Scented soaps for boosting or replacing your perfume

Luxury scented soaps to enhance your morning shower

KanKan scented soaps on shelf
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The best scented soaps are potent enough to last all day long, making them a perfect accompaniment to your everyday perfume or a muted replacement to a typical spray-on scent. 

Scented soaps to try

Perfumer H 'Ink' bar soap

Perfumer H Ink bar soap

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Perfumer Lyn Harris is one of our favourite noses, in part because of her ability to transform the most innocuous inspirations – salt, hay, cucumber, dust – into exceptional scents. One of her best is Ink, a blend of papyrus, vetiver, cedarwood, black pepper and rose inspired by the appearance of blue ink on white paper. 

It is one of Perfumer H’s iconic fragrances and the only one available in bar soap form. A 100 per cent natural glycerin soap handmade in the UK’s Lancashire, it leaves behind a warm, woody fragrance evocative of leather-bound books. (opens in new tab)

KanKan 2.0's new body washes 

KanKan scented soaps

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One of our favourite packaging designs at the moment is KanKan’s redesign of its refillable soap canisters. To use, simply crack open one of the upcycled cans and pop-on the reusable pump. When it’s finished, recycle it as you would your other cans. 

The bold, industrial design of the canisters makes them a welcome addition to any bathroom; as do their four incredible scents made with Somerset-based perfumers using 100% essential oils. (opens in new tab)

Santa Maria Novella Melograno body wash 

Santa Maria Novella Melograno body wash

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A brand that has lasted 800 years is clearly doing something right and one of Santa Maria Novella’s best creations is its Melograno range of products, including soaps.

Melograno is one of the brand’s most iconic perfumes, a fresh and powdery pomegranate scent evocative of Italian barber shops. The soap version of the fragrance is just as pungent, and is ideal for those who prefer a fresh cologne to an aromatic fragrance. (opens in new tab)

Hermès Cologne body washes and soaps

Hermès Citron Noir body soap in blue bottle

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Hermès’ body washes and bar soaps transform the brand’s line of fragrances into slightly less potent, but no less enjoyable, perfumes that last throughout the day. Our favourites include Citron Noir, a black lime fragrance (a more smoky, less citrusy version of the fruit) enhanced with black tea, citron, and Paraguayan wood. Or, for a fresher option, Eau d’Orange Verte, with bright and woody notes of mint, tree moss, and orange. 

Hermès Eau d’Orange Verte soap available from (opens in new tab)

Le Labo shower gels

Le Labo The Noir shower gel

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Le Labo’s shower gels are blended with nourishing extracts to soften skin and a heavy, long-lasting dose of the brand’s fragrances. They are ideal for those looking to bulk up their perfume with an added boost. We suggest mixing different scents, like Rose 31 wash with The Noir 29 perfume, or a Lys 41 wash with a Baie 19 perfume. 

Le Labo fragrances available from (opens in new tab)
Le Labo Rose 31 shower gel, available from (opens in new tab)
Le Labo Lys 41 shower gel, available from (opens in new tab)

Les Eaux de Chanel body washes 

Chanel Les Eaux de Chanel body gel

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Add some elegance to your bathing with the bath gel versions of Chanel’s Les Eaux de Chanel perfume collection. Each inspired by a different location loved by Gabrielle Chanel, the six soaps range from the warm Paris-Venise with notes of neroli, vanilla and tonka to the fresh Paris-Deauville with notes of green basil and zesty orange. (opens in new tab)

Beauty & Grooming Editor

Mary Cleary is the Beauty & Grooming Editor of Wallpaper*. Having been with the brand since 2017, she became an editor in February 2020 with the launch of the brand’s new beauty & grooming channel. Her work seeks to offer a new perspective on beauty, focusing on the pioneering personalities, product designs, and transformative trends within the industry.