“Chic” and “luxury” probably aren’t words you usually associate with a bar of soap, and we wouldn’t be surprised if the last time you used one was at your grandma’s, where it most likely sat next to a bowl of potpourri. But as beauty brands invest more in sustainability and clean ingredients, soap bars are having a major (and beautiful) comeback.
Gone are the days of harsh, drying ingredients, as this new generation of super soaps are crammed full of natural oils and butters to hydrate and nourish, while gently cleansing skin. Not to mention the endless array of sumptuous scents to choose from, which will leave you smelling sublime after each use. And some seriously stunning designs. Plus, they tick the sustainability box too. Not only do they last significantly longer than their liquid counterparts, but they don’t need to be in a bottle or tub (read – less packaging) and they’re nearly always sold sans plastic wrapping.
It’s therefore little wonder that designer brands including Chanel and Dior, and niche cult fragrance brands like Byredo and Diptyque, are jumping on the soap bar bandwagon. So, rinse away the day in style with Savoir Flair’s edit of the 10 chicest soap bars guaranteed to elevate your bathing routine.
Diptyque '34 Boulevard Saint Germain Perfumed Soap'
Paying homage to Diptyque’s first-ever store on 34 Boulevard Saint-Germain in Paris, with its unique herbal scent that captured the hearts (and noses) of the brand’s three founders, this decadent soap features a dreamy fragrance developed by master perfumers. Each bar boasts a sophisticated blend of spices, green moss, sun-dried fig leaves, and blackcurrant, as well as a sweet almond oil base that forms a delicate foam for the ultimate luxe cleanse.
Diptyque ’34 Boulevard Saint Germain Perfumed Soap’
Goutal Paris 'Italian Scented Soap'
Transport yourself to Italy’s Tuscan hillside with this exquisite artisanal soap from Goutal Paris. Inspired by the cool, fragrant breeze blowing through the trees in the early morning, when the subtle scent of aromatic herbs lingers in the air, it’s bursting with fresh, zesty Sicilian lemon and wild, woody cypress to send you straight to Tuscany with just a sniff. Enriched with Shea butter and sweet almond oil, its plant-based formula provides deep hydration and nourishment, and its elegant, leafy design will transform any soap dish.
Goutal Paris ‘Italian Scented Soap’
Chanel ‘Coco Mademoiselle Fresh Bath Soap’
It doesn’t get much more luxurious than a Chanel emblazoned bar, which is why this ‘Coco Mademoiselle’ offering is a must-have. Not only is it infused with its iconic namesake scent with notes of rose, patchouli, and orange that linger on the skin long after your soak, but it forms a rich, creamy lather to gently cleanse skin and leave it feeling like silk. Sublime.
Chanel ‘Coco Mademoiselle Fresh Bath Soap’
Buly 1803 'Savon Superfin Makassar Soap'
Buly 1803’s seriously chic soaps take things to a whole new level, as they aren’t just infused with sensational scents and natural, nourishing ingredients, but they can be perfectly personalized, too. Using the most elegant script created by French print-master Charles Mavelot in the 17th century, you can have your initials carved into the back of your bar, ensuring it not only looks beautiful but that prying hands are also kept at bay…
Buly 1803 ‘Savon Superfin Makassar Soap’
Dior 'La Collection Privée Christian Dior Rose Ispahan Soap'
The next best thing to a tub full of rose petals? This stunning soap from Dior. Part of the exclusive ‘La Collection Privée’ line, it screams sophistication with its simple yet elegant ‘Christian Dior Paris’ design, while also infusing your bathroom and your skin with the delicate scent of rose.
Dior ‘La Collection Privée Christian Dior Rose Ispahan Soap’
Byredo 'Vetyver Soap'
Made with the finest raw, natural ingredients that work together to form a rich, silky lather, Byredo’s soaps ensure hand washing and bathing are far from boring. Especially when it comes to their addictive scents created by founder and perfumer Ben Gorham. Take ‘Vetyver’, for example, with its green notes of pomelo and angelica seeds, floral hints of jasmine petals and violet, and touch of aromatic mate which blur the lines between perfume and skincare.
Byredo ‘Vetyver Soap’
Senteurs D'Orient 'Oriental Gardenia Hammam Soap'
Hand-crafted by local female artisans in Lebanon, each of Senteurs D’Orient’s beautiful soap bars is air-dried for 10 days before being etched with intricate designs. Inspired by the holistic hammam ritual, they’re infused with essential oils, olive oil, vitamin E, and Shea butter to nourish and hydrate, while each one celebrates one of the region’s most treasured blooms. With each soap sale, the brand also supports the education of women where its products are made.
Senteurs D’Orient ‘Oriental Gardenia Hammam Soap’
Hermès 'Eau de Rhubarbe Écarlate Perfumed Soap'
“I’ve always loved the duality of rhubarb. A double duality: visual and olfactory. The green color metamorphoses into red. Starting acidic and crisp, its smell becomes smooth and velvety”, describes perfumer Christine Nagel. And it’s safe to say we love it too. Lightly scenting the skin with the delectable Hermès ‘Eau de Rhubarbe’, this fragrant soap leaves skin soft and supple while bringing some fruity feels to your bath.
Hermès ‘Eau De Rhubarbe Écarlate Perfumed Soap’
Creed 'Acqua Fiorentina Soap'
When Creed created a soap to match its fruity-floral ‘Acqua Fiorentina’ fragrance, we knew it would be nothing short of sublime. Not only does this bar boast a striking flowery design, but it’s brimming with notes of sweet plum, apple, bergamot, and roses to bring the scent of the Florentine landscape straight to your bathroom.
Creed ‘Acqua Fiorentina Soap’
Floris 'Lily of the Valley Luxury Soap'
Since 1730, British heritage brand Floris has been creating some of the most stunning scents and soaps in the business, this ‘Lily of the Valley’ bar included. Decorated with the brand’s iconic floral design, which dates back to the 1800s, it’s bursting with floral notes of rose, jasmine, and tuberose to leave you – and your bathroom – smelling like a fresh bouquet.
Floris ‘Lily of the Valley Luxury Soap’