Supreme Sandalwood Science Artisan Shave Soap - Ultra Premium Formula CK-6 | 5 Oz
"A scientist in his laboratory is not a mere technician: he is also a child confronting natural phenomena that impress him as though they were fairy tales."
Scent Profile: A blend of Indian, Australian & Royal Hawaiian Sandalwood. Robust, aromatic, extremely rich, semi-sweet, full bodied, creamy, warm & woody. I find both Longevity and sillage are by far supreme in regards to any other "sandalwoods" on the market...and you will too!
It has been well over a year now since I set off on my sandalwood quest, a pseudo religious path for what I believed to be, the ultimate sandalwood blend, Supreme Sandalwood Science. Good things certainly take time, but it is time well spent when you find what you set out to and oh so much more!
"She blinded me with science! Seriously, though. This SSS is incredibly rich and creamy with a depth of character I haven’t experienced before out of a pure sandalwood scent."~David Rose, Customer
Sandalwood has always been rather special to me, a scent I really wore the heck out of in college (and after). And I don't mean aftershave!
When most of my pals were dropping big bucks on aftershaves and colognes, I was spending my money on tiny bottles of Indian & Australian essential oils...and long before beard oil was on the scene, I was rubbing these exotic essences into my beard!
True Story: I was pulled over one time by a police officer for speeding and he notices a vial of sandalwood on my dashboard...
"How do you use it?"
From there I slowly grabbed the vial and unscrewed it, poured a little in my palm and then began to rub it into my beard. He kinda sank a bit after realizing it was not some crazy new drug.
Back in the day I was all about Bay Rum & Sandalwood, those were my two signature scents. So just like I took my time developing my own killer Bay Rum, I also wanted to take time creating the king of sandalwood splashes...and I believe I did. [I mean, there's a crown on the label for a reason!]
Building A Better Sandalwood
I began the project by steam distilling some Indian Sandalwood Heart Wood harvested in Rajasthan, India. As many of you know by now, I don't care to use just plain water in my splashes, when I believe you get much more scent mileage with a flower or essence water. I find it provides a greater shape and depth to the overall accord and at this point, a kind of signature for me as a perfumer.
Mind you, I had nowhere near enough heartwood to procure more than a drop of precious sandalwood essential oil, but enough for the most amazing hydrosol ever! The entire lab smelled amazing, I Imagined myself in an underground, secret lab located somewhere deep in a sandalwood forest!
From there it was time to begin building the scent from the bottom up, which is how perfuming historically works; Base Note first, Heart second, Top Note last. But in this case, I was working with all base notes!
So I separated the oils by viscosity, using the thickest, slowest moving first! When I say slow moving I mean it, some of these oils must be soaked in a hot water bath to make them thin enough to use in a dropper! Mind you, this is the same approach I took when blending Vetiver Planet and I was very happy with those results, these results reinforced the technique for me. Experience is the greatest teacher.
“Color is a power which directly influences the soul.” ~Wassily Kandinsky
You may also notice a brilliant red color in the splash and eau de parfum, that too is sandalwood! Though Red Sandalwood does not possess a scent, it makes up for that by serving as a wonderful natural colorant, so safe it is also used traditionally to color foods! My Red Sandalwood was sourced from Talakona forest, in Chittoor District of Andhra Pradesh, India.
Sandalwood stacked on top of sandalwood like the warm winds blowing through a sandalwood forest.
The characteristics between all the different sandalwoods work to compliment each other in a delicate dance of precise ratios. It's true, this was a lot like codebreaking I would imagine; counting drops and taking notes, waiting a week to check results, rinse and repeat.
There was more than 30 different variations on this theme before the code was eventually broke and my nose could understand the secret transmission! I just want you kind reader to know, a lot of time, frustration, money and care went into Supreme Sandalwood Science in an effort to get this right...and boy is it right as rain...in a sandalwood forest. [I need a new simile.]
This my friends is something for all the sandalwood fans out there, it is also something for folks unfamiliar sandalwood, a great place to start and a great place to end, if you will...Enjoy!
Now, what is this CK-6 Formula?
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]