Health & Beauty

The Best Scandi Hand Soaps

Hand soap has rapidly found itself becoming the most-used household item these days. It might not seem that luxurious, but the right hand soap can keep you clean and moisturized while delighting the senses – both smell and sight. So why not brighten up those 20 seconds spent lathering with some lavish soap?

These are the best luxury hand soaps to buy, including Scandinavian-design packaging, fresh smells, and moisturizing properties:

List Marker: Number 1L:A Bruket 094 Liquid soap in Sage, rosemary, & lavender

L:A Bruket makes natural and organic skincare off the weather-beaten west coast of Sweden. Born in Varberg, which is known for its history of spa culture, the brand is inspired by the interplay of the elements. A favorite is 094 Liquid soap in sage, rosemary, and lavender, which brings herbal and botanical scents straight to your bathroom or kitchen sink.


List Marker: Number 2Byredo suede hand soap

Stockholm-based Byredo is somewhat of a household name among the trendy Scandi crowd. Mostly known for their perfumes and candles, they also offer great hand soap. Rinse free hand wash is available in four different scents, with Suede being our favorite – it smells how sliding on a soft bathrobe after a bubble bath feels. For those looking to cut down on single-use plastic, all scents are available as bar soaps too.


List Marker: Number 3Frama Apothecary Hand Wash

Frama’s St. Pauls Apothecary Collection is named after the former apothecary that Frama’s beautiful showroom now sits in Copenhagen’s city center. The Apothecary Hand Wash is made in Denmark using natural and organic ingredients like sandalwood, cedarwood, and ylang-ylang. It carries Frama’s signature scent and is bottled in custom colored Italian glass bottles. They’re reusable (Frama offers refills) and oh so pretty in any bathroom.


List Marker: Number 4Sprekenhus hand wash

Sprekenhus is focused on unlocking the full potential of argan oil while taking inspiration from the island community of Vega in Northern Norway, where the interaction between humans and nature has given Vega status as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This hand soap, enhanced with 8 essential fatty acids, cares for dry skin while gently cleansing.


List Marker: Number 5Meraki hand soap Silky Mist

Danish brand Meraki is certified organic, meaning their products are good for you and good for the environment. The silky mist hand soap contains aloe vera, cucumber, and apple extracts – all organic, natch – that soothes and cleanses hands. The fact that the bottle is particularly pleasing is a happy bonus.


List Marker: Number 6Skandinavisk Fjord hand wash

Exporters of Scandinavian stories through fragrance to the rest of the world, Skandinavisk is as quintessentially Scandinavian as winter bathing – and their hand soaps are equally refreshing. This gentle foaming hand wash is inspired by the “spectacular rock faces, crashing waterfalls, cascading forests, and abundant orchards of the West Norwegian fjords.” It also contains scent notes of apple and pear blossom, orchard fruits, and redcurrants. Not bad for a soap.


List Marker: Number 7Muro Scents Nordic Musk hand wash

An antiseptic hand wash that’s as much a love letter to the Nordic countries as it is an effective cleanser. With notes of rose, frankincense, musk, and bog myrtle.


List Marker: Number 8Björk & berries Botanist Hand & Body Wash

Björk & Berries believe in slow beauty and tapping into the natural resources of Swedish forests. Birch, or björk in Swedish, is a signature ingredient across the brand and a symbol of the natural and organic care within each product. The Botanist Hand & Body Wash infuses these forest botanicals with sea buckthorn and organic chamomile.

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Kay Litzinger

Kay is a creative multi-hyphenate with a focus on lifestyle and travel. After growing up in Germany and stints in Stockholm and Mexico City, he's now based in Copenhagen. He loves to explore new cities, one cup of coffee or glass of wine at a time. Get a sneak peek at @kayltr.