The Arm Bar Soap Company
If you’ve been following Jiu Jitsu tournaments then chances are you’ve seen the Arm Bar Soap Companies logo on quite a few of the top athletes in multiple belt divisions. They’ve quickly become a favorite after training soap for a lot of athletes due to not only their soap but their design/style as well. Athletes like Jeff Glover and JT Torres are a couple of the top stars promoting the Arm Bar Soap Company.
We reached out to Chad, the owner of ABSC, and he was more than willing to send us some soap to review. We received the Peppermint and Cocoa batch and are pleasantly surprised with each one. So lets get right to it.
The packaging on this brand of soap is some of the best I’ve seen. It’s super tight and you can barely smell the soap through the shrink wrap, although when I first opened the envelope it smelled amazing. Just a slight hint of peppermint and cocoa.
As you can see from the pictures the design is very clean and tasteful unlike some soap companies out there. It features a person wearing a gi with the companies logo and the ingredients, a few logos, and description on the back.
They’re one of the more original brands when it comes to designs/packaging.
The soap is fairly easy to get a good, rich lather going but it takes a little longer than “regular” soap to rinse off. It’s like it really wants to stay on your skin.
With each type of bar the smell is very noticeable but not overwhelming. I prefer the peppermint batch as I feel it opens up my pores more than the cocoa batch, and it also gives my skin more of a tingling sensation.
Each batch has a slight scratchy feeling while running the bar over your skin but it’s not an irritating sensation. You just feel your skin getting clean. Now the ingredient that is causing the sensation is the Walnut shell bits in the Peppermint batch, and the Steel Cut Oats in every other bar they offer. Both of these ingredients are for exfoliating the skin and removing dead cells. Once again though, it’s not irritating at all.
It leaves the skin very soft and not dry at all, it feels very moisturized. Off the shelf soaps, for me, leave me feeling dry and quite yucky feeling. This isn’t the case with ABSC.
I started the peppermint batch on the 22nd and it was finally so small I couldn’t use it anymore on the 19th. Considering most of the time I was using it twice a day that’s a long lasting bar of soap. The Cocoa Batch lasted a few days less than the peppermint but still, that’s a good amount of use from a bar of soap.
Here is the real kicker, not only is the ABSC soap hand made, it’s also ALL NATURAL!!! No harsh chemicals to dry your skin out or leave it feeling “blah”. There are only two companies that I know of who are all natural in the soap for combat athletes game. This is something that ABSC prides itself on. In case you were wondering, here is the list of ingredients from their website
- Tea Tree oil
- Eucalyptus Oil
- Lemongrass Oil
- Bergamot Oil
- Peppermint Oil
- Steel Cut Oats
- Lavender Oil
- Noni Juice
- Kukui Nut Oil
- Walnut Shell Bits
- Kona Coffee Grounds
No added BS, No Filters. Raw ingredients for your skin. You can read HERE on why they put each ingredient in their soap.
The Owner/Customer Service
Chad Hospodar, the owner of The Arm bar Soap Company has been training in and out of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu for 10 years and has a purple belt in the art we all love. This is something that we like about ABSC, he trains and he gets why we train.
It’s not some fly by night soap company who saw a niche and wanted to make some bucks. He did this because he knows what its like to get staph, ringworm and general mat cooties. You can read his story HERE and why he decided to start up the company.
When I first opened up the package, after I got past the amazing smell, I pulled the soap out and Chad had included a sticker with it. On the back though was a personal message hand written in sharpie from Chad;
Not many owners do this and to go out of his way and do that shows that he generally cares about the people who buy/look into his company. Super cool of Chad to do this and gets extra props from us!!!
In the time that the Arm Bar Soap Company has been running, Chad has said they haven’t had a single returned bar of soap…that speaks volumes about the soap itself. Just in case though, their policy is simple…”The customer is always right”.
Where to buy
As far as price, each batch sells for roughly
- 4.95 for a single bar,
- 8.95 for two bars,
- 12.95 for three
- 16.95 for four
- 19.95 for five
Or you can get the big multi-packs of 12 for 39.99, or 24 bars for 74.95
Checking with the other combat soap companies, the Arm Bar Soap Companies price is on par with everyone else besides one company who charges more than everyone else. So really it’s going to come down to personal choice and reviews of what soap does what and who you want to support. I personally would rather support a company who trains and has a genuine love for the art and isn’t resorting to tasteless ads or who are just trying to make a buck.
These are all of my opinions of course, and you should make your own when deciding to purchase soap for combat athletes.