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Clown Fruit Solid Cologne | Contains Prickly Pear Oil | A Unique, Absinthe Forward Fall Favorite!

$24.95 USD

Guess Who Turns 5?

Soap Scent Profile: Artemisia (Wormwood), Hungarian Oak, Elderflower, Absinthe, Neroli, Amyris, Elderberry, Burnt Sugar, Tobacco Absolute, & FEAR Absolute.



Finally, after many years and after a few different name changes, Clown Fruit is restored to all his former glory and place in the Fall Shave Scent Pantheon! So please give a warm welcome back to that same complex, seductive, glowing, magical concoction so many know and love, regardless of what name is on the label. So sought-after, many often miss the release and have to walk the Earth crestfallen and alone till Clown Fruit season comes around once more...which is far too long a wait, but such is the nature of these sort of whimsical things.

The Clown Freak

Honestly, had it not been for one true believer, one true Clown Freak, Clown Fruit 2020 may just not have happened! Of course being one of our most favorite, original hand blended fall scents, it would have returned in some form or another. More than likely once again as Son Of Clown Fruit but that was not what fate had in store when it led JR Gonzalez, AKA: The Dude of Shaving, to his first jar of an original version...he was immediately hooked! The scent just seemed to speak his language. Not only that, but it seemed to possess his entire being! So much so he had to collect anything and everything Clown Fruit he could find on Ebay and other secondary market places. His love for the scent and original artwork was really infectious and soon the PMs and emails started showing up. It had been far too long and folks wanted Clown Fruit back, they wanted to experience the magic that JR raved about!

So with that, we should all tip a hat or make a toast to JR and his fanatical insistence that we bring back that infamous fall favorite, Clown Fruit!


Clown Fruit?

Clown Fruit was really born out of pure experimentation a little over 5 years back. Up until that point I was collecting whatever literature I could find on old school perfuming, especially vintage texts. From true perfuming recipes to dusty, old apothecary cookbooks, I was on the hunt! The techniques and concepts were so varied I was inspired to try a few ideas of my own and borrow from the brewing industry. 

I soon began adding oak cubes to my batches in an effort to simulate scent effects that one may get from aging alcohol in a cask. Impressed by my results I eventually invested in some real oak barrels. Next I was incorporating magnetic stirrers into my method. This kept the perfume in a constant state of agitation while they matured (aged). This was huge considering up till that point I would have to hand agitate each batch once a day for a period of 4-6 weeks! This new addition to my developing method proved so successful soon even other artisans hopped on this concept! We were really making some leaps! Then one night it occurred to me that I really didn't know much about that mysterious & mystical green elixir Absinthe. It seemed wormwood was something I really needed in my lab.


But to make the long story short, these slight little tweaks and crossovers really added undertones and characteristics to my splashes and EDP that up until then I had never known. Clown Fruit truly is a sort of Frankenstein Monster when it comes to all the different bits and pieces that were weaved together in an effort to create something new, and magical! It really was the beginning of a trajectory we are still riding high on when it comes do doing things a little bit differently!

Then of course there was that element of the paranormal and spooky. To accentuate this I even chose to make the soap and related products glow! This was the first time in shavedom anyone had ever seen a glowing soap! Which was to be expected, I mean, who shaves in the dark? So right there was that element of danger we needed to add that last spark of life to what all have come to know as the legendary, Clown Fruit!


Absinthe (The Green Fairy)


Absinthe has always been connected in some way or another to strange activity, paranormal events and the odd. I'm almost certain no one drinks this sweet, sinister elixir in the daylight...and there's a reason for that. I just don't know what it is, but it can't be good! 

Then there's the Elderberry.

Among pagan traditions, Elder has held a place of respect. The ability to protect; induce vivid dreams, particularly of the Faerie realms; to heal; and to exorcise or remove negative spells and influences are among Elder’s pagan attributes.

