Excellent, dramatic pic, Matt. Love the assessment. Too bad the release was so limited.Ruds Suds - The Dark Side (by Catie's Bubbles)
DrivenLegend Red & Black | APShaveCo Tuxedo 30mm
Ever-Ready 1912 | Delta Echo | Gem PTFE
Ruds Suds: The Dark Side is a collaboration between Jason Rudman and Catie's Bubbles, and when I say collaboration, I mean Ruds dreamed it up and Catie's made it work. At least that's how I imagine it happened.
Haitian vetiver detractors need not apply. Much like Catie's Bubbles' 322, this fragrance epitomizes everything I like about a fragrance, and it virtually personifies darkness. The comparisons to 322 are inevitable, but where 322 slips in some trashy patchouli, The Dark Side's vetiver is mitigated by dark roasted coffee, injecting a bitterness and hatred at a level not often experienced in a shave soap. In practice, the Haitian vetiver is the first note both from the tub and when lathered. The blend is so masterfully done that the bitter black coffee insidiously comes forward before the lather is fully built. Throughout the shave it's hard to determine where the vetiver ends and the coffee begins. Then, around mid-shave, a resinous, semi-sweet note gently creeps in without overtaking the vetiver/coffee dual.
The paired splash unfolds in a similar but slightly sharper fashion. However, the drydown unveils a faintly damp green note I don't recall experiencing in the soap. While the splash has plenty of punch and staying power, I'd like to see this in an EdP or even an extrait. As it is, I can still detect the splash---particularly the semi-sweet resinous note---about 4 hours out.
The Dark Side utilizes Catie's Bubbles' Luxury Soap vegan base. I've sang the praises of this soap base performance extensively in the past, so suffice it to say it's one of my favorites.
Normally, at this time, I would recommend fans of dark fragrances scoop this up, but there were only 16 sets, all of which have been spoken for. We've seen this before, however, with Porch Drinks and others. If the demand is there, perhaps the artisan can be convinced to revisit it, but I have no idea what that entails.
Quite a neat presentation, Chris. I imagine the Variant is still performing well for you.SOTD Thursday, December 28, 2017
Prep: Shower/Warm face towel
Soap: Stirling Barbershop Shave Soap
Lather Bowl: Pigeon Forge Pottery
Razor: Parker Variant
Brush: Semogue 1305 Boar Brush
Post: PAA Alum / Stirling Barbershop Balm
Aftershave: Stirling Barbershop Aftershave
That is an envy shave, my friend. A Feather no less! I'm glad it went so well.SOTN 12.28.17
The Holy Black Tell Tale Heart soap
1904 Double Ring
Geo F. Trumpers Limes Skin Food
THB TTH A/S
Had to try it with a new Feather to test my mettle. Nick free, weeper free, awesomeness!
Coalgate and Skin Bracer? Huuummm. Rich looking results, Jerad.Great head shave tonight:
Colgate soap grated and Skin Bracer soaked, lathered well with the Muhle Silverfibre V2. Birth year and quarter Black Beauty set to 5 on a Feather (3). Lemon Thayers followed by Skin Bracer and topped off with Nivea Cooling ASB.
I think I'll have to repeat this combo again and see how it goes as it was 3 pass BBS with no irritation.