Dr. Squatch Bar Soap Review: Is It Worth It?

By Lydia Noyes
HighYa Staff
Published on: Dec 10, 2019

Buying personal care products for men can be tricky. How can you know if the soap you are considering is worth the cost, or whether it will lead to dried out, irritated skin?

Dr. Squatch Soap is designed for men, and it claims to keep your skin healthier and smelling better than other brands. You can purchase the soap on a subscription basis as an all-natural alternative to traditional self-care products.

Here, we’ve analyzed the claims of Dr. Squatch soap to help you decide if this is a brand worth considering.

What Is Dr. Squatch Soap?

Dr. Squatch Soap is a US-based, male-focused brand of all-natural personal hygiene products designed to keep you clean without exposing your skin to toxic ingredients. The company sells skin, hair, beard products, as well as home goods, but this article will focus on its bar soaps.

Company founder Jack Haldrup’s central philosophy for the brand is that it refuses to cut corners in the quality of their ingredients. Each bar of soap is made using techniques designed to maximize the benefits of each component without exposing your skin to the harsh preservative agents found in conventional products.

Dr. Squatch’s target audience is the low-maintenance man who wants to clean up without harming his skin with questionable ingredients in his personal care products.

  • Made in the USA
  • Contains all-natural ingredients, including glycerin
  • Wide variety of male-pleasing scents
  • Suitable for sensitive skin
  • Simple subscription program and refund policy
  • Subscribers qualify for free shipping for all other products
  • Can be difficult to find from other retailers
  • Soap won’t last longer than one or two weeks with regular use
  • Some people experienced shipping and delivery delays
  • Not gender-inclusive
  • More expensive per use than the competition

How Is Dr. Squatch Soap Different from Normal Soap?

The Dr. Squatch brand is based around the idea that its soaps are both nicer to use and better for your skin than most conventionally available options. Let’s look at how soap is made to understand these claims.

All soap is made through a process called saponification, which is the term used for the chemical reaction that takes place when oils are mixed with lye under heat. Though lye has a reputation for being harsh and potentially dangerous, this highly alkaline compound is used up during saponification, so no traces remain in the final product.

In fact, lye is used to make all types of soap, both commercial and hand-made.

During saponification, the oil’s natural fats transform into a combination of soap and glycerin. Glycerin is a natural humectant, which means that it attracts moisture to your skin and helps to keep it healthy.

However, many large-scale soap manufacturers pull the glycerin out of their soap so that they can use it in other, more expensive products. Synthetic ingredients are then added as a replacement, which can include detergents and foaming agents that replicate the benefits of glycerin.

The problem is that these cheaper ingredients often don’t have the same hydrating benefits, and they might leave your skin stripped of moisture over time.

Dr. Squatch leaves the glycerin in its soap so that the product doesn’t pull moisture from your skin. But is this worth paying more for this ingredient?

There are many skin benefits associated with glycerin soap, especially for those with sensitive skin. Using skincare products with glycerin can combat the effects of acne, dermatitis, psoriasis, rosacea and other conditions associated with excessive dryness. Likewise, its nongreasy formulation makes it suitable for anyone with oily skin.

Likewise, there is some evidence that glycerin offers anti-aging benefits by evening out your skin tone and texture, which can reduce the appearance of fine lines.

The Takeaway

Many soapmakers keep costs down by pulling glycerin from the recipe and replacing it with less synthetic ingredients. Dr. Squatch claims to keep the glycerin intact to maximize the moisturizing benefits for your skin.

Cost, Subscription Program, and Return Policy

Dr. Squatch offered more than half a dozen varieties of bar soap with names like ‘pine tar,’ ‘crisp IPA,’ ‘gold moss,’ ‘bay rum’ and more. Each 5-oz bar costs $7 on the company website and should last for up to two weeks with regular use.

Every bar contains the same primary ingredients and some include oatmeal, sand, and other naturally exfoliating ingredients.

You can buy these soap bars individually online or in bundles based on scent. Expect to pay about $2 for shipping unless your order is over $40, at which point it is free.

You can also sign up for Dr. Squatch’s “subscribe and save” program. This lets you save 15% per order and qualify for store-wide free shipping. It’s up to you whether you want monthly or quarterly delivery, though plan to pay an additional $1 for handling if you choose monthly. Subscription costs are as follows.

Monthly Delivery:

  • Two bars/month: $13
  • Three bars/month: $19

Quarterly Delivery:

  • One bar/month (three per delivery): $18
  • Two bars/month (six per delivery): $36
  • Three bars/month (nine per delivery): $54

You can choose any combination of scents for your soap and will receive this same combination of scents automatically every delivery unless you change them through your account dashboard at least 24 hours before the next order processes.

