The Men’s Soap Shop came to our attention recently, and this company is all about clean. It appears to be a relatively small and recent entrant to the ever-expanding men’s grooming universe. Established in 2011, it offers an array of body soap options and shaving products for men. The company’s approach to market and its presentation of products invoke a classic feel. (See http://www.themenssoapshop.com/ for a look at the offerings.) With a manly silhouette as its primary logo, and beautiful old school packaging – think tins, flasks and chrome – the company’s identity recalls a time when men were men. And women? Well, we’re thinking that women were grateful that men were clean and well-presented.
Now, if you’re going for the grunge look, you may want to ignore the company’s shaving-related products. But even if you’re running around with stubble, in flannel and channeling your inner Cobain, a brother can still be clean, right?
We tried the Exfoliating Bergamot Body Soap from The Men’s Soap Shop, and weren’t disappointed. This soap is a circular disk, maybe a little taller than a hockey puck, but smaller in diameter. The packaging is super cool – it’s soap inside a tin within a cardboard box. That’s right, the proverbial riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma. Unscrewing the cap atop the shiny tin is like opening a birthday present or Christmas gift. And having a wheel of soap, instead of the typical bar or cake, is a nice visual change of pace in the shower.
As for the product itself, it’s one of the better soaps we’ve ever scrubbed up with. In fact, if you typically use a cloth to scrub your soap into your skin, you can skip it. Maximum scrubability is ensured by the built-in exfoliating agents of this product, which make the surface of the soap like a soft grade of sandpaper on the skin. (In man-vocab, “sandpaper” = “loofah.”) Anyway, you walk out of the shower feeling clean-clean after using this soap.
As for scent, the bergamot influence lends a soft, citrus quality. It’s not too heavily perfumed, but does convey a solid sense of cleanliness. And thus manliness. For those of you into all things botanical and geographical, the bergamot fruit comes mostly from southern Italy, and is in between a lemon and a grapefruit.
Body soap from The Men’s Soap Shop is available on the company’s website, and the soap comes in a half dozen other varieties. But bergamot appears to be the only option with exfoliating capabilities – is it possible that the built-in “scrubbies” (yes, that’s a technical term) are pieces of the bergamot fruit’s peel? We leave that to sharper minds than ours…. Anyway, the soap runs $10.95. So, a lot for soap, but again, this is a really cool product. So we suggest that you get your hands on some if you want to try turning your ho-hum daily morning shower into a mini spa session.