Most skincare and grooming products, men’s soaps included, contain harsh chemicals that can irritate the skin and dry it out. Not Dr. Squatch though; completely natural and gentle yet effective at its primary job – cleansing the skin – Dr. Squatch handmade soaps promise to revolutionize the way men approach hygiene. Oh, and they’re formulated to leave you smelling “like a champion” too.
Sounds great on paper, but what’s it like in practice? In this Dr. Squatch review, we will explore the product line created by the company, their subscription program, shipping and returns process, customer reviews and more to help you decide if the brand is worth the buy. Let’s dive right in!
The North American company Dr. Squatch Soap Co. was created in 2010 when Jack Haldrup noticed that the men’s cosmetics racks genuinely lacked a selection of natural products and ingredients.
A natural product enthusiast, Jack Haldrup spent weeks perfecting his “it” soap formula. After countless test batches made while experimenting in his basement, he created the “perfect” formula, made with natural ingredients and fresh, masculine scents. Although the brand was created in 2010, it took three years until Jack, the CEO and founder put the final touch to his honest soap formula and finally offered it to the public.
The brand’s natural concept boasts a fun approach to the male market that criticizes the industrial way of creating men’s personal care products: “During the First World War, BIG SOAP began stripping natural ingredients from soap to make production cheaper and faster… The term “natural soap” was as rare and mysterious as the Squatch himself.”
More than a decade later, Dr. Squatch’s mission has not changed: the brand led by Jack Haldrup is still raising the bar for the men’s grooming industry. Their range of natural, handmade soaps has now been joined by a plethora of other masculine, natural, and healthy personal care products, including colognes, hair care products, and beard oils.
Before we dive deeper into our Dr. Squatch review, let’s highlight the pros and cons of the brand:
For this Dr. Squatch review, we have found that the brand’s product line is quite limited, which, on the one hand, allows the company to keep offering customers the very finest natural ingredients at the highest standards, but on the other means that not everyone is going to find a product/scent they enjoy using. At the moment, Dr. Squatch provides men with natural bar soaps, shampoos, conditioners, beard oils and colognes, and various candles and gifts.
Dr. Squatch offers their customers a choice of 12 natural, handmade soaps that include the following scents:
Whether you feel like treating yourself with a refreshing, rejuvenating, or deeply cleansing soap, Dr. Squatch’s cold process and handmade soaps have got you covered. Each bar costs $7, but customers can subscribe to a monthly or quarterly delivery subscription that can save you 15%.
Dr. Squatch also offers a handmade soap saver and a gripper to reduce soap scum and extend your soap’s life, as well as a travel bag so you can take your soap with you everywhere you go.
From an all-natural, handmade soap brand, Dr. Squatch has quickly evolved to offer other personal care products missing on the male market, including natural shower and hair care products.
Much like soaps, men can get their shampoo and conditioner as a one-time purchase, or they can subscribe and save while getting free shipping for life at the same time.
Dr. Squatch hair care products include:
At the time of writing, one conditioner and shampoo are out of stock (Fresh Falls shampoo and conditioner), so we’re going to focus on the two that are in stock: Cypress Coast shampoo and Cool Citrus conditioner. The good news is that they’re all quite similar; the main difference is the scent.
The conditioner ($20 for 12 oz., and $17 when you subscribe) contains peppermint which helps stimulate hair follicles and soothe the scalp, and is infused with calendula for hydration. Other than peppermint and calendula, the product contains a host of nourishing ingredients, including aloe leaf extract, avocado oil and coconut oil, rosemary leaf extract, and more. Unlike most generic men’s 2-in-1 shampoos and conditioners, Dr. Squatch’s conditioner contains no silicones or harsh ingredients, which means that it should help hydrate your scalp and hair without making it oily.
As for the Dr. Squatch Shampoo ($20 for 8 oz., and $17 when you subscribe), it’s designed to be used 2 to 3 times per week to fortify and restore your shiny locks. The brand has formulated its shampoo with refreshing tea tree oil, nettle leaf extract, jojoba seed oil, and no harsh chemicals to cleanse naturally and gently. You’ll notice the shampoo is free from harsh ingredients, including lauryl and laureth sulfate, which can strip the scalp of its healthy oils. Overall, it’s a very gentle but potent shampoo, with a clean ocean breeze smell.
