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Top 20 Best Soaps in India | Updated March 2021

best soap

83%

Our Score

Godrej Cinthol Original Soap
  • 99.9% germ protection
  • Deodorising properties
    • Improves complexion

82%

Our Score

Himalaya Herbals Neem & Turmeric Soap
  • Antibacterial properties
  • Improves skin immunity
  • Reduces acne

77%

Our Score

Kama Ayurveda Red Sandalwood Ayurvedic Soap
  • For acne prone skin
  • Prevents premature ageing
  • Lightens scars
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If you do not shower every day, you really need to take one, hard look at your life decisions and make some changes. That being said, we at Critik are here to tell you all about the best soaps in India that you can use!

So, take your time and read through this article. And don’t worry, any questions you might have will be answered at the end of this article in the FAQ section. Without further ado, here are the top 20 soaps in India right now!

List of Best Bathing Soaps

  1. Godrej Cinthol Original Soap

Critik Overall Rating
87%

Our Review

Having a good soap to bathe with is not just a gimmick it is a feeling, the cleansing and fragrance it leaves behind can make or break the day, this soap will make yours.
  • Quantity: 100 grams
  • Best for germ protection
  • Reduces skin problems

BRAND TRUST

90%

USER REVIEWS

88%

VALUE FOR MONEY

90%

EDITOR'S RATING

80%
Pros : Cons :
Gives skin a glow No drawbacks were found
Does not dry skin
Reduces skin problems
Fragrance is pleasant

About Product:

India together as a country has given Cinthol this spot on our list. WIth its many properties like fresh smell, longevity and value for money, Cinthol has secured this coveted throne for itself.

Product Features :

  • This product is a Grade 1 soap with high TFM ratings
  • This soap by Godrej is suggested by doctors for 95% of skin problems
  • It has 0% harmful ingredients and is safe to use
  • Deodorized fragrance lasts longer than most soaps

  1. Himalaya Herbals Neem & Turmeric Soap

Critik Overall Rating
84%

Our Review

Himalaya’s bar soap is so gentle and loving on the skin that it causes no trouble to the skin what so ever, this beauty of a soap needs to be celebrated.
  • Quantity: 125 grams
  • Best antibacterial soap
  • Improves skin impurity

BRAND TRUST

90%

USER REVIEWS

84%

VALUE FOR MONEY

80%

EDITOR'S RATING

80%
Pros : Cons :
Cleanses and purifies skin No drawbacks were found
100% herbal product
Treats pimples
It is an antibacterial soap

About Product:

The brand ‘Himalaya’ has become synonymous with natural skin care products in India. People have grown to love their products for their quality and affordability. Right from Ashwagandha pills to baby products, Himalaya is everywhere.

Product Features :

  • The neem oil present in this product removes dry skin and soothes itchiness
  • The turmeric extract in this revitalises the skin
  • Suitable for both men and women who have any skin type

  1. Hamam Neem Tulsi & Aloe Vera Soap

Critik Overall Rating
83%

Our Review

Hamam is a home name, we have seen it and grown with it throughout our life which means that we have to pay it the due diligence it deserves.
  • Quantity: 150 grams
  • Best for skin purifying
  • Gentle formulation

BRAND TRUST

90%

USER REVIEWS

90%

VALUE FOR MONEY

80%

EDITOR'S RATING

70%
Pros : Cons :
Cleanses skin thoroughly Strong smell
Age-old formula
Pocket-friendly
Easily affordable

About Product:

No list of soaps can be complete without Hamam. That too, definitely in the top 5 positions. Hamam has been used in all our families, admit it. The mere fragrance reminds us of getting ready for school and fearing class tests. Haha good times.

Product Features :

  • It contains 100% pure neem oil, along with tulsi and aloe vera
  • The product is gentle on the skin but is harsh on impurities
  • It purifies skin and protects it from harm caused by pollution and dust

  1. Mysore Sandal Soap

Critik Overall Rating
80%

Our Review

I know that you can already smell the authentic sandal fragrance it leaves behind, using this soap will make you feel like a walking talking incense stick in a good way.
  • Quantity: 450 grams
  • Best fragranced soap
  • Curbs skin ailments

BRAND TRUST

80%

USER REVIEWS

90%

VALUE FOR MONEY

80%

EDITOR'S RATING

70%
Pros : Cons :
Keeps your skin glowing. Fragrance overwhelming.
Fragrance lingers for 4-6 hours.
Leaves skin feeling soft

About Product:

This soap in those days was believed to be the real deal. It is made from pure sandalwood and natural vegetable oils and other ingredients. The sandalwood is so pure that even Mr. Veerapan did not have access to this type of sandalwood 😛 The fragrance will linger on your body for a good 4-6 hours.

