Until very recently, guys basically had just the two options when it comes to soap:
We could either use one of the cheap, big-name brand soaps that are full of chemicals and tend to leave your skin (or at least, my skin) feeling flaky and dry.
Or, we could refinance our homes to buy a natural or organic soap that was not only insanely expensive, but also fragranced with flowers and other decidedly feminine scents.
The good news is that today things are different, and there are a ton of soaps, shower gels and body washes aimed directly at men.
The bad news is that this increase in the quantity of men’s soap hasn’t been met with an equal increase in quality; some of the new soaps on the market are great, while others look, smell and feel like someone squirted a shot of hand soap into a bottle of Windex and labelled it “Ocean Surf.”
I recently spent a few weeks showering with Dr. Squatch’s pine tar scented soap, a natural soap made specifically for men, to find out how it racks up in terms of quality, price and overall effectiveness.
Read on to learn the full results of my Dr. Squatch review and find out if their soap is worth shelling out for.
Dr. Squatch Soap Review
An in-depth review of Dr Squatch to see if he can cure what ails your shower
Overview: Dr. Sqautch
As I mentioned above, for decades guys who wanted to escape the boring and skin-drying effects of big-brand soaps basically had no other options.
And when some more natural alternatives finally emerged, they cost a fortune and were clearly geared toward women, with feminine scents, packaging and marketing campaigns.
But men, of course, have very different needs when it comes to our hygiene – to say nothing of the types of scents we prefer – and for years there was really nowhere to turn for guys who wanted to ditch the chemicals in big-name soaps.
Dr. Squatch’s goal is to solve that problem by offering traditional, natural soaps created specifically to address the men’s needs, hygiene and preference for not smelling like potpourri.
Let’s take a look at what happened when I used what’s arguably their flagship product, the pine tar-scented soap, to find out how close Dr. Squatch – if he even really is a doctor – comes to achieving that goal.
How It’s Made
Though the scents vary (at the time of this writing, Dr. Squatch has 12 different varieties), all of their soap is made using a traditional cold process.
In the cold process, the ingredients – including various oils to add the scent, and sodium hydroxide lye, the waxy, odorless base substance that provides the texture – are combined and then allowed to sit, without being externally heated.
Using the cold process takes a lot longer, but it allows the soap to maintain its glycerin, a moisturizing agent that makes the soap soft and more skin-friendly, which essentially gets cooked out of industrial made soap.
How it Feels
Interestingly, the difference was noticeable as soon as I unwrapped the pine tar soap. It both looks and feels a little different than regular bars of soap, and not just because it’s rectangular.
The bar is softer, both when you hold it in your hand and when you apply it to your body, which I noticed right away while showering.
But the biggest difference probably came after the shower when I toweled off. As mentioned above, regular big-brand soap tends to dry out my skin, especially in the winter when it’s already fairly dry.
But after using Dr. Squatch a few times, I noticed that not only was there an absence of dryness, there was actually some softness.
Don’t get me wrong – it’s not like using this soap was as good as putting on moisturizer.
But it left my skin feeling a hell of a lot better than the cheap bars of soap I usually buy at the drug store, and reduced the amount of moisturizer I need.
It also had the added benefit of replacing a decidedly non-masculine activity – smearing moisturizer all over my dry, shitty skin – with the masculine of showering with a black square that smells like the forest.
Speaking of which…
How it Smells
The pine tar scent was strong when I first opened it, and sort of reminded me of a Christmas tree.
But the smell dissipated pretty quickly, and after that I could really only smell it while I was showering, or if I lifted the bar to my face.
While showering the scent was fresh, outdoorsy and masculine, which added a little vigor to my otherwise boring shower routine.
But I have to admit, what I liked most about the smell is that it didn’t linger after I got out of the shower.
As someone who doesn’t mind investing in a good cologne and likes to make sure my scent game is on-point, I hate how the scent of cheap soap lingers when I get dressed, potentially clashing with my cologne.
Fortunately, that wasn’t much of an issue here at all.
The real test came when I went back into the bathroom about 10 minutes after showering. I have a small bathroom, so normally 10 minutes after a shower the whole room smells like an Irish Spring factory exploded.