  • It was said that to wear or carry Elder wood, leaves, flowers or berries would protect you from attack.
  • Elderberry oil or water was used in blessing rituals.
  • Elder leaves and branches were often hung in doorways and windows to protect those who lived within.
  • Elder planted in the back yard, particularly near the kitchen, provided protection from negative influences and disease.
  • Elder flowers were used in a facial wash to lighten and care for the skin.
  • It was said that if you fell asleep under the elder you would dream of the faerie lands.

Conversely, amongst Christian traditions, the Elder was a fearful symbol of sorrow and death. Langland, in The Vision of Piers Plowman, claimed  Elder was the tree on who’s branches Judas Iscariot committed suicide by hanging. At times, elder was also said to have been the tree whose wood was used to make the cross on which Jesus was crucified. Elder has been used in a variety of burial rituals and in various rituals for identifying and protecting against witches.

The Holy Oak?

Throughout the major cultures of Europe the oak tree has been held in high esteem. To the Greeks, Romans, Celts, Slavs and Teutonic tribes the oak was foremost amongst venerated trees, and in each case associated with the supreme god in their pantheon, oak being sacred to Zeus, Jupiter, Dagda, Perun and Thor, respectively. Each of these gods also had dominion over rain, thunder and lightning, and it is surely no coincidence that oak trees appear to be more prone to lightning strikes than other trees, whether because of their wood's low electrical resistance or the fact that they were frequently the largest, tallest living things in the landscape.

The Druids frequently worshipped and practiced their rites in oak groves (the word Druid was probably a Gaelic derivation of their word for oak, Duir, and meant men of the oaks). Mistletoe, probably the Druids' most potent and magical plant, frequently grew on oak trees and its presence was believed to indicate the hand of God having placed it there in a lightning strike.

Is it me or does there not seem to be a correlation to all of these elements? I really believe we are building something extraordinary here in a very thoughtful, alchemical manner. Simply put, this is more than just shaving or maybe we are now shaving where the veil is thinnest?


I should also add, for those of you who follow the PAA Saga, Clown Fruit will shortly be making an appearance for the first time as a character in the next edition due out this October! So one last time, A Big Shout Out to JR for giving me a kick in the butt and resurrecting this Freaky, Fall Classic!  

How festive, no?  

You are absolutely going to be bewitched and transfixed by this Hallow's Eve classicIf this is your first year grabbing this scent, know that you will be reaching for this unique frag all year long...if you don't believe me, just ask JRBut more importantly, once you let him into your house, Sleep With One Eye Open! (Clown Fruit that is, not JR)

Have A Safe & Happy Halloween!

Solid Cologne?


I must confess, I was not a believer in Solid Colognes until recently! Many times when asked if I would ever consider doing one, my default answer was always:

"Solid Colognes are for hippies and little girls."

I really believed this. I mean, I vividly remember my little sister getting some that came with a doll of hers when she was 5! I also remember seeing the stuff on offer in many a new age store on the shelf next to the incense in intricately carved soapstone compacts, lol. 

I assure you dear reader, my answer wasn't meant to be hurtful or mean spirited, and I admit I was simply wrong and uneducated in the ways of this magical stuff!

So what changed my mind you ask? Quite simply, it was the history. It turns out I actually owned a book on solid perfumes! I know, how is this possible? But it does happen.

Whenever I delve into anything I go full tilt and many years back, when I began working on honing my skills as a perfumer, I ordered every book out there! Some books were even in French! And one, as I mentioned, was on Solid Perfumes... totally didn't read the subtitle when ordering it, all I read was "Perfume". When it arrived, uninterested, I tossed it to the side, only to stumble upon it once more, years later, while transferring books to a new shelf.

And after the many requests from people over the years I did become more curious as to what all the hoopla was about in regards to the balm. So I put the tome on my bed and promised to take a quick gander at it before I fell asleep that night. That gander turned into a marathon session, a real page turner!

I am embarrassed to say I was way wrong, my previous exposure to the stuff was very limited, and I really had no right making up my mind to write it off so quickly. Solid Perfumes & Colognes were born out of a rich history and are totally different animals when it comes to scent carriers. I was looking at them completely wrong.

