Doppelgänger Grey Label Artisan Shave Soap - Homage to Creed Aventus | CK6 Formula 5 Oz
"CK-6 is the current pre-eminent benchmark soap base title holder in my den. This is the best all-around performing soap base I've ever used...for now." ~ Matt Hilton
We all have hobbies outside this hobby, and that includes Fran and myself. Our hobby is SOAP...obvious I know, but is it really?
I mean sure, Phoenix Shaving is our full time gig, our livelihood, but in our down time, we genuinely enjoy playing around with soap formulas. It's real soap dork stuff but really fascinating soap dork stuff I assure you. Think Math Club but for soap...hmmm, bad example, but stay with me...
One thing we like to do is challenge ourselves by setting certain parameters we want to work within and set goals we must meet or exceed. Sometimes these goals can be waaaaaaay out there, ex. "This formula will not only have killer cushion, but it will also make me invisible for 7 hours." or "This formula will have epic slickness and allow me to read thoughts...for 7 hours.", etc - and sometimes the goals are more realistic or reasonable...other times it can be an Epic New Paradigm Manifesto Challenge. Doppelgänger falls under this latter category.
Objective/Challenge: Kill The Tallow is Superior Myth
“So without a doubt CK-6 is the best soap formula you have ever made and I have ever used period! There is absolutely no need for a pre shave with that soap and the post shave face feel is amazing too! You have officially ruined every other soap for me!” ~ Tim Blem, Customer
As mentioned above, for the last few years Fran and I have had a little secret pet project that we would get to whenever we had some free time in the lab. We were on a quest to create the slickest, thickest shave soap formula known to man w/ the ultimate post shave feel.
This ongoing task is actually how we came up with our very popular, high butter Crown King Formula! If you have tried our Crown King Formula you know it's top shelf stuff that can hang with the best...but what if we made a few more tweaks...purely for fun?
So, we kept going, like all creatives, we are never satisfied and with more than 7 years of experience in us now we schlepped on!
NOTE: This has been one of our most, if not thee most, trial/field tested formulas to date, and a good sample of the shave population was recruited for feedback over the last few months. We were not going to make this call on our own, we were too close to this thing, this hobby, this challenge that was now becoming something else...but I digress.
"What's amazing about this soap is that I believe (and I do not say this lightly or without trepidation - it's a weighty statement) *raises* the bar to a new level even for the tallow classics. I have not seen ANY base (vegan, tallow, artisan, commercial) take as much water as this without breaking down. I've never tried anything with a post this nourishing. I've never seen any soap, from any maker, last this long without drying up. This has to be THE most stable soap base I've ever seen." ~ Carlos R. Anglada
Tallow is the Benchmark?
Some traditionalists think yes, though they really can't say why. I do admit however the number of Tallow or Bust purests is shrinking...but there is still this Animal Fat is the Best mentality out there, and I find it baffling...at least from the chemical end of things. Soooooo, sick and tired of all this Tallow vs Veggie talk, we thought we'd attempt to end it once and for all by delivering a soap that checks off all the boxes when it comes to all of tallow’s supposed mystical attributes: Better Glide, Better Moisturizing Properties, Better Post Shave Feel, Better, Etc. See what we were up against? Don't even get me going into the seemingly magical combination of Lanolin & Tallow! lol
Rather than try to find a new, yet to be used species of tallow or fat (Prairie Dog Fat?), we went deeper into the jungles of South America for a tallow alternative, or rather, a Superior fat!
Over the last several years Fran and I have carefully researched all the different butters the world has to offer, and have gone on a long, sometimes mysterious, sometimes frustrating journey to see where our experiment would take us. With much trial and error and careful note taking we believe we have arrived!
So Here we are, Formula CK-6...or what I like to think of as Ground Zero to a new paradigm. You folks decide if I am crazy. [*Fran says Overly Dramatic. Regardless, this stuff is something else!]
Introducing The CK-6 Formula: Fat of the Land
"Lather just explodes off the brush within seconds. Performance as good as the best tallow-based soaps. Exceptional post shave feel." ~ Mantic 59, Sharpologist
CK-6 is made up of some very Exotic Butters, Oils and Waxes from around the world: Kokum Butter, Cocoa Butter, Shea Butter, Jojoba Wax, Bacuri Butter, Cupuacu Butter and Murumuru Butter! Can you guess which are the Brazilian Beauties? [Hint: they sound like lyrics in a samba!]
A Mystical Trifecta of Slick
Bacuri Butter: is very popular in the north of Brazil, it comes from the seeds of a beloved local fruit with a rich pulp, and flavor.
