Eric Honaker

Eric Honaker

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Sunday, 16 March 2014 21:07

Opening Weekend Is In the Books

Wow. It was a great weekend for Dapper Dragon Soaps.

Thanks a lot to everyone that stopped by the store, asked a question or placed an order. I'd been worried that we might only get one or two orders, but we actually saw a pretty nice amount of traffic. Enough for me to feel good about the way things are starting, but not enough to put us in danger of selling out right away.

I also finished up the labels that will go on the soaps. The Basics scents will use the same design as the Dapper Dragon label, which is more or less the default. I may make some unique labels for Basics scents that are clearly popular, as Blood Orange seems like it's going to be.

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I will be packing up the orders from this weekend tonight and tomorrow, and they'll go out in the mail tomorrow and Tuesday.

This has been a very exciting weekend! I feel like this whole thing just might work.

Saturday, 15 March 2014 00:18

WE'RE LIVE!

Dapper Dragon Soaps' Etsy Store has gone live! Shaving soaps are now available for sale.

Friday, 14 March 2014 23:51

Last Minute Productivity Drop

The past few days have been a pretty rotten mix of after hours work and illness on my part. That means that I haven't been able to make any new soap as planned on Thursday and Friday. Never fear, though, we'll still be launching on 3/15! And I intend to make multiple batches this weekend, so even the soaps with fewer bars ready should be available.

Saturday, 08 March 2014 19:18

Dapper Dragons Joins Social Media

You can connect with us on Facebook and Google+. On Twitter, check out Eric's feed at @songwind.

Wednesday, 05 March 2014 13:19

DapperDragon.com Goes Live

DapperDragon.com went live in the evening of 03/03/2014. Current informational pages are Shaving Soap and Shaving Soap Scents.

Wednesday, 05 March 2014 13:08

Welcome

Welcome to Dapper Dragon Soaps!

Here at Dapper Dragon, we hand make soaps, lotion bars, and other personal care items using natural, high quality ingredients. Our products are made by hand in small batches, with special care.

Use the menus to the left to visit the categories that interest you.

Site News

  • New products coming in October! - Written on Wednesday, 28 September 2016 14:35

    Welcome to Fall!

    Fall is one of my favorite seasons. The air gets crisp and the smell of turning leaves fills the air. So to celebrate my favorite season's return, I'm going to bring back two scents that have also been favorites.

    Returning Shaving Scents - Available 10/1

    Autumn Morning

    Autumn Morning is perhaps my favorite scent I've ever made. The coffee, dry leaves and lilies just smell like fall to me. It seems that the same is true for many of you - our poll on the subject was overwhelmingly in favor of the return of Autumn Morning.

    Ouroboros

    People really liked Ouroboros! I was surprised, but gratified. And I have listened. I've been getting ready to release the scent again, this time with a full line. Bath soap, shaving soap, and Scale Polish are all planned, and lotion is a possibility, if people are interested.

    Ouroboros combines sandalwood, sweet orange, and Egyptian musk for a warm scent.

    New Bath Soaps

    We've expanded our bath soap line, to include some scents that were honestly long overdue.

    • Sakura
    • Helios
    • Lavender
    • Bubbly Wubbly Soapy Woapy Stuff in light blue, with an apple/rose scent.

    Tiamat and Signature bath soaps are also being restocked.

    Announcing Scale Polish Samples

    We'll now be offering samples of our popular Scale Polish line of aftershave gels. Quarter-ounce samples will be $2.50.

  • Summer Product Announcements! - Written on Monday, 27 June 2016 17:00

    We'll be adding some new scents and products to the line-up, starting 7/1!

  • Spring Announcements! - Written on Sunday, 20 March 2016 22:52

    Spring Updates

    It's nice to be out of the winter cold and start seeing the sun come out. Here in Minnesota we still see a bit of snow in March, but the lake is thawed and the yard is clear. It feels nice to go out without a jacket sometimes.

  • New Scents for Fall 2015 - Written on Tuesday, 13 October 2015 13:08

    AutumnMorningTubFor our Fall scent this year, we went back to last year and brought back a favorite.

    When September of 2015 rolled around, we hadn't been in business for long, and not many people knew about us. Because of that, our fall scent, Autumn Morning, wasn't very widely appreciated. It's still one of our favorites, so we decided to bring it back for an encore.

    Autumn Morning combines the rich smell of coffee with Brazil nuts, spicy dry leaves, late blooming lily, green notes and sweet citrus for a scent to keep you warm as the frost starts to form.

    Autumn Morning is available as shaving soap, bath soap, and Scale Polish aftershave gel. The scent will be available through the winter solstice.