Dr. Squatch offers men’s beards four appealing products: two Beard Oils and two Beard Colognes that you can buy as a one-time item or as part of a gift bundle for yourself or a close one.
The brand has designed two Beard Oils, one reminiscing of summer scents and one reminiscing of wintertime’s freshness. Each is made to compliment the Beard Colognes which are available in the same scents.
The Sandalwood Bourbon Beard Oil retails for $18. Its formulation is specifically designed to protect and moisturize your face mane with a tastefully smooth, sandalwood scent. Among its ingredients, you can find natural oils such as jojoba, almond, castor and argan oil, as well as essential oils, such as sandalwood, bergamot, grapefruit and myrrh.
Dr. Squatch also offers Crushed Pine Beard Oil ($18). The basis is the same as the Sandalwood Bourbon oil, meaning the first four ingredients are natural oils: jojoba, almond, castor and argan oil. However, the essential oils are different (so the oil smells distinctively different too): cedarwood, sweet orange, fir needle, and patchouli and spruce.
The CEO, Jack Haldrup, has worked endlessly on the Dr. Squatch products’ formulation and scents, and it seemed only natural to complement the nourishing formulas of the Beard Oils with assorted colognes.
The Beachwood Bourbon Cologne and the Crushed Pine Cologne each retail for $21 and are made to be applied to pulse points; on the neck, wrist or chest. Once again, the formulation is all-natural, consisting of essential oils and organically sourced oils such as almond or jojoba.
The LA-based company is continually raising the bar, extending its product range to colognes, candles, hand sanitizers, and more to allow men to smell good and feel their best on any occasion. If you are looking to treat yourself or a close one, you can either purchase products as one-time items or choose to get a gift bundle among the Starter bundles, the Best Selling bundles, and Full Routine bundles.
Described as a “Subtle way to say ‘you stink,” the Dr. Squatch Starter gift bundles offer three gift options that will allow you to discover the brand with some items from each range, including:
The company also offers bundles of their bestselling products, including:
Customers who already know the brand well or would simply like to treat a special someone to a great personal care routine can choose between 6 Full Routine bundles:
Aside from the bundles, you can also get a special someone a nice Dr. Squatch Bay Rum candle ($18 for 7.2 oz), which is currently the only candle available in the brand. Made from a soy/paraffin blend, its crushed cloves, cinnamon sticks, crisp pine, and the zesty orange blend is sure to whisk you away to a white-sand tropical beach. As the Bay Rum candle is available in the Bay Rum bundle with the matching soap and deodorant, it can prove a perfect gift for any man who is in deep need of a vacation far away.
The brand prides itself on using natural ingredients in its handmade soaps, toothpaste, shampoos, and beard oils. Following the founder and CEO’s line of action since 2010, Dr. Squatch still strives to raise the bar for men’s skincare with the most natural ingredients around.
In the brand’s soap formulas, the base ingredients are saponified oils like olive, sustainable palm, and coconut oil, as well as shea butter.
Natural ingredients with diverse characteristics and properties are then incorporated in the formula, like essential oils, essential oils, oatmeal, activated charcoal, sea salt, clay, and many more ingredients to benefit your hair and skin. You can also find an Ingredient Glossary on the Dr. Squatch website to find out each ingredient’s properties and how it can benefit your body and hair.
Within this Ingredient Glossary, you can find a short description of each ingredient, for instance:
While some ingredients are usual components of cosmetics, like clay or shea butter, others are much more unexpected like sand or oatmeal, making the Dr. Squatch products that much more appealing in terms of benefits.
If you opt for a Dr. Squatch soap subscription, you will be able to get your favorite soap scents regularly without the hassle of having to think about it.
There are a couple of upsides to getting a Dr. Squatch soap subscription, which include:
According to the quantity and frequency of your subscription, prices vary as follow:
If you choose a Dr. Squatch subscription, you will get free shipping store-wide for life. You can customize your subscription with your favorite scents, and you are always free to change them, keeping in mind that most customers use around 2 soap bars per month.
Customers can also skip or delay their next subscription refill or simply change the scents they will be receiving on their next refill easily from their account dashboard before their next order is processed. Canceling your subscription is also hassle-free, as you can do it straight from your account settings.
Dr. Squatch also offers subscriptions on hair ($28 every 3 months), toothpaste ($20 every 6 months), and deodorant ($11 every 3 months). On top of your subscription, you are free to add some goodies that will be sent with your first shipment only.
