Solstice Artisan Shave Soap | Ultra Premium Formula CK-6 | 5 Oz
Scent Profile: Sage, Sweetgrass, Cedar, Rose Absolute and Benzoin Resin
Solstice is a very magical, contemplative blend of aromatics, by default adding more street cred to the "Ceremony" of Wet Shaving. A real aid in turning your shave den into a truly sacred space.
"It IS one of the most epic scents. What a fantastic line!" ~Rodrigo Zedán, Paragon Shaving
Note: The artwork I created was inspired by Cathedral Rock in Sedona, Arizona, known as The Vortex to some.
Having spent much time in Sedona, I can testify there is a certain vibe there, possibly just a by-product of the overwhelming natural beauty and the ancient, majestic rock formations. Being a special place for the Native Americans and their ancestors before them this seemed the perfect place to pay tribute to in the design.
While there I picked the brains of certain individuals on the traditional uses of such herbs and resins, truly fascinating stuff whether or not you subscribe to all the mystical woo woo.
SAGE - The word sage or salvia comes from the Latin word salvare, which means "To Heal.” Sage has long been used in “smudging” ceremonies to promote purification, protection, and longevity.
- Desert Sage or White Sage is one of the most sacred herbs among Native Americans used to purify the mind, body and spirit before prayer, meditation, ritual or ceremony and to purify sacred items such as pipes, bowls, and eagle feathers. The scent of desert sage is somewhat sharp, clean, light and refreshing.
- Cedar was offered to the fire to smudge the sweat lodge and people. Its smoke is wafted to ward away sickness.
- Sweetgrass is excellent for centering ourselves. Sweetgrass is a rare grass which is found growing wild in very few places; Sweet grass grows high in the Rocky Mountains. It is said this grass never dies. It is one of those great smells reminding us of the mountains and open air.
- BENZOIN GUM RESIN was used for purification and prosperity. Often used as a base for incense blends. An antiseptic, cleanses the lungs, strengthens the mind, burned for knowledge, and peace.
Sage, Sweetgrass, Cedar, Rose Absolute and Benzoin Resin, a mystical power-pack for sure. Similar concoctions have been used universally across the globe in many a religious rite, purification, temple and church alike. At the end of the day us humans are really not so different.
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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 Edge 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.
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?
5 Oz Tub - VEGAN
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]