Product Features :

  • This soap has proven to benefit the skin in the long run.
  • The goodness of the natural ingredients in this soap will also prevent skin cancer.
  • Made with pure sandalwood oil.
  • Helps in enhancing beauty.

  1. Kama Ayurveda Red Sandalwood Ayurvedic Soap

Critik Overall Rating
75%

Our Review

Kama’s soap is a perfect amalgamation of nature and medicine combined, it has therapeutic as well as skin care qualities and is one amazing find.
  • Quantity: 125 grams
  • Best ayurvedic soap
  • Control acne and blemishes

BRAND TRUST

90%

USER REVIEWS

80%

VALUE FOR MONEY

40%

EDITOR'S RATING

90%
Pros : Cons :
Helps reduce acne and blemishes. Expensive.
Helps prevent premature aging.
Repairs any damage from sunburns.
Improves complexion.

About Product:

The next soap on our list is also a sandal based one that has recently won our hearts. Kama Ayurveda brought together age-old ayurvedic substances that our moms and grandmoms begged us to use and put them together to make great quality products at unaffordable prices

Product Features :

  • It is made with pure red sandalwood oil.
  • This soap can be used on your face and your body.
  • This soap is made with a blend of beeswax and organic cold pressed extra virgin coconut oil.
  • It helps treat any skin irregularities.

  1. Khadi Sandalwood Soap

Critik Overall Rating
78%

Our Review

A simple soap that is beautifully handcrafted and created with the simplest of ingredients yet giving abundant results to the skin.
  • Quantity: 125 grams
  • Rich of essential oils
  • Antiseptic qualities

BRAND TRUST

80%

USER REVIEWS

80%

VALUE FOR MONEY

70%

EDITOR'S RATING

80%
Pros : Cons :
Lathers well. No drawbacks found.
It works as an antiseptic.
No parabens.
100% vegan product.

About Product:

Well, seems like it’s a day to celebrate sandalwood. Remember how your mom and grandmom used to take a sandalwood stick and rub it on this stone to get your sandalwood paste? Since we modernistas don’t have time for all that, we have this soap with the goodness of sandalwood that we can use on our body.

Product Features :

  • This product makes use of 100% ayurvedic formations made from herbal ingredients and extracts.
  • Contains the richness of sandalwood which is famous for its antibacterial properties.
  • Dermatologically tested products that are cruelty-free.
  • Certified by the top organisations including WHO and Ayush.

  1. Biotique Revitalizing Body Soap (Bio Orange Peel)

Critik Overall Rating
72%

Our Review

Biotique is a nature inspired brand that experiments with many interesting ingredients and somehow mange to deliver in performance every single time. Their soap too is a win.
  • Quantity: 150 grams
  • Best for skin renewal
  • Good lathering

BRAND TRUST

70%

USER REVIEWS

88%

VALUE FOR MONEY

60%

EDITOR'S RATING

70%
Pros : Cons :
Speeds up cell renewal Can cause skin to dry
Washes away body impurities
Gives your skin radiant glow
Cruelty-free

About Product:

Biotique also, like Himalaya has created its own name in natural skin care products. So much so that even doctors recommend biotique products. This soap is formulated with basil, parsley and coconut oil. All ingredients required to help achieve and maintain great skin.

Product Features :

  • Hybrid plants and plant extracts have been used to produce this high-quality product
  • It has 100% herbal ingredients and contains no chemicals
  • This revitalizing soap is a blend of pure orange oil, orange zest, musk root, walnut, margosa, turmeric and soap nut.
  • It is a dark orange soap that is shaped like an elongated cylinder.
  • The packaging of this soap is compact and attractive.

  1. Pears Soft & Fresh Bathing Bar

Critik Overall Rating
77%

Our Review

Pears is so mild that it almost feels like a baby soap and just because it is mild does not mean that it isn’t working, it leaves you with a supple skin that everyone will be jealous of.
  • Quantity: 125 grams
  • Best glycerine soap
  • Retains natural moisture

BRAND TRUST

80%

USER REVIEWS

88%

VALUE FOR MONEY

70%

EDITOR'S RATING

70%
Pros : Cons :
Good hydrating effect Lathers rather lesser
No harsh chemicals Dissolves faster than most soaps
Moisturises the skin
Cleanses the skin instantly

About Product:

I’m sure you all remember looking through the translucent blue/brown bar of Pears soap. Pears came out with a revolutionary design for its soaps that still stands out. Not only that, their products contain pure glycerin that helps lock in the moisture of the skin.

