10 Best Natural Soaps for Men

Updated: Oct 24, 2020

two natural soap bars for men

It is no secret that men and women have different skins, but do you know why? Read it all about here.


profile of men smiling against grey wall

Men want a healthy look and feel for their skin. Like women, they face problems such as skin sensitivity, acne, and aging; however, skin differs according to gender: Male skin, both on the face and body, has a different composition than female skin and has to be treated differently.


Consequently, men benefit from a personalized approach to skincare to help make their skin healthy and natural.




What is the difference between men and women's skin?


Sebaceous Glands



The main difference lies in the sebaceous glands, with men having more than women. Men have more pores than women and produce twice as much sebum, which means that men's skin is generally more oily and shiny. Men's skin is also more prone to impurities, dryness, and problems such as acne. It is mainly due to the skin's pH, which in the case of men, is lower than that of women.


Slower Aging Signs

close up of men skin showing beard and fine lines

Although the first signs of aging in men's skin appear later than in women, it should be noted that these changes in the case of men occur more quickly once they begin. They are more affected by skin flaccidity, dark circles, and eye bags, and are therefore more likely to show a tired appearance. In the case of wrinkles, men have a great advantage that they appear later, but they are much more pronounced than those of women once they do.


Man's skin: shaving and other care


Regular shaving causes men's skin to be more stressed as it becomes more sensitive and causes irritation. Shaving removes the top layer of skin cells, leaving it exposed and much more susceptible to external influences. 40% of men have problems with shaving due to skin sensitivities.

close up of men shaving

That is why it is essential to use specific products and to ensure sufficient lubrication during shaving. It is important to shave carefully, especially for those who have sensitive skin, acne, or atopic dermatitis. The skin should be protected and lubricated with specific shaving products that are gentle and soothing to sensitive skin.


Avoid aggressive products as they remove natural lipids from the skin, use clean and sharp razors for a close shave, and always shave in the hair growth direction. As for moisturizers and anti-aging creams, choose light texture in the case of men.



Now that we know the differences between men and women's skin let's see some natural soaps that work for men. Most of the selection I picked are also excellent gift ideas for Father's Day, birthdays, Christmas, anniversaries, or any other type of celebration.


 

Product Overview



Dr. Squatch Men's Soap Sampler Pack


This is not the first time I talk about this brand, in fact, I have a detailed blog post reviewing most of the soaps this brand sells, besides soap, they also sell shaving creams, beard oils, hand sanitizers, shampoo, colognes, among others.


Dr. Squatch soaps have pleasing scents that range from intense to very mild; this five sampler pack is a great gift idea and includes:


  • Cedar Citrus: Fresh summery vibes scent ideal to use on a holiday trip.

  • Spearmint Basil: Envigorating soap scent, great choice to start the day with a clear mind.

  • Cool Fresh Aloe: Gentle refreshing soap ideal to use after an intense workout.

  • Pine Tar: Exfoliating soap bar with a green scent, gets all the dirt off.

  • Gold Moss Bars: Exfoliating soap bar with a strong scent.

 

Art of Sport Body Bar Soap


This soap is designed for people who practice sports regularly, the formula has active charcoal as the main ingredient which removes excess oil and regulates oil production, shea butter moisturizes and tea tree oil has anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial.


The scent is a mixture of cedar and vanilla, the soap bar is smooth so do not expect any type of exfoliation, but it is safe to use for the whole family-friendly.

 

O Naturals 6-Piece Black Bar Soap Collection


This French founded American based brand offers a wide range of natural soap bars, and although this is not exclusive for men, the color selection of the pack makes it a great gift idea. The soaps are triple-milled, giving a rich lather and a luxurious feeling. This pack includes.


  • African Black Soap: An all in one type of soap evens skin tone, heals the skin, improves acne appearance, and moisturizes dry skin, among other benefits.

  • Mud & Green Clay: Soft exfoliation to dull-looking skin.

  • Activated Charcoal: Removes excess oil from the skin and reduces pores' size.

  • Black Tea & Tea Tree: Strong anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties, ideal for acne skin.

  • Dead Sea Mud: Purifies the skin, the 21 minerals found in this ingredient is ideal for people who work outdoors or exposed to environmental elements.

  • Salt and Black Coffee: Coffe and salt exfoliate the skin, coffee promotes blood circulation ideal to improve the appearance of new stretch marks or scars, and salt detoxifies skin by removing free radicals.

