Though luscious, aromatic body washes have been flooding the Indian market since last few years, the good old soaps are still the first choice of Indians for bathing. Soaps are not only easy to use but are also pretty convenient. Some of them tend to be drying as they strip the skin off many of its natural oils, but there are also many moisturizing soaps that leave your skin baby soft. There is a wide array of options on your supermarket aisle when it comes to picking soaps and you might be confused as to which one to pick. We give you our picks of the top 10 best soaps in India that will give you a refreshing bath and a moisturized skin at surprisingly low prices!
Side effects of Soap on Skin
As mentioned, natural oils which protect and lubricate our skin can vanish if we use sub-standard products. Our skin is acidic although soaps are alkaline in nature. It also has a tendency to make your skin dry (1). So before applying it on your skin, make sure you have the right product which will suit your skin.
Is Washing Your Face With Bar Soap Bad For Your Skin?
Well, we don’t recommend. Go for a gentle face wash or a cleaner depending on your skin type. Your face is the most important part and it deserves a better treatment.
What happens if you leave soap on your skin?
Soaps are used to flush out dirt and impurities of the skin while it also takes away natural oil of the skin thus making it dry. Hence it is recommended to go for a soap depending on your skin type (normal, dry, oily or combination)
Top 10 Best Soaps in India
1. Dove Cream Beauty Bathing Bar
Dove is the very first brand to introduce a soap with (1/4)th moisturizing milk. You will feel the difference while bathing with Dove as the skin will feel soft and silky smooth even long after washing the soap off. This is the soap replenishing the moisture in the skin. It also leaves behind a mild aroma.
- Rich formula blending moisturizing cream with mildest cleansers
- Perfect for everyday use (on face, hands, and body)
Price: Rs. 45 for 75 g.
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2. Liril 2000 with Tea Tree Oil
The popular soap Liril was re-launched as Liril 2000 With Tea Tree Oil that can heal skin infections. The lime extracts present in the soap also revitalize your skin and keep it germ-free. Try the soap for not only just cleansing but also protection from infections.
- Keeps acne, pimples, and itches at bay
- Super refreshing fragrance for the whole day
Price: Rs. 32 for 75 g.
3. Pears Pure and Gentle Soap
Though many variants of the Pears soap have been launched over the years, the honey-colored translucent one is the most popular even till date. Its mild fragrance and moisturizing capability from the glycerin make it a favorite of both young and old.
- Contains glycerin and natural oils
- Gives soft, younger-looking skin
Price: Rs. 38 for 75 g.
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4. Biotique Orange Peel Body Cleanser
Made by Biotique Advanced Ayurveda, this natural soap is enriched with pure orange oil and orange zest along with other fruit and vegetable extracts. The enzymes in orange zest help slough off dead cells and revitalize the skin, thereby making it look younger.
- Revitalizing body soap with pure fruit and vegetable extracts
- Promotes ‘cell renewal‘ through gentle ‘peeling’ action
Price: Rs. 90 for 150 g.
5. Mysore Sandal Soap
This is another classic soap, which is famous for its sandalwood aroma and great healing as well as cooling properties of sandalwood. Being enriched with glycerin, vegetable oils, and pure sandalwood oil, it moisturizes the skin beautifully and lightens its tone remarkably.
- Only soap made of pure sandalwood oil
- Prevents a number of skin ailments
Price: Rs. 36 for 75 g.
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6. Hamam Soap
One of the best neem based soaps in the market, Hamam has been around for ages. It is enriched with neem, tulsi and aloe extracts, and is trusted to help cure skin infections as well as breakouts. The aloe vera and polyols present in the soap also help moisturize the skin.
- Natural skin protection with perfect cleansing experience
- Recommended by doctors for people of all ages
Price: Rs. 44 for 100 g.
7. Fiama Di Wills Gel Bar, Blackcurrant and Bearberry
The soap is made from the natural ingredients like Bearberry and Blackcurrant. The soap claims to keep your skin well moisturized throughout the day. It uses “Liquid Freezing Technology” although its benefits are not explained in the product label.
- Uses natural ingredients like Bearberry and Blackcurrant
- Gives moisturized and radiant skin
Price: Rs. 195 for 125 g. (pack of 3)
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8. Dettol Soap
Want to be 100% sure of fighting infections? Dettol is your solution. Be it the original ‘medicine-like’ smelling soap or the newer skin care variants, they all promise you the best germ protection you can ever get through bathing. Be sure that all your skin infections can be prevented by using this soap.
- Best antiseptic skin cleanser available in the market
- 100% better protection than ordinary bar soaps
Price: Rs. 30 for 75 g.
9. Khadi Natural Sandalwood Soap
This bar consists of sandalwood oil. Other ingredients are Ghrit Kumari, Mulethi, Ratan Joth, Red Sandalwood, Glycerine. It cleanses as well as detoxifies your skin to give you a radiant look. Sandalwood has acne fighting properties and regular use of the soap can keep acne at bay.
- Natural ingredients like sandalwood oil
- Acne fighting properties
Price: Rs. 140 for 125 g. (pack of 2)
Also Read – Best Soaps for Sensitive Skin in India – Top 7 Picks Here
10. Himalaya Herbals Refreshing Cucumber & Coconut Soap
While there are other variants too in the Himalaya Herbals’ Soap range, this is the best choice for the coming summer. The coconut oil and cucumber in it cool and cleanse the skin while leaving it soft. Its mild fragrance leaves you feeling fresh and light throughout the day.
- Refreshes and rejuvenates the skin
- Holds soothing, nourishing, and moisturizing properties
Price: Rs. 45 for 125 g.
With a wide range of options, soaps are now part of our everyday life. This easy to use and affordable product is often used as a cleansing agent to remove dirts and impurities from the skin. However it has a tendency to strip off natural oil from the skin thus making our skin dry and flaky. Since every individual has a unique skin type, it’s essential to choose the right soap according to the type of the skin. If you have an oily skin, look for ingredients like sea salt, oatmeal, brown sugar etc. in your soap. Dry skin would go well with ingredients like glycerine, cocoa butter, coconut oil, aloe vera. People with sensitive skin should go for fragrance free and color free ingredients with balanced pH levels. Combination skin would require soaps with exfoliant properties, clay, charcoal, glycerin. A person with normal skin type should avoid choosing soaps specifically made for dry or oily skin.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) –
Should you be using a bar soap or body wash?
In terms of cleansing, both soap and body wash act as a cleansing agent. However body wash is easy to use throughout the body for its foaming characteristic. Both of these products come with different variants like exfoliant, moisturizing properties etc.
Is Bar Soap less hygienic?
No. As per studies there is no evidence to conclude that bacteria can transfer from your soaps to hands and other parts of the body. However it is worth mentioning that used soaps will have a higher level of bacteria compared to unused soaps.
Is it OK to wash your face with bar soap?
It is always recommended to use a mild facial cleanser instead of a bar soap when it comes to face. Facial cleansers are mild, gentle and you can opt for one depending on your skin type.
How can I clean my face naturally?
Go for this simple formula S-S-F (Steaming, Scrubbing and Face Pack) to remove impurities, dead cells and make it glow.
- “Why Soap Is the Least Natural Way to Clean Your Skin” – healthline.com