most popular soap scents

For some, soap is just one aspect of daily hygiene. For others, soap can be a luxurious component of any shower, handwashing session, or bath.

Finding a soap that you love can take your personal hygiene to the next level. This can be difficult, however, given the multitude of scents, styles, and types of soaps on the market.

A good place to begin when selecting your favorite soap is its scent. High-quality soap is about your skin’s health, ultimately, but it’s also about the aromatic experience!

In this post, we discuss the most popular soap scents so that you can make the right decision.

1. Lavender

Who doesn’t love the scent of lavender? This lovely scent is a derivative of the lavender plant, an aromatic evergreen with violet blossoms.

Lavender has been used for centuries in aromatherapy, perfumes, and medicine. In fact, the scent of lavender has a distinct calming effect on the body.

For this reason, many people seek out lavender-scented soap to bring an element of tranquillity to their hygiene practices. Lavender soap provides a soothing way to start and end any day.

Check out this Lavender Shea butter soap bar to implement this lovely scent into your mornings and evenings.

2. Citrus

Some of the best soap scents contain elements of citrus. The citrus scent is bright and flavorful. In many cases, it can be invigorating.

There’s a reason why air fresheners and candles of all kinds often have a citrus aroma to them. Citrus can also chase away nasty odors effectively and give spaces an airy, light feel.

Use a citrus-scented soap for a truly clean and natural feeling. A citrus shower gel can awaken the senses on sleepy mornings, while a zesty orange hand soap can leave bathrooms feeling fresher.

3. Chamomile

Keep more sensitive skin happy and appeased with a chamomile-scented soap.

A part of the daisy family, chamomile has–like lavender–always been lauded for its soothing effects. When consumed in the form of tea or otherwise, chamomile can relax muscles and ease the sensation of stress in the body.

In skin care products, chamomile gently nourishes and cleanses skin without causing any irritation. It also has a light floral scent ideal for people who don’t want soap laden with perfume.

Choosing a chamomile-based or scented soap will prevent rashes and other skin reactions. It can also be a lovely addition to a calming bath or morning shower routine.

4. Mint

When it comes to the most popular soap scents, mint tops the list by far. The scent of mint is distinctive for its fresh, crisp, and clean aroma.

A lot of people assume that mint is suitable for toothpaste or mouthwash only. But mint-scented soaps can make any skincare experience both stimulating and effective.

If the scent of 100% mint is a little overwhelming for you, you can always choose a soap that pairs mint with another scent. We love this rosemary and peppermint handsoap, for example.

Plus, it’s biodegradable!

5. Rose

Floral scents are popular when it comes to hand and bath soaps. Flower-based aromas can be extremely pleasant for all noses, particularly because they have such variety.

Rose scents, in particular, can effortlessly freshen and give skin an elegant, timeless aroma. If you’re looking for a soap to gift a beloved woman in your life, rose-based products are definitely the way to go.

If the scent of rose is too powerful for you, you can always opt for a blend. Look for soaps that pair rose with herbs or creamier scents, like vanilla.

6. Bergamot

If you’re seeking a soap scent that is classic and refined, bergamot is your answer. This popular scent is often found in perfumes and other skin products and even is an important component of Earl Grey tea.

Bergamot itself has a distinct spice to it that reminds many of light citrus and floral tones. In soaps, the bergamot aroma is often paired with other classic scents, such as grapefruit or basil.

Because it is so versatile, bergamot is ideal for any soap-lover looking to add a distinct note to their collection of skin care products. It is also suitable for people who don’t want too “feminine” of a scent.

7. Sage

Sage is a widely-used herb known for its earthy, lingering scent. The sage essential oil often complements other herb-based oils, such as rosemary or thyme.

Sage-based soaps are refined and mature in their aroma. Much like lavender and chamomile, sage-scented products can be soothing. However, because of their earthy nature, they can also be invigorating when paired with brighter, fruitier scents.

Check out this sage- and lemon-scented soap as a great example.

8. Lemongrass

Lemon is a part of the citrus family. As a scent, it is bright, clean, and zesty. For this reason, many people adore lemon-scented soaps.

Lemongrass, however, gives off a slightly different aroma. It is gentler than rote lemon extract, largely because lemongrass itself is a plant cultivated for its lemon flavor.

Lemongrass appears in tea all the time, particularly green tea.

Lemongrass-scented soaps can be soothing and gentle. They are a good option for lovers of the lemon scent who want a more low-key aroma.

9. Almond

If you’re seeking a classic soap scent that you want to carry with you for the rest of the day, check out almond-based soaps. The almond scent is round and nutty and deliciously paired with skin-soothing ingredients, such as chamomile or oatmeal.

Almond-scented soaps are popular because they are often light but incredibly nourishing. We love this almond milk and oatmeal hand soap.

10. Coconut

Coconut is a prominent part of many soap scent signatures, and for good reason. Its refreshing, creamy aroma makes it an ideal component of skin care products of all kinds.

Choose coconut-scented soaps for a nourishing and playful washing experience. If you wish to temper the coconut scent a little bit, look for soaps that include citrus or floral notes, such as this lemongrass coconut wash.

Most Popular Soap Scents

Your handwashing or bathing experience deserves to be a luxury. Make every soap encounter memorable by choosing the right scent.

The most popular soap scents are fresh and distinctive.

You can’t go wrong with citrus-based soaps, such as lemon or zesty orange. If you’re needing a more elegant aroma, choose soaps scented with rose or bergamot. For a brighter, fresher clean, look for mint or sage-based products.

At Waterlilies and Company, we pride ourselves on our extensive collection of natural, authentic skin care products. If you haven’t done so already, browse our full line of bar soaps here!


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