Heard there is a TP shortage...
Heard there is a TP shortage... - 2020-03-20 14:07:28+00:00 image

Edit 5/24/2020: Updated some of the recommended links now that the bidets are becoming more available again.

I’m going to start off with a clear disclaimer, this has nothing to do with wet shaving. Also there are Amazon affiliate links in this post. Ok, proceeding…

As some of you may be aware, there is a toilet paper shortage right now. Why is there a toilet paper shortage? That’s a really good question. Hand sanitizer shortage? Makes sense. Slim pickings on Chef Boyardee? Sure. TP? Wait, what? Alas, here we are. Luckily, there is an alternative and honestly, it’s something you should have already invested in.

Boys and girls, let me introduce you to our friend, The Bidet. For those living under a rock, a bidet is a toilet attachment that attaches to your water line and, ahem, cleans you after you do your business. No endless wiping, environmentally friendly, and isn’t at the mercy of hoarders*. Sounds pretty cool, huh? Spoiler alert: it is! Honestly though, everyone should have one of these. If you get some poo on your hand, you’re not just going to wipe it off with paper - you’re going to wash your friggin hands! With water [and soap]! Like a civilized person! You may be getting the impression that I’m passionate about bidets. I am. I had a $17.99 bidet listed on the Black Friday deal page last year for goodness sake. Some of you took advantage of it, but not enough. The forward thinkers are laughing from the top of their golden throne right now.

Alright, enough soap boxing - lets talk about the various options when it comes to bidet. Like anything else, you get what you pay for. For the most part, the more you spend, the more features you’re getting. We’ll talk about a couple of these tiers to get you going on your path to cleanliness.

Tier .5:
Price Range: $10-$30
Suggestion: Bio Bidet - The Palm

Hand held. I’m not sure how you use these without making a big mess, but apparently it’s possible. Fill it with water, point it at your butt, and squirt. The big advantage here is portability, which trust me, you will be considering after you have been shown the light.

tl;dr go to Tier 1


Tier 1:
Price range: $20-$40
Suggestion: Bio Bidet SlimEdge

This is your basic, entry level bidet. It’s 100% mechanical, so no need for an outlet near the toilet. That said, cleaning your butt is about all it’s going to do (or act as a drinking fountain if you’re feeling adventurous). All the bidets in this tier will T off your water line and are turned on by a knob. The typically go between your current toilet seat and toilet. In my experience, this knob goes from trickle to enema in about .2 seconds, so be careful. Because there is no electricity, expect the water to be cold unless you happen to T off a hot water line, which actually sounds like an awful idea due to not being able to regulate the heat… yeah, just plan on cold water. Assuming you are moderately handy, this shouldn’t be an issue to install. The biggest thing is making sure you use plumber’s tape and make sure there are no leaks.

tl;dr sprays water… that’s it


Tier 2:
Price range: $200-$600
Suggestion: Bio Bidet BB-600

Now we’re talking. Tier 2 actually has a pretty big range. There are a ton of features available in this tier. Heated seat, warm water, feminine sprayer, air dryer, aerated water (that’s a thing apparently), night lights, auto on/off, water filters, etc. Two big changes in this tier is that typically the bidet will be replacing your toilet seat here. You also will need a power outlet for most (all?) of the bidets in this tier. The bidet itself is still pretty easy to install and will T off the water line. In my experience, the bidet is doing the water heating, so you do not need a hot water line.

tl;dr: electricity makes everything hot - water, air, and seat


Tier 3:
Price range: $2,000+
Suggestion: Prodigy Smart Toilet

I’m going to be honest, I’ve never used, or even considered a bidet in this range so I’m winging the sales pitch. Basically, you’re getting a smart toilet at this point. In addition to the previous features, you’re getting a seat that opens as you approach and a toilet that adjusts to you and flushes appropriately (lol wut). Oh an apparently it has an actual enema feature for those that need that.

tl;dr: big data gonna know how you poop


There’s also a Tier A for your stand alone bidets. This is your traditional European bidet that isn’t attached to the toilet. Basically, you’re not considering this unless you’re building or completely remodeling your bathroom due to excessive plumbing changes… I think.

In closing, if you already had a bidet, you wouldn’t be sweating the TP shortage of 2020. It’s not too late. Fair warning though, once you bidet, you don’t stray. Pooping at work/hotels/literally anywhere without a bidet is the WORST now. Know what you’re getting yourself into and plan accordingly.

Site Redesign

You may notice that things look… different; hopefully “good” different! In what has been in the works for the past few months, I’m happy to roll out our revamped UI. If we’re being honest, the previous UI was an embarrassment. It was a patchwork amalgamation of terrible. UI is not my strong suit so there was a lot of learning on my side.