Product Features :

  • In this soap, 98% pure glycerin and mint extracts that provide instant freshness
  • Each bar is finished by hand and is manually checked
  • It is a very refreshing bar to use daily
  • It is a sea-blue coloured transparent soap that is packed really well

  1. Nivea Creme Care

Critik Overall Rating
74%

Our Review

Nivea’s bar soap is designed for the hand and the body, which makes it even more special as a good sanitisation and moisturised hand is a basic necessity of us all.
  • Quantity: 125 grams
  • Best hand soap
  • Prevents germ transmission

BRAND TRUST

80%

USER REVIEWS

86%

VALUE FOR MONEY

70%

EDITOR'S RATING

60%
Pros : Cons :
Bathing bar with gentle formula. Fragrance fades away very quickly.
Cleanses and hydrates. Irritates broken skin.
Very pleasant fragrance.
Moisturises the skin very well.

About Product:

Nivea has always been the fancy brand that it is. A step above the rest, looking down on us kids. Their creamy white soaps are a huge hit with the masses due to its high cleansing properties that don’t dry out the skin. And nivea soaps can be used by everyone in your family.

Product Features :

  • This soap by Nivea has a TFM percentage of over 75% indicating its good cleansing efficacy.
  • It has a pleasant mild fragrance and is enriched with almond oil.
  • The new Hydra IQ technology in this soap keeps the skin soft at all times.
  • It is best suited for dry skin as it works as an excellent moisturiser.
  • It is a unisex soap that has two variants: soft and creme.

  1. Ayush Purifying Turmeric Soap

Critik Overall Rating
74%

Our Review

Turmeric is one of grandma’s favourite skin care ingredient and it has always managed to provide the best possible results to the skin which is exactly what this soap does too.
  • Quantity: 100 grams
  • Best antiseptic soap
  • Healing properties

BRAND TRUST

70%

USER REVIEWS

86%

VALUE FOR MONEY

70%

EDITOR'S RATING

70%
Pros : Cons :
Completely free from chemicals Dries skin
Contains herbal ingredients Not suitable for all skin
Ayurvedic and purifies skin

About Product:

A relatively new brand by Lever, Ayush came out with a host of skin and hair care products that became an instant people’s favorite. This turmeric soap has antiseptic properties and also helps your skin glow radiantly and prevents pimples and reduces blemishes.

Product Features :

  • This product by Lever Ayush is formulated with Turmeric and Nalpamaradi Tailam
  • Nalpamaradi Tailam in this soap is a classical oil formulated with Amla, Peepal and Vetiver, and the Turmeric is famous for its antiseptic and healing properties.
  • It is known to treat skin infection as well as give clear & glowing skin.

  1. Forest Essentials (Bitter orange and cinnamon luxury sugar soap)

Critik Overall Rating
78%

Our Review

Believe me when I tell you this, you need to try the soap selection from forest essentials, each one more drool worthy than the other, clink on the link already guys!
  • Quantity: 125 grams
  • Glowing skin
  • Intense hydration

BRAND TRUST

90%

USER REVIEWS

90%

VALUE FOR MONEY

40%

EDITOR'S RATING

90%
Pros : Cons :
Soaps are 100% natural Expensive
Pure unprocessed sugar
Infused with coconut oil.
It also has palm oil
Vitamin E helps protect skin

About Product:

Forest essentials makes great quality cruelty-free products with natural ingredients. Ingredients that you cannot find that easily in your neighbourhood forests, one might add. These handmade soaps are ideal for your skin. They have a variety of soaps made with different ingredients aimed at addressing different skin concerns. But they all guarantee great skin and a radiant glow.

Product Features :

  • Soaps are made with hand-picked ingredients chosen by a team of experts.
  • The product is completely made in India.
  • Many variants of soaps are available with various ingredients.

  1. Lux Soft Touch (French Rose and Almond oil)

Critik Overall Rating
70%

Our Review

Oh la la, the moment we think of lux we remember the royal advertisements they put up, each taking us to a fantasy land of its own, one simply cannot miss out on lux.
  • Quantity: 150 grams
  • Invigorating rose scent
  • Lush skin

BRAND TRUST

60%

USER REVIEWS

88%

VALUE FOR MONEY

70%

EDITOR'S RATING

60%
Pros : Cons :
Intoxicating flowery fragrance Not advisable on face.
It is a mild soap.
Effective against dust and sweat.

