It’s probably not a shocker that men sweat more than women. Do you remember junior high? The boys’ locker room is the world’s introduction to the fact that guys are sweaty and smelly. Emily loves to joke with me that soon after she hugs or cuddles me I start sweating. Sorry babe, I’m a dude. I sweat for a living; you’re welcome. But the studies are in. I can rest easy. I’m not alone.
Whether a man is sweaty from landscaping or smelly from the gym, no one wants to sit in his own stink and dirt for longer than he has to. And wives and fiancées and girlfriends love finding their men smelling and feeling clean, like handsome Sasquatches.
For this we need soap. And lots of it. Now, I don’t know about you, but I don’t get particularly fired up about soap, although the good lads behind Dr. Squatch are changing that for me. Reading up on how soap should be made has been enlightening, but also nerve-racking after realizing for years I’ve cozied up to synthetic chemicals. Not cool.
Jack and AJ of Dr. Squatch have found the big-time commercial ways of making soap to be unnatural and a little dishonest (more on that in a minute). So this is what I’ve learned recently, making me a believer. Making soap the cold-press way, and by hand, has been around for hundreds of years. In those days, soap was quality and natural. With the boom of technology, soap, like most other goods, became mass-produced and by the mid-1970s, a new era of detergent soaps was born. Why detergent soaps, you ask?
This is interesting. Glycerin, an organic compound and natural by-product of the soap-making process, is often taken out of soap by many big companies and sold to other industries to be used in things like dynamite, pharmaceuticals, and baked goods (as a moistening agent); it’s even sprayed on pre-processed tobacco to prevent crumbling (source). Glycerin is versatile and thus lucrative.
But – here’s my beef – some of these companies sell their products as “soap” though they aren’t natural at all. After removing glycerin, they add synthetic chemicals to make up for the loss of glycerin’s moistening goodness. Selling glycerin means greater profits. Glycerin soap, however, is the way soap should be and has been until recent decades. Because glycerin is a humectant and draws moisture to your skin and holds it there, glycerin soaps are awesome for all skin types and considered one of the most moisturizing soaps available (source).
Dr. Squatch keeps the glycerin in like the Champions of Skin that they are, doing a service for the people because when a man smells like a silky forest we celebrate. Jack and AJ have finely crafted nine soaps primarily made from olive oil, coconut oil, soybean oil, hemp oil, and shea butter, with scents ranging from Pine Tar to Bay Rum to Deep Sea Goat’s Milk. Incredibly, none are made from palm oil, which is farmed via tropical rainforest deforestation. To top ’em off, essential oils are added for manly fragrances, as well as natural exfoliants, like oatmeal, leaves, and sand.
Pine Tar has been my soap as of late. The shea butter in it leaves my skin ultra smooth after cutting away grimy residue from installing granite and working with crazy chemicals and adhesives all day. The woodsy scent is a blast and the oatmeal, sand, and actual pine extract make it the real deal. Pine Tar, and the other real soaps from Dr. Squatch, are exactly what you want to reach for in the shower.
Alas, if your skepticism persists and you’re still wondering if the switch to “real” soap is actually worth it, try reading the Squatch blog yourself. At the end of the day, literally and figuratively, you want to lay down feeling clean. And I don’t know about you but my days of showering in a lather of detergent and synthetic chemicals are over! I’m crossing over into Squatch territory, where men get clean the natural way, nature’s way. Here’s to all the men in my life who work tough jobs, play hard, and always seem to get dirty. Do yourself (and the world) a favor: shower up with Dr. Squatch.
Note: Thank you, Dr. Squatch, for gifting us two bars of soap & two cologne samples to review for this post. For the sake of transparency, we were not compensated for this post. As always, all thoughts and opinions are our own! Thanks for reading along!