This is the third installment of our soap study to enlighten our fellow grapplers on soap for combat athletes. We asked Guy Sako from Defense Soap if he wanted Defense to participate in our study and he was more than willing. He sent us their bar soap, shower gel, body wipes, AND Barrier Foam. The complete package for a grappler. Huge thanks to Guy and Defense Soap for participating.
If you’ve been training in wrestling, Jiu Jitsu, Football, etc. then chances are you’ve seen or heard of Defense Soap. They’re widely publicized and promoted by tons of high level gyms, athletes, and even not so famous gyms and people. They’ve been around the longest as they are the first soap marketed for Combat Athletes and are one of the best selling.
They’re also one of the only Soap companies who have had clinical studies done on their soap and you can see those HERE.
The Defense Soap website doesn’t actually state the ingredients for their soap, it only says and I quote
Defense Soap has chosen only the finest ingredients that have antibacterial, anti-fungal and antiviral properties. The balance of these ingredients is what makes Defense Soap so effective.
So I emailed Guy asking about the ingredients, and he told me the ingredients but also where I could find them on the website. On the page where you buy the products, it states the ingredients for each individual product.
Sodium Palmate, Sodium Palmate Kemelate, Water, Melaleuca Alternifolia (TeaTree) Oil, Eucalyptus Globulus leal 011, Sodium Chloride, Glycerin, Tetrasodium EDTA, Tetrasodlum Etidronate.
The bar of Defense Soap differs from other combat soaps. Not in terms of shape or size, but of texture and smell. Obviously each one is going to have a different smell but the texture of the Defense Bar Soap is really waxy. For the first week it was hard to get a lather going, I’m assuming because of the waxy “shell” the soap had.
The bar of soap lasted me just at three weeks of twice a day, five days a week of use. On the Defense Soap website it states that with normal use of the bar it will last you about three weeks. I’m not sure if this was normal use or not but it lasted how long they stated it would. WIN!!!
The bar soap from Defense left my skin slightly dry right after the shower. I did feel clean after using it but I wasn’t fond of the smell. It was a bland but slightly “chemical” if I can use that word, but my skin didn’t smell chemically after use so that’s a good thing. It could be that I’m used to a different soap that has a scent to it, and could be why the soap smelled off to me but I’m not sure.
During the time of using the bar soap I was getting small scrapes and cuts a lot and they seemed to be healing faster than normal. I didn’t use any anti-bacterial ointment, just Defense Soap on them a couple of times a day until healed. I can attribute the cuts healing faster to the soap.
Saponified oils of Coconut and Olive, Jojoba Oil, Vegetable Gum/Glycerin Extract, Aloe Vera, Tea Tree Oil and Eucalyptus Oil.
The shower gel has more of tea tree scent. Some people like the smell of Tea Tree but if it’s overpowering not so much. This isn’t quite over powering but you definitely know it’s there. It takes quite a bit of gel in the loofah to get a good lather and the soap runs out fast while in the scrubbie.
I know soap companies like Dove, Old Spice, etc add ingredients to make their soap last longer while in a loofah but at what cost to your skin?
The Shower Gel lasted a little bit over two weeks, maybe two weeks and a day of normal use five days a week.
On a side note about the Defense Liquid Shower Gel, I noticed an increase in acne on my back, face, and shoulders while using the liquid soap. My training wasn’t increased or the intensity wasn’t out of the normal range so I’m not exactly sure why I noticed more acne or why it was more prevalent when using the gel. I asked the owner Guy why he thought this could be and he responded that since it’s coconut oil based that I might be having some type of reaction but he really wasn’t sure, it was the first time he’d heard of something like this.
The gel also dried my skin out quite a bit more than the bar.
Here are some more reviews from Amazon.com about Defense Soap Body Gel
1% Australian Tea Tree Oil and 1% Eucalyptus Oil
Body wipes are pretty self explanatory as to how you’re supposed to use them, you wipe your body down after a training session. They’re a slightly moistened wipe but do sponge up some sweat and dirt. I used one per limb (one for one arm, leg, neck, etc.) just to make sure I get somewhat clean after a tournament. Since they are a damp wipe it took about two – four seconds for my skin to not feel wet after applying.
I feel cleaner and not so grimy after using them. They do have a tea tree smell but it’s not overpowering and they only smell when you open up the lid and first pull one out. It does leave a slight tea tree scent on your skin but it’s only noticeable if your limb is right under your nose.