My goal with the revamp was to clean things up and provide a much more modern user experience. While there are still things to improve, I believe this is a big step up from where we were previously.

While working on this, I tried to keep most of the functionality relatively the same for now. I did this for two reasons. 1) To get the initial revamp out quicker 2) Nobody likes too much change too quickly. That said, there are some functional changes that were made to lay the groundwork for upcoming features:

  • Your shaves have moved to http://trythatsoap.com/shaveoftheday. Profile pages (where you previously found your shaves) will be overhauled with all sorts of metric/chart goodies in the future.
  • Date fields now utilize a data picker because 2020 (Notably on the Shave of the Day and Product Submission forms)
  • The product fields on the Shave of the Day forms are now filterable
  • Blog and Review posts are now searchable via the main search bar
  • Many product pages have been changed to filterable tables

Additionally, a much requested feature has been added - DARK MODE! You can turn this on via the settings page. You will need an account to use this feature.

Finally, I get asked fairly often how people can donate to the site. In response, I have created a Patreon page where those who wish to help support the site. There are a few goodies available for those that become patrons, but to be clear, the site will remain free and this is completely optional.

As always, feedback is welcome and appreciated! Good? Bad? Send it all over. While I tried my best to test everything, it is a near certainty that I broke something. If you see anything odd or not working, please let me know so that I can fix it.

Thank you all for your support over the past 3 years. The site wouldn’t be where it is without you!

Try That Soap featured on Lather Talk Podcast

I recently had the pleasure of joining Jon and Gerard from the Lather Talk Podcast to discuss Acquisition Disorder. Check it out!

Lather Talk #011: This week we have a roundtable discussion on Acquisition Disorder, with special guests Alex, founder of TryThatSoap.com and returning guest and friend Ross from West Coast Shaving's The Daily Shave series.

It's a cycle you find in many hobbies: with great enthusiasm comes the desire to try as much as you can, whether it be soaps, brushes, razors, you name it. Alex, in part, created TryThatSoap.com to be a database that compiles artisan soaps and their scent profiles, and try to help wet shavers hone in on scents they are likely to enjoy, based upon their personal ratings.

Hopefully our discussion can help you, wherever you are on your own wet shaving journey!

You can find a list of links to listen to the podcast here.

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 well hydrated with a silky feeling after the rinse. The ShaveScore for Highland Springs Soap Co. tallow is a 95. For similar performance in a soap base, I suggest First Line Shave.

Disclosure: All reviews and impressions must state how the product was acquired, whether it be free, sponsored, promotional, purchased, or otherwise.

  • Soap - Highland Springs Soap Co. Eclipse (promotional gift)
  • Brush - Turn-N-Shave “Tusk” (purchased)
  • Razor - Karve Shaving Co. Aluminum Christopher Bradley (promotional gift)
  • Post - Catie’s Bubbles Lantern Hill (purchased)

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 Extract, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Extract, Silk Amino Acids. This soap is on the firmer side of mid and is a mindlessly easy loading soap. The soap is thirsty, but not as thirsty as the most thirsty soaps. With water and agitation, the soap base explodes into a creamy, dense lather that has a consistency similar to Greek yogurt. While improvement over Icarus is only slight, the slickness is definitely improved. Primary and residual slickness are elite in performance, probably the slickest lather that I have ever experienced. Post shave is the absolute best I have experienced in a soap base to date. The post shave feeling is pure luxury. Declaration Milksteak soap base is a sheer pleasure to use. Given this experience and the improvements, Declaration Grooming Milksteak receives a ShaveScore of 100. For similar performance in soap bases I suggest: Wholly Kaw Siero and Zingariman Sebo.

Disclosure: All reviews and impressions must state how the product was acquired, whether it be free, sponsored, promotional, purchased, or otherwise.

  • Soap - Declaration Grooming Darkfall (loaner)
  • Brush - Turn-N-Shave “Tusk” (purchased)
  • Razor - Razorock Lupo SS (purchased)
  • Post - Declaration Grooming Darkfall (loaner)

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 to build lather with slow addition of water. When dialed in, the lather has a similar consistency to that of cool whip. Primary slickness of this soap is excellent and residual slickness is very good. Post shave is the real star and is among the elite in a crowded soap market. The face feel and protection this lather leaves behind is amazing. Gentleman’s Nod really hit a home run with this soap base and as such receives a ShaveScore of 93. For a similar performance experience I suggest Summer Break Soaps and Tallow + Steel.

Disclosure: All reviews and impressions must state how the product was acquired, whether it be free, sponsored, promotional, purchased, or otherwise.

