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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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Ruds Shaves - Declaration Grooming - MotI

Declaration Grooming launched their upgraded base, known as Milksteak, on October 12, 2019. Declaration Grooming is known for featuring amazing soap, aftershave and cologne offerings as well as highly sought after hand tied badger brushes. This one man band is based out of Ferndale, MI and 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.

Check out Latherhog’s scent review

Massacre of the Innocents is a dupe of the highly regarded Herod by Parfums de Marly. The scent is a woody, spicy accord featuring notes of; cinnamon, pepperwood, osmanthus, tobacco leaves, frankincense, cistus, vanilla, cedar, vetiver, patchouli and musk. This is a bold, spicy and resinous fragrance. It is quite masculine and despite its boldness, it is not edgy. Mrs. Ruds approves of this fragrance as a casual wear. Strength of scent is mid out of the container and for the shave’s duration. Try That Soap recommends Ariana & Evans Vanille de Tabac as a similar scent profile.

Declaration Grooming Milksteak base aims to improve on the already elite Icarus soap base. 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 ...

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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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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!