitive skin.

Any commercial soap that is detergent-based and uses lots of synthetic ingredients, is not good for you. A soap that doesn’t have any artificial colour, hardeners, or preservatives is right for sensitive skin.

3. How-To: Usage hints and care instructions for a soap

3.1 How to store soap?

  • Keep unused bars of soap in a covered container. For organic bar soap, choose a box with some air circulation else your soap will become rancid. While, keep non-organic bar soap, in a dry container. You can keep the soap in unused shoe boxes or a plastic container with a few holes in it for ventilation.

  • Use a slotted soap dish for the used soap. The container should have holes or some kind of drainage in the bottom. The slots will drain water, keeping the soap dry.

  • Use a soap saver pouch for a thin soap bar or broken pieces. You can use any bag made with porous fabric or mesh material. In fact, old stockings, socks, even a sponge with a pocket will also work.

  • Keep unused bars of soap in a covered container. For organic bar soap, choose a box with some air circulation else your soap will become rancid. While, keep non-organic bar soap, in a dry container. You can keep the soap in unused shoe boxes or a plastic container with a few holes in it for ventilation.

  • Use a slotted soap dish for the used soap. The container should have holes or some kind of drainage in the bottom. The slots will drain water, keeping the soap dry.

  • Use a soap saver pouch for a thin soap bar or broken pieces. You can use any bag made with porous fabric or mesh material. In fact, old stockings, socks, even a sponge with a pocket will also work.

3.2 What are the care and maintenance tips for soap?

  • Before keeping the soap bar back to its place, rinse off its surface with water. This will help you get rid of the germs and bacteria that live primarily on the surface of used soap.

  • Dry the soap after using or rinsing. Rinsing with water is the first line of defence against bacteria, and by drying, you prevent germ growth entirely. You can use a cloth to dry soap or merely leaving the soap out to dry in the open air.

  • Store the soap where it will stay dry.  Whatever storage container you choose, the soap should either be dry before you store it or keep it in a place where it will remain dry between uses.

  • Do you think a bigger bar of soap lasts longer than a smaller bar? Think again! A smaller surface area of the soap bar means less soap comes in contact with the water, which makes it last longer. So, cut your bar of soap in half, or thirds, and you will be surprised to see how long each piece lasts.

  • Use more cold water than hot. Hot water results in the quick dissolving of bar soap. Colder water helps the bar not just to last longer but also support in maintaining its shape and consistency.

  • Before keeping the soap bar back to its place, rinse off its surface with water. This will help you get rid of the germs and bacteria that live primarily on the surface of used soap.

  • Dry the soap after using or rinsing. Rinsing with water is the first line of defence against bacteria, and by drying, you prevent germ growth entirely. You can use a cloth to dry soap or merely leaving the soap out to dry in the open air.

  • Store the soap where it will stay dry.  Whatever storage container you choose, the soap should either be dry before you store it or keep it in a place where it will remain dry between uses.

  • Do you think a bigger bar of soap lasts longer than a smaller bar? Think again! A smaller surface area of the soap bar means less soap comes in contact with the water, which makes it last longer. So, cut your bar of soap in half, or thirds, and you will be surprised to see how long each piece lasts.

  • Use more cold water than hot. Hot water results in the quick dissolving of bar soap. Colder water helps the bar not just to last longer but also support in maintaining its shape and consistency.

4. Did you know: Interesting facts, figures, and things to know about soap

4.1 Bar soap is more eco-friendly as compared to liquid soap due to three reasons. First, the packaging of bar soap usually consists of paper or cardboard and not plastic. Second, liquid soap is overused because of its pump-action. Third, more energy is used to make liquid soap.

4.2 Bar soap keeps cloth fresh. Wrap a dry soap in a piece of fabric and keep it in your closet with clothes. Not only your clothes will smell fresh, but they will also repel insects.

4.3 Rubbing dampened soap over the bug bite brings relief.

4.4 Run a bar of soap along a stuck zipper, and it will be unstuck before you know it.

4.5 The soap keeps your fingernails clean. Scrap your fingernails over a soap before you start working in the garden. After finishing the work, give your hands a good scrubbing and both the dirt and soap will come out.

4.6 Soap has been around for 4,800 years. The ancient Egyptians used something similar to modern soap.
4.7 The word “soap” has been derived from the fictional Roman mountain, Mount Sapo.

