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Product Review: Dr. Squatch Soap Company

November 10, 2013 | By | 3 Comments

drsquatchI have said it before, and I will say it again.  You can wash your beard on a daily basis if you are using the proper products.  To that end, I would like to introduce you to a company with a number of soaps that serve as solid beard (and body) soaps; Dr. Squatch Soap Company.

Let’s take a look at the company:

Cost: $6.00 per bar (plus shipping); $12.00 for the soap saver (plus shipping)

Website: drsquatch.com
Twitter: @DrSquatchSoapCo
Facebook: Facebook.com/SasquatchSoap
Instagram: @DrSquatchSoapCo

Packaging: Each of the soaps are packaged in small boxes, sealed with the label that tells you the type of soap in the box, with a small circular cutout in the top right corner of the box that shows the coloring of the soap inside.  My bars and soap saver were shipped to me in a USPS padded envelope.

Products available: In addition to the soaps themselves and soap saver, Dr. Squatch offers 1, 2, or 3 bar per month “soapscriptions” and four bar gift packages that are shipped in cigar boxes.

After initially discovering Dr. Squatch on Twitter, I took a look at their website.  Impressed with the widespread lineup they have to offer, I exchanged some emails with Jack, one of the company founders and quickly received five soaps and a soap saver.

Before I get into the specifics of the five soaps I enjoyed sampling, let me offer some general observations that apply to all of the soaps.  First, all bars are 5 oz, square-shaped bars.  The bars are solid in structure and their size makes them easy to hold onto.  A common problem I have found with your mass-produced everyday soaps is that the bars are often smaller or often have an odd curved shape shape that makes them harder to hold onto once they get wet.  No issues like that with the Dr. Squatch soaps.

Don’t have time to read the full review?  No problem – check out the Tales of the Tape below:

Soap Saver Tale of the Tape

Eucalyptus Greek Yogurt Tale of the Tape

Spearmint Basil Scrub Tale of the Tape

Pine Tar Tale of the Tape

Cool Fresh Aloe Tale of the Tape

Cedar Citrus Tale of the Tape

Additionally, all of the bars function as excellent body soaps with scents I enjoyed, and all of them allowed me to clean my beard thoroughly.  I will address each of their specific capabilities as beard soaps and rank them 1-5 below, but before we get into the soaps, let’s take a look at a handy accessory, the Soap Saver.

soapsaverThe Soap Saver ($12.00 plus shipping) is a simple accessory, a small wooden block with grooves on which you set your soap. It is pictured here and in all the pictures below. The soap saver is approximately the same size as the soap bars. By simply placing the soap on the saver after use, it allows air to circulate all around it to dry the soap between uses which serves to extend the life of the soap.

If you decide to purchase some of the Dr. Squatch soaps, or you use hand cut soaps, a soap saver is a solid investment.  I did find that the bar would sometimes stick to the soap saver when I went to take it off the next day, but it let loose with a quick tug, and none of the soap bars ever fell apart or broke when I was taking it off.

Somewhat cheaper alternatives are available at various home goods store, I even have a couple.  However, the soap saver easily eclipses those in terms of quality and solid construction.  I highly recommend it.

Dr. Squatch was kind enough to send me five different soaps to review: Eucalyptus Greek Yogurt, Spearmint Basil Scrub, Pine Tar, Cool Fresh Aloe, and Cedar Citrus.  When I first opened the envelope, I was overwhelmed (in a good way) with all of the different scents from the soaps.

Looking at five bars of soap that all smelled great, how was I to choose?  Enter my (now) eight month old assistant, my beautiful daughter Samantha.  We’ve been making a point to expose her to new smells lately, both to expose her to new scents and to see the funny faces she makes.  So to figure out the order I would try the soaps in, I took a turn holding up each soap close to my daughter’s nose to see what her reaction was.

Eucalyptus Yogurt got the biggest smile from her, followed by Spearmint Basil Scrub.  Pine Tar got a sort of inquisitive look, so it was number three, and while Cool Fresh Aloe and Cedar Citrus did not receive a negative reaction from her, her expression was more indifferent, so those got slots number four and five in the review order.

First, Eucalyptus Greek Yogurt.

eucalyptus greek yogurtA quick breakdown of the ingredients on the back of the soap’s outer covering lists olive oil, coconut oil, soybean oil, hemp oil, shea butter, water, lye, eucalyptus essential oil, and greek yogurt. The Eucalyptus essential oils definitely provide the dominant scent, and Dr. Squatch’s description of “this all-natural bar is a favorite of those looking for a bit of morning pep” is 100% accurate. During my time using this soap, I found it to be a very pleasant and invigorating scent first thing in the morning.

In terms of its function as a beard soap, I would rank this as number 4 out of the 5. That is not to say it is not a good beard soap; it is. It just does not rank as high in my opinion as some of the others. It did provide my beard with good manageability after use, but it appeared to dry out some of the oils in my beard more than I like. Let me be clear – in terms of acting as a beard soap, all five soaps are heads and tails above the average soaps you’d find on the counter in most stores. Again, I am simply ranking the five soaps I received against each other. The only real problem I had was that this bar was also my wife’s favorite, so after I used it for a while, she promptly stole it from me.

Next, we have the Spearmint Basil Scrub.

spearmint basil scrubFor the ingredients, this one lists olive oil, coconut oil, soybean oil, hemp oil, shea butter, water, lye, fragrance oil, and peppermint leaves.  I did confirm with Dr. Squatch that the fragrance oils do not contain alcohol, so don’t be concerned that this will dry your beard out.  This was actually my favorite soap in terms of scent; it was another great scent to wake you up first thing in the morning.  Spearmint was the dominant scent, but the basil undertones really make it  a smooth but full-bodied scent.