For this review, we made it a point to read through as many customers’ experiences as possible, so you know exactly what to expect when buying from Dr. Squatch. To our surprise, despite overall outstanding reviews for the products, the company averages a 4.1 out of 5 mark on Trustpilot at the time of writing. So pretty good but not as great as one would expect from a company that offers ultra-nourishing natural grooming products for men. That said, most issues that a handful of people met with delivery delays, for instance, happened during the Covid-19 worldwide shutdown.
Most reviews we’ve found were very recent and praised the soaps and other Dr. Squatch products’ organic and natural concept. Some customers enjoyed each of the scents they have tried, with Pine Tar being a seemingly customer favorite. They described the products as “second to none”, and praised the customer service. The auto subscription also seems like a really easy and much-appreciated way to top up men’s personal care drawer without ever having to worry about running out.
However, we have also come across some customer reviews who deplored the processing and shipping times and the sometimes unavailable customer support team, which could be explained by the delays and issues that Post Offices and companies worldwide are experiencing at the moment. If you would like to get a Dr. Squatch subscription, we would recommend selecting the quarterly renewal so that you never run out.
Overall, customers of Dr. Squatch seemed very happy with their one-time purchase and subscriptions alike, with one review reading: “You need to try it! At first, I fell in love with the soaps because of their smell and that it is more natural. After a few weeks of use, my skin feels better than ever! Now, I have started using Squatch deodorant as well – I couldn’t be more pleased!”.
Some customers highlighted the positive physical and mental effects that the natural formulas of Dr. Squatch have on their skin, hair and self-confidence: “I feel healthier with Dr. Squatch. I’ve been getting Dr. Squatch for a while now, and I love it. My skin feels better, and when I use it, my hair feels great. The toothpaste makes me feel like I just got done at the dentist every time!”.
On the whole, with a very attractive selection of soaps and personal care lines, and hundreds of positive customer reviews, Dr. Squatch places itself as a brand to try and adopt.
Aside from offering men excellent-quality natural and handmade soaps, Dr. Squatch also allows customers to purchase their products for less with regular sales and discounts:
At the time of writing, the President’s Day Sale allows you to get up to 25% off the new Dr. Squatch bundle offers. Get $10 off your $55+ order with the code SAVE10 and $20 off your $80+ order with the code 20SAVE.
A small selection of Dr. Squatch products is available at third-party retailers and stores. However, if you would like to get an overview of the full range of all-natural soap, shaving products, toothpaste, and more, the best place for you to browse is the Dr. Squatch website.
Dr. Squatch currently ships to the United States, Australia, Canada, and the United Kingdom. When you order from the company’s website, Dr. Squatch will ship your parcel within 1-3 business days.
Shipping times for domestic shipping are estimated as follows:
If you order from Canada, Great Britain, or Australia, the shipping rate will be calculated at checkout, and your order will be shipped using USPS Priority Mail. Taxes incur to the customer, and free shipping is not available for international orders.
While Dr. Squatch does not accept returns, the brand does offer a Satisfaction Guarantee on all of their products. Abiding by their motto, “If this isn’t the best soap you’ve ever used, it’s on us,” the company allows dissatisfied customers to either choose a replacement scent or receive a full refund on their product.
If you still have questions that haven’t been addressed in this Dr. Squatch review, the support team is available to help via:
A contact form on the website
Additionally, the Dr. Squatch team can be reached on various social media:
When taking a close look at the Dr. Squatch brand for this review, we have found that the company offers many natural skin and grooming options for men in a world still dominated by “BIG SOAP” and its harsh chemicals.
Dr. Squatch focuses on bringing to life all-natural, handmade soaps, hair care, beard products, and more, specifically imagined for men’s skin and hair. With clean formulas and ingredients that benefit customers, the brand looks like a company very much worth trusting.
Importantly, when we went through customers’ experiences, we discovered that the brand really delivers what it promises. Strong, masculine scents are praised by the hundreds of customers, male and female alike, and the products uphold both the cleansing and nourishing properties advertised by Dr. Squatch.
Despite the sometimes lengthy shipping times, the California-based brand offers everything men need in their bathroom for a great price. Considering the intense care and thought put into the formulation of each product, as well as the natural composition of each recipe, Dr. Squatch is definitely worth trying out.