Patreon Update
Patreon Update - 2020-05-25 14:07:22+00:00 image

We have made some updates to our Patreon tiers, notably increasing some of the benefits. For those that were not aware, we created a Patreon page for people that wish to support the site monetarily. THIS IS COMPLETELY OPTIONAL and has no effect on site tools, functionality, or availability. Recommendations, Shave of the Day tooling, Dens, and Wishlists will always be FREE!

That said, we have updated our tiers as follows:

Arko Aficionado:

  • No change. The sweet Patron Supporter icon on your profile still doesn't do anything.

Humble Hobbyist:

  • Now includes a complete sticker pack, including a black and white die cut sticker, a holographic die cut sticker, and a black and white magnet. (all approximately 3").

Clandestine Chest Latherer:

  • In addition to previous rewards, this tier now includes a featured product of your choice for every month of support. This product will be shown on the home page of Try That Soap for a one week period. While this tier is primarily geared towards artisans looking promote their products, passionate fans looking to hype their favorite products are also welcome. Due to limited availability, this tier is restricted to 16 Patrons.

As always, thank you everyone for your support. I'd like to reiterate that this is completely optional and is not a requirement to use the site or to create a FREE account. Please don't hesitate to reach out if there are any questions!

Ruds Shaves - Southern Witchcrafts - Anthropophagy

Southern Witchcrafts is an artisan soap and aftershave maker based in Georgia. The brand began in 2017 and is owned by Courtney Brooks and Stephen Joiner. Joiner, is also the owner of the artisan brush company, Dogwood Handcrafts. Anthropophagy is a Spring seasonal release from SW. Southern Witchcrafts focus is on providing high quality vegan shaving products with scents that are interesting and unique. In addition to ordering directly, Southern Witchcrafts can be purchased at Maggard Razors and Top of the Chain.

Anthropophagy pays homage to Thomas Harris, the creator of Hannibal Lecter, the protagonist in the all time great film, Silence of the lambs. The fragrance is modeled after a hand cream that is said to have been used by Lecter, and present on the letters he sent to Clarice Starling in the film. Scent notes feature: Tonka bean, musk, lavender, cotton, amyris wood and hedione. True to form, the fragrance is a soft, clean smelling accord highlighted by lavender and cotton. Mrs. Ruds is neutral on this one. She finds it somewhat pleasant but not something she gravitates to me wearing. Strength of scent is mid-strong once lathered. Try That Soap (https://trythatsoap.com/) recommends Soap Commander Devotion as a comparable scent profile.

Southern Witchcrafts uses a soap base of the vegan variety. The bases ingredients are listed as: Water, stearic acid, shea butter, castor oil, potassium hydroxide, glycerine, coconut oil, sodium lactate, sodium hydroxide, jojoba oil, aloe powder, liquid aloe, isopropyl myristate, kaolin clay and fragrance. The soap is soft to mid on the firmness spectrum. The soap base loads easily and lathers with very little effort. It is of normal thirst and whips into a lather that will have the consistency of cool whip. The slickness of this soap is excellent in both the visible slickness area as well as a secondary slickness. Post shave, like slickness is excellent as well. The oils and butters provide a luxurious feeling on the skin post shave. Given my experience with this soap base, it receives a ShaveScore of 92. Soap bases with similar performance are: Phoenix Artisan Accoutrements (CK-6) and Wholly Kaw (vegan).

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

  • Soap - Southern Witchcrafts Anthropophagy (promotional gift)
  • Brush -​ Dogwood Handcrafts “Darkness” (purchased)
  • Razor - HomeLikeShaving Safe Start 1.18 (loaner)
  • Post - Catie’s Bubbles Ménage a Lavande (purchased)

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!

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)

Patreon Update
Patreon Update - 2020-05-25 14:07:22+00:00 image

We have made some updates to our Patreon tiers, notably increasing some of the benefits. For those that were not aware, we created a Patreon page for people that wish to support the site monetarily. THIS IS COMPLETELY OPTIONAL and has no effect on site tools, functionality, or availability. Recommendations, Shave of the Day tooling, Dens, and Wishlists will always be FREE!

That said, we have updated our tiers as follows:

Arko Aficionado:

  • No change. The sweet Patron Supporter icon on your profile still doesn't do anything.

Humble Hobbyist:

  • Now includes a complete sticker pack, including a black and white die cut sticker, a holographic die cut sticker, and a black and white magnet. (all approximately 3").

Clandestine Chest Latherer:

  • In addition to previous rewards, this tier now includes a featured product of your choice for every month of support. This product will be shown on the home page of Try That Soap for a one week period. While this tier is primarily geared towards artisans looking promote their products, passionate fans looking to hype their favorite products are also welcome. Due to limited availability, this tier is restricted to 16 Patrons.

As always, thank you everyone for your support. I'd like to reiterate that this is completely optional and is not a requirement to use the site or to create a FREE account. Please don't hesitate to reach out if there are any questions!

Ruds Shaves - Southern Witchcrafts - Anthropophagy

Southern Witchcrafts is an artisan soap and aftershave maker based in Georgia. The brand began in 2017 and is owned by Courtney Brooks and Stephen Joiner. Joiner, is also the owner of the artisan brush company, Dogwood Handcrafts. Anthropophagy is a Spring seasonal release from SW. Southern Witchcrafts focus is on providing high quality vegan shaving products with scents that are interesting and unique. In addition to ordering directly, Southern Witchcrafts can be purchased at Maggard Razors and Top of the Chain.

Anthropophagy pays homage to Thomas Harris, the creator of Hannibal Lecter, the protagonist in the all time great film, Silence of the lambs. The fragrance is modeled after a hand cream that is said to have been used by Lecter, and present on the letters he sent to Clarice Starling in the film. Scent notes feature: Tonka bean, musk, lavender, cotton, amyris wood and hedione. True to form, the fragrance is a soft, clean smelling accord highlighted by lavender and cotton. Mrs. Ruds is neutral on this one. She finds it somewhat pleasant but not something she gravitates to me wearing. Strength of scent is mid-strong once lathered. Try That Soap (https://trythatsoap.com/) recommends Soap Commander Devotion as a comparable scent profile.

Southern Witchcrafts uses a soap base of the vegan variety. The bases ingredients are listed as: Water, stearic acid, shea butter, castor oil, potassium hydroxide, glycerine, coconut oil, sodium lactate, sodium hydroxide, jojoba oil, aloe powder, liquid aloe, isopropyl myristate, kaolin clay and fragrance. The soap is soft to mid on the firmness spectrum. The soap base loads easily and lathers with very little effort. It is of normal thirst and whips into a lather that will have the consistency of cool whip. The slickness of this soap is excellent in both the visible slickness area as well as a secondary slickness. Post shave, like slickness is excellent as well. The oils and butters provide a luxurious feeling on the skin post shave. Given my experience with this soap base, it receives a ShaveScore of 92. Soap bases with similar performance are: Phoenix Artisan Accoutrements (CK-6) and Wholly Kaw (vegan).

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

  • Soap - Southern Witchcrafts Anthropophagy (promotional gift)
  • Brush -​ Dogwood Handcrafts “Darkness” (purchased)
  • Razor - HomeLikeShaving Safe Start 1.18 (loaner)
  • Post - Catie’s Bubbles Ménage a Lavande (purchased)

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!

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.

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