Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Review: Outlaw Soaps

Have you ever wanted to know what it’s like to be a cowboy; hunting by day, cooking the day’s catch over an open camp fire by night? The smell of dirt, leather, whiskey, and gunpowder fill the air around you. The light odor of the pine forest on the hill to your west tickles your nose as the occasional breeze blows through. The campfire sizzles, crackles and pops as it throws a display of sparks and hot ash into the night sky which is back-lit only by the moon and stars high above above.

For many of us this is the life that we dream about. This is what it means to truly be free. To explore lands never before seen and may not be seen again for decades to come. To live off the land and truly be one with nature.

For most of us, it must remain only a dream, but this is the atmosphere that Outlaw Soaps sets for you every morning when you step into the shower. Who wouldn’t love to start their day off like that?

With scents like Blazing Saddles, Fire in the Hole, Hair of the Dog, and Pine Mountain you can have that experience too!  I recently had the opportunity to try each of these, and I want to share my experience with you now.

Blazing Saddles is said to be the sexiest scent ever created. Here is what Outlaw Soaps has to say about it:

“What does an Outlaw smell like? An Outlaw smells like the sexiest goddamn thing you can imagine, and then about 12 times sexier than that. This soap could be used by the kind of cowboys that other cowboys sing about. This is the kind of soap that makes married men late for work. This soap will turn your shower into a slow-mo celebration of every damn reason you woke up this morning: because you have Things to Do. But you don’t have to do them too fast. 

Finish your sexy, sexy shower first.”

I have to say that is definitely a great scent. With a combination of leather, sandalwood, gunpowder, sage, two kinds of campfire (the nighttime campfire and the daybreak campfire), and a little dirt you really get the full experience.

This soap is silky smooth, handmade, and leaves you smelling like a million bucks (not the paper kind).

The one thing I will say about each of these soaps is that you don’t want to leave them sitting on the shelf in the shower between trips to the frontier. I noticed that they tend to dissolve rather quickly even without applying friction to lather up a wash cloth. So be careful of that. You are going to want to hang on to these little bricks of heaven for as long as possible.

Or order them often because who wants to smell like some off the shelf “pirate” who claims to be spicy but has no idea what spice actually is while you wait for the postman to track you down on his feeble steed.

The next scent I got to try out was Fire in the Hole.

“Fire in the Hole officially smells like gunpowder, campfire, whiskey, bacon, sage, and dirt. It unofficially smells like insanity, excitement, and overwhelming joy. It looks like fire. It is, in my estimation, the most awesome soap ever in the history of ever. Use this soap and change your life.”

This soap was everything that blazing saddles was: silky smooth, handcrafted wonderfulness.

In fact, almost too much like the first soap. The scent is still great but there are only very slight differences in the two and almost impossible to tell them apart if you aren’t smelling them side by side.

There are minor differences, but the two are almost interchangeable.  If you love one, you'll love the other, but if you're trying to select which of Outlaw's Soaps to order, you probably don't need both of these on the same order.

The first two were the full sized bars I received in my box. In addition, I was also sent 2 sample size bars along with a wood coin and a mini chicken figurine.

The 2 samples I received were Hair of the Dog and Pine Mountain. And OH MY GOD!!

Pine Mountain was a wonderful scent. I am usually not particularly fond of pine even though I tend to use pine scented cleaners such as pine oil floor cleaner, but this one didn't smell like cleaner.

Here is what Outlaw has to say about Pine Mountain:

“This soap smells like Summer in Yosemite. It’s pine with just a whiff of campfire smoke. 

We engineered the scent to recreate your favorite summer camp memories. 

Wouldn’t you like to get back to the trail?”

And this… This was my absolute favorite. Drumroll please!

The Hair of the Dog Whiskey Soap is absolutely perfect.

It smells exactly as you would expect whiskey to smell without the bite of the alcohol content and a bit on the sweeter side.

More of an un-fermented whiskey mash than the whiskey straight from the bottle.

‘OH HELL YES!’ you say to yourself first thing in the morning. You walk past a couple BB guns on your way to the kitchen for a cup of Hair of the Dog… Whiskey and coffee is the perfect way to start this Saturday. Who needs bloody mary? You need caffeine. You need Whiskey.
Still in your bathrobe and slippers you step out on to the front porch, a cup of warm elixir in one hand and a BB rifle in the other. You squint out at the targets you and your friends set up last night… cans of PBR glinting in the sun. You sit down on your rocking chair with the old-as-hell cushion and yes, this just might be the best weekend ever. And it’s only Saturday morning. Oh Hell Yes indeed. And right after this coffee you’re going to shower.”
Outlaw Soaps offers a huge variety of handmade artisan soaps for men. None of that fufu women’s crap. Some serious man-scents. With scent notes like gunpowder, dirt, leather, whiskey, coffee, and pine wood you can smell like a man every day. 

They sell each 4.5oz (or so) bar for $9.00. You can pick up a 1oz sample of any of their scents for $4.00. 

They also offer gift sets, colognes, candles, lip balms, shaving soaps and shave kits, stick-lotions, and many more items, all of which are inspired by the cowboy/frontier/outdoors theme. They even offer a couple subscription services if you end up liking the soaps as much as I did, ranging from an $8 Soap of the Month club to a full subscription box full of goodies every other month for $25 each delivery or $180 for an annual subscription box.  Hint from me: this would make an excellent gift for your guy!

For more information check out Outlaw Soaps at the links below. Happy Trails!


  1. The soaps look wonderful. Thank you for sharing it on SYC. Jo

  2. Would love to get some of this soap to try! Sounds great!

  3. These soaps look great! I've been looking for a more natural soap to try

  4. I love specialty soaps! Thank you for sharing over at Bloggers Spotlight Link Party! Pinned! Hope to see you again..

  5. It sounds good but $10 for 1 bar is crazy

  6. The soaps are great! Love the scents but the customer service is non existent! I placed an order for a Christmas gift and it never arrived. Tracking said it was delivered but nothing on my porch or mailbox. Sent over 6 emails to them with zero response! Disappointed and will no longer do business with them.