About Product:

After years of gaping at Aishwarya Rai and Kareena Kapoor looking dashing after using Lux, it is our turn now. Made with the softest of rose petals for the softest of skin, Lux is definitely a soap that all women must try at least once in their lifetime.

Product Features :

  • It is infused with breakthrough flowery oil.
  • Lux is very gentle on your skin.
  • It is made with moisturising SilkEssence and French Roses.
  • The top note contains red fruits and bergamot. The heart note contains rose, white rose and floral notes. Musk, amber and vanilla form the base notes.

  1. Yardley Lavender Soap

Critik Overall Rating
72%

Our Review

A highly perfumed bar soap that leaves you smelling like a million dollar all day along, resisting this wonder soap would be too impossible, so, give in, buy.
  • Quantity: 100 grams
  • Rich creamy lather
  • Long lasting fragrance

BRAND TRUST

70%

USER REVIEWS

86%

VALUE FOR MONEY

70%

EDITOR'S RATING

60%
Pros : Cons :
Scented with beautiful fragrances Not easily available in supermarkets.
Creamy rich lather.
Fragrance lasts for hours.

About Product:

The Yardley family paid King Charles I for permission to manufacture soap in London in the 17th century. And since then Yardley has always had this thing about it that makes it ooze of English Royalty. Be it their talcum powders, or their soaps or scents, there has been this oomph factor. Yardley is the brand that our grandparents loved and considered fancy. And guess what? It still is.

Product Features :

  • This is a triple-milled luxury soap.
  • These soaps are hard and last long.
  • It has a classic single note scent.
  • It is made with natural fresh flowers.

  1. Amway Persona Soap

Critik Overall Rating
67%

Our Review

Amway has been a brand delivering on the well being of its customers from the beginning of time, how would their soap be any different.
  • Quantity: 225 grams
  • Vitamin E rich soap
  • Soft supple skin

BRAND TRUST

70%

USER REVIEWS

88%

VALUE FOR MONEY

50%

EDITOR'S RATING

60%
Pros : Cons :
Enriched with sweet almond oil. Only available online
Has a creamy texture.
Infused with glycerin
Helps reduce dryness.

About Product:

Gone are the days when only members of Amway could use their great products. These products come with a concession in price for Amway members but are now also available to outsiders who do not want to pay for Amway membership. It is great that Amway can now share their great products with consumers directly.

Product Features :

  • One of Amway’s signature products.
  • The soap’s TFM is 76.
  • It has a loyal fan following who do not use any other soap.

  1. The Body Shop Strawberry Bar Soap

Critik Overall Rating
72%

Our Review

Strawberries are an exotic and a royal fruit that is always in fashion. Their goodness has been exploited in the skincare industry for decades now and it has worked every single time.
  • Quantity: 100 grams
  • Conditioning to skin
  • Thorough cleansing

BRAND TRUST

80%

USER REVIEWS

86%

VALUE FOR MONEY

50%

EDITOR'S RATING

70%
Pros : Cons :
It lathers well. Expensive
Leaves the skin feeling soft
Helps in deep pore cleansing.
Gives a radiant glow

About Product:

While Body Shop is a drugstore brand in the USA, it is an elite brand in India and is widely appreciated. Many women collect Body Shop products since they have many ranges and each range has all skincare products so that each woman can create their own skincare regimen based on their skin issues.

Product Features :

  • This is a fruit based soap.
  • It consists of glycerin and palm oil.
  • It is infused with vitamin c and healthy fatty acids.

  1. Avon Naturals Exfoliating Soap

Critik Overall Rating
65%

Our Review

Exfoliation is important, it gets rid of dead cells and gives space for new cells to develop, this soap, helps with the same. It improves the overall integrity of the skin.
  • Quantity: 100 grams
  • Reduces skin drying
  • Mild exfoliation

BRAND TRUST

60%

USER REVIEWS

80%

VALUE FOR MONEY

60%

EDITOR'S RATING

60%
Pros : Cons :
It completely exfoliates Cannot be used everyday.
Creates nice lather.
Improves complexion with constant use.

About Product:

This is not your regular bar of soap. This Avon soap is infused with granules on the surface that make it seem like a brown pumice stone. It does what a pumice stone does while cleansing your skin. It completely removes dead skin cells and leaves skin feeling radiant.

Product Features :

  • It is infused with walnut shell powder.
  • Even though it has a scrub-like surface, it is not harsh on your skin.
  • It has a unique fragrance that prevails for a long time.
  • It helps to remove dead skin cells.