Fact is, a Solid Cologne is a much more personal, intimate, and tactile creation when compared to say, an Eau De Parfum, Cologne, or Aftershave. It is not meant for everyone in the room to smell but rather those closest to you, as well as yourself. It isn't meant to live on the shelf in your bathroom, but more as a travel companion tucked in your backpack, briefcase, gym bag or carry on!

This is part of the history! Back in the day, solid perfumes were kept close, often on the body, hidden in the secret compartment of a ring, or worn close to the heart in a locket or metal ball called a Pomander. It was always there for a quick whiff or application to the hot spots or facial hair.

Many men and women even carried scent boxes with them back in the day for inhaling while walking the fowl streets of medieval cities! Some of these boxes and compacts held multiple scents to be enjoyed one at a time or all at once or in different combinations. The sniffer could turn on or off the different scents of the accord...That's just AWESOME! Like playing your own composition on a musical instrument. Scent for scents sake!

Even plague doctors got in on the act and kept solid perfume on themselves as well. Many now know that doctors of that time wore curious bird like masks, the beak of which was stuffed with aromatic herbs. These herbs were thought to prevent the spread of the plague, and they were also used to eclipse the stench coming off the patients.

What you may not know is these doctors also came outfitted with a cane that hid a secret flip lid in the handle. This compartment held a blended, solid perfume that could be accessed in a pinch and smeared under the nose. Brilliant!

In Ancient Egypt, solid perfumes were a large part of the culture. An Egyptian  woman often wore what was called an unguent, or scent cone, containing the perfume, on the top of her head. Unlike modern solid perfumes, which are mixed with wax and oils, these ancient fragrances were blended with animal fat, and during the course of the hot day it would melt and anoint the wearer...that's pretty epic!

I could go on, but instead, I encourage you to do your own research. I promise you it is fascinating and will give you a greater appreciation of Solid Cologne and Perfumes!

So, with the weight of history dancing in my head I went to work on creating my own Solid Cologne, and it came out wonderful! Rather than dissolving absolutes, resins, and balsams into alcohol as I typically would for an alcohol based perfume, I carefully heated them, and along with the scent oils, blended them into the Beeswax, Shea Oil, Jojoba oil, Prickly Pear Oil matrix.

I find that, as the perfumer, the scent stays truer longer to the original shape I was going for. Meaning, volatile top notes last longer and heart notes fade slower too! Base notes will last much, much longer as they mix and mingle more organically with your own body chemistry and natural oils seamlessly.

Solid Cologne is a total and complete departure from the chemical reaction one experiences with an alcohol based product. It is more like a harmonious alchemical marriage, than a quick burn and evaporate dry down effect. Very different energetics when compared, and don't misunderstand me, they are both wonderful, but again, unique from each other, and that's what I didn't understand before.

Even the mechanics of application are different. Apply it once or revisit it many times during the day as a pick me up, no one will even notice when you do. There's a very sensual element at play here, like a secret with yourself.

I really have to say, this whole process enriched me as a perfumer, I truly felt part of a greater work. Ok, it's getting a little woo woo, but I think you are picking up what I'm putting down, no?

It's true, I really misunderstood solid perfumes in the past and dismissed them way too soon in my arrogance. If you are like I was, I encourage you to become humble and check them out, otherwise you are doing yourself a great disservice. 

Now...How DO I Use Solid Cologne?

Rub a finger across the top of the solid cologne and apply it to the pulse points & hot spots: wrists, neck, inside of elbow, behind the ears, and heart. You can also use in the beard, moustache or hair. Reapply through the day or whenever yo need a pick me up!

1.5 Oz Heavy Duty Glass Jar & Bakelite Cap

Beeswax, Shea Oil Jojoba oil, Prickly Pear Oil, Fragrance & Rosemary Extract

Handmade in Arizona, USA

Net Wt. 1.5 oz.
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