I think these are super handy to have at tournaments, especially if you travel. I travel around two hours one way for every tournament I compete in and most of the time they don’t have a shower. The body wipes help me rest a bit easier for that car ride when I’m itching to take a shower and get the comp germs off my skin. This is probably my favorite product from Defense.
aqua (water); petroleum gases, liquefied, sweetened (propellant), stearic acid; isopropyl myristate; triethanolamine; sodium lauryl sulfate; peg-75 lanolin; cetyl alcohol; xanthan gum; aloe barbadensis (aloe vera); buxus chinensis (jojoba); tocopheryl acetate (vitamin E); triticum vulgare (wheat germ extract)
Lets say you’re super paranoid about germs. What better way to ease your concerns than with a preventative foam before you roll? That’s where the barrier foam from Defense Soap comes in. You use it….before you train or compete. Worried minds can rest assured with this product but lets get down to it and talk about the foam.
The texture of the barrier foam is like old school Barbasol shaving cream. It literally looks like Barbasol in the palm of your hand after dispensing from the canister. Luckily though it doesn’t smell the same or that would be terrible. In fact, it doesn’t really have a smell to it at all.
Even though it looks and feels like shaving cream, it leaves the skin feeling very soft and moisturized. It’s almost like putting lotion on your skin and I don’t even really know it’s on there after a minute or two. When training, there isn’t a noticeable difference either. Does it protect against germs though? I’m not sure, but whenever Defense has a study done on it I will definitely post the results to see what they say. I do have a little bit more comfort knowing there is a barrier against germy worms.
Guy Sako is the owner and the main man you will most likely talk to any time you contact Defense Soap. He’s active on the forums, social media, and the website. He is willing to answer any question you might have about his product as well as send you a sample bar if you’re on the fence about his soap.
He’s humble and willing to listen to any argument and carefully retort using documented clinical invitro studies that he has had done to try and prove his product works. Their customer service is top notch and have a great return/exchange policy. If for any reason you didn’t like the product they’re more than willing to make you a happy customer.
Where to buy
There are a few specialty stores and gyms that sell Defense Soap but the main place to purchase the soap is on their website
- 1 Bar – 5.99
- 5 Pack – 27.50
- 6 Pack – 32.99
- 30 Pack – 149.99
- 72 Pack – 359.99
- 1 Canister – 8.99
- 6 pack – 49.50
- 1 Can – 16.99
- 12 Pack – 159.99
- 1 Bottle – 8.99
- 6 pack – 44.95
- They also have a few more options (Gallons, 4 gallon packs, etc.)
Defense Soap is a tad more expensive than other combat soap brands. Don’t let the price discourage you, I suggest you give Defense Soap a try to see if it’s for you.
Defense has a ton more products other than the four listed here. There is a reason why they are number one in the industry when it comes to care for athletes. They have mat cleaner, laundry cleaner, ringworm treatment, equipment spray and more. Literally a product for almost anything you could think of for your gym.
I liked the body wipes a lot, like I said above they are super handy to have with you when traveling or just in general at the gym if you can’t immediately shower after class. As soon as this canister runs out I will be sure to purchase more of these so I can never leave to a tournament or gym without them.
The Barrier Foam did leave me feeling a bit more secure in the fact that I thought I was more protected when rolling against the germy worms. I’m definitely awaiting to see if they do a clinical study on this product so I really see how it works!!!
I wouldn’t hesitate at all promoting or recommending these two products from Defense Soap.
Unfortunately for me though, my skin didn’t particularly agree with one of the soaps.
The bar soap was OK in my opinion. It left it a little dry but then against a lot of soaps do that for me. It did feel like the smaller cuts and scrape were healing faster and since Defense was the only thing I was using, it had to be it. The smell was meh, I like a bit more smelly soap (as does my wife) but it’s not too shabby.
The Shower Gel though in my opinion, I can’t really recommend. It left my skin too dry and the increase in acne from the shower gel left me not really wanting to attempt a second go around to see if it was just that bottle. I don’t know the exact difference in between the bar and gel but there is definitely something different with them.
All in all, I would say give Defense Soap and their products a try and let your skin do the deciding. I have wonky skin and not all soaps tend to agree with it so my experience could vary greatly from yours. Give Defense a shout and see if you can get a sample bar to try, you never know till you try it!!!!