Run Oregon sometimes receives products to review. In this post, Run Oregon’s Matt Rasmussen provides some initial impressions on men’s products from Grandpa Brands Soap, ManCaveSoapworks, Das Boom Industries, and Duke Cannon Supply Company.
Grandpa Brands Soap has been around forever – almost 140 years, in fact. Their staple product is their Pine Tar Soap, a family recipe proclaimed at the time for its restorative and cleansing benefits.
Over time, they have evolved into other various soap types, including Oatmeal, Indian Corn and Baking Soda, as well as all-natural deodorant. I found the Old Fashioned Oatmeal Soap to be almost perfect. It has that clean smell, but is not overpowering at all. It is said to “soothe, soften, and gently exfoliate the skin. Grandpa’s time tested recipe blends rolled oats in a pure vegetable base“. I was left feeling clean, with just a hint of lingering scent to keep you happy. Their tried and true Pine Tar Soap is also good. It’s definitely stronger than the Oatmeal, but it wasn’t as overpowering as I anticipated. It was also a very smooth lather. I have utilized other pine tar soaps, and have found that some give off a more “abrasive” feel and fill the shower with black residue. Grandpa’s Pine Tar Soap goes on smooth and looks/feels just like a normal bar of soap – something I truly appreciate.
ManCaveSoapworks is a small company with big time awesome. They are an Etsy company that crafts their men’s bath and body products entirely by hand. I have tremendous love and respect for those who put ideas to use and keep things simple.
If I didn’t know that the Orange County bar soap was indeed a cleaning product, I might make the mistake of eating it. I LOVE the smell of this so much it’s unreal. It’s not too often that I can go to bed at night excited to wake up in the morning so that I can take a shower and smell this soap again. They call it a “citrus explosion” and I would have to agree with that. It is almost like lathering up with mandarin oranges. The soap, as well as the rest of their products are made with completely natural ingredients. From scents with mint to others with lemon, there is something out there for everyone. Pick up a 4 pack for $22.
ManCaveSoapworks has some other products as well, including one that I was prepared to dislike, but ended up legitimately enjoying. I am not a cologne guy. I like to smell nice, but I don’t think I have worn a spritz of cologne since I was trying way too hard in early high school. ManCave sent a “cologne stick” in Sedona (“Green notes mixed with vetiver grasses, sandalwood, bourbon vanilla, amber and tonka bean”).
It looks like a chapstick and thought it was so convenient and awesome that I could just rub it on my wrist’s pressure point and be done with it. So cool! The scent was surprisingly mild, yet had a natural fragrance smell to it. It is unlike any cologne I have ever worn. I also found it to be long-lasting, as I caught small whiffs throughout the day. This is one of my favorite things now, and for 9.95, you can hardly beat it.
ManCaveSoapworks have a variety of other handcrafted items, from beard oil to shaving items to body wash. If you happen to find a scent you like, there is a good likelihood that the scents will be found in other products. For example, I plan on stocking up on Orange County soap, cologne, aftershave, AND shaving soap.
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Das Boom Industries is self-described as a “men’s lifestyle brand” and prides inself in “body care, fashion, mobile barber shop and all things unique…everything you need to get feeling good, smelling fresh, and keeping it proper“.
I received their Everything Shampoo and Everything Conditioner in “Marrakesh” – a blend of “fresh bergamot, sweet cardamom, and spicy black pepper”. Adding in some extracts (lemongrass, tea tree, rosemary, and geranium) with some other natural ingredients get you this smell. Not really being familiar with the scents of most of the main products, I was expecting being overpowered. The Marrakesh was actually a fine smell and left my scalp and hear feeling clean and fresh. I am happy that both the shampoo and conditioner had the same scents, avoiding any chance at a crazy, smelly combination. These run about $27.
I also received a variety of their products in their “Denali” blend – the Everything Bar Soap, EverythingLotion, and Everything Wash. Denali is a mix of juniper, pine, and cedar – definitely more woodsy than the Marrakesh. I still didn’t find it overpowerin in scent, which is definitely appreciated.
The soap is listed around $17, with the lotion and the wash running around $24. It’s definitely an investment, so consider getting your feet wet with a group set, a combination of the wash, soap, and lotion. These run about $65, but you will be saving money in the long run.
If I had one negative, it would be that in all the bottled items, I found the pumps to be a little challenging. I felt I had to pump a bunch of times to get a desired amount. Yet if the major”complaint” is the pump, that’s ultimately not really a big deal. Follow them on Facebook. Items can be purchased on their Amazon Online Store.
Duke Cannon Supply Company makes no apologies for being a company for men. From their Big Ass Brick of Soap (“3x the size of female soaps” and “Not for Clowns” are listed on the box) to their Bloody Knuckles Hand Repair Balm, it’s easy to see the demographic that they are going for. You can even purchase gift sets that include golf balls, ammunition canisters, or hatchets (groomsmen gifts, anyone?). I was sent a few of the BABOS (which I am shortening from the “Big Ass” description) as well as a few some other hygiene products in their line, such as shampoo, face wash, and shaving gel.
The BABOS are indeed huge, coming in at 10 ounces. Even for a man, these were really quite tough to hold on to! Their Green Bar, “smells like victory” and smells clean with a hint of grass. They state that if you “enjoy activities like drinking American beer of using power tools”. All of the other soaps also have similar chuckle-worthy man-sayings about them (the White Bar smells like productivity, the Black Bar like accomplishment, and the Blue Bar like Naval supremacy). But despite their man-centric musings, I will say that the smell of the BABOS are clean and refreshing. Given their no apologies manliness, I was expecting powerful and overpowering scents. Instead, I was met with pleasant and muted aromas – and was pleasantly surprised by that. You can get a 3-pack for $19 (which is really about a 9 pack, given the size of the bars).
Sticking with shower products, Duke’s also has a Working Man’s Face Wash ($14.00) and a 2-in-1 Hair Wash ($14.00). Unlike the soaps, I found these to have a much stronger scent overall. The face wash has a citrusy tone to it, and I didn’t personally feel I needed that much, especially when pairing with, what I found, an equally strong smell of the hair wash. The face wash also had menthol, which is used to “energize”. And boy does it ever. It gave my face a little chill and definitely perked me right up. The hair wash is made clean (with no parabens or sulfates), and also featured menthol in combination with tea tree oil. While these are fine products, if you are sensitive to smell just be cautious.
On the flip side, I found their Beardsman’s Clear Shaving Gel ($15.00) and Superior Grade Shaving Cream ($14.00) to be outstanding. The scent was subdued on each and really made my face feel great. Both feature aloe, an awesome post-shave feeling. They also toss in some unique other “things” (ginseng and allantoin in the former, and shea butter, macadamia nut oil and calendula extract in the latter). I really enjoyed these products and would definitely purchase again.
For the time being, you can save 10% off your total order (using code SHAVEMORE) when you purchase a shave cream with any other product. Sweet!