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Ruds Shaves - APR/SBS - Fresca Intensa

Australian Private Reserve and Storybook Soapworks collaborated on a 2019 summer seasonal scent known as Fresca Intensa. Collaborative efforts such as this have become more common with AP Reserve of late. AP Reserve leverages their mastery of fragrance, while utilizing various U.S. based artisan’s soap base. Available in soap, aftershave splash and EdT, this offering can be found direct from the artisans websites or at Maggard Razors.

Fresca Intensa is a Colonia type fragrance, known for their masculine yet sophisticated use of citrus. This invigorating blend features notes of: Cedrat, Neroli, Lemon Verbena, Lime, Lemon, Patchouli, Sandalwood, Lavender, Rhubarb, Petitgrain, Sweet Orange, Bergamot, Rosemary, Rose, Amber, White Musk, Ambergris and Vetiver. This is a bright, crisp scent that screams summer seasonal. Mrs. Ruds approves of this scent for casual use, however she does not find it sexy enough for date night. Strength of scent is mid-strong out of the container and moves to strong as you build lather. Try That Soap recommends Catie’s Bubbles Confiant as a comparable 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 above average thirst, but not the thirstiest soap out there. When properly hydrated and dialed in, the resulting lather will display the consistency of sour cream. Both primary and residual slickness are very good. While short of the upper tier soaps in terms of slickness, it gets the job done without any problems. Post shave is protective and nourishing to ...

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Ruds Shaves - Barrister and Mann - Clusterfig

Barrister and Mann introduced a new Fall seasonal for 2019 on September 23rd. Clusterfig flanks the ever popular Leviathan release, which occurs each Fall season. The goal was to deliver a true fig scent to the wet shaving hobby market in a way that only Barrister and Mann can. Barrister and Mann products can be purchased direct from their site and from third party stockists such as: Maggard Razors, West Coast Shaving and Top of the Chain.

Clusterfig features notes of; Amber, Fig, Lemon, Apple, Violet, Orange Blossom and Jasmine. The fragrance, while complex is fig forward as intended. The scent is sweet and floral but not in a heavy way. The bright green fig opens the accord before sweet apple and tart lemon hit the nose. The floral notes move in and wrap themselves around the sweetness in a mastery of olfactory perception. Mrs. Ruds is not a fan of this scent, but that is no surprise given her distaste for floral scents. This has a mid-strong strength of scent off the sample and remains this way once lathered. Try That Soap recommends Ariana & Evans Summer Fig as a comparable scent profile.

Barrister and Mann Excelsior is a tallow soap that utilizes the following ingredients: Aqua, Glycerin, Potassium Stearate, Potassium Tallowate, Sodium Stearate, Sodium Tallowate, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Milk, Potassium Kokum Butterate, Methyl Gluceth-10, Xanthan Gum, Sucrose Cocoate, Potassium Ricinoleate, Sodium Kokum Butterate, Allantoin, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Lanolin, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Oil, Sodium Lauroyl Oat Amino Acids, Fragrance, Sodium Ricinoleate, Tetrasodium EDTA, Tocopheryl Acetate. The soap is on the firmer side of mid and loads very easily into your brush of choice regardless of fiber type. While the soap handles hydration ...

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Ruds Shaves - Talbot Shaving - Authors Ridge

Talbot Shaving is set to release their next scent, Authors Ridge, from West Coast Shaving on September 29, 2019 at 18:55 Eastern time. This is Talbot Shavings most personal project to date. It pays homage to the Authors Ridge area of Sleepy Hollow Cemetery in Concord, MA. Chad has always been fascinated by the great authors who happen to be laid to rest there, like Emerson, Thoreau, The Alcotts and Hawthorne. With every soap purchased, Talbot Shaving donates a portion of each sale in support of the Trust for Public Land. This organization aims to protect and restore recreational land from neighborhood parks to national parks. For more information visit: http://www.tpl.org/about.

Authors Ridge is the embodiment of early Autumn as interpreted by the scents creator. Dry leaves, fallen weeks before, open with a dusty, soft kiss. Herbaceous bush notes roll into the mix and yield a palatable dry dankness next. Encompassing the entire accord is the dark and spicy natural notes of coniferous and bunchgrass. The idea of life and death, the changing of the temperatures and the changing of daylight hours all are represented in this fragrance. It is perfect for the cool weather months that lie ahead. Mrs. Ruds does not approve of this scent at all. It is too earthy for her. Strength of scent is mid-strong off the container and remains that way through the shave. Try That Soap recommends Phoenix & Beau Baskerville as a comparable scent profile.

Talbot Shaving uses a tallow based soap featuring a skin rich ingredients list of: stearic acid, tallow, water, shea butter, potassium hydroxide, castor oil, fragrance, glycerin, sodium hydroxide, lanolin, palm kernel oil, marshmallow root, babassu oil, meadowfoam oil and tussah silk. The soap base ...

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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

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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.

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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!