"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
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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!

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.

Support the Wheeler Family

As some of you may have heard, Derek Wheeler of Wild West Brushworks, and his family, recently lost their home to a fire. Thankfully everyone (including furry friends!) are safe. Unfortunately, their house and belongings are a total loss.

Ben from Mammoth Soaps has set up a GoFundMe page and the wet shaving community at large has donated some awesome prizes to help raise money for Derek and his family. Please consider donating!

For more information, please see the Facebook Post by Ben.

Live with Heather of Zingari Man
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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
Ruds Shaves to be featured on Try That Soap - 2019-08-06 13:36:09+00:00 image

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!

Try This Soap 2.0
Try This Soap 2.0 - 2019-05-24 00:56:46+00:00 image

Once again, we’ve teamed up with Declaration Grooming to design a scent that makes use of well received notes that don't necessarily have the NOTE-oriety they deserve. (See what I did there?) Notes include blood orange, black amber, fern, petitgrain, pineapple, cedar, and galbanum.

TTS2.0 will be available at the Maggard's Meetup on June 1st as well as through normal channels.