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 ( 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)