  1. Parasoft Aloevera Soap

Critik Overall Rating
66%

Our Review

Aloe vera is an elixir for conditioning the skin as well as provide some much needed healing properties for skin ailments, this product mirrors the benefits of aloe vera with one simple bar.
  • Quantity: 100 grams
  • Best for dry skin
  • Antioxidant benefits

BRAND TRUST

50%

USER REVIEWS

92%

VALUE FOR MONEY

50%

EDITOR'S RATING

70%
Pros : Cons :
Ideal for dry skin. Not easily available.
It lathers well
Makes your skin feel soft

About Product:

Even though this brand is not as popular as others, people who have used Parasoft soap once, keep coming back to it. It is a great soap with a loyal brand following. A little more brand awareness would push this soap to heights of Hamam and Himalaya.

Product Features :

  • It is a mild soap (The brand claims it is so mild that you can use it on your baby).
  • This is a green transparent soap.
  • This soap consists of glycerin, vitamin E, aloe vera, jojoba oil and olive oil.

  1. Soulflower Handmade Milk and Chocolate Soap

Critik Overall Rating
57%

Our Review

Rich, decadent and luscious is all that comes to mind while considering this product, this mouth watering soap is a great find for a moisturised and well kept body.
  • Quantity: 150 grams
  • Best for skin radiance
  • Moisturising to skin

BRAND TRUST

50%

USER REVIEWS

76%

VALUE FOR MONEY

50%

EDITOR'S RATING

50%
Pros : Cons :
Smells like chocolate Not easily available.
Lathers well
Skin feels moisturized.

About Product:

This soap is without doubt the first choice for chocolate-lovers like me. Just the name “chocolate” on the package was enough for me to try this one. But I was a little skeptical since I had not heard of this brand.

Product Features :

  • This soap is 100% organic.
  • It’s ingredients include cocoa powder and real dark chocolate. Yum yum
  • The instructions recommend cutting the soap into pieces to make it last longer.
  • The soap feels softer and slightly oily when compared to other soaps (could be because of the cocoa butter).

  1. Fiama Blackcurrant & Bearberry Gel Bar

Critik Overall Rating
61%

Our Review

A gel bar that is impressive to look at and elaborate in performance, this is a budget friendly soap that gives you baby soft skin along with a indulging scent.
  • Quantity: 125 grams
  • Refreshing to skin
  • Exotic fragrance

BRAND TRUST

50%

USER REVIEWS

92%

VALUE FOR MONEY

50%

EDITOR'S RATING

50%
Pros : Cons :
Lathers really well It is quite pricey
Ideal for summer
A pleasant blackcurrant scent
Effectively cleanses skin

About Product:

In this bright and fun looking packaging Fiama comes out with a Blackcurrant and Bearberry flavoured soap. The mere choice of fruits is enough to make us wanna try this one. They also have a shower gel variant in the same flavour.

Product Features :

  • This product by Fiam has been created using a revolutionary liquid freezing technology
  • An exotic bar which combines the extracts of blackcurrant & bearberry.
  • It is dermatologically tested.
  • Leaves the skin clean, smooth and refreshed.

  1. Liril Lemon & Tea Tree Oil Soap

Critik Overall Rating
58%

Our Review

A refreshing fragrance and feel that you cannot say no to, especially on a hot shot summer day this soap is nothing but a god sent. Relish its coolness all day long.
  • Quantity: 125 grams
  • Sanitises skin
  • Gets rid of germs

BRAND TRUST

50%

USER REVIEWS

90%

VALUE FOR MONEY

40%

EDITOR'S RATING

50%
Pros : Cons :
Refreshes skin thoroughly Has a tendency to slip
Pleasant citrus fragrance
Great for oily acne-prone skin
Keeps body odour-free

About Product:

We have all seen and remember the liril ad. If you haven’t, watch it on youtube now. Trust me, you won’t regret it. This is a great cleansing bar soap infused with the goodness of tea tree oil and lemon.

Product Features :

  • This soap by Liril contains active ingredients like lemon extracts and tea tree oil
  • It gives you a long-lasting fragrance and keeps the skin fresh
  • With the use of this soap, the skin retains natural moisture and maintains oils balance
  • It removes germs and grime from the skin
  • The soap is a yellowish coloured bar which is packaged attractively.

Conclusion

Now that we have covered the list of overall best bathing soaps, we cannot forget that brands create specific soaps to address specific concerns as well. So here we have listed some of the best products that we at Critik love in various categories and have given these soaps some Critik Awards Or Soapies, if I may in various categories.