There are few things that are more restorative for a guy than a shower. Obscenely hungover after a long night out? Hop in the shower and you’ll instantly feel better (or at least be able to open your eyes more than halfway). Exhausted after a tough workout? Hit the shower. Frustrated because you’re not getting any? You guessed it.
But as you mature, so should your shower routine. You moved on from 30 racks of Milwaukee’s Best to craft IPAs, it’s time to do the same with your soap. We’re not saying you need some fancy body wash that requires you to purchase a pouf (don’t do that). For sheer shower efficiency nothing beats a bar of soap. But your choices aren’t limited to Ivory or Irish Spring. We found seven bar soaps that are perfect for guys and will reinvigorate your morning routine.
BLACKBIRD MAY 18TH BLACK SOAP
$28 (two bars), blackbirdballard.com
Seeing a bar of black soap takes a little getting used to. So does the fact that this Blackbird soap is inspired by the May 18, 1980 eruption of the Mt. St. Helens volcano. But once you try it and get a whiff of the peppermint, rose, and cedar fragrance, you’ll become a convert.
BYRD SOAP ON A ROPE
Byrd was started by pro surfer Chase Wilson, so it’s only right that the company’s soap has a powerful coconut scent that instantly transports you to the beach. It’s a massive bar, so the embedded paracord rope comes in handy.
BAXTER OF CALIFORNIA VITAMIN CLEANSING BAR
Even though it looks like one of those mints that they have at a restaurant hostess stand, the Baxter of California soap is considerably more hygienic. The green stripe is actually glycerin, which helps hydrate your skin. And with its lime and pomegranate scent, this will make your morning shower feel more like a spa treatment.
PORTLAND APOTHECARY SEA SOAP
Each bar of Portland Apothecary’s soap is cut by hand. This particular version starts with a base of coconut, palm, and olive oil. Then sea salt is added to exfoliate your skin and seaweed to hydrate it.
MALIN + GOETZ RUM BAR SOAP
Don’t worry, when you use this soap your co-workers won’t think that you’ve been drinking on the job. They may start sniffing you though. The rum scent has a strong, masculine air but it’s delicate enough that it won’t irritate your skin.
KIEHL’S ULTIMATE MAN BODY SCRUB SOAP
Oat bran isn’t just good for muffins (actually, oat bran muffins are kinda crappy), but it works great in soap. Kiehl’s soap does a great job of scrubbing off dead skin cells and and smoothing out rough areas like elbows and heels.
DR. BRONNER’S PEPPERMINT CASTILE SOAP
The Dr. Bronner’s liquid soap that you most definitely used at sleep away camp is also available in bar form. The popular peppermint castile soap will leave your skin tingling, which is just what you need to wake up after a long night. It’s also certified fair trade and comes wrapped in recycled paper so you can feel good about doing your part for the environment.