Best Budget-Friendly Soaps
Best Lathering Bar Soap
Lever 2000 Original, $3.50 for two
A “bubbly,” “foamy,” “refreshing block of goodness.” Said one tester, “I felt like a little kid who wouldn’t get out of the sudsy tub.”
Best Moisturizing Bar Soap
“My skin felt like satin,” raved a tester. Chalk it up to the olive oil, jojoba, vitamin E, and palm and coconut oils.
Best Bar Soap for Sensitive Skin
Cetaphil Gentle Cleansing Bar, $4.50
“Amazingly effective” but “still really gentle,” this nonalkaline bar contains not a single stringent detergent.
Best Moisturizing Liquid Hand Soap
The consensus: “You can’t get a more lush, hydrating bang for your buck,” as one tester said.
Best Liquid Hand Soap with Fragrance
Testers (including an entire family of nine) loved the fresh-smelling blend of green tea and cucumber.
Best Odor-Neutralizing Liquid Hand Soap
Kiss My Face Rosemary & Melon Self Foaming Soap, $11
Garlic and onion were no match for this airy, smell-fighting soap, which has a sweet, long-lasting scent.