SOTD - April 3, 2018

Oleo Soapworks

Shaving Product Review - Oleo Soapworks "Dapper Man"

Value (Cost, Packaging and Performance)

Lather (Density, Glide and Feel)

Post-shave (Healing, Moisture and Feel)

Scent (Quality, Strength and Longevity)

Each bar has three metrics, each representing 33% of the total (11% = below-avg, 22% = avg, 33% = above-avg, except cost)

Time to get ready for the warm weather and hit the beach with Dapper Man by Oleo Soapworks (based on Amouage Beach Hut Man) in this Special Edition release #soap and #aftershave!

An olfactive escape to a place of freedom and oblivion where nature overpowers all senses.

I actually did an in-depth review of Xocolātl so do check that out for comparison. The soap today is based on the newer soap base, called Canard and includes duck fat. Dapper Man is a very limited Special Edition of 30 tubs (with matching aftershaves and toners), which of course - sold out rather quickly. The soap listed for $18, the aftershave $11 and the balm $10. No additional runs will be forthcoming. The scent is based on Beach Hut Man by Amouage - a woody aromatic fragrance for men, launched in 2017. The nose behind that fragrance is Elise Benat. The shared notes include top notes of mint, orange blossom and galbanum; middle notes of vetiver, moss and ivy and base notes of myrrh, patchouli and woods.

Of course, the real Amouage Beach Hut Man is quite pricey! You're talking about $310 for 100ml of Eau de Parfum here. Dapper Man utilizes a dupe oil by Dua Fragrances (see Paradise Sunrise). You might recognize them from the Ariana & Evans infamy. I don't have the real thing, so I can't compare them side-by-side - but I suspect it's quite close. I don't plan on getting the real thing to find out, except as a decant perhaps.

Dua introduces another phenomenal inspired expression of a powerhouse modern scent from the extraordinary niche house of Oman, Amouage. Paradise Sunrise is undoubtedly a scent that's full of character and presence. The composition is green, woodsy, extremely aromatic, and powerful. This extrait de parfum will last all day and then some. Embark on a fantastic olfactive journey of pure pleasure and emotions with this exhilarating fragrance. A sublime experience that takes a back seat to no other. Experience the mesmerizing sensation and create memories with this inspiring new offering. Enlightenment is only a spray away, what are you waiting for?

The scent comes off a little brash and "cologney" at first (perhaps due to the scent strength, which is decidedly robust). Thankfully, it smoothes out and tones down nicely on dry down. It opens as a fresh, citrusy floral before turning greener. On the base it's more earthy, woodsy. Fully dried down it does have a beach vibe! It's not your typical "coconut and suntan oil" attempt; rather much more sophisticated. Sillage at first is a high medium but settles to a medium with a longevity of 8+ hours.

As mentioned, this is the new Canard (duck fat) base, which all soaps by #oleosoapworks will use going forward. It's a fairly similar formula but a definite improvement... How does the soap compare to the former base used in Xocolātl for example? The new base is much slicker with a slightly better resulting face feel. I really like it, and is a strong value compared to other artisans using duck fat by far. The lather was thick, with excellent primary and secondary lubricity and good post-shave face feel.

Ingredients of the new soap are as follows:

Stearic acid, water, kokum butter, potassium hydroxide, palm kernel oil, duck fat, sodium hydroxide, castor oil, glycerin, jojoba oil and sodium lactate.

As compared to the previous base:

Stearic acid, water, shea butter, potassium hydroxide, kokum butter, coconut oil, glycerine, castor oil, jojoba oil, sodium hydroxide and sodium lactate.

Hardware today included the #TataraRazors Masamune with the open comb base plate and a #Feather blade on shave three. The brush is making its debut today, and is a custom piece from #TurnNShave. Milton did a fantastic job on this one, creating an orange creamsicle effect. The knot is a 24mm Cashmere that's set at a slightly lower loft than usual, so as to give this rather soft knot more backbone - which works quite well. That's why the knot looks more slender than you might be used to seeing. Awesome feel on the face! The #GTP scuttle did, yup, its usual!

A beachy shave today, rendered by the nicely improved soap base by Oleo Soapworks followed up by the aftershave to seal the deal. I can't wait to break this one out again once it - if ever - warms up! I really dig this scent, but it's definitely a warmer weather, casual wear affair.