Wednesday, March 25, 2015

A Little On Dr. Jon's Handcrafted Soap Co.

Dr. Jon's Shaving Soap Co. officially started on November 30th, 2014. But their story started out in 2013 when the founder, Jon Eplin, started getting into traditional wet shaving. As with many of us, it started to become somewhat of an obsession. Once he was hooked, Jon decided he needed to learn everything he could; including how to make his own soap.  

He found a recipe, but it proved to not be precisely what he would want in a shaving soap. So after much experimentation with just about every type of oil and butter that he could get his hands on, Jon finally had the recipe for a soap with great conditioning and hydrating properties which could easily produce a thick lather that he was looking for.   Dr. Jon’s also set out to design eye catching labels as well.  To paraphrase what they said about their labels: whether someone likes the designs or not they are difficult to not notice. 

Dr. Jon's was designed as a soft soap for ease of producing a lather.
We had the opportunity to sample Dr. Jon’s soap. Many have posted in shave forums, blogs, and even in their YouTube videos that Dr. Jon’s is a rather soft shaving soap.  We inquired about this and Dr. Jon’s had informed us that this was by design:
The decision to make a very soft soap was so that even new shavers would have no problems producing a thick creamy lather, hard pucks are great if you know what you are doing but can be somewhat frustrating for the new guy.

Dr. Jon's Handcrafted Soap is available in 2 oz and 4 oz tins
Classic: Jon's favorite.  The Dr Jon’s Classic Scent is a blend of lavender, cedar, lime, bergamot, vetiver, and rosemary.
Aphrodite:  This soap is a blend of rose, pomegranate, black currant and apple to make a sweet and floral fragrance.
Hydra: Dr Jon’s originally produced a mandarin and black pepper blend.  While the company had sampled that soap with customers they opted to not release it.  Rather, Dr. Jon’s opted to release a citrus soap that blends orange, lemon, lime, mandarin, grapefruit, and bergamot … which would be called Hydra.  Of their current soap line up, this is currently his wife’s favorite scent.
Savannah Sunrise:  This scent blends hints of Honeysuckle, Jasmine, Gardenia, Peach and Orange blossom
Big Green Monster: Dr Jon’s Big Green Monster blends lime, basil, and peppermint to create this scent.
Anne Bonny:  This is the Dr. Jon’s Take on Bay Rum.  This one is probably my favorite thus far.  The Anne Bonny scent is a blend of West Indies Bay leaf essential oil, dark rum, lime, and black tea.
:  A blend of black pepper, cedar, orange, and cinnamon

New Tobacco Based Scents planned for release in April
I asked Jon if there is anything in development at Dr. Jon’s Handcrafted Soap Co. and was pleased to hear that they have two new soap fragrances planned for release in April as well as a line of aftershaves that are slated for a release in July.  The response to Dr. Jon’s Handcrafted Soap products seems to be largely positive.  Even though I’m not certain what to expect with the new products, I’m sure it will have that unique Dr. Jon’s Handcrafted Soap Co. look, feel, and smell to it.

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