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)