4.8 ItalySpain and France were the soap capitals of the world in the 19th century. 

4.9 In 1966, P&G spent $161 million on TV ads for soap.

4.10 Soap is a combination of alkali and animal fat (tallow) which makes it both environmentally friendly and biodegradable.

4.1 Bar soap is more eco-friendly as compared to liquid soap due to three reasons. First, the packaging of bar soap usually consists of paper or cardboard and not plastic. Second, liquid soap is overused because of its pump-action. Third, more energy is used to make liquid soap.

4.2 Bar soap keeps cloth fresh. Wrap a dry soap in a piece of fabric and keep it in your closet with clothes. Not only your clothes will smell fresh, but they will also repel insects.

4.3 Rubbing dampened soap over the bug bite brings relief.

4.4 Run a bar of soap along a stuck zipper, and it will be unstuck before you know it.

4.5 The soap keeps your fingernails clean. Scrap your fingernails over a soap before you start working in the garden. After finishing the work, give your hands a good scrubbing and both the dirt and soap will come out.

4.6 Soap has been around for 4,800 years. The ancient Egyptians used something similar to modern soap.
4.7 The word “soap” has been derived from the fictional Roman mountain, Mount Sapo.

4.8 ItalySpain and France were the soap capitals of the world in the 19th century. 

4.9 In 1966, P&G spent $161 million on TV ads for soap.

4.10 Soap is a combination of alkali and animal fat (tallow) which makes it both environmentally friendly and biodegradable.

5. Our Picks: How we picked the best soaps in India

Our priority was ingredients that the soap should have a moisturising agent (glycerin) in it, and there should be the use of no sulphate and similar harmful material in its manufacturing. TFM was also taken into account. Besides, the soap should be fit to apply to both the face and body. All our selected soaps are brand manufactured and decently priced. Moreover, our list has one for all skin types-dry, oily and combination.

Our priority was ingredients that the soap should have a moisturising agent (glycerin) in it, and there should be the use of no sulphate and similar harmful material in its manufacturing. TFM was also taken into account. Besides, the soap should be fit to apply to both the face and body. All our selected soaps are brand manufactured and decently priced. Moreover, our list has one for all skin types-dry, oily and combination.

5.1 Pears Moisturising Bathing Bar Soap with Glycerine Pure & Gentle

Pears is an iconic soap brand in India, and it has made history by producing the world’s first transparent glycerine soap. Its Pure And Gentle bathing bar is hypoallergenic and non-comedogenic. It is also called a glycerin bar as it has 98% pure glycerine preserving the skin’s moisture. Also, it contains skin conditioning agents and mild cleansers which are fit for both body and the face.

The soap helps in retaining the skin’s natural moisture and makes it look young & glowing. This budget-friendly soap also protects your skin by killing germs. The 0% parabens formula of Pears proves to be gentle on the skin. The soap is dermatologist tested, and it is for all skin type, however, if you are looking specifically for oily skin, you can pick its oil clear & glow variant. Another variant in which Pears is available is soft & fresh.

Pears is an iconic soap brand in India, and it has made history by producing the world’s first transparent glycerine soap. Its Pure And Gentle bathing bar is hypoallergenic and non-comedogenic. It is also called a glycerin bar as it has 98% pure glycerine preserving the skin’s moisture. Also, it contains skin conditioning agents and mild cleansers which are fit for both body and the face.

The soap helps in retaining the skin’s natural moisture and makes it look young & glowing. This budget-friendly soap also protects your skin by killing germs. The 0% parabens formula of Pears proves to be gentle on the skin. The soap is dermatologist tested, and it is for all skin type, however, if you are looking specifically for oily skin, you can pick its oil clear & glow variant. Another variant in which Pears is available is soft & fresh.

5.2 Dettol Original Germ Protection Bathing Soap bar

If you want to be 100% sure of fighting skin infections, Dettol should be in your cart. The soap promises the best germ protection through bathing. It is not only a soap bar but an antiseptic skin cleanser. This Indian Medical Association (IMA) recommended soap provides 100% better protection than regular bar soap. The protection list doesn’t end here as it protects from 100 illness-causing germs as well.

The soap is dermatologically recommended as it keeps the skin healthy by containing more than 80% naturally derived ingredients. The inclusion of glycerin keeps your skin moisturised. It is infused with plant-derived cleansers which keeps skin infections at bay. With no TCC and Triclosan and 76% TFM, Dettol is a Grade I soap.