It’s possible to pause or cancel your subscription at any time through your online account.

You should contact the company directly if you are unhappy about your order. So long as your purchase was within the past thirty days, it qualifies for the brand’s “100% Sudsifaction Guarantee”. You will need to contact the company directly to learn what this means in your specific situation, but expect it will refund all or part of your order.

Dr. Squatch Soap Main Ingredients

Though each variety contains different fragrances and essential oils, most Dr. Squatch bar soaps are composed of the following ingredients:

Saponified Oils (Olive, Sustainable Palm Oil, Coconut)

These oils are common ingredients in natural soaps due to their high fat content and natural moisturizing abilities. Dr. Squatch blends these oils with lye at high heat to trigger saponification, the process of turning fats into soap.

Shea Butter

As the fat extracted from the nuts of the shea tree, shea butter is a popular cosmetic ingredient with moisturizing abilities—thanks to its high fatty acid content. When applied topically, the oil is quickly absorbed in your skin.

There’s also evidence that the butter clears your skin of excess oil, which can prevent acne flare-ups.


Traditionally obtained by leaching ashes, lye is a strong alkali that is highly soluble in water. It’s essential for the soapmaking process because it triggers the chemical reaction that creates it.

Lye is caustic, which means that it can burn skin and even cause blindness if you contact it directly. However, the compound is used up during saponification, meaning that lye-based soap products are entirely safe.

Sea Salt

Sea salt is often added to soap to act as a natural exfoliant. It also works to create a creamy lather, restore minerals to the skin, and reduce oil production that can lead to acne.

Some Dr. Squatch soap bars also include oatmeal and activated charcoal as exfoliants.

Kaolin Clay

This fine white powder is a common ingredient in skincare products. It is considered to be a mild clay, and it works to exfoliate the skin while cleansing it and increasing circulation.

Despite its natural absorbent properties, this clay does draw oil out of your skin and can be used by all skin types.

Are There Dr. Squatch Bar Soap Side Effects?

To the best of our knowledge, none of the ingredients in Dr. Squatch soap have known negative side effects associated with their topical use.

While lye has a reputation for being extremely dangerous when you come in direct contact with it, you aren’t putting yourself at any risk by using a personal care product that used it for its chemical reaction.

Analysis of Customer Reviews

Hundreds of Dr. Squatch reviewers have weighed in on these soap bars, both on the company website and other platforms. Here’s a summary of their perspectives:

Great Scents, Great Soap

Almost every soap scent on the Dr. Squatch website averages more than 4.5 stars. Users raved about the scents, smooth feeling, and moisturizing properties of each bar.

Many wrote that they used to deal with dry skin and irritation until they switched to the Squatch brand and that the soap successfully solved these skincare problems.

Good for Washing Hair

A few Squatch users reported that they used the bars to wash their hair with great success. They found the bars to be moisturizing and easy to wash out.

Soap Doesn’t Last Long Enough to Justify the Cost

By far, the most common complaint against Dr. Squatch soap is that the bars don’t last long.

Dozens of users wrote that their bars disappeared after a week of use, which is twice as fast as the company claimed. These customers reported that this made the bars cost-prohibitive for regular use.

Occasionally Slow Delivery

A few soap users complained that their order took more than two weeks longer than predicted to arrive and that they weren’t able to get answers about the slow delivery time even after leaving multiple calls with customer service.

Overpriced and Overhyped

In several instances, Dr. Squatch customers accused the company of relying on clever branding to sell soap that wasn’t better than the competition. Some of these users also didn’t like that the soap’s scent disappeared after they had showered.

Key takeaways

Squatch soap reviewers are enthusiastic about the company’s bar soaps, stating that they had great scents and left their skin feeling better than normal.

The most significant drawbacks for most users seems to be the price and the relatively short lifespan for each bar.

Dr. Squatch Bar Soap vs. Dove and Baxter of California

There are numerous other brands of men’s soaps to consider. The following chart compares Dr. Squatch Bar Soap to two popular options: Dove Beauty Bar and Baxter of California’s Men’s Exfoliating Body Bar.

