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Stirling Soap Co. is a veteran owned artisan founded in January, 2012 by owners, Roderick and Amanda Lovan. The company is focused on high quality offerings for budget friendly prices with regards to grooming and accouterments. They also focus on staying environmentally conscious with their product making processes. In addition to their great soaps, they offer an amazing aftershave splash and aftershave balm, when considering the value to performance factor. Stirling Soap Co.’s offerings can be purchased direct or at third party resellers like Maggard Razors, West Coast Shaving and Top of the Chain.
South Padre was a summer release scent by Stirling Soap Co. that discontinued after summer 2016. This is one of my absolute favorite summer scents. Notes of: Coconut, Aqua, Lavender and Blood Orange combine for the smell of the beach on a hot day. The smells of beach sand, ocean air, suntan lotion and tropical drinks can be smelled with this fragrance. Mrs. Ruds approves of this scent as a casual wear, although she does not find it sexy enough for date night. Strength of scent is strong upon application and the sillage is very good, lasting 6-7 hours. Try That Soap recommends Catie's Bubbles Ocean Grove for a similar scent profile.
Stirling Soap Co. aftershave splash features skin enriching ingredients of: Denatured Alcohol, Witch Hazel, Fragrance Oil, Aloe, Glycerin and Hydrovance. The aftershave kicks hard with a high but fleeting alcohol bite. The liquid is clear and leave a bit of an oily feeling on the skin. The face feel of this aftershave is very good although shy of the very best offerings. Like the soap, aftershave splash punches above its price point. Given my experience with this post shave, ...View rest of post...
Ariana & Evans will be launching their shave serum to retail on September 13, 2019. The goal was to bring a product to market that will work for both modern style shavers (brushless, cartridge razors) and also those into traditional wet shaving (shave brush, DE/SE/Straight Razors). It is priced well for market penetration in my opinion at 6 ounces for $15.99 (or $2.66/oz). Through two years of reformulation and experimentation, they’ve accomplished this goal. Ariana & Evans is available at these third party retailers; Maggard Razors, West Coast Shaving, A&E UK, The Stray Whisker, Italian Barber, Top of the Chain, The Razor Co and Tierra Santa Shaving (Israel).
Sandalwood is a blend of sandalwood and oud which creates a masculine fragrance with mass appeal. The blend is not overly complex, but by design is approachable and inoffensive, while still being masculine and classy. The scent intends to showcase sandalwood, and it accomplishes this versatile scent note. This scent is astonishingly Mrs. Ruds neutral. While she fore the most part dislikes sandalwood forward fragrances, this variation didn’t garner that reaction. Strength of scent is mid-strong out of the container and remains this way once lathered. Try That Soap recommends Austalian Private Reserve Les Santals and Phoenix Artisan Accoutrements Supreme Sandalwood Science as similar scent profiles.
As a lathering shave cream, the product lathers like many traditional shaving creams. The ingredients are listed as; tallow, manteca (pig fat), stearic, glycerin, goats milk, potassium hydroxide, coconut oil, myristic acid, castor oil, avocado oil, shea butter ,camellias oil, argan oil, lanolin, agave, sodium hydroxide, colloidal oatmeal, bentonite clay, polysorbate 20 and sulfocide A. The product can be applied to the skin and worked with a brush or applied to the ...View rest of post...
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!
Fine Accoutrements offers shaving soap, shaving cream, aftershave, aftershave balms, brushes, razors and shaving bowls. While you can always purchase direct from their site, they can also be found at the following popular third party retailers: Maggard Razors, West Coast Shaving, Amazon and Top of the Chain.
Platinum is based on the famed Aventus by Creed. Fine really put this on the map and did a nice job of duplicating the scent, which features notes of: Pineapple, Birch, Black Currant, Musk, Oakmoss, Bergamot, Apple, Patchouli, Ambergris, Jasmine, Vanilla and Rose. This scent is one of the most favored in wet shaving and for good reason. It is complex and masculine. I am initially met with a smoky pineapple and black currant shot before the scent becomes too complex to pull out individual notes. This is a scent I would consider a multi occasion user and also a multi-seasonal wear. Scent strength is strong out of the bottle with good initial sillage but with a short lived longevity. Try That Soap recommends Ariana & Evans Spartacus, Declaration Grooming Sellout, Stirling Soap Co. Executive Man, and Viking Soaps Ragnar as comparable scent profiles.
Fine Accoutrements Aftershave is a simple formula of: Alcohol, Water, Fragrance and Menthol. The aftershave features a high alcohol bite upon initial application. The consistency is much like water and the aftershave is clear. The aftershave dries quickly, with the dissipation of the alcohol and leaves no residue on the skin. Given the lack of skin food in the aftershave, this provides little to no post shave benefit aside from an initial antiseptic effect due to the alcohol. This is not a great stand alone post shave and I find ...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.
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