     

    In addition to the limited edition scent, we've also added a Pumpkin Spice fragrance in shave soap, bath soap and scale polish.

    Pumpkin Spice and Autumn Morning shave soaps are also available at Maggard Razors.

  • 2015 Summer Line-Up! - Written on Tuesday, 09 June 2015 08:44

    This summer, some changes are coming to the Dapper Dragon Soaps line up. As usual, we're aiming for the Summer Solstice, June 21st, for the changes.

    Summer Limited Edition

    It's almost time for the summer limited edition scent. This year's scent is called Festival. It combines summer blooming flowers, summer fruit, and an intriguing base of smoke and gunpowder to evoke the feeling of summer festivals around the world. Here in the US, when you think of fireworks, you can't help but think of Independence Day. Fireworks also feature in music festivals, sporting events and more, from LA to Kyoto. Festival will be available as shaving soap, bath soap, and Scale Polish aftershave gel. Keep your eyes open for more information!

    New Scents For the Line

    We're adding new scents to the regular line up, and in keeping with the season they include some light, refreshing varieties. Each scent will be a shaving soap and bath soap. Each scent with the exception of White Chocolate Orange will also be available as Scale Polish.

    1. Coconut, Lime & Verbena - Coconut and lime are the stars of this scent, and create a mixture reminiscent of beaches and tropical drinks. Verbena adds a woody, citrusy undertone and ties the scent together.
    2. Cucumber Melon - This popular combination can be found all over the personal care world. A light, refreshing fragrance, and a pleasant way to start your day.
    3. White Chocolate Orange - This was originally a custom order for Windsor Citrus from the Path to Smoothness blog. But it gets so much interest every time it's mentioned that I had to try it out as a regular offering. White chocolate fragrance oil blends with sweet orange essential oil for a sweet olfactory treat. But don't eat it, even if you bang it on the table first.
    4. Scylla (maybe) - Scylla will be a maritime scent with east Mediterranean influences. This one's not quite ready, yet, so I don't want to promise it for the 21st, but that's the target.

    Saying Goodbye to Old Friends

    There are a few scents in our current line up that aren't selling anymore, or which haven't taken off, yet. Cinnamon Bun and Pomegranate will not be remade after the current stock is exhausted. Green Tea and Bergamot is still fairly new, but it may not be part of the line-up long term.

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Where to Buy

You can find Dapper Dragon products in a few places.

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Tuesday, 04 March 2014 23:04

Making progress

I still have some work to do in order to meet my absolute goal before beginning sales, BUT I am making progress. I have at least one batch of each type of soap but one. That one will be in the molds on Thursday or Friday, and I intend to spend as much of the weekend soaping as I can get away with.

Tonight was unscented's turn. I used some to make a small shave stick (.75oz) to test with, as well.

Here's the stash so far:

Tuesday, 04 March 2014 15:39

Soaps

All soaps sold by Dapper Dragon Soaps are hand made. We start with high quality oils and other materials to ensure a luxurious end product. In addition to the soap itself, our products may contain emollients and humectants to pamper the skin, as well as essential and fragrance oils for a pleasing scent.

Shaving Soap

These soaps are used with a traditional shaving brush to create a thick, protective lather for a superior shave. Whatever your gender, once you've experienced the pleasure of shaving with an old fashioned shaving soap or cream, you'll never want to go back to aerosol cans again.

Bath Soap

Dapper Dragon bath soaps are effective enough for whole-body cleaning, but mild enough for use as a facial soap. Our soaps use a blend of olive oil, coconut oil and lard to create a soft, nourishing lather that feels great on your skin. Added glycerin increases the humectant properties.

Tuesday, 04 March 2014 15:21

Shaving Soap

A puck of shaving soapShaving with a traditional shaving soap is a pleasure that everyone who shaves should experience.

Used with a brush, traditional shaving soaps and creams create a thick, slick lather that protects the skin, lubricates the glide of the razor, and delivers a pleasant scent to the shaver. The matrix of bubbles also traps moisture close to the hairs, making them softer and easier to cut. This is all accomplished without relying on aerosol propellants or petroleum derivatives, both of which can dry the skin.

 Dapper Dragon Shaving Soap can be purchased from my Etsy store.