As a beard soap, though, I rank this one as the lowest of the five.  It did give me a solid manageability after use, but like with the Eucalyptus soap, I expected a little better moisturizing properties.  But again, let me qualify this remark.  I think those with shorter beards (2-3 inches or less), would not notice an appreciable difference between these and the top three soaps.  With my beard being as long as it is, the length of the hair simply make it harder to manage sometimes, so when I towel dry it after I get out of the shower, the more wavy it is, the less its manageability.  With these two soaps, it was slightly wavier after drying than with the top three.

Looking at the ingredients between the five soaps, you will see that there is little difference, so keep this in mind when reading my rankings; the differences in manageability were hard to detect, especially between the top three soaps. I did use each soap at least five days in a row to try and rule out the effect of other environmental factors, and my ranking of each soap is based on my overall impression, not a single washing.

Up third, we have the Pine Tar.

pine tarFor the ingredients, we have olive oil, coconut oil, soybean oil, hemp oil, shea butter, water, lye, pine tar extract, and oatmeal. This bar has an excellent scent. For those of you that have tried other pine tar soaps, I think many people would find Dr. Squatch’s version of it to have a much more palatable scent than the others. Personally, I have not had any issues with other pine tar soaps, but just to give you an example, when my wife was smelling the different soaps, when she smelled this one, she asked if it was pine tar. I said yes, and her reply was “Well, I like this one a lot more than the other pine tar soap you’ve tried.” So guys, if you like pine tar, but have found that other brands of pine tar soap aren’t well accepted by your significant other, give this one a shot.

In terms of a beard soap, this one was either tied for first place on the list or a very close second. If I rank it second, it would simply be because of the texture of the soap. The addition of the oatmeal made it rougher than the other four. It is certainly not a sandpaper-like roughness, but I did lather with this one a bit slower than the others. My beard had excellent manageability after use, and I would highly recommend this soap to anyone looking for more of an exfoliating soap, especially if you shower at the end of the day and your daily routine and/or job cause you to get particularly dirty. This one will clean you right up.

Fourth in the review order was Cool Fresh Aloe.

cool fresh aloeThe ingredients listed are olive oil, coconut oil, soybean oil, hemp oil, shea butter, water, lye, and fragrance oil.  If I were grading soaps on looks alone, this one would win.  As you see in the picture, it is multi-colored with a cool pattern.  Cool Fresh Aloe also had a great smell, one that is kind of hard to pinpoint a specific scent, so I will simply say it has a very fresh scent, and also say that I found Dr. Squatch’s description to be very accurate – “A classic man’s scent with a natural twist. Think of it as the Irish Spring that won’t dry out.”

As for its capabilities as a beard soap, I would rank this one first.  My beard had excellent manageability after use – after drying, I didn’t have any tangles even just finger-combing my beard as I applied a traditional beard oil or beard balm.  If you’ve read the ingredients closely, you will likely once again ask “well, they’re all so close, what makes this one stand out?”  I don’t have a scientific explanation for it – I can only say that it performed the best overall for the period I used it, and I would highly recommend – if you can only purchase one bar, purchase this one.

The last soap of the five that I tried was Cedar Citrus.

cedar citrusThis is the newest soap in the Dr. Squatch lineup, and lists the ingredients as olive oil, coconut oil, soybean oil, hemp oil, shea butter, water, lye, essential oils of orange, cedarwood and rosemary. I really liked this scent as well. As an admittedly odd way of describing the scent, imagine if someone took an arrow made out of cedar and then shot it through an orange, pulled the arrow out and smelled it – that’s what you’ll get. Citrus overtones with a strong cedar undertone that offers a bold, pleasant scent.

As a beard soap, I would rank this one third on the list, right in the middle of the pack. It offered marginally better manageability than the bottom two, and was slightly less compared to the top two. If you are looking for a solid beard soap with a new take on a citrus scent, this one is for you.

With the holiday season fast approaching, if you are looking for some new soap for yourself, or a gift for a friend, bearded or not, be sure to check out Dr. Squatch.  Also, guys, if your girlfriend/fiancee/wife likes to use bar soap and you’re looking for an unique gift for her, pick out a gift set for her.  Although it is definitely a more masculine presentation with the cigar box, it is also likely she will not have ever gotten anything like this and you’ll receive points for originality.  If she thinks that a gift of soap implies that she smells bad, apologize and keep the soap for yourself.  Win/win.

Five different soaps may sound like a lot, but Dr. Squatch still has more to offer.  To check out these and the other soaps, purchase a “soapscription” and learn more about their soap making process, visit DrSquatch.com. They have a very well laid-out and slick looking website, so take a minute and have a look around.

Want to connect with them on social media? Be sure to like their Facebook page, follow them on Twitter, @DrSquatchSoapCo, and follow them on Instagram, @DrSquatchSoapCo.

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  1. Title Beard says:

    Justin,

    Absolutely! There are many beardsmen out there who advocate not washing everyday, but I’m of the mind that if you’re using the proper soaps and conditioning products (i.e. beard oils) you can keep your beard clean and healthy.

    Thanks for asking!
    -TitleBeard

  2. Justin says:

    You saying I can def use one of these soaps every single day? I feel like my beard needs more love from the right products.

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