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Smell like a man with soap and pomade from Rudy’s Barbershop

Run Oregon sometimes receives products to review. In this post, Matt Rasmussen provides some thoughts on some bar soaps. Please note that these products are NOT for men only, though Matt was the only blogger to test these out. 

It has been a while since we did a “Like a Man” feature here at Run Oregon. Now that race season is in full swing, and I am smelling like it, it’s time to showcase a new company – Rudy’s Barbershop. Though they started as , and continue to be, an actual barbershop (found in Oregon, on Mississippi Ave, SE Division, and in the Pearl), they also have a variety of products to clean the “run stench” off of you, something my wife appreciates.

Soap, to me, has two main review points: 1) does it smell good and 2) does it affect my skin.

As to the first point, Rudy’s has three different soaps in 4oz. bars, which can be purchased individually for $8 or together in a bundle for $20:

Each bar has a different function – moisturizing, exfoliating, and detoxifying, respectively. They are all made in the USA, and claim to be “paraben-free, sulfate-free, and cruelty-free” with a construction that is good for all skin times.

First of all, these bars all have nice scents. They are pleasantly pungent, but not over the top with fragrance.

I feel like I want to take a bite out of the citrus hydrating bar… it’s that nice. This is their signature scent and is constructed from a variety of oils (sunflower, palm, castor, and organic coconut) and shea butter – as are all of their bars. Their exfoliating bar brings eucalyptus into the fray and has an uneven texture to assist with removing dullness on the skin. The activated charcoal detoxifying bar gets rid of dirt and oils that layer the skin. All three were quite nice and seemed to do their jobs well. I can sometimes be hit-or-miss when it comes to charcoal soap. I have found in some bars that while they do a good job at detoxifying, I am left with drier skin than I would prefer. I didn’t have this issue with the charcoal bar – or any of their bars for that matter. They all just functioned as they should and left me feeling, and smelling, clean.

Rudy’s also sent along a sample of their Matte Pomade. Ever since I changed my hairstyle about a year ago, I have been trying to find the best product for styling. I have a few kinds I prefer, but this pomade is quite nice too! It places a medium hold and matte finish to the hair and I feel that the container is going to last forever with the small amount needed in my hair. I’m also a fan that it gets the job done and seems to be more natural than other chemical-laden counterparts. It has a “paraben free formula with Carnauba wax and natural emulsifiers…[and] Beeswax seals in moisture and smooths”. I really like it.

Don’t forget that actual brick-and-mortar Rudy’s Barbershops can be found in Oregon, so maybe go get a cut and check these out in store before you buy.

Company: Rudy’s Barbershop

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Thank you to Rudy’s  for providing us with sample jackets. Please read our transparency page for info on how we do our reviews.

About Matt Rasmussen (1533 Articles)
Matt Rasmussen lives in Keizer, Ore. with his wife and three daughters. He enjoys watching the Olympics, sampling craft beers, and all things Canada (he was born there). Matt was raised as a baseball player and officially transitioned over to running in 2010. Matt joined the Run Oregon team in October 2011, and since then he has spearheaded the blog’s efforts to cover product reviews, news about businesses related to running, and running events in the Willamette Valley.

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