Around the same time my mom used to pull out the holiday china, she also pulled out the “fancy soap.” It was always understood that my five siblings and I were never to touch said soap (our grimy hands were sentenced to the store-bought blocks under the sink), but I always knew that when I grew up, I would treat my houseguests to the same hand-cleaning snobbery. Here, the five soap dispensers I’m putting out this season.
The intoxicating woody scent of Moroccan Amber makes the whole bathroom smell warm and inviting. Plus, the rich lather rinses clean without leaving a filmy residue.
If you want your guests to feel like they’re in a five-star hotel, give them the stuff they leave out in five-star hotels. Molton Brown’s Liquid Hand Wash and Hand Lotion sets (we love the White Mulberry scent) are indulgent, and they cure cracked winter skin to boot.
This line of natural, hand-poured products come in beautiful country-home packaging. I especially love the soothing Milk formula (Milk Hand Wash), which drenches hands in a soft, creamy lather that leaves hands smoother when it washes off.
People might not be able to pronounce the name of this soap, but they all know what it means: luxury. Pick up the Shea Butter Liquid Soap for guests who have allergies—the detergent-free cleanser soothes with shea butter and calms sensitive skin with aloe-vera extract.
When I took these washes to a Hamptons share, some of the women commented on how nice it was of me to bring such expensive hand soap. Spoiler alert: They cost $4. At Target. If you spent your holiday budget on Christmas lights, pick up a few bottles of this. Between us, the lavender scent smells the most expensive.
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