Ingredients

Dapper Dragon Shave Soaps are made in two formulations from a small number of ingredients:

Original (Vegan) Formula

  • Stearic Acid - This fatty acid creates a soap with a stable, long lasting and creamy lather. It's slick as well, producing the effortless glide you want for a great shave. Our stearic acid is derived from palm oil, and contains no animal products.
  • Coconut Oil - Coconut oil soap produces a large volume of bubbles. When combined with the creaminess of stearic acid, you end up with a thick lather that easily lasts for your entire shave. Raw coconut oil is also a useful emollient.
  • Shea Butter - Shea butter pulls double duty in our soaps. This oil is high in stearic acid, adding to the slick, stable lather. But more importantly, shea butter is used around the world to moisturize and pamper the skin.
  • Glycerin - Glycerin is created in the chemical process that turns oils into soaps. In addition, we add extra glycerin to each bar. Glycerin is slippery, increasing the glide of your razor. It also boosts the amount of lather created. And finally, glycerin is a humectant, attracting and holding on to water. This ensures a moist, hydrating lather, and works with the shea butter and coconut oil to protect the skin.
  • Sodium and Potassium Hydroxides - these are the agents that turn oil into soap. The two caustics produce soaps of different hardness and slightly different properties. After testing multiple versions, we've arrived at a great balance of malleability, ease of lather, and longevity. 
    Our soaps are hot processed to accelerate the transition and tested for mildness to ensure that no active lye is present when it makes it way to you.
  • Sodium Lactate - Sodium lactate is an additive that causes hot-processed soap to maintain a smoother consistency for easier and more consistent molding and texture. It also has a small "boosting" effect on latherability, but in the quantities used by Dapper Dragon, the effect would be negligible.

Tallow Formula

The tallow formula contains the ingredients listed above, but in different ratios, and adds tallow to the mix.

  • Tallow - Tallow is made from rendered beef or sheep fat, and has been a highly regarded component for soap making almost as long as humans have been making soap. Tallow soap adds a lasting slickness to the formula, as well as leaving the skin soft and moisturized.

A bowl full of lather

Scents

Our shaving soaps are available in a variety of scents. For descriptions, please visit our shaving soap scents page.

Packaging

Our shaving soaps are offered in a translucent green plastic tub. The tub is easy to load from, and flat on top and bottom for stacking. The size of the puck is perfect for both wet and dry loading methods, with a generous amount of head space to keep your developing lather from escaping.

The tubs are packed by hand, but each is weighed to insure a minimum of 4oz per tub.

How To Lather Dapper Dragon Soaps

Experienced wet shavers should have little trouble getting a copious lather from Dapper Dragon soaps. But if you're less experienced, having trouble, or just interested to hear how I do it, these are my methods:

Wet Brush

  1. Thoroughly wet shave brush to saturate boar bristles and warm badger & synthetic.
  2. For brushes that hold a lot of water (badger, large boars or some synthetics) give a little shake. We want to have a brush that's wet but not sopping/dripping.
  3. Gently swirl shave brush on the puck. Bubbles should begin forming immediately.
  4. Keep swirling on the soap puck until the bubbles become small, and the lather being created looks nearly ready to shave with.
  5. Move the brush to your bowl or face and continue to build the lather. You may need to add a bit more water before it's fully hydrated.

Damp Brush

  1. Some shavers find it benefitial to cover the soap in a small amount of hot water. This softens the top layer of soap and also causes the scent to begin "blooming."
  2. Thoroughly wet your shaving brush to saturate boar bristles and warm badger & synthetic.
  3. Shake all excess water out of your brush until it's merely damp. Large or dense badger hair brushes may benefit from a gentle squeeze.
  4. If you soaked your soap, pour the water off.
  5. Begin gently swirling the brush on the soap. Bubbles will be minimal due to the low amount of water.
  6. Load the brush until the end is thoroughly loaded. It should look like it's caked with a soft paste
    1. Load time will depend on the size, firmness and type of bristles. 30 seconds is a good starting point.
    2. If the brush stops picking up soap before loading is sufficient, add a small amount of water (perhaps 1/4tsp) to the soap before loading again.
  7. Swirl the brush on your face or in your shaving bowl. Add water in small amounts to the brush until a full lather forms.
  8. Look for a slight sheen on the lather, and slickness between your fingers to help determine when your lather is at its best.

Coming Soon

Keep your eyes on this page for how-to videos, brush recommendations, and other related information.

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Tuesday, 04 March 2014 14:47

Dapper Dragon Scents

One of the things I enjoy most about soaping is finding and designing scents to enjoy. For our shaving soap line, I hope to create a mix of traditional scents, and a few less common ones thrown in for variety. Our scents may be made up of essential oils (EO), fragrance oils (FO), or a mix. If you have any concerns about which oils are which (such as allergies) please don't hesitate to contact us.

I think of our scents as belonging to these groups.

Premium Scents

The scents in this category are custom blended, and contain a large number of scents. They cost a bit more to reflect the more labor intensive nature, but not much.

I also plan to offer seasonal and special occasion scents - they will fall into this category as well.