We have chosen the original Dettol soap which has a classic Dettol fragrance. However, it has three other variants as well- skincare, intense cool and aloe vera.

If you want to be 100% sure of fighting skin infections, Dettol should be in your cart. The soap promises the best germ protection through bathing. It is not only a soap bar but an antiseptic skin cleanser. This Indian Medical Association (IMA) recommended soap provides 100% better protection than regular bar soap. The protection list doesn’t end here as it protects from 100 illness-causing germs as well.

The soap is dermatologically recommended as it keeps the skin healthy by containing more than 80% naturally derived ingredients. The inclusion of glycerin keeps your skin moisturised. It is infused with plant-derived cleansers which keeps skin infections at bay. With no TCC and Triclosan and 76% TFM, Dettol is a Grade I soap.

We have chosen the original Dettol soap which has a classic Dettol fragrance. However, it has three other variants as well- skincare, intense cool and aloe vera.

5.3 Mysore Sandal Soap

Mysore Sandal is a classic soap famous for its enthralling sandalwood aroma. Apart from such a strong natural scent, it has excellent cooling and healing properties. The brand claims that it is the only soap made of pure natural Mysore sandalwood oil. However, the soap also contains vegetable oils and glycerin to provide appropriate moisture to your sin.

The soap bar cleanses the skin deeply and nourishes the skin intensely. Since natural oils have been used, it keeps the skin soft, glowing, and blemish-free. Mysore Sandal is equipped with materials that lighten the skin tone over time and provide long-term skin benefits. In fact, it decreases the chances of skin ailments, including skin cancer.

Mysore Sandal is a classic soap famous for its enthralling sandalwood aroma. Apart from such a strong natural scent, it has excellent cooling and healing properties. The brand claims that it is the only soap made of pure natural Mysore sandalwood oil. However, the soap also contains vegetable oils and glycerin to provide appropriate moisture to your sin.

The soap bar cleanses the skin deeply and nourishes the skin intensely. Since natural oils have been used, it keeps the skin soft, glowing, and blemish-free. Mysore Sandal is equipped with materials that lighten the skin tone over time and provide long-term skin benefits. In fact, it decreases the chances of skin ailments, including skin cancer.

5.4 NIivea Soap, Creme Soft

Nivea has a reputation in the skincare market of India. Its soap has more than 75% TFM, and it is dermatologically approved. It has amazingly effective moisturising properties which makes it suitable for the face as well. The soap cleanses the skin without letting it lose any natural moisture. It is enriched with glycerin and gentle on the skin. Additionally, it is equipped with new Hydra IQ technology that makes skin softer.

This Grade I soap protects the skin’s natural oil and moisture. And its effective cleaning formula frees your body from many microbial germs in 20 seconds. NIVEA Soap, Crème Soft has a balanced pH and is perfect for all skin types. Moreover, it helps both men and women in removing tan. You can use it with warm water for a rich, smooth lather and to get the feel of a luxurious bath.

Nivea has a reputation in the skincare market of India. Its soap has more than 75% TFM, and it is dermatologically approved. It has amazingly effective moisturising properties which makes it suitable for the face as well. The soap cleanses the skin without letting it lose any natural moisture. It is enriched with glycerin and gentle on the skin. Additionally, it is equipped with new Hydra IQ technology that makes skin softer.

This Grade I soap protects the skin’s natural oil and moisture. And its effective cleaning formula frees your body from many microbial germs in 20 seconds. NIVEA Soap, Crème Soft has a balanced pH and is perfect for all skin types. Moreover, it helps both men and women in removing tan. You can use it with warm water for a rich, smooth lather and to get the feel of a luxurious bath.

5.5 Dove Cream Beauty Bathing Bar

Dove is a personal favourite of many amongst our team. It makes the skin softer, smoother, and more glowing. As dove recommends, its soap is a beauty bar. It has 1/4th moisturising cream in it due to which it cleanses your skin without leaving it dry. This is one of the best soap in India for dry skin.

We also like the shape of this bathing bar and the dove imprinted on it. It has glycerine and mild cleansers in it which locks in the moisture. Moreover, Dove is not alkaline; thus, it gently cleans the pores and refreshes the skin. Dermatologists very much recommend it.

