Luxury soaps are soaps of exceptional quality. They differ from standard, everyday soaps in numerous ways, such as ingredients, scent, design or packaging. Popular makers of luxury soaps include Molton Brown, Neiman Marcus, Crabtree & Evelyn and Mistral.
While standard soaps are purely for cleansing, luxury soaps offer a soothing, pampering experience. Soaps can be categorized as luxurious based on a number of qualifying characteristics. Many designer department stores, such as Neiman Marcus or Harrods, produce their own soaps and market them as luxury soap. There are also a number of high-end bath and beauty product stores, such as Molton Brown or Crabtree & Evelyn, that are well known for their luxury soaps. Such stores advertise soaps that contain high-quality ingredients, such as shea butter, and scents, such as lavendar or rose. Many lesser-known boutique stores also produce luxury soaps, often boasting unusual ingredients, such as fruits or plants. Some offer soaps made from organic ingredients. Others advertise rare or traditional methods of production. For example, Mistral claims the finest French soaps, which are crafted according to a time-honored French soap tradition. All luxury soaps tend to come in unique or artful packaging, making them a favorite gift or decorating accessory.