This Cheap Hand Soap From Target Smells Just as Good as Pricey Luxury Brands

An ode to oud — my love letter to the most luxurious $6 hand soap.

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February 05, 2021

Allow me to convince you that the best $6 you'll spend this year is on a decadently aromatic, modestly priced bottle of hand soap. No doubt, I've paid more attention to the duration and frequency with which I wash my hands than ever in the past year. So, it's not surprising that I've developed a hand soap preference. What a time to be alive! Ready for my rec?

I actually debated whether or not I should spotlight this find because I don't want it to sell out, but, with 53, 4.6/5-star reviews, I suppose my not-so-dirty little secret is already out. So, in the name of goodwill, I'm sharing my absolute favorite hand soap: Baylis & Harding's Oud Cedar and Amber. I seriously cannot say enough good things about this hand soap. When I first opened it, I was blown away by how luxurious it smelled.

The complex blend of woodsy and citrus scents makes this soap smell 10 times more expensive than it is. I always look for oud and amber when I buy scented items (candles, perfume, etc.), so this was a no-brainer for me. Patchouli, sandalwood, oregano and lemon don't seem like complementary scents, but somehow this blend works. Hey, if I'm going to be washing my hands countless times a day, might as well use a soap that I enjoy!

Beyond the scent, this soap goes on smoothly and really leaves my hands feeling clean. It's also made from organic and natural ingredients, packaged with 100-percent post-consumer recycled material and is paraben-free, SLES-free, dye-free and vegan. Bottom line: Buy this now, thank me later. You will not regret it.

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Sadly, this isn't available for pickup or shipping at Target, but if you find it at your local store, snatch it up! The divine earthy, relaxing scent smells so much more luxurious than the price tag suggests. Walmart carries it for a few dollars more, but it's so worth it.

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Refreshing, light and uplifting, this eco- and budget-friendly soap from Target's in-house brand, Everspring, is an absolute delight. I like using it to refill my pretty soap bottles in each bathroom and the kitchen.

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$4.99

Are you detecting a theme in my scent preferences? I'm drawn to bright, fresh scents (as well as musky, warm and woodsy ones). Hand in Hand's Citrus Grove scent is both grounding and energizing thanks to notes of rosemary and grapefruit and is formulated with olive oil, so it never leaves my hands feeling dry. Plus, it comes in a recyclable aluminum bottle.

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When I want a soothing, spa-like feel, this natural hand soap is one of my favorites. The nourishing formula leaves my hands feeling squeaky clean, and the scent instantly calms me.

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