The Best Body Soaps
Pricier Picks -- $8 to $24
The Base Vegetable oils, such as palm and coconut, cleanse gently, although they can irritate sensitive skin.
Lather Detergent levels are low, to keep the skin's moisture barrier intact.
Softeners In addition to glycerin, these bars also boast ingredients such as shea butter or essential oils.
Fragrance Look for the natural scent of plants, flowers, even fruit. Some feature exotic ingredients and may also use lab-produced scents.
Size and Weight A variety of shapes and heftier sizes (from seven to 11 ounces) are a trademark.
Packaging Fancy boxes and pretty paper wrappers transform this basic into a real treat, but also bump up the price.
*L'Occitane Shea Butter Extra Gentle Soap in Milk, $10, is perfect for dry or dehydrated skin.
*Blue Q Mental Case Soap, $8, is vegetable based.
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