Dr. Squatch Dove Beauty Bar Baxter of California’s Men’s Exfoliating Body Bar
Cost $7 per 5-ounce bar ($1.40 per ounce) $6.88 per 4oz 4-pack ($0.43 per ounce) $19 per 7-ounce bar ($2.71 per ounce)
Subscription Available? Yes No Yes
Number of Scents 11+ One One
Key Ingredients Saponified oils, shea butter, lye, sea salt, kaolin clay Sodium lauroyl isethionate, stearic acid, sodium palmitate Palm oil, pumice, coconut acid, sodium gluconate, jojoba seed powder, glycerin
Contains Glycerin? Yes No yes
How Long Will It Last? Two weeks with regular use One week to three months, depending on whether you store it in the shower 1-3 months with regular use

As this chart shows, men’s bar soap brands vary significantly in their cost per ounce, their ingredients, and how long you can expect them to last. Dr. Squatch is the only brand we looked at that offers a variety of fragrance options, which many people found to be a big selling point of the brand.

At $2.71 per ounce, Baxter of California soap is almost twice as expensive as Dr. Squatch. However, customer reviews of the brand show that many users love how long the soap lasted, as some reported that they could use a single bar for three months or longer.

This brought the cost down to $6.33 per month of use, compared to $14 for using Dr. Squatch for the same amount of time (two bars).

Pricewise, the Dove Beauty bar costs just a fraction of what you’ll pay for the other two brands. However, this product doesn’t contain glycerin, so you’re missing out on this natural skin-moisturizing effect.

Key Takeaways

If you’re looking for a basic daily soap and don’t have any skin issues, you can probably get by with using an inexpensive soap brand like a Dove Beauty Bar.

If, however, you’re looking for a skincare product with all-natural ingredients (including glycerin), then Dr. Squatch or Baxter’s of California are better bets.

Just keep in mind if you go with Dr. Squatch that you’ll need to restock often.

The Bottom Line: Who Is Dr. Squatch Bar Soap Best For?

Dr. Squatch bar soap lives up to its promises. This simple soap recipe contains only all-natural ingredients and the company leaves the skin-moisturizing ingredient glycerin intact. We like the company’s simple subscription program and a variety of fragrance options.

While Dr. Squatch soap earns glowing reviews from most users, the biggest drawback seems to how long the bars last. This discrepancy is partly explained by the fact that the bars are naturally soft, meaning that they can dissolve more quickly than regular soap when left in the shower.

You can extend the life of your soap by storing it outside of the shower or by using a Dr. Squatch-brand Soap Saver to reduce soap scum (available on the company website). Even so, don’t expect to get more than two weeks of use out of each bar. This means you should plan to pay about $14/month if you want to use this soap longterm.

That’s likely worth it for those who love the scents or have skin issues that cause them to react to brands with harsher ingredients. For everyone else, though, that might be enough to regulate Dr. Squash Soap to an occasional indulgence rather than as a daily personal care product.

Customer Reviews

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  • 12 Customer Reviews
  • 42% Recommend This Company
2.6 out of 5
5 star: 33% 4 star: 0% 3 star: 8% 2 star: 8% 1 star: 50%

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  • Dr. Squatch is the worst

    • By Brad S.,
    • Berkeley Heights, NJ,
    • Jan 19, 2020
    • Verified Reviewer
    Overall Experience:

    I placed an order for shampoo, conditioner, and soap nine days ago and it’s yet to even ship. I’ve contacted Dr. Squatch twice about the issue and have come to realize that their customer service can do nothing to rectify the situation. They can give 10% refunds which amount to very little. They can do nothing to actually get the problem resolved. I’m very disappointed since I was hopeful this was going to be a product I would have liked to try. Unfortunately, I never received it soooo...

    I would recommend anyone looking to purchase from this company to seriously look elsewhere. Just a bad frustrating experience with no real customer service to help resolve the issue. Do not get yourself in this situation. Buy something else.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Not worth the money

    • By Jim T.,
    • New Jersey,
    • Apr 21, 2020
    • Verified Reviewer
    Overall Experience:

    Save your money. My kids and I tried the soap, it only lasted less than a week, not worth the money. I would need to spend over $700 a year on soap at that rate. Also, it leaves a nasty film on your body, definitely not worth the money. Much better off with Irish Spring or Ivory soap. It also tells you something when they want you to leave 180 characters of a review. To tell them about their product.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Do not buy from them!

    • By Glenn L.,
    • Iron Station, NC,
    • Jul 2, 2020
    • Verified Reviewer
    • Length of Use: Less than 3 months
    Overall Experience:

    I ordered some soap in March, it never showed up under my account. When I contacted them they had no idea if I had ordered or where my shipment was but they took my money. Then they started ignoring my contacts. After several emails and filing a complaint with the BBB, my money was finally refunded. Just today I get online to check my bank account and they are taking $19 again from me and this time I didn't even place an order, my account shows nothing in it, no subscriptions and no activity. Now it's back to playing games with them to get my money back. Their website does not allow you to cancel/close an account either so who knows how often this is going to happen.