  • Dapper Dragon Signature* (EO & FO) - The signature scent of the line. An old fashioned barbershop sort of smell, with a twist. Lemon, lime and blood orange combine with cantaloupe for a bright top end, supported by soothing oakmoss, spicy lavandin, and fiery black pepper. Used in: Shaving Soap, Bath Soap
  • Ice Wyrm (EO & FO) - Peppermint coolness meets rosemary and black pepper. It's not a menthol bomb - just a pleasant tingle from the double-distilled peppermint EO. Used In: Shaving Soap
  • Arctic Wyrm (EO & FO) - Arctic Wyrm uses our Ice Wyrm scent blend, but adds menthol to the soap for an extra cooling sensation. Used in: Shaving Soap
  • Lavender Lizard* (FO) - Lavender and vanilla are the forefront of this scent, with supporting notes of oakmoss and pepper. Used in: Shaving Soap
  • Green Dragon (EO & FO) - a complex scent that evokes the image of a forest full of growing things. Cedar and bergamot blend with leather, rosemary and lily of the valley for a heady aroma. Used in: Shaving Soap
  • Black Dragon (EO & FO) - Intentionally created as a move away from the sweetness of most of our scents. Black Dragon mixes earthy vetiver and sweet orange, with supporting notes of cardamom, anise and musk. Used in: Shaving Soap

Basics

Dapper Dragon Basics scents are made up of one or two oils (fragrance or essential) in a simpler configuration.

  • Blood Orange (FO) - Blood orange and a medley of other citrus fruits hit the tangy citrus note we all seem to crave without being one more variation on lemon or lime. Used in: Shaving Soap
  • Jasmine & Vanilla* (FO) - Jasmine and vanilla combine into a heady and intriguing floral scent. Constructed at the urging of my wife and daughter, the resulting concoction is suitable for all genders. Used in: Shaving Soap, Lotion Bars
  • Cinnamon Bun* (FO) - Spicy cinnamon, butter, sugar and vanilla create the scent of a sticky hot cinnamon bun. A sweet treat for a morning shave. Used in: Shaving Soap
  • Watermelon (FO) - An intense watermelon scent, but not too sweet. Reminds me of an upscale watermelon candy, or a watermelon smoothie. Used in: Shaving Soap, Lotion Bars, Bath Soap
  • Pomegranate (FO) - Sweet pomegranate candy, an excellent blend of tart and sweet. Used in: Shaving Soap, Lotion Bars
  • Mixed Berries (FO) - A pleasant combination of rasberry, strawberry and blackberry. In its incarnation as a lotion bar, it's paired with smooth white chocolate. Used in: Bath Soap, Lotion Bars
  • Unscented - This soap contains no fragrance or essential oils. Whether you prefer not to be distracted, or your skin just doesn't get along well with fragrances, we have you covered. Used in: Shaving Soap, Bath Soap

Seasonal and Limited Edition Scents

Starting with Summer 2014, Dapper Dragon will be offering a limited time scent each season. The scents' availability will run from the beginning to the end of each season according to the solar calendar: summer from the summer solstice to the autumnal equinox. Autumn from the equinox to winter solstice, etc.

  • Winter 2014: Wassail - Dapper Dragon wants to wish you "waes hail" with our shaving soap based on my family's wassail recipe. Wassail combines sweet orange, cranberry and apple with cloves and cinnamon for a warm Yuletide scent.
  • Fall 2014: Autumn Morning* - I wanted to evoke the feeling of sitting on a quiet morning, having a cup of coffee, watching the seasons change. Coffee with Brazil nuts blends with fallen leaves and green notes. Late blooming lily and bergamot add a bit of brightness.
  • Summer 2014: Strawberry Lemonade - For our first Summer Scent, we chose the fruity, refreshing taste of strawberry lemonade. It's a summertime staple from drive-in burger stands to fancy restaurants. In addition to the delicious combination of lemon and strawberry, this soap adds a mild kiss of menthol for those hot days.

Custom Scents

If you've been searching for a particular scent that no one seems to make, or envision a signature scent that's yours alone, drop us a line. Maybe we can make something happen. Costs will vary based on reusability, volume, and the cost of the components. Just head to the Etsy store and click "Request Custom Order" to start a conversation with me.

Some custom soaps we've created:

  • Cherry Limeade
  • Pineapple Punch
  • Sandalwood
  • Watermelon
  • Tiramisu
  • Sweet Orange & White Chocolate

Notes

* Fragrances marked with a * contain vanilla. Vanilla fragrance oils can discolor soap anywhere from a slight off-white to a medium tan. This is perfectly normal, and does not affect the soap's use or shelf life.

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