Dove has two more variants. You can buy a Dove Fresh Moisture bathing bar for the summer season. The freshness of cucumber and green tea will leave you wanting more of it. The Almond cream is rich in almond and hibiscus scent. Last but not least, you can choose Pink Rosa for dove's classic moisturising formula with a delicate pink hue.

Dove is a personal favourite of many amongst our team. It makes the skin softer, smoother, and more glowing. As dove recommends, its soap is a beauty bar. It has 1/4th moisturising cream in it due to which it cleanses your skin without leaving it dry. This is one of the best soap in India for dry skin.

We also like the shape of this bathing bar and the dove imprinted on it. It has glycerine and mild cleansers in it which locks in the moisture. Moreover, Dove is not alkaline; thus, it gently cleans the pores and refreshes the skin. Dermatologists very much recommend it.

Dove has two more variants. You can buy a Dove Fresh Moisture bathing bar for the summer season. The freshness of cucumber and green tea will leave you wanting more of it. The Almond cream is rich in almond and hibiscus scent. Last but not least, you can choose Pink Rosa for dove's classic moisturising formula with a delicate pink hue.

5.6 Cinthol Original Bath Soap

Our best value soap might be Nivea, but Cinthol Bar is also a budget bath soap. Cinthol’s soap is for the one who is a fan of strong fragrance. Our review is on Cinthol’s original, which is a deodorant and complexion soap. However, it has three more variants- lime, cool, charcoal deep cleansing, and Confidence+.

This is a Grade I soap that is suitable for all skin types and all age groups. Cinthol Original is recommended by doctors to decrease the risk of skin problems by 95%. In fact, it helps the skin fight against skin problems like acne, blemishes and rashes. People admire Cinthol for its refreshing and intense fragrance, and so do we.

Our best value soap might be Nivea, but Cinthol Bar is also a budget bath soap. Cinthol’s soap is for the one who is a fan of strong fragrance. Our review is on Cinthol’s original, which is a deodorant and complexion soap. However, it has three more variants- lime, cool, charcoal deep cleansing, and Confidence+.

This is a Grade I soap that is suitable for all skin types and all age groups. Cinthol Original is recommended by doctors to decrease the risk of skin problems by 95%. In fact, it helps the skin fight against skin problems like acne, blemishes and rashes. People admire Cinthol for its refreshing and intense fragrance, and so do we.

5.7 Khadi Essentials Turmeric Soap

Khadi Essentials Turmeric Soap is last on our list purely because of customer reviews and ratings. This is the only handmade soap on our list.

This turmeric soap is an ayurvedic bathing bar that indulges in a radiant glow with turmeric and sandalwoods. The turmeric and sandalwood paste gives your skin long-lasting protection. Besides, the soap is also rich in shea butter, chaulmoogra, and castor oil. The homegrown ingredients nourish your skin deeply.

Khadi Essential soap is 100% natural, organic, vegan and cruelty-free. Not only this, this bath bar is free from SLS, SLES, Paraben. It is dermatologically tested and crafted with precision. It is a unisex product made for all skin types. Apart from giving bright skin, it solves the problem of skin pigmentation. The soap is successful in removing tan, dark spots, facial hair and giving you soft skin. Checkout reviews and comparison of best skin whitening creams, best face primer, best hand sanitizers, best face concealer stick, best lip gloss, best compact powders in India

Khadi Essentials Turmeric Soap is last on our list purely because of customer reviews and ratings. This is the only handmade soap on our list.

This turmeric soap is an ayurvedic bathing bar that indulges in a radiant glow with turmeric and sandalwoods. The turmeric and sandalwood paste gives your skin long-lasting protection. Besides, the soap is also rich in shea butter, chaulmoogra, and castor oil. The homegrown ingredients nourish your skin deeply.

Khadi Essential soap is 100% natural, organic, vegan and cruelty-free. Not only this, this bath bar is free from SLS, SLES, Paraben. It is dermatologically tested and crafted with precision. It is a unisex product made for all skin types. Apart from giving bright skin, it solves the problem of skin pigmentation. The soap is successful in removing tan, dark spots, facial hair and giving you soft skin. Checkout reviews and comparison of best skin whitening creams, best face primer, best hand sanitizers, best face concealer stick, best lip gloss, best compact powders in India