COVID-19 definitely got us realising the importance of handwashing now more than ever. Not only are hand soaps a basic necessity to kill germs, but many a time, they are also our best friend in keeping our hands smelling fresh and clean after an intense battle especially with foul-smelling items such as seafood, durians, and garlic.
Whether it’s a simple, budget-friendly pick or a luxurious bottle, the inexhaustible choices we have often leave us in a dilemma on which is more fragrant, moisturising or better for the environment. To aid in your decision-making, we have gathered 10 hand soaps that guarantee you a fresh-smelling and moisturised pair of hands.
1. Watsons Anti-odour Fresh Blossom Scented Hand Soap
With the use of ion technology, Watsons Anti-odour Fresh Blossom Scented Hand Soap (S$3) is able to neutralise lingering food odours, refreshing your hands with the floral scent of olive blossom. As it cleans, this hand wash also effectively moisturises with the addition of aloe vera juice into its mix, making it a suitable option for those with dry skin as well.
2. Palmolive Odour Neutralising Lime Liquid Hand Wash
Made with 100% natural lime oil, Palmolive Odour Neutralising Lime Liquid Hand Wash (S$3.50) contains only skin-loving ingredients which your hands will appreciate. There’s no need to worry about chemicals in this one as this fresh-smelling hand wash does not contain parabens, alcohol, silicons or any animal-derived ingredients.
Apart from keeping your hands clean and fresh with its odour neutralising lime fragrance, it is also said to be able to remove 99.9% of bacteria. A hand wash that kills two birds with one stone for just S$3.50. Why not?
Shop for Palmolive Odour Neutralising Lime Liquid Hand Wash here.
3. Dettol Anti-Bacterial Hand Wash
A household brand that we all recognise for its anti-bacterial properties, Dettol Anti-Bacterial Hand Wash (S$3.90) promises to thoroughly clean and remove 99.9% of harmful germs with a single wash. The original pine fragrance aside, Dettol has also launched two other range of its anti-bacteria hand wash for skincare and sensitive skin respectively.
Scented with subtle rose fragrance, Skincare contains nourishing moisturisers, whilst the pH balanced formula in Sensitive contains pure glycerin which has been clinically proven to be mild on your skin.
Shop for Dettol Anti-Bacterial Hand Wash here.
4. Green Kulture Lemongrass Natural Hand Soap
Naturally formulated with fruit and vegetable enzymes, Green Kulture Lemongrass Natural Hand Soap (S$4.80) is a must-have in your household if you have sensitive skin, open wounds or a fresh tattoo on your hands. Apart from being hypoallergenic, this locally produced hand soap also has anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties proving to be an effective hand wash that is at the same time extremely gentle on the skin.
What’s more, this hand soap is also 100% biodegradable, making it an excellent choice that also promotes clean living in our community.
Shop for Green Kulture Lemongrass Natural Hand Soap here.
5. Method’s Kitchen Gel Hand Wash
With the belief in using the power of their business to create positive social and environmental change, Method’s products are all Cradle to Cradle Certified—a globally recognized measure to identify safer, more sustainable products made for the circular economy.
If the kitchen has been your playground since working from home, Method’s Kitchen Gel Hand Wash (S$9.90) is the perfect product to add to your kitchen counter. Infused with citrus extracts, this naturally derived hand wash eliminates stubborn smells, leaving your hands feeling soft and clean even after multiple washes.
Shop for Method’s Kitchen Gel Hand Wash here.
6. ECOS Earth Friendly Hand Soap
Made using a soothing blend of plant-powered ingredients, ECOS Earth Friendly Hand Soap (S$7.50) is enhanced with Vitamin E and antioxidants. With four distinct scents—Lavender, Orange Blossom, Lemongrass and Free & Clear, this hypoallergenic hand soap cleanse and nourishes your hands without any irritation from dyes, parabens, phosphates or phthalates.
As with all moisturising lotions and body washes, Vitamin E in this hand soap results in a mixture that is silky smooth so you will surely feel the difference every time you wash!
Shop for ECOS Earth Friendly Hand Soap here.
7. Vaadi Anti Bacterial Organic Neem Oil & Ginger Hand Wash
Frequent washing often results in hands that feel dry and wrinkly overtime. But Vaadi Anti Bacterial Organic Neem Oil & Ginger Hand Wash (S$13.90) is an effective cleanser that will leave your skin feeling fresh, healthy and clean despite all the regular washing. Rich in Vitamin E, fatty acids and emollients, neem oil has rich nutrients that moisturise the skin from within, reviving its natural elasticity. Ginger, on the other hand, is a powerful antiseptic that gets under your skin, killing bacteria and germs.
With both ingredients in the mix, Vaadi Anti Bacterial Organic Neem Oil & Ginger Hand Wash is bound to leave your hands feeling conditioned with a gentle fragrance that also calms your senses.
Shop for Vaadi Anti Bacterial Organic Neem Oil & Ginger Hand Wash here.
8. L’Occitane Lavender Cleansing Hand Wash
L’Occitane works directly with over 130 French farmers and 10,000 pickers to ensure that their ingredients used are of the highest quality and sustainability. If you are looking for a hand wash that shouts elegance, L’Occitane Lavender Cleansing Hand Wash (S$28) is one that deserves every spot in your house.
Lightly scented with the soothing floral fragrance of lavender, this hand wash is not only gentle on the skin (ideal for those suffering from eczema), it’s non-drying lather also retains the natural pH balance of your hands, keeping your skin soft and supple throughout the day.
Shop for L’Occitane Lavender Cleansing Hand Wash here.
9. Meraki Hand Soap Pure
A lifestyle brand inspired by Scandinavian aesthetics, Meraki products are designed and developed in Denmark offering a series of products which are organic-certified. Made from organic oat, cucumber extracts and aloe vera, Meraki Hand Soap Pure (S$33) is a nourishing option which also hydrates your skin with its natural ingredients. Meraki’s formula is gentle enough for repeated use yet also effective in getting rid of stubborn dirt and grime.
Shop for Meraki Hand Soap Pure here.
10. Aesop Resurrection Aromatique Hand Wash
The crème de la crème of hand washes, Aesop Resurrection Aromatique Hand Wash (S$53) aims to bring the spa to your home with its fresh and sophisticated aroma. Scented with a trio of essences—vetiver root, petitgrain and bergamot rind, its herbaceous woody fragrance is a crowd-pleaser amongst both men and women.
With finely milled pumice (a type of volcanic rock dust) added into its formula, Aesop Resurrection Aromatique Hand Wash will leave your wearied hands feeling velvety-soft, exfoliated and smooth like a baby’s bottom.
Shop for Aesop Resurrection Aromatique Hand Wash here.
So here you have it, 10 hand soaps of different price points that will guarantee a pair of moisturised hands that smells as divine as they feel. If we missed out of any of your favourite hand wash, let us know in the comments section. After all, the more options the better, don’t you agree?