“It’s the most wonderful time of the year!” is something I’ve been known to advertise in Target when I notice Mrs. Meyers Iowa Pine dish soap has finally hit shelves for the holiday season, which usually happens in early November. I’m a sucker for the smell, which is sweet and spicy with hints of cedar, fir and, finally, a bit of soap. And until I sniffed every pine-scented dish soap I could get my hands on this fall, it was also the official smell of Christmas around my house. But now I have a new favorite, plus some new, less festive options to use after the holidays.
Whether you want your kitchen to smell like a candle store this Christmas or just prefer a hint of pine, here are six pine-scented dish soaps for make hand washing up more fun and festive this holiday season.
Pine Dish Soap That Smells Best: Williams Sonoma Winter Forest Dish Soap
This Williams Sonoma Winter Forest dish soap smells like a cozy Christmas dream and most of the fragrance comes from birch bark extract combined with pine and cedar leaf oils. I think what sets this one above the others, though, are the warm, slightly spicy cinnamon notes. Whether sniffing it straight from the bottle or frothing it with hot water, it’s perfectly clean, warm and balanced with undertones of patchouli, thyme and citrus. I’m not a fan of patchouli but it’s so subtle I might not have noticed if it wasn’t in the product description. True to its name, it’ll make your kitchen smell like a winter wonderland, and it’s now my new favorite holiday dish soap – well, until my husband found out I was spending $15 on a 16 oz bottle. Like Mrs. Meyer’s Iowa pine, there’s a complete collection of Winter Forest scented products including hand soap and candles, so take all my money already, Williams Sonoma; my kids don’t need more toys anyway.
Second Best Dish Soap That Smells Pine: Thymes Frasier Fir Dishwashing Liquid
Based on packaging and price alone, I expected to like this Frasier Candle Fir Scented Dish Soap – and I do. Taking a puff straight from the bottle, it borders on Lysol-y, but like a fine red wine, it really blossoms on air. The hot water further enhances the scent and brings out the warmer notes of sandalwood, and even after you’ve finished washing up, the scent lingers more subtly, but still very pleasant. This is the only dish soap I’ve tested that doesn’t use any sort of leaf or needle oil for fragrance and it doesn’t degrease as well as something like Dawn, but if degreasing was your only concern, you wouldn’t be here right now, would you?
Best Budget Pine Dish Soap: Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day Iowa Pine Liquid Dish Soap
Scented with fir and cedar leaf oils, Mrs. Meyer’s limited-edition Iowa Pine is sweet, spicy, and warm — and as soon as I see it on the shelves (or, online for the past few years), I fill up on soy. candles, hand soap, hand lotion, all-purpose spray cleaner and, of course, the dish soap. I once cleared an entire Target shelf of everything in the collection, and I was so glad I had enough to last through January that I didn’t even feel bad. So it pains me to admit how easily Williams-Sonoma and Thymes soaps turned me into a pine-scented dish soap snob. Although this is the best smelling pine dish soap you can get for less than ten bucks a bottle, compared to more expensive soaps it’s just a little sweeter and maybe even a little soapier. . That said, I’m sure I’ll continue to hoard it with enthusiasm (especially once my husband finds out I’m spending $16 for 16 ounces of dish soap) and I still highly recommend it to anyone who wants to get excited. for washing. dishes for one or two months of the year.
A less festive winter dish soap: Caldrea Gilded Balsam Birch Dish Soap
This Gilded Balsam Birch dish soap from Caldrea has a lovely warm and spicy scent thanks to cinnamon and citrus notes that pair well with the more prominent birch and balsam. It’s beautifully balanced and complex, and gives off big rich female dog vibes, which I love. Although it’s wintery and luxurious, it’s not festive enough for my tastes before Christmas, but I will absolutely release it in January as a transitional soap.
An all-purpose liquid soap with a subtle pine scent: Sal Suds Biodegradable Cleaner
Sal Suds is an all-purpose liquid soap from Dr. Bronner’s, and while it’s not actually marketed as pine-scented or seasonal dish soap, it does. is scented with oils of Siberian pine and fir needles and spruce leaves, to be exact. If, for some silly reason, you don’t want your kitchen sink to smell like a candle store this Christmas and prefer something more subtle than the dish soaps I recommended above, this one is a good choice for just a hint of pine.
An eco-friendly option for those who love incense: Rebel Green Super Deluxe Frankincense & Pine Dish Soap
I wanted to love this “super luxe” Frankincense Pine Dish Soap from Rebel Green, and I love how it cleans dishes and also how it feels on my hands. Unfortunately, frankincense essential oil overpowers pine, so the smell is more medicinal than celebratory. Like the Caldrea, I don’t mind it for a fall dish soap, or maybe even something to use in the new year, but it’s definitely not the pine scented dish soap of my holiday dreams.