Ok, so maybe the experiment by trying out her loofah and shower gel was a bad idea. You know it took a turn for a worse when your junk started to smell like a terrific mixture of lemon zest mixed with apricot-tango and god knows what else.
Here’s the deal gents:
While using a shower gel or an inferior bar of soap on your body might seem like a great idea on either a cleanliness level or your wallet, it’s a lost cause that you need to stop immediately in order to save your dignity, or at least whats left of it.
There is a reason why mens soap is made for men, its because we need not to smell like tulips on a breezy spring day. Instead men need nothing but top notch ingredients that will not only get the job done, but also leave our rugged skin a bit better in shape.
Therefore, we wanted outline some of the best bar soap for men that will leave you smelling like a man and well on your way to a perfect grooming routine.
What To Look Out For When Selecting A Mens Bar of Soap
One of the primary reasons why the cheap soaps aren’t the best to use on your skin has to do with their core ingredients. Much like a quality shaving cream or even a top-notch beard oil, you want to pick up a bar of soap that will not only get you clean but also help to nourish and moisturize your skin.
Therefore, when checking out the best bars of soap for men, you want to make sure that it contains core ingredients like carrier oils, essential oils, and other natural products.
The reason for this is that ingredients like carrier oils (i.e. jojoba, argan, castor, etc.) are very close to the oil that your skin produces on a daily basis. These carrier oils will help to ensure that your skin doesn’t get dried out once you leave the shower.
That’s why we recommend soaps like the Jack Black Turbo Body Bar Scrubbing Soap or even the Art Naturals 6 piece soap due to its heavy reliance on all natural ingredients.
In addition, you always want to be sure that you avoid products that contain parabens. Parabens can come in a variety of ingredients and have been linked to breast cancer along with reproductive issues. You can easily spot them as they are typically the suffix on the end of a chemical (i.e. methylparaben).
Duke Cannon is your man’s man bar soap – three times the size of most competitors at 10oz, Duke Cannon boasts a crisp, clean scent that will wash away the grime of a hard day’s work. This is a giant brick of soap, so you’ll get more bang for your buck on sheer size alone. What’s really cool is that Duke Cannon modeled this soap after soap that GIs used in the Korean War (they use Steel Cut Grains so it has an easy grip and hearty texture).
Beyond that, Duke Cannon puts a portion of proceeds toward supporting U.S. Veteran’s and has their soap field tested by active duty U.S. Soldiers… Manly enough for you?
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Everyone knows the Dove Brand, but their Men+Care line is relatively new and offers a solid product at a great price. The Deep Clean bars use purifying grains to get in there and, well, clean deep. The deep clean is important for exfoliation then the moisturizing cream comes in for reinforcement to soften skin and help fight the awful dry tight feeling you’d get from a standard bar soap.
Regular cleaning will make for stronger skin as the soap cleans on multiple levels – exfoliate, clean and moisture to protect and strengthen. The scent is a clean, musky scent for the classic man.
The Deep Sea Mud bar is the spa quality, versatile soap for a professional and thorough cleaning. Use it all over – face, hands, body – and reap the benefits of natural cleaning with essential oils like Castor Bean Oil, Sunflower Oil and Palm Oil. The scent is super fresh and rooted in other essential oils like peppermint and lemongrass with hints of eucalyptus.
The Dead Sea Mud Bar will assist with fighting dry skin like it’s counterparts, but is also beneficial in fighting acne, eczema, and psoriasis. The sleek black bar also boasts anti-aging effects by tightening the pores, and the natural grains exfoliate to give the skin a healthy glow. 100% Organic, 100% Manly.
Jack Black’s soap is gaining a lot of notoriety for its versatility and effectiveness. For starters, the soap has a crisp and rugged pine scent. Where the bar really hits is in exfoliation; crafted with blue lotus and lava rock the bar is gritty in removing dead skin cells helping to clean and soften the fresh layer of skin.
The turbo bar follows a simple process – exfoliate with lava rock, smooth, soften and shine with the ever-beneficial Shea and Murumuru butters. This is another big bar at 6oz so it’ll naturally be long lasting which is especially important for a bar that is used on the whole body.
The Mistral Men’s bar is another big one at 8.8oz and has a classic scent built off calming sandalwood and cool eucalyptus like a fresh shave at an old timey barbershop.
As expected in a men’s soap, essential oils like pumpkin oil are present to cleanse and enrich the skin, while shea butter finishes the clean with moisture to protect. A unique kick is added to Mistral’s bar as it is fortified with white coffee and ginseng for some added power.
Mistral makes there product from 100% pure vegetable soap (vegan friendly) and as a result dry skin and residue are effectively eliminated.
The ever-quirky folks at Old Spice are naturally in the game for men’s specific bar soaps and have a solid product on the playing field. Their soft, yet manly scented bar is very well priced and has a line of products that follow the scent like deodorant, body wash, cologne spray and body spray.
For a big brand this is a very well-liked product and stacks up neatly with its competition, especially in terms of its popular aroma. Frankly, the Wolfthorn soap gets the job done. Standard 4oz bars can be found just about anywhere and come in 6-pack sets as well.
Just about everyone knows the scent of Irish Spring – clean, subtle and uber-fresh. The Irish Spring Signature bar is very similar to standard Irish Spring in terms of scent, but has the added benefit of milled oats to exfoliate and really get in there with a thorough clean.
The price is right and the size is a notch bigger than your typical big box brand at 6oz. If you’re already comfortable with Irish Spring, add this to the mix for a deeper clean. If you aren’t an Irish Spring user this would be a smart way to jump into the brand as it is likely their most refined product.
Art Naturals offer a 6 piece soap set that is a very well-rounded way to change up your daily cleaning repertoire. Mix it up each day of the week to take advantage of a multitude of essential oil benefits – tea tree to reduce inflammation, mint and eucalyptus for a cool rush wake-up call, or maybe floral detox for a relaxing wash before bed.
Each of the bars are infused with the always popular and effective jojoba oil. Jojoba will help save your skin by softening it and leaving it with a silky touch. Besides the benefits of the soap, you benefit you wallet on a very reasonably priced set.
You probably expected that the Shea Mositure bar contains Shea Butter, and you were correct. What you may not know is that the Shea Mositure bar also contains Cocoa, Mango and Avocado butters that deliver ultimate smoothness and essential moisture.
Shea Moisture Utility Soap is one of the most versatile bars in that it is used for face, body and hair while giving the added dynamic of use as a fantastic lather for a close shave. The 5oz bar hangs it hat on the power of moisturizing butters so the scent is natural and manly, but given its uses the bar sits at a very modest price point.
Dr. Squatch, an up-and-coming company with a great logo, offers an ingredient packed bar for deep cleaning and wonderful scent. This bar is a cornucopia of powerful oils (olive, coconut, hemp and soybean), moisturizers and soothers (shea butter and peppermint leaves), neat manly scents (cedarwood, orange and rosemary).
The Cedar Citrus bar will exfoliate and then moisturize with the best of them, but the unique woody-citrus scent will have you leaving the shower feeling awake and rejuvenated. The 5oz bar is at a great price, especially when you consider just how much is benefit is pack into each bar. Don’t like it, no problem – The doc has you backed with a ‘Sudisfaction Guarantee’ which is not only a great soap pun but a mighty good offer too.