  • Soap - Gentleman’s Nod George (gift)
  • Brush - Maseto Shaving 30mm 2 Band (purchased)
  • Razor - Angelo Murro (loaner)
  • Post - Gentleman’s Nod George (gift)

Recently Added
Heard there is a TP shortage...
Heard there is a TP shortage... - 2020-03-20 14:07:28+00:00 image

Edit 5/24/2020: Updated some of the recommended links now that the bidets are becoming more available again.

I’m going to start off with a clear disclaimer, this has nothing to do with wet shaving. Also there are Amazon affiliate links in this post. Ok, proceeding…

As some of you may be aware, there is a toilet paper shortage right now. Why is there a toilet paper shortage? That’s a really good question. Hand sanitizer shortage? Makes sense. Slim pickings on Chef Boyardee? Sure. TP? Wait, what? Alas, here we are. Luckily, there is an alternative and honestly, it’s something you should have already invested in.

Boys and girls, let me introduce you to our friend, The Bidet. For those living under a rock, a bidet is a toilet attachment that attaches to your water line and, ahem, cleans you after you do your business. No endless wiping, environmentally friendly, and isn’t at the mercy of hoarders*. Sounds pretty cool, huh? Spoiler alert: it is! Honestly though, everyone should have one of these. If you get some poo on your hand, you’re not just going to wipe it off with paper - you’re going to wash your friggin hands! With water [and soap]! Like a civilized person! You may be getting the impression that I’m passionate about bidets. I am. I had a $17.99 bidet listed on the Black Friday deal page last year for goodness sake. Some of you took advantage of it, but not enough. The forward thinkers are laughing from the top of their golden throne right now.

Alright, enough soap boxing - lets talk about the various options when it comes to bidet. Like anything else, you get what you pay for. For the most part, the more you spend, the more features you’re getting. We’ll talk about a couple of these tiers to get you going on your path to cleanliness.

Tier .5:
Price Range: $10-$30
Suggestion: Bio Bidet - The Palm

Hand held. I’m not sure how you use these without making a big mess, but apparently it’s possible. Fill it with water, point it at your butt, and squirt. The big advantage here is portability, which trust me, you will be considering after you have been shown the light.

tl;dr go to Tier 1


Tier 1:
Price range: $20-$40
Suggestion: Bio Bidet SlimEdge

This is your basic, entry level bidet. It’s 100% mechanical, so no need for an outlet near the toilet. That said, cleaning your butt is about all it’s going to do (or act as a drinking fountain if you’re feeling adventurous). All the bidets in this tier will T off your water line and are turned on by a knob. The typically go between your current toilet seat and toilet. In my experience, this knob goes from trickle to enema in about .2 seconds, so be careful. Because there is no electricity, expect the water to be cold unless you happen to T off a hot water line, which actually sounds like an awful idea due to not being able to regulate the heat… yeah, just plan on cold water. Assuming you are moderately handy, this shouldn’t be an issue to install. The biggest thing is making sure you use plumber’s tape and make sure there are no leaks.

tl;dr sprays water… that’s it


Tier 2:
Price range: $200-$600
Suggestion: Bio Bidet BB-600

Now we’re talking. Tier 2 actually has a pretty big range. There are a ton of features available in this tier. Heated seat, warm water, feminine sprayer, air dryer, aerated water (that’s a thing apparently), night lights, auto on/off, water filters, etc. Two big changes in this tier is that typically the bidet will be replacing your toilet seat here. You also will need a power outlet for most (all?) of the bidets in this tier. The bidet itself is still pretty easy to install and will T off the water line. In my experience, the bidet is doing the water heating, so you do not need a hot water line.

tl;dr: electricity makes everything hot - water, air, and seat


Tier 3:
Price range: $2,000+
Suggestion: Prodigy Smart Toilet

I’m going to be honest, I’ve never used, or even considered a bidet in this range so I’m winging the sales pitch. Basically, you’re getting a smart toilet at this point. In addition to the previous features, you’re getting a seat that opens as you approach and a toilet that adjusts to you and flushes appropriately (lol wut). Oh an apparently it has an actual enema feature for those that need that.

tl;dr: big data gonna know how you poop


There’s also a Tier A for your stand alone bidets. This is your traditional European bidet that isn’t attached to the toilet. Basically, you’re not considering this unless you’re building or completely remodeling your bathroom due to excessive plumbing changes… I think.

In closing, if you already had a bidet, you wouldn’t be sweating the TP shortage of 2020. It’s not too late. Fair warning though, once you bidet, you don’t stray. Pooping at work/hotels/literally anywhere without a bidet is the WORST now. Know what you’re getting yourself into and plan accordingly.

Site Redesign

You may notice that things look… different; hopefully “good” different! In what has been in the works for the past few months, I’m happy to roll out our revamped UI. If we’re being honest, the previous UI was an embarrassment. It was a patchwork amalgamation of terrible. UI is not my strong suit so there was a lot of learning on my side.

