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Ruds Shaves - Highland Springs Soap Co. - Eclipse

Highland Springs Soap Co. is an artisan based in Cranbrook, British Columbia. The brand is run by Mary and Chris Troniak. Mary is a chemist by profession and uses her expertise to delivery skin beneficial recipes in shaving soap, handmade soap and personal care products. HSSC will release their tallow based soap to the wet shaving masses, tomorrow, December 13, 2019. To make this even more special, this soap was collaborated with Australian Private Reserve, who design the scent for the grand release. Highland Springs Soap Co. can be purchased direct from their website, West Coast Shaving and Stone Field Shaving Co..

Eclipse is a leathery, musky fragrance by design. Featuring notes of; bergamot, dried fig, carnation, mimosa, cedarwood, cocoa, white rum, blond tobacco, Russian leather, narcissus, pink pepper, geranium, lavender, benzoin, sandalwood, civet, oud, amyris, cistus and black musk, the scent is animalic, but inviting. This masculine accord is well suited for the cold months that lie ahead. Mrs. Ruds is neutral on this scent. Strength of scent is mid-strong out of the container and remains as such once lathered. Try That Soap recommends Zoologist Perfumes /Chiseled Face Civet as a comparable scent profile.

Highland Springs Soap Co. tallow soap base is a very soft formulation, much like a croap. Ingredients are listed as: Beef Tallow, Stearic Acid, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Glycerin, Parfum, Hydrolyzed Silk Peptides (Silk Peptide), Tocopherol. This is a thirsty tallow base that demands hydration. When properly hydrated the lather takes on the consistency of sour cream. Slickness is elite in terms of primary slickness and very good in terms of residual slickness. The post shave attributes of this base are excellent. My skin was left ...

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Ruds Shaves - Declaration Grooming - Darkfall

Declaration Grooming launched their upgraded base, known as Milksteak, on October 12, 2019. The launch included Declaration Grooming’s annual release of their fall season scent, the iconic, Darkfall. Declaration Grooming is known for producing amazing soap, aftershave and cologne offerings as well as highly sought after hand tied badger brushes. The Ferndale, MI artisan is highly passionate about every single aspect of running this successful small business. Declaration Grooming is available for purchase direct from their website and also stockists such as Maggard Razors, West Coast Shaving, Top of the Chain and The Stray Whisker.

Darkfall is a spicy oriental with roots of autumn in the rural south. Scent notes are listed as; Agarwood, Cinnamon, Amber, Clove, Benzoin, Birch Tar and Treemoss. This is a hearty, warming scent that is well complemented by spiciness and smoke. The fragrance shines during the cool, damp and dark days of late fall. This is a masculine, bold scent. Mrs. Ruds finds this fragrance neutral. She neither loves it, nor hates it. Her only ask was that it is used in casual settings. Strength of scent is mid-strong off the container and remains this way for the entire shave. Try That Soap recommends Chatillon Lux /Declaration Grooming Bon Vivant as a similar scent profile.

It is no secret, Declaration Grooming Milksteak base is the highest rated soap to date in the ShaveScore system. Listed ingredients are: Stearic Acid, Water, Castor Oil, Potassium Hydroxide, Vegetable Glycerin, Bison Tallow, Mango Butter, Avocado Oil, Shea Butter, Sodium Hydroxide, Lanolin, Bentonite Clay, Yogurt, Buttermilk, Egg Whites, Coconut Milk, Goat's Milk, Tocopheryl Acetate, Maltodextrin, Milk Protein, Salix Alba L. (White Willow) Bark Extract, Arctium lappa (Burdock) Root Extract, Hippophae Rhamnoides (Sea Buckthorn) Fruit ...

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Ruds Shaves - Gentleman's Nod - George

Gentleman’s Nod is an Omaha, Nebraska based artisan that specializes in small batch, hand crafted grooming products. Their current offerings feature shaving soap, pre shave, post shave and beard care. The company’s name signifies the respect among gentlemen and their desire for personal care and quality. Each of their current scent offerings is named for a famous gentleman throughout human history. Gentleman’s Nod products can be sourced direct from their website and at Maggard Razors or West Coast Shaving.

George is a darker masculine scent which features notes of cedarwood, tobacco, and cherry. It smells much like a pipe smoke fragrance, opening with a sweetness of cherry and a mellow tobacco. The cedarwood takes the scent to a smokey, dark finish. Fans of tobacco or smokey scents are sure to enjoy this. Mrs. Ruds gave this scent a “no-go”, which is not surprising given the heaviness of the cedarwood. Strength of scent is mid-strong off the puck and remains this way for the duration of the shave. Try That Soap recommends Soap Commander Influence as a similar scent profile.

Gentleman’s Nod uses a non-tallow soap base consisting of the following ingredients: Aqua (Water), Garcinia Indica Seed (Kokum) Butter, Stearic Acid, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Orbignya Oleifera (Babassu) Seed Oil, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Potassium Hydroxide, Glycerin, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Fragrance, Sodium Lactate, Sodium Hydroxide, Sodium Citrate, Goat’s Milk, Raw Honey, Allantoin, Silk Amino Acids, Bentonite Clay, Tocopherol (Natural Vitamin E), Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice. The soap is on the firmer side of mid firmness and loads mindlessly regardless of brush fiber of choice. This soap requires a normal amount of water and is very rewarding as it just continues ...

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Live with Heather of Zingari Man

I'll be joining Heather, creator of Zingari Man products, on Wednesday, Aug 28 at 9pm EST for a live chat on Instagram. Some topics will include how Try That Soap came to be, amazing beards, and some of the differences between various social media platforms such as Reddit and Instagram.

You can follow Zingari Man on Instagram @zingari_man

See you there!


Ruds Shaves to be featured on Try That Soap

I'm excited to announce that going forward, Try That Soap will now be featuring reviews from Ruds Shaves. I've been a fan of Ruds since I started wet shaving. I don't think I need to tell everyone here what a valuable member of the community he is.

Aside from Ruds being awesome, there are a couple specific reasons why I reached out to Ruds about featuring his reviews on TTS:

  1. Ruds spends a lot of time creating these reviews and I want as many people to see them as possible. While there is undoubtedly overlap between his current viewers and TTS users, I want to help highlight his invaluable work for those that haven't seen it before.
  2. His fact based review style of the scent is lock and step with Try That Soap. Many of you know that I created TTS to be as unbiased as possible when it comes to recommendations. Ruds' reviews maintain that unbiased perspective while highlighting up and coming artisans and products, many of which he is on to way before I am.
  3. Try That Soap primarily focuses on scent with its recommendations. While Ruds does talk about the scent, his Shave Scores have become an invaluable tool for identifying the top bases and finding bases that work similarly. This is an excellent compliment to the scent based recommendations that TTS already provides.

As they get posted, you'll be able to find them on the home page of TTS. Once they get going, you'll be able to find older under 'Content' > 'Featured Reviews' from the menu.

Thanks you all for your support! Please reach out if you have any questions or suggestions!


Interview with Latherhog

For those that missed the live interview with Latherhog, you can check it out above!

Thanks again to Jon for having me! Please follow him on Instagram @latherhog to hear more great interviews with artisans and prominent community members!