 

Craftsman Soap Co. Soap Sampler


This handmade soap brand from Los Angeles offers this sample pack, an excellent gift idea, as the person receiving it can sample all soap bars and buy what works the best for him. A palm-free soap, instead they use coconut, olive, shea, and cocoa butter. The eight soap samples include (they state that the samples could vary).

  • Lavender: Calming scent, great to use after a long day of work to unwind and relax the mind.

  • Lemon Citrus: Energizing scent to start the day with the right foot, great to use after working out.

  • Eucalyptus: Good to kill bacteria and to clear the sinus.

  • Peppermint Lemon Pine:

  • Mountain Sage: Green scent with rosemary.

  • Rose Geranium: Gentle floral scent with citrus and herbal undertones (unisex fragrance).

  • Unscented Activated Charcoal Soap: Removes excess skin oil and gently exfoliates.

  • Unscented Pumice Scrub Soap: Strong exfoliator with walnut shells, ideal for people who work with dirt.

 

Pure Coconut Oil Soap for Men


Splendor Santa Barbara brings us these handmade beautiful looking soap bars, this luxurious soap bar is another excellent gift idea in the presentation box and is so gentle that is safe for the whole family to use, the ingredients are.



  • Pure coconut oil: Rich natural moisturizer ideal for dry skin. It also helps with the healing process of scars. The antimicrobial properties protect the skin from harmful bacteria and acne breakouts.

  • Activated charcoal: Removes excess skin oil.

  • Pumice: Gently exfoliates the skin.

  • Alkane root: Traditionally used to heal burn scars, alkanet also protects the skin from any infection and recover the inflammation.

 

No. 63 Men's Cube Soap


Pré de Provence is a famous french natural soap brand which I've talked about in other posts, they are well known for their artisan quad-milled technique, and the wide range of natural fragrances they offer. N°63 soap bar is designed for men. Unlike most natural soaps, this one lathers well and does not disintegrate. They also sell aftershave balm, beard oil, hand cream, lotion, shower gel, shave soap, shave lotion with this scent to create a complete git.


The scent is warm and spicy; it works best in fall and winter or for a date. The fragrance is described as peppery, with a citrus top note, rounded by cedarwood, juicy plum, and violet leaves that finish into an ambery base of leather and tobacco.

 

Caswell-Massey Soap Bar Gift Set


This American brand, founded in 1752 (yes 266 years ago), makes luxurious vegan triple-milled soap bars with creamy lather, this gift set includes time-honored fragrances by Caswell Massey. Very classy scents ideal for office workers or modern gentlemen.



  • Heritage Greenbriar: Floral scent with notes of Petitgrain, Mandarin, Russian Sage, Patchouli, and Cool Musk.

  • Heritage Tricorn: Musky, masculine scent with notes of Citrus, Sandalwood, Fresh Green, Cocoa Absolute, and Amber notes along with Leather and Cedar

  • Heritage Newport: Sea scent this refreshing fragrance is inspired by Newport, where the brand was founded.

 

Baxter of California Men's


Baxter is known for its luxurious soap bar. A gentle exfoliator with moisturizing effect works particularly well on rough areas like knees and elbows with the help of pumice stone crushed olive seeds, which also moisturize along with the jojoba oil.


A gift basket can be created with Baxter's Facial Scrub and Baxter's Cleansing Vitamin Bar.

 

360 Feel Men's Soap Pack


This American artisan brand offers a selection of handmade cold-pressed soap bars that preserve the essential oils, with activated charcoal and beeswax, great for daily use and safe to use for the whole family.

  • Bay Rum: Masculine scent, think of aftershave or colognes.

  • Pine Tar: Green scent, forest, and crushed pine needles.

  • Patchouli: Strong, slightly sweet, intoxicating scent.

  • Island Citrus: Refreshing scent ideal to use after exercising.

 

Packer's Pine Tar Soap


Made in the USA since 1869 (yes, another old school brand with lots of history), this natural pine tar soap helps reduce itchiness and dry skin, it is so powerful that also helps to clear the scalp, it will leave your skin and hair soft for the whole day.



As some final recommendations, natural soaps tend to disintegrate faster, and the best way to avoid this issue is letting the bar air-dry or leave on a soap dish with drain holes, so if you plan to give this as a present, let the person know about this, so their soap bar lasts for longer.


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10 Best Natural Soaps for Men