Bacuri butter has a high absorption rate, due to its high level of tripalmitin (50% to 55%), which penetrates the skin quickly. The high amount of fatty palmitoleic acid (5%), compared to other oils (less than or equal to 0.5 to 1.5%), makes the Bacuri oil a fantastic emollient, and a super moisturizing agent. Think killer post shave feel!
Capuacu Butter: is a close cousin to the cacao plant, the trees and fruits are similar, however, cupuacu has a richer pulp. Cupuacu butter is naturally softer than cacao, therefore easier to use, and offers more benefits than the cocoa butter.
Cupuacu butter has very high water absorption capacity (Over 200% Greater Than Lanolin)- Read that again. Due to its capacity for water absorption and the ability to obstruct the evaporation of moisture from the skin, Cupuaçu butter just might be one of the best moisturizing ingredients available. (take that Lanolin!) Fun Fact: Chocolate can also be made from cupuacu - it is called “cupulate".
Murumuru Butter: is a phenomenally slick butter that gives a most excellent skin feel and slip. It is called the "vegetable silicone" for its ability to rapidly replace mineral silicon in the dermis. It comes from the seeds of a palm tree that is very abundant in the wet regions of the Amazon forest.
Murumuru Butter is also rich in vitamin A and C and Omega fatty acids 3, 6, and 9. The main fatty acid found in this butter is called Lauric acid (at an astonishing 47%) It also has myristic acid, oleic, palmitic and linoleic acids. When these 3 sisters combine with Kokum, Cocoa, Jojoba & Shea you get some serious Premium, Luxury, Fatty Lather; killer creamy, slick, buttery goodness that possesses Superb Residual Slickness and Earth Shattering Post Shave Feel! You will not even need to use a balm after and good luck keeping your hands off your face all day!
"This soap formula is a game changer. It's the best soap I've used. ~ Jason Bryan, Distorted Cheese Shaving
A few of our testers were straight up Tallow Worshipers but CK-6 left them confused and a bit shaken (*slight exaggeration...but only slight.) Many straight up thought we were playing a practical joke on them. Admittedly, I did tell them they would be testing our New Tallow Shave Soap. :) Only after they excitedly declared it exceptional and almost magical did I break the news. Hee Hee Hee, I live for moments like this. [Note: two did use the word "Magical" in their description...so take that Fran!]
Due to the unique/exotic ingredients used in the formula, it is priced slightly higher out of necessity. All our testers agreed this would be a more than fair price for 5 Ounces of such a premium recipe.
Now what's this Doppelgänger Stuff?
I know, right? But trust me, you will dig what's going on here folks! For a few years now, I have gone out of my way to bring some really classic scents back to life. I must admit, this is a selfish obsession for the most part. These are scents I love, and wish were still available...so in all actuality I'm on a personal mission.
Luckily, a lot of you have similar tastes, so it's a win - win for all! But lately, I have been getting requests to do some scents, classic and modern, that are just a bit outside my wheelhouse. Typically, I respectfully decline...but then I got to thinking, a lot of these scents or frags don't have matching shave soaps, a dilemma for the Fraghead Wet Shaver. Clearly there's a need and clearly, it's not always about what scents I prefer!
"And that lather! It truly is remarkably good. I am seriously trying to cut back on shaving soaps, but after this shave I am thinking I somehow need more CK-6 shaving soaps. I’m very impressed. Thick, slick, wonderful lather that leaves my skin feeling exceptionally nice.
I highly recommend the CK-6 formula. Really striking." ~Michael Ham, Leisureguys Guide to Gourmet Shaving
So, with this in mind, we created The Doppelgänger Collection or in plain English, a Clone Line or series of some popular frags that a lot of you really enjoy. It was also the perfect scent to introduce our New CK-6 Formula with...I think? So Far we have Sauvage (Dior) , Sartorial (Penhaligon's) and Chaps (Ralph Lauren) and now Aventus (Creed)!!!
So with that, I have no doubt you are going to absolutely freak when you try our latest Out of This World formula. I truly believe it is light years above all that we have seen in the shave world so far. (My pride is embarrassingly gushing, no?) - Fran and I really look forward to your thoughts and feedback!
Shave On & Stay Groovy!
*Maybe Fran is right?
Ingredients: Potassium Stearate, Glycerin, Potassium Cocoate, Aqua, Potassium Kokumate, Sodium Lactate, Potassium Shea Butterate, Potassium Castorate, Sodium Stearate, Potassium Cocoa Butterate, Potassium Avocadoate, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Theobroma Grandiflorum (Capuacu) Butter, Astrocaryum (Murumuru) Seed Butter, Platonia Insignis (Bacuri) Seed Butter, Parfum [Fragrance]
Name trademarks and copyrights are properties of their respective manufacturers and/or designer. This version is NOT to be confused with the original and Phoenix Shaving, LLC has no affiliation with Creed.
