Aloha, Mr. Hand.
As high-society photographer Cecil Beaton once said, “What is elegance? Soap and water!” With the holiday entertaining season upon us, it’s time to spruce up our powder rooms with swanky hand soaps that are downright enchanting. Regardless of your preferred way to suds-up—liquid or bar—The Salonniere has sourced the best and prettiest hand soaps to keep your party guests charmed and their hands pristine.
Hermès Eau d’Orange Verte Hand Cleansing Gel, $60
Here you and your guests will enjoy in liquid form the signature scent of the venerable French luxury brand. Who can resist the combination of zesty citrus, mint, and blackcurrant? Jean-Claude Ellena, the famous French perfumer, once said, “Eau d’Orange Verte is the scent of the Little Prince in all of us.”
Molton Brown Re-Charge Black Pepper Hand Wash, $30
Molton Brown’s Black Pepper is a beloved classic. It is warming and luxurious, handsomely scenting your hands with notes of black pepper, vetiver, basil, and ginger.
NEST Fragrances Linen Liquid Soap, $22
NEST’s linen scent makes us think of a fresh load of crisp and clean laundry with a fancy twist, a punch of white flowers and fresh, bright apples. Linen is a clean, unfussy fragrance, and its lather is downright luxurious.
Krigler Bar Soap in English Promenade 19, $41
Krigler’s most iconic scent was loved by Audrey Hepburn, who wore it on the set of the film Roman Holiday. We love this gorgeous sudsy jewel of a bar soap, which has the same scent as the company’s best-selling fragrance. Grapefruit, orange blossom, white musk, and jasmine take your hands from fair enough to My Fair Lady.
Diptyque Softening Hand Wash, $38
Diptyque’s gorgeous blend of lemon, honey, and lavender is like taking your hands to a Provencal picnic. It feels oh so fancy and oh so French.
Briard Parfum de la Douceur Soap, $29
It doesn’t get fancier than this gorgeous French bar of soap. Briard, once one of the most beloved French Perfume houses, is now back exclusively at Net-a-Porter. This best-selling scent is pure heady decadence, with notes of violet and tonka bean that make your hands smell like an 18th-century Royal.
Grown Alchemist- Sweet Orange, Cedarwood + Sage, $29
Grown Alchemist—the hip, all-natural beauty brand—created the most spectacular cocktail of herbal, earthy, and fresh-squeezed notes with this liquid soap. It’s chic and modern-looking, and best of all, there are no harsh ingredients.
Oribe Côte d’Azur Soap, $28
The rich lather that Oribe’s new silkening bar soap produces is not only extravagant, but it smells like their cult-favorite signature scent (yes, the same one in their haircare products), a gorgeous blend of sun-drenched Calabrian bergamot and sandalwood.
Philip B Lavender Hand Wash, $33
Not only is Philip B’s grand soap packed with pure lavender, but the striking violet color and gold accents make a bold and beautiful statement impossible to ignore.
Le Labo Hinoki Hand Soap, $22
Inspired by the Buddhist temples in Japan, where the air smells like the surrounding trees, Le Labo’s Hinoki soap smells like a thick forest, refreshing and dark. Bottom line, it’s a heavenly escape from the cold months of winter.
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