The annual TTS Black Friday list is back!

The annual Try That Soap Black Friday List Of Things To Spend Money On is back!! Check back as we approach Black Friday for deals from Maggard Razors, West Coast Shaving, Amazon, and your favorite artisans!

Please Note: While we try our best to reflect the deals as accurately as possible, there may be typos and the vendors'/artisans' official communication/site is the authoritative source.

Double Note: Some links on this page are affiliate links, in that if you click them and buy something, Try That Soap may get a small percentage of the sale price. This helps to support the site and keep it running.

CLICK HERE FOR ALL THE DEAL GOODNESS

Yes, there will be bidet links.

"Mental Health Awareness Matters"

Scott from Declaration Grooming made an announcement via live streams (Instagram) (Facebook), and he started with the title of this post: “Mental health awareness matters”. To that end, he's running 2 fundraising events to raise money for mental health-related charity.

THE CHARITY
Project ; is/was the intended recipient of all proceeds, but now The Jed Foundation is also included. Both organizations promote mental/emotional health.

THE EVENTS
1) Declaration Semicolon Soap and Aftershave

Scent created by Shawn of Chatillon Lux and graciously donated for the charity. The scent is of fresh laundry with lavender. 100% of profit going to charity

2) Raffles for charity

Starting on Monday, July 27th and ending Tuesday July 28th

Unlimited $1 spots for all the prizes in one pool (winners choice of prize, then second, etc. Max 1 prize per person)

Raffles will be administered by Ben from Mammoth Soaps (more info to be added)

Prizes include:

  • B1 and B2 Declaration Brushes - the last of each of these knots ever. The back-up emergency last supply of these two batches will go into these two brushes, in one-off blue/white/dank swirled Declaration handles
  • B10 knots - this will likely be the first release of the new batch. Since there's still a good amount of B9A remaining, these B10 knots will be the only B10 in circulation for some time
  • Dogwood Behemoth - a 75mm Brush
  • Dogwood Jurassic - the one-of-a-kind 2-bug Jurassic with authentic Crane Fly Sex captured in amber resin... and it will be knitted with a Declaration
  • Dogwood Brush-in-a-brush aka Brushception - yo dawg, we heard you like shave brushes...
  • Wolf Whiskers Brush knotted with a Declaration Knot

Big shout out to Scott (Declaration Grooming), Shawn (Chatillon Lux), Stephen (Dogwood Handcrafys), Ben (Mammoth Soaps), and Peter (Wolf Whiskers) for heading off a charity for a great cause!

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)

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)

The annual TTS Black Friday list is back!

The annual Try That Soap Black Friday List Of Things To Spend Money On is back!! Check back as we approach Black Friday for deals from Maggard Razors, West Coast Shaving, Amazon, and your favorite artisans!

Please Note: While we try our best to reflect the deals as accurately as possible, there may be typos and the vendors'/artisans' official communication/site is the authoritative source.

Double Note: Some links on this page are affiliate links, in that if you click them and buy something, Try That Soap may get a small percentage of the sale price. This helps to support the site and keep it running.

CLICK HERE FOR ALL THE DEAL GOODNESS

Yes, there will be bidet links.

"Mental Health Awareness Matters"

Scott from Declaration Grooming made an announcement via live streams (Instagram) (Facebook), and he started with the title of this post: “Mental health awareness matters”. To that end, he's running 2 fundraising events to raise money for mental health-related charity.

THE CHARITY
Project ; is/was the intended recipient of all proceeds, but now The Jed Foundation is also included. Both organizations promote mental/emotional health.

THE EVENTS
1) Declaration Semicolon Soap and Aftershave

Scent created by Shawn of Chatillon Lux and graciously donated for the charity. The scent is of fresh laundry with lavender. 100% of profit going to charity

2) Raffles for charity

Starting on Monday, July 27th and ending Tuesday July 28th

Unlimited $1 spots for all the prizes in one pool (winners choice of prize, then second, etc. Max 1 prize per person)

Raffles will be administered by Ben from Mammoth Soaps (more info to be added)

Prizes include:

  • B1 and B2 Declaration Brushes - the last of each of these knots ever. The back-up emergency last supply of these two batches will go into these two brushes, in one-off blue/white/dank swirled Declaration handles
  • B10 knots - this will likely be the first release of the new batch. Since there's still a good amount of B9A remaining, these B10 knots will be the only B10 in circulation for some time
  • Dogwood Behemoth - a 75mm Brush
  • Dogwood Jurassic - the one-of-a-kind 2-bug Jurassic with authentic Crane Fly Sex captured in amber resin... and it will be knitted with a Declaration
  • Dogwood Brush-in-a-brush aka Brushception - yo dawg, we heard you like shave brushes...
  • Wolf Whiskers Brush knotted with a Declaration Knot

Big shout out to Scott (Declaration Grooming), Shawn (Chatillon Lux), Stephen (Dogwood Handcrafys), Ben (Mammoth Soaps), and Peter (Wolf Whiskers) for heading off a charity for a great cause!

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)

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)