    Pros and Cons:

    • No “pros” were specified in this review
    • Customer service
    • Website

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • This stuff stinks...really smells bad

    • By James F.,
    • Seattle, WA,
    • Feb 18, 2020
    • Verified Reviewer
    Overall Experience:

    This soap is just bad stuff, the only good thing is that it does not last long. While that attribute has been documented as a negative, I saw it as the best thing this soap has going for it. I had thought a rat died in my bathroom, then realized it was the soap.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Ship time is awful

    • By Seth D.,
    • Duluth, MN,
    • Jul 5, 2020
    • Verified Reviewer
    Overall Experience:

    Expect this product to ship 19 days after ordering, plus transit time. Terrible product distribution. If I would have known it would take this long to get the product I would not have purchased it. The intent was to purchase for a birthday present.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Used a gift of pine tar soap

    • By Michael P.,
    • Arizona,
    • Jul 16, 2020
    • Verified Reviewer
    • Length of Use: Less than 3 months
    Overall Experience:

    The soap emitted a black ink-like substance all over my face and sink, it was just awful. Thankfully I was able to use regular Ivory soap to clean the black stain off my face and sink. Asked Dr. Squatch to replace the pine tar bar 3 times, no less.

    Pros and Cons:

    • No “pros” were specified in this review
    • Pine tar causes a stain-like ink
    • Company won't answer my mail, lack of customer service

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Very good

    • By Kaleb W.,
    • Gresham, OR,
    • Apr 1, 2020
    • Verified Reviewer
    Overall Experience:

    I have very sensitive skin, most other soap companies honestly suck. In-store all-natural soap is insanely expensive and the smells that I like, the "men’s" smells, are typically so fake smelling. I decided to give them a try, 7 bucks a bar isn’t too bad considering that it came to me in less than a week. I got two bars - Spearmint Basil, which smells like a tea, and Cedar Citrus, which honestly smells like a cedar tree rubbed with orange. It didn’t last all that long, which is a shame because I loved the smell. However, I can forgive them because the soap is much softer and rubs very well on my skin. After the first couple of washes, my skin became much smoother. I would honestly go for a subscription after I try all the different smells. I have recommended not only to my close friends but also my dad who had skin like mine but also wants organic natural soap.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

  • Love it

    • By Wade S.,
    • Richmond, VA,
    • Apr 2, 2020
    • Verified Reviewer
    Overall Experience:

    I have loved Dr. Squatch's soap! Love the variety of scents, and my skin feels so much better. It doesn't last as long as I'd like but I'm fine with paying a little extra to feel this good. Cant wait to get my next order in!

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

  • Smells great

    • By Tony T.,
    • New Jersey,
    • Jun 29, 2020
    • Verified Reviewer
    • Length of Use: Less than 3 months
    Overall Experience:

    My skin loves me again! I usually shower twice a day and my bar lasts 2 and 1/2 weeks. I don't know about others but I received my order in 2 days, will continue to buy again and again.

    Pros and Cons:

    • Fast ship
    • Natural ingredients
    • Great advertising
    • No “cons” were specified in this review

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

  • Works great

    • By Xandru B.,
    • Schererville, IN,
    • Jul 12, 2020
    • Verified Reviewer
    • Length of Use: 6–12 months
    Overall Experience:

    I have been using them for a while now. I love their scents, and it has made my skin feel so much better compared to every other soap.

    I see that everyone else seems to get no more than 2 weeks out of their bar, and this has left me scratching my head. I have had almost every bar last more than an entire month. I did invest in their cedar "soap saver," so that might be the difference.

    Pros and Cons:

    • Easy to order
    • Good on the skin
    • Lasts me at least 1 month
    • No “cons” were specified in this review

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

  • Terrible shipping time delays

    • By Thomas N.,
    • Long Beach, CA,
    • Jul 22, 2020
    • Verified Reviewer
    • Length of Use: 3–6 months
    Overall Experience:

    I have ordered/placed 2 orders with Dr. Squatch. Each time there have been significant delays. I live less than 20 miles from their distribution center but their shipping time is terrible. You can see that the items are sitting in a mail center for over 12 days and never moving. When you contact their customer service they give you the same BS that you can view tracking. Well, I can view the tracking and the darn soap is not moving.

    Pros and Cons:

    • Quality products
    • Great choice of products
    • Easy to navigate website
    • Terrible shipping
    • Lack of response from customer service

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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