Ingredients: Stearic Acid, Water, Coconut Oil, Potassium Hydroxide, Sodium Hydroxide, Avocado Butter, Fragrance, Sodium Lactate
Enriched with avocado butter, my shave soap lathers with ease and provides exceptional glide. It is a vegan soap, free of animal fats and never tested on animals. All of my shave soap fragrances are blended by hand, most from a blend of natural oils and fragrance oils (scents described in bold text contain no synthetic fragrance ingredients).
While I only make one shave soap formulation at present, I am always working on variations and may offer soaps with a different formulation eventually.
- Roots – The earthy, rooty-fresh aroma of pure Haitian vetiver oil mingles with bright citrus essential oils to create a fragrance that is both uplifting and grounding. Roots has been more or less my “daily driver” since I started making shave soap. This complex scent unfolds slowly, revealing layers of lemon and orange peel, grass, and earth. A whiff of smoky depth adds richness and texture. I can trace my roots as a soapmaker – and the roots of this company – to the quest for wetshaving scents I couldn’t find. The root of my love affair with fragrances in general can be traced to my first encounter with vetiver. From the moment I made my first soap, I wanted to make a great, natural citrus-and-vetiver shave soap. Here it is.
- Vintage – Just because you like old-fashioned stuff doesn’t mean you have to live exclusively in the past. I love the old school – classic straights, barber’s brushes – but I don’t mind taking advantage of modern shaving scuttles or my current production double-edge. Likewise, while an old-time barbershop citrus-and-spice accord links Vintage to American wetshaving tradition, the contemporary wood and musk base notes anchor the fragrance in the now. Vintage. Live in color. Dream in black and white.
- Clean Cut – I wanted a barbershop scent for the line. This isn’t it. It certainly includes classic barbershop notes – lavender and coumarin – but the balance of the scent is a slightly sweet, green accord of bay laurel, fir needle, and switchgrass that moves the fragrance in an agrestic direction. I suppose if someone set up a barbershop on the back porch of my grandparents’ farmhouse, it might smell something like this. And since my grandpa is just about the cleanest-cut guy I know, I guess that’s fitting.
- Ruby Red – Pure, bright, freshly-cut grapefruit. I wish I could say there’s some fantastic story associated with this scent, but the truth is, citrus just smells great. There will always be a citrus shave soap available as part of the line, and I expect I’ll rotate them fairly often since there are so many and I love them all. Ruby Red gets the nod as lead-off citrus since this is a Texas company and nobody does ruby red grapefruit like the Rio Grande Valley. This is a particularly bold, bright take on a great American citrus.
- Signature – My signature fragrance brings together some of my favorite notes. Brisk, bright lavender crisply offsets the heart of spruce and birch. A base of tobacco, cedar, and tonka provides roundness. You’ll find echoes of Signature’s fragrance throughout the line – I’m fond of lavender and tobacco, of evergreens and forest accords. Complex, rich, and unabashedly masculine, Signature is made for the guy who knows there’s nothing that smells as clean as the great outdoors.
- Columbia River – Columbia River pays homage to the Pacific Northwest’s flora – its forests of spruce and balsam fir and pine, its lavender fields, its mossy green river banks – and to the open air that still calls to mind a bygone American frontier. Deep evergreen notes are lifted by hints of lavender and musk, while patchouli and a touch of oakmoss ground the scent. Old growth forest and new spring green evoke the discovery and continual renewal of a truly unique American region.
- Wood & Roses – This is the result of my long-standing love affair with the combination of sandalwood and rose in old-line British wetshaving products. Rich and decadent, evocative and comforting, this is as complex as scent gets. While hints of pepper and musk add depth, the classical duo of sandalwood and rose is powerful and layered enough to stand alone. Classically built, Wood and Roses is meant for the Anglophile, the fan of last-century fragrances, and any guy who – like me – has bought every sandalwood product he can get his hands on since the first day he encountered this marvelous, mysterious note.
- Old-School Lime – A lime hard candy on a Saturday morning. The scent of lime sec hair tonic on your dad’s scalp as the barber finishes dusting his neck and gestures to let you know you’re next. That slice of lime your dad will squeeze into his icy G&T a couple of hours from now when the lawn has been mowed and the sun is still scorching everything in sight. Classics. Standards. The tradition of lime-scented men’s grooming products dates back over a century for a reason: the sweet-tart tandem that only pure citrus can provide will never go out of style. Made exclusively with essential oils, this scent is a fresh, bright blast of summer. Use it because it’s old-school. Use it because it’s memorable. Use it because it’s timeless.
- Plainspoken – This soap is unscented. It’s perfect for those with skin or olfactory sensitivities or for people whose work environments don’t allow for even the faintest whiff of fragrance. The lather is brilliant. The cushion, glide, and post-shave skin feel are first-rate. In other words, it’s great soap. It just doesn’t announce itself from across the room.
- Greek Peach – Fresh, succulent peach top notes definitely dominate, but this is not a simple peach “foodie” scent. Additional berry, plum, coconut, and apple notes enhance the fruitiness, while jasmine, vanilla, and green musk help to balance the scales a bit. The result is something like eating a just-picked peach while you’re still standing in the orchard. This is the soap that started it all for my company, and it will always hold a special place in my heart. And my shave den.
- Blue Suit – This is an uspcale modern men’s fragrance. It opens with a lively bergamot-yuzu accord and a hint of watermint before moving into a heart of marine notes, jasmine, and ginger, all of which rests on a complex base of incense, labdanum, and cedar. Classically constructed and utterly contemporary, this is a scent for any occasion, any season, any man. It’s the soap that made my wife say, “Hey, you really need to start making matching aftershaves.” Like its namesake, Blue Suit is debonair without being flashy, smooth without being dull, and always comfortably elegant. Smart. Sophisticated. Stylish. Blue Suit is the perfect way to dress up your morning. Or evening. Or whenever.
- Cimarron – Cimarron is the scent of high prairie grasslands. A dusty cypress-vetiver accord gives the impression of windswept plains and chapparal. Notes of nutmeg, robust sandalwood and bold coffee create depth and richness. If all of that sounds like some over-the-top man-stink, let me assure you this is a scent for men or women. My wife has been using bath soap made with the same fragrance for months and has yet to grow a beard. Cimarron is complex and contemplative, as deceptively textured as the sandy-soiled grassland from which it gets its name.
- Breakfast of Champions – The vanilla hits you first. The full city roast lingers longest. And in between there is a dance of notes that makes this scent much more than a daily latte. Yes, there is plenty of coffee aroma here, a base note that knits the whole thing together. But the striking heart of the fragrance is a pour of bourbon, full of deep oak, char, and caramel notes (and, yes, vanilla). It’s the perfect pairing for a nice robusto fresh from the humidor, replete with traces of cedar and dark, aged tobacco. I wanted something more than just a coffee with accoutrements. I wanted a leisurely, luxurious morning on the back porch watching the world wake up. I wanted something to inspire contemplation, reflection, and ultimately, satisfaction. Something to get my head right for the day ahead. Something bold, heady, rich, and potent. I wanted it all, and here it is: the breakfast of champions.