I was first introduced to Outlaw through an ad on the newsfeed of one of my social media accounts. It’s rare that I click an ad on social media, but the description of Outlaw (the gist of which escapes me at the moment) had me intrigued.
I’ve been searching all my life for a cologne which was more “manly” than the majority of the popular scents. When I read the description of Outlaw’s “Blazing Saddles” cologne (warm leather, gunpowder, sagebrush and sandalwood...gunpowder?!), I thought “Could this be the Holy Grail I’d been searching for?” (Gunpowder?!)
Because of the price of the cologne and because of the uniqueness of the scent (gunpowder???), I didn’t want to take a $55 chance that I might regret. As luck would have it, Outlaw had a special 3-pack sampler of their soaps, with the aforementioned “Blazing Saddles” being one of the scents included in the sampler, for $12.
I ordered the sampler. It took about a week to get here from their distribution center in Illinois. I’m not gonna lie—I was counting the days till it’s arrival. My curiosity about Outlaw was piqued.
Now to the meat of my review...
I received my order on Friday afternoon in the typical brown cardboard box. I’m starting my review with the packaging because I believe every step of the presentation of a product is important.
Upon opening the box, I found the 3 samples (which are actually full size soap bars) wrapped together in a dark gray plastic bag. There was also a travel size bar of “Fire In The Hole”. The whole box smelled of black cherry and...metal? That’s the closest thing I can compare it to. Since these are Outlaw Soaps, let’s call it “gun metal” 🙂
Underneath the soaps was a business card with a small, plastic “rubber chicken” glued to it, and a picture of Danielle with the words “Don’t choke on this chicken”, which my wife found endlessly hilarious. Also included was a thank you card from Danielle and Russ, with a picture of them and their dogs on it, and a bumper sticker that reads “I only shower with Outlaws” (not sure where I want to display that lol). So far, a very well put together and quirky introduction to Outlaw.
Outlaw really did a great job with their logo and color schemes. It really is reminiscent of the American southwest and the cowboy days of yore. Each soap bar is individually wrapped with the logo, color schemes and the name of the scent. Very aesthetically pleasing.
Now onto the heart of the matter—the soap itself.
I had my wife pick out which one I’d use first, on the condition that she couldn’t smell them first—she had to just pick a soap title and I’d use it. The first one she picked was “Fire In The Whole”. I am not going to draw any conclusions about that.
Before I get into the scents, let me tell you about the soap itself. First off, these are high quality soaps, not some generic mass-produced lye compound with a scent. Each one is stamped with the Outlaw logo. They lather up really well (I’m all about the lather), and they leave your skin feeling great! I have some dry skin issues that I sometimes have to treat with lotion or they get really bad. I don’t have to do that after “showering with Outlaw”.
Ok, here we go with the scents. Keep in mind this is all subjective, based solely on personal taste and my olfactory receptors.
“Fire In The Hole”
Campfire | Gunpowder | Sagebrush | Whiskey | Excitement!
So when I first opened the package from Outlaw I mentioned getting a whiff of black cherry and gun metal. That was the smell of “Fire In The Hole”, which is easily the strongest smelling of the scents, and my least favorite of the three, mainly because I’m not a big fan of black cherry. After further observation, the black cherry scent is most likely the “campfire” part of the scent.
Warm Leather | Gunpowder | Sagebrush | Sandalwood
Besides bearing the name of a classic Mel Brooks movie, this was the promoted scent in the ad that came across my newsfeed which first piqued my interest. Definitely a more mellow smell than “Fire In The Hole”. The scent that stands out the most is “warm leather”. Out of the three, this is my favorite.
Bourbon | Tobacco | Leather
This was the scent I was most curious about because I had read good reviews by women who liked this one the most (I’m trying to find something the wife will like also). The overriding scent is “bourbon”. It’s quite intoxicating (double entendre intended). I didn’t find it quite as appealing as the reviews I had read, but it still came in a close second to “Blazing Saddles”.
Overall I was very pleased with my purchase. I will definitely use Outlaw Soaps again, not only for the unique scents but for the high quality of the product. There’s still some scents I have yet to try, and something inside keeps telling me that the holy grail I’ve been searching for is contained within one of those scents.
Overall, well done Danielle and Russ! Keep up the good work!