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Australian Private Reserve, a well known artisan from the southern hemisphere, recently released their homage to sandalwood. APR is widely considered one of the premier perfumers in the wet shaving space, and Dan’s passion for this shines through in his scent creations and brash descriptions of the scents. Australian Private Reserve can be sourced directly from their website and also at: Maggard Razors, West Coast Shaving and Beard & Blade Supply Co..
Les Santals is a celebration of sandalwood. The fragrance features: Indian Sandalwood and Autralian Sandalwood. The scent is balanced to perfection and paints a masterpiece of creamy woodiness with a slight powdery pop. There are few scent notes as well known or used in men’s fragrances as sandalwood, and this offering puts the scent on full display. Mrs. Ruds is not a fan of straight sandalwood scents, so it is no surprise that she didn’t like me wearing this. Strength of scent is strong out of the container and remains strong once lathered. Try That Soap recommends The Club - The City and Phoenix Artisan Accoutrements - Supreme Sandalwood Science as similar scent profiles.
APR’s soap base features an ingredients list that reads as: Stearic Acid, Aqua, Glycerin, Beef Tallow, Potassium Hydroxide, Castor Oil, Coconut Oil, Sweet Almond Oil, Shea Butter, Fragrance, Sodium Hydroxide, Lanolin, Allantoin, Citric Acid, Silk Protein. The soap is fairly firm and loading it is easy regardless of what fiber brush you choose. The soap is thirsty, but not in a cumbersome way. The lather is dense, similar to cold sour cream with a vibrant sheen. The slickness is excellent both primary and residual. The post shave is also excellent, as it leaves the skin as soft ...View rest of post...
Zingari Man is the men’s line of shave offerings from Zingari Skincare. The artisan, Heather Melton is a certified Cosmetic formulator through the Handcrafted Soap and Cosmetic Guild. The artisan’s focus is on nurturing your skin through the use of vitamins and minerals proven in skin health. The Zingari Man line offers shaving soap, post shave, beard care and skin care for a complete grooming experience. Zingari Man products can be sourced direct from their website and also at West Coast Shaving.
Zingari Man Aftershave balm is available in all of their standard scent offerings. I chose the unscented balm because I can use it directly after my shave as a stand alone or I can use it some time after my application of a scented aftershave splash. This balm is truly scent free, there is no noticeable smell from the ingredients used. This makes it the perfect offering to pair with any scent or fragrance that you want to wear. Try That Soap recommends Stirling Soap Co. Unscented as a comparable unscented profile.
Zingari Man Aftershave balm is very nourishing, as you would expect from a balm. The ingredients list features a skin rich formula of: Water, Witch hazel distillate(alcohol free), Meadowfoam oil, Glyceryl Stearate (and) PEG 100 Stearate, Jojoba oil, Oat seed oil, Glycerin, Allantion, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetyl alcohol, d-panthenol, Sorbitol, Fragrance, Propylene Glycol (and) Diazolidinyl Urea (and) Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, White willow extract, Green tea extract, EDTA tetrasodium. Two pumps from the dispenser is enough to cover your entire face. The balm is on the lighter side of consistency, which lends itself to quick absorption. There is a silkiness left on your skin but it is not an oily feeling at all. The protection from this ...View rest of post...
Storybook Soapworks entered the artisan soap market in the Spring of 2017. Lauren, the owner and man behind the soap making is an avid reader. Reading provides a respite from the stresses of life and his hope is that Storybook Soapworks hand crafted soaps and post shave products will do the same for its users. It has been quite some time since I have used a Storybook Soapworks product. This particular offering is a part of a trilogy created by various artisans for the Reddit sub, r/wetshaving. The scent was designed by the famed fragrance house, Chatillon Lux. Storybook Soapworks can be purchased direct from their website or at Maggard Razors.
West Egg named for the city of the newly-rich from the Great Gatsby, is a whimsical scent featuring scent notes of: white grapes and sparkling aldehydes. The culmination of these notes represents the smell of champagne. To my nose, this is an accurate recreation of the bubbly drink that signifies celebration. The scent is vibrant and fun, it is approachable and feels almost unisex for use. Mrs. Ruds likes the scent. While she does not find it sexy or masculine, she approves of casual ring. Strength of scent is mid out of the soap tub and remains this way once lathered. Try That Soap recommends the Chatillon Lux Eau de Parfum as a complimentary scent profile.
Storybook Soapworks uses a tallow based soap featuring listed ingredients of: Stearic Acid, Water, Beef Tallow, Potassium Hydroxide, Castor Oil, Coconut Oil, Fragrance, Shea Butter, Vegetable Glycerin, Rice Bran Oil, Avocado Oil, Apricot Kernel Oil, Sodium Lactate, Tocopherol. The soap is soft and therefore care should be taken to ensure it is not overloaded. The soap is of ...View rest of post...
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:
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!
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Once again, we’ve teamed up with Declaration Grooming to design a scent that makes use of well received notes that don't necessarily have the NOTE-oriety they deserve. (See what I did there?) Notes include blood orange, black amber, fern, petitgrain, pineapple, cedar, and galbanum.
TTS2.0 will be available at the Maggard's Meetup on June 1st as well as through normal channels.