Smells like a high mountain forest. Shave soaps come packaged in a black tin. Made with all natural and organic ingredients, our shave soaps provides a healthier alternative to the often irritating, chemical and detergent based personal care products now in general use. We make our handmade shave with all natural and organic, allergy free food grade ingredients, the old fashioned way.
Size: 3.7 ounce bar (142 grams) ~ your soap is hand cut and unique, so weight may vary a little, usually 3.7 ounces, sometimes more.
Ingredients: Saponified oils of safflower*, coconut, castor, and stearic acid, water, glycerin, honey, and essential oil blend. *certified organic ingredient.
The average man has more than 25,000 hairs as hard as copper wire coming out of his face and spends 3,000 hours in his lifetime shaving them off. Even though we have been shaving for thousands of years, a lot of men (and women) are still pretty bad at it. We have the tried and true 4 steps to a better shave.
Step 1 Prep with Pre-Shave Oil
The goal during prep is to soften whiskers so shaving is easier and causes less irritation. Shave after getting out of the shower. If you haven’t showered, at least wet shave area with some hot water. Next apply a few drops of our Pre-shave Oil to the shave area. It creates a layer over the skin to protect from the repeated contact of the razor on your skin. This will help prevent skin rashes, bumps, and razor burn. It also softens stubborn hairs so that shaving will be easier than ever before. The added benefit is it protects your razor. Whether you shave with an electric razor, or a straight razor, you will notice that you are getting more shaves out of a single blade.
Step 2 Cushion Skin & Blade
Using shave soap versus a shave cream comes down to personal preference. Our shave creams and soaps are made out of natural ingredients that are gentle on the skin and the environment. Our shave creams and soaps can be used with or without a brush, but you will get better results with a brush. Applying shaving cream by hand mats hair or raises it unevenly.
To begin, run the hot water until it gets as hot as possible. Hold your brush perpendicular to the stream of water, rotating it slowly, making sure to fully saturate the brush hair. This will become evident to you by the increased weight of the brush when fully saturated. Once warmed and loaded with all of the water it can hold, remove it from the stream of water and hold the brush “bristles downward” over the sink. Do not shake, tap, flick or otherwise cause it to drop the water. Allow it to drain only the excess water which the bristles are unable to hold. For Shave Cream: Add nickel size amount of cream to brush tips and massage into beard with circular motion until a rich later is produced. For Soap Cake: be careful not to move too vigorously so that you will drop all of the water from the brush.
Swirl about on top of the soap cake using only the tips of the bristles, without pressing down on the brush. Your purpose here is to load the tips of the bristles with soap, not to generate lather in the dish. When you see a lather beginning to develop in the dish it’s a good sign that you have plenty of soap loaded onto the brush.
Move the shaving brush in an up-and-down pattern throughout your beard, working up a respectable lather in the process. The bristles of the brush should gently exfoliate your skin, removing dead skin cells. Ensure that the lather is evenly applied and thick enough to obscure the skin beneath. Shave as usual.
Step 3 Tone Skin
Shave creams and soaps naturally have a high pH in order to properly cleanse skin. Our toner helps restore the skins acid mantle by bringing pH levels down. Rose water and sandalwood act as an anti-inflammatory, soothing irritated skin. Witch hazel and cederleaf hydrate skin and provide antibacterial protection to freshly shaved skin.
Step 4 After Shave Balm
A good wet shave exfoliates and cleanses the face, leaving smooth new skin and a healthy, clean appearance. Newly exfoliated skin needs to be protected from the elements, so for healthy skin it is important to use our After-shave Balm or Moisture Stick.
About the Brush & Razor
The more water a brush holds, the moister and richer the lather will be. Real hair brushes naturally hold more water. The greatest benefit from shave brush use is the tendency to soften and lift facial hair before a shave. For this reason, straight razors or high-quality safety razors are most often used with a shave brush, as it replaces the benefit of multiple blades.
Proponents of wet shaving claim that badger hair is the finest and most luxurious material possible. The water retention capacity, smooth sensation on the face, and durability are unmatched by other synthetic or natural materials. There are three basic classifications used to describe the quality of badger hair brushes; pure badger, best badger, and silvertip badger. Most of the original shaving brushes made back in the late 1800's and early 1900's were constructed of boar bristle. Boar bristle shave brushes are the least expensive of all shaving brushes, simply because boar bristles are less expensive as a raw material than badger hair. Boar’s hair will be less supple and flexible than badger hair due to its larger diameter, but they are preferred by those wet shavers who prefer a stiffer bristle on the face and those starting out on a tight budget.
There are many benefits to using a safety razor. Your face will feel smooth, refreshed, and healthy. Landfills are not clogged with disposable plastics and the cost of the blades is much more economical for the shaver than cartridges.