The Saga Continues now 252 years in the future on Planet Gaia Secundus.
Quarks; Atom Had 'em. ~ D Smythe
Today we leave our collection of Victorian Doppelgänger case studies and leap ahead 252 years into the future, where these strange occurrences have become even more frequent, widespread and still unexplained.
In the dusty, dusky light of the second dawn, Atom’s Data Face struggled to make sense out of the shadowy, moving figure before him. His mirror image in motion, stride and appearance.
Was his helmet malfunctioning? It must be for there should be no other living soul on this side of the planet, this time of year and his helmets internal L-Form Indicator never sounded. Yet there someone, or something was, moving with intent towards him.
Atom stopped fast kicking up more red dust, the approaching figure did the same. This was no helmet glitch. The solar winds died down suddenly and Atoms audible heart rate monitor climbed, sweat dripped down the tinted screen of his Data Face...then, the figure before him, standing less than have a lunar block away, began to charge. Atom froze in pure terror...
It seemed like 5 lunar days before Atom opened his eyes again. His double was gone, or rather, he was gone, no longer standing outside on the planets outer surface. He now stood in silent darkness where only a drop of liquid reverberated every 30 seconds and echoed forever. He scanned from left to right with his Data Face, his helmets night vision automatically kicked on and painted his surroundings in an eery blue/green glow and for the second time in the last hour, Atom's heart skipped a beat.
It took him a hot minute to fully understand what he was seeing. All around him stood men still as soldiers who fell asleep where they stood, but eyes open and staring straight ahead wearing no emotion on their faces and breathing not.
It took him another minute to realize they were him, all of them, dressed in the same, heavy radiation repellent undergarments he was wearing right now under his Spatium Suit. He turned off the night vision and activated the external lights of his helmet bathing the room in a moon like light. He observed ducts and exposed pipework, the room was large and went on forever, as did the replicants, hundreds of them. He was in what appeared to be the Grand Astral Subterranean Port Hangar located hundreds of miles away and 3 miles below the barren dry soil of Gaia Secundus...was he going mad?
A low volume alarm went off within Atom's helmet and he jumped again, reflexively he tapped it off. The alarm indicated there was substantial oxygen levels in the great room and he could remove his helmet.
Atom thought about this. Maybe he was asleep and this was just a dream or maybe he was unconscious still on the surface of this unforgiving planet, removing his helmet meant uncertain death. Then he stopped breathing again as he felt a hand firmly gripping his shoulder...the terror from only moments before returned.
Atom came to in a bright flash of light, inhaling deep and loud, squinting, gasping, panicking. He felt lighter, vulnerable, he touched his forehead and patted the rest of his body, he was out of his Spatium Suit, the oxygen tasted stale, metallic and cold. He was painted in a blinding white light and surrounded by others, silhouettes. The sudden rush of air to his brain made him dizzy and he began to fall forward uncontrollably, reaching out to the closest body hoping someone might catch him.
He touched the shape in front of him as he went down in slow motion, his thoughts jumped in another bright flash and he was still falling but from an upright position again and gasping for breath once more as if the wind had been knocked out of him, as if the whole scene had been rewound. He reached out again touching an elbow or a shoulder in an effort to stop or slow his fall - ZAP! Again the flash and the sudden rush of cold, stale ozone into his lungs and this repeated over and over till in one variation he found himself turning mid-fall in a race to the floor and that's when he saw the faces. Tt was the doppelgängers, the grey and lifeless sea of empty shells of himself, falling like dominos. His consciousness was being transferred from one to the next like an organic series of pulses jumping across a light system: Flash, Breathe, Flash, Breathe, Flash, Breathe, an asthmatic strobe...it was impossible to ever catch his breath and darkness was closing in untill he finally fell for the last time. He had made it to the base of the light source and the front of the line.
The floor was cold and clean, sterile as was his new body, he slowly raised his head still panting and teary eyed. Before him stood a man geared up in a full Spatium Suit, teetering, light exploded from the crown of his helmet washing the room in an eery moon like light with his back turned towards Atom. With a rush of adrenaline, Atom jumped to his feet and grabbed the man by the shoulder - FLASH!
Atom blinked and looked around, he was again suited up and once more kicking up dust on the surface of Gaia Secundus. The alarm in his helmet told him he needed to focus on regulating his breathing and calming down. He slowly sat down on a nearby rock, he was still suffering from mild vertigo and to stop moving felt good, he needed to process all of this and run a full system scan of his suit. He had learned at the academy one can experience hallucinations if the oxygen being used is less than pure or has been contaminated during the recycling process. He needed to get back to base and examine his Rebreathe Unit. He stood up fast and caught himself again, he was still slightly dizzy. Steadying himself he looked up slowly and in the distance he saw someone else approaching.
The solar winds died down...