My goal with the revamp was to clean things up and provide a much more modern user experience. While there are still things to improve, I believe this is a big step up from where we were previously.

While working on this, I tried to keep most of the functionality relatively the same for now. I did this for two reasons. 1) To get the initial revamp out quicker 2) Nobody likes too much change too quickly. That said, there are some functional changes that were made to lay the groundwork for upcoming features:

  • Your shaves have moved to http://trythatsoap.com/shaveoftheday. Profile pages (where you previously found your shaves) will be overhauled with all sorts of metric/chart goodies in the future.
  • Date fields now utilize a data picker because 2020 (Notably on the Shave of the Day and Product Submission forms)
  • The product fields on the Shave of the Day forms are now filterable
  • Blog and Review posts are now searchable via the main search bar
  • Many product pages have been changed to filterable tables

Additionally, a much requested feature has been added - DARK MODE! You can turn this on via the settings page. You will need an account to use this feature.

Finally, I get asked fairly often how people can donate to the site. In response, I have created a Patreon page where those who wish to help support the site. There are a few goodies available for those that become patrons, but to be clear, the site will remain free and this is completely optional.

As always, feedback is welcome and appreciated! Good? Bad? Send it all over. While I tried my best to test everything, it is a near certainty that I broke something. If you see anything odd or not working, please let me know so that I can fix it.

Thank you all for your support over the past 3 years. The site wouldn’t be where it is without you!

Try That Soap featured on Lather Talk Podcast

I recently had the pleasure of joining Jon and Gerard from the Lather Talk Podcast to discuss Acquisition Disorder. Check it out!

Lather Talk #011: This week we have a roundtable discussion on Acquisition Disorder, with special guests Alex, founder of TryThatSoap.com and returning guest and friend Ross from West Coast Shaving's The Daily Shave series.

It's a cycle you find in many hobbies: with great enthusiasm comes the desire to try as much as you can, whether it be soaps, brushes, razors, you name it. Alex, in part, created TryThatSoap.com to be a database that compiles artisan soaps and their scent profiles, and try to help wet shavers hone in on scents they are likely to enjoy, based upon their personal ratings.

Hopefully our discussion can help you, wherever you are on your own wet shaving journey!

You can find a list of links to listen to the podcast here.

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 well hydrated with a silky feeling after the rinse. The ShaveScore for Highland Springs Soap Co. tallow is a 95. For similar performance in a soap base, I suggest First Line Shave.

Disclosure: All reviews and impressions must state how the product was acquired, whether it be free, sponsored, promotional, purchased, or otherwise.

  • Soap - Highland Springs Soap Co. Eclipse (promotional gift)
  • Brush - Turn-N-Shave “Tusk” (purchased)
  • Razor - Karve Shaving Co. Aluminum Christopher Bradley (promotional gift)
  • Post - Catie’s Bubbles Lantern Hill (purchased)

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 Extract, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Extract, Silk Amino Acids. This soap is on the firmer side of mid and is a mindlessly easy loading soap. The soap is thirsty, but not as thirsty as the most thirsty soaps. With water and agitation, the soap base explodes into a creamy, dense lather that has a consistency similar to Greek yogurt. While improvement over Icarus is only slight, the slickness is definitely improved. Primary and residual slickness are elite in performance, probably the slickest lather that I have ever experienced. Post shave is the absolute best I have experienced in a soap base to date. The post shave feeling is pure luxury. Declaration Milksteak soap base is a sheer pleasure to use. Given this experience and the improvements, Declaration Grooming Milksteak receives a ShaveScore of 100. For similar performance in soap bases I suggest: Wholly Kaw Siero and Zingariman Sebo.

Disclosure: All reviews and impressions must state how the product was acquired, whether it be free, sponsored, promotional, purchased, or otherwise.

  • Soap - Declaration Grooming Darkfall (loaner)
  • Brush - Turn-N-Shave “Tusk” (purchased)
  • Razor - Razorock Lupo SS (purchased)
  • Post - Declaration Grooming Darkfall (loaner)

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 to build lather with slow addition of water. When dialed in, the lather has a similar consistency to that of cool whip. Primary slickness of this soap is excellent and residual slickness is very good. Post shave is the real star and is among the elite in a crowded soap market. The face feel and protection this lather leaves behind is amazing. Gentleman’s Nod really hit a home run with this soap base and as such receives a ShaveScore of 93. For a similar performance experience I suggest Summer Break Soaps and Tallow + Steel.

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  • Soap - Gentleman’s Nod George (gift)
  • Brush - Maseto Shaving 30mm 2 Band (purchased)
  • Razor - Angelo Murro (loaner)
  • Post - Gentleman’s Nod George (gift)

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