But after I went to get dressed and then re-entered the bathroom to comb my hair, I could barely detect the pine scent.
Total Score on Quality: 4.7/5
Overall I found the Dr. Squatch soap to be better-smelling and better on my skin than the name-brand soaps I’ve tried in the past, so it’s no surprise that the better product comes with the bigger price tag.
On Amazon, bars of Dr. Squatch sell for 10 bucks each, and if you have Prime you get free shipping.
The other option is to buy direct through Dr. Squatch’s website, where they only cost 7 bucks each, but in order to get free shipping you have to order $40 worth of product.
Either way, the cheapy drug store soap I’ve been buying for years costs somewhere in the vicinity of $1.50 to $2 per bar, so Dr. Squatch is obviously more expensive.
(Slightly) Bigger Price, (Significantly) Better Value
But considering how much more I enjoyed the product, I was actually kind of surprised that it didn’t cost even more.
This might sound weird (scratch that – it’ll definitely sound weird), but I’ve come to think of soap kind of like I think of craft beer (just hear me out).
Sure, I could buy a shit ton of Coors Light for next to nothing, but then I’d have to drink Coors Light. By contrast, the hoppy IPAs I buy from local craft breweries are twice as expensive, but they’re a lot more enjoyable to drink.
And if that logic makes sense for a beverage I occasionally indulge in, it makes even more sense for a bar of soap I smear over my entire body every single day.
So while Dr. Squatch may be the more expensive option, in my opinion it’s worth it.
Total Score on Price: 4.3/5
In doing research for this post I noticed the same common questions coming up again and again, so before I get to my final overall score for Dr. Squatch soap, let’s take a look at some of the most frequently asked questions:
Is Dr Squatch soap worth it?
In my opinion, it’s totally worth it. Switching from a chemical-rich soap to a natural one is probably worth it for the health benefits alone, but when you add in the fresh, masculine scents, the value’s definitely there.
Is Dr Squatch legit?
As far as I can tell, yeah, Dr. Squatch is legit. My own experience was quite positive, and it seems like I’m not alone: almost all of their products on Amazon have four-plus stars, many of which come after more than 20,000 reviews.
Which Dr Squatch soap smells the best?
I haven’t tried them all, but I really enjoyed the Pine Tar soap I tested. It has a natural outdoorsy scent that’s both outdoorsy and masculine, without being overpowering. It also has 4.3 stars on Amazon after 25,000 reviews, so I’m clearly not alone in liking it.
Where to Buy Dr. Squatch Soap
Is Dr Squatch at Walmart?
Yes Dr. Squatch is available at Walmart – at least virtually, that is. Walmart’s website sells multiple Dr. Squatch soap bars in a variety of both scents and bundles, but it’s worth noting that these are actually shipped and sold through a third party.
Is Dr. Squatch Good?
After four weeks of washing, reaching, scrubbing and cleaning more of my body’s nooks and crannies than I care to mention in detail here, I can say with confidence that Dr. Squatch soap is more than up to snuff.
For style-conscious guys like me, who are concerned about the health effects of chemical-based, mass-produced soaps, but also concerned about the social effects of smelling like our mom’s perfume, finding a soap that’s both natural and masculine-focused is a huge win.
At about 10 bucks a bar it’s a little bit more expensive than the big-name soaps, but in a world where we frequently pay 4 to 5 bucks for a cup of coffee, the price is hardly prohibitive, and each bar of soap lasts a helluva lot longer than a latte.
When thinking about price you also have to consider the value-for-money ratio of what you’re buying, and after conducting a pretty thorough Dr. Squatch review, I was quite impressed.
Their soaps smell great, create a great lather, moisturize and leave you feeling both clean and masculine after a shower, which is a great way to start the day.
While I haven’t tried any of their other products yet, my experience with the soap was so positive that I definitely intend to give them a shot.
If the other products in their hair care, deodorant, toothpaste and other lines perform as well as this one, then I’ll consider it money well spent.
Total Score of the Dr. Squatch Soap Review: 4.6/5
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