If you have historically been the type who has simply bought a random hand soap brand, like Dial, from Costco in bulk in recent years and are looking to up your game a little bit, you’ve come to the right place. The market for environmentally friendly/cool bottle design/millennial friendly hand soap has mostly become a two man race at this point with Mrs. Meyer’s and Method really gaining popularity over the past two decades. This Vox article does a really good job breaking down how we got here.
We are all obviously washing our hands a lot more these days. While Dial and Softsoap remain some of the most recognizable brands/bottles in the category, we personally prefer the overall feel and smell of both Method and Mrs. Meyer’s. This particular scent stands out in particular and has become our go-to after years of testing.
Verbena is a mild citrus-y smell and it first caught my attention years ago when I stayed at a nicer hotel which stocked the bathrooms with L’Occitane Verbena Liquid Soap. It’s an intoxicating fragrance and one of the most unique scents I have ever come across. I washed my hands as often as possible that weekend but needless to say, I was not about to start spending $24+ for a tiny 10-12oz. bottle at home.
Luckily I noticed that Mrs. Meyer’s produces their own Verbena bottle and the scent is close enough for my liking to L’Occitane’s version. You have probably seen this brand on the shelves if you have ever been to a Whole Foods. Mrs. Meyer’s is known for their sustainably made soaps, detergents and cleaners which only adds to our enthusiasm for this pick.
At ~$4 per 12.5oz. bottle this is an easy choice for us as an everyday hand soap. Your hands will feel fresh every time you use it and your guests will likely compliment you on your taste. If Verbena isn’t in stock, check out their Basil, Rain Water and Lavender scents which are also very solid.