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Black Bot Aftershave & Cologne - An Epic Homage To Black Belt!
  • Black Bot Aftershave & Cologne - An Epic Homage To Black Belt!

Black Bot Aftershave & Cologne - An Epic Homage To Black Belt!

$24.95 USD

If ever there was an archetypal musk of the 60's, this bad boy was it! 

Scent Profile: Bergamot, Lavender, Labdanum, Oakmoss, Cedar, Tonka Bean, Musk

The Scent

As I mentioned at the top of this page, Black Bot is what I consider an archetypal musk. The ideal musk that all others aspire to, the musk that most of us imagine in our scent memory that never was...or was it?

Black Bot is rich and deep, shapely and bold, very much alive and very much a mystery to be captured and kept, shared among close friends and past down through the generations.

Pair with our Matching Black Bot Artisan Shave Soap Here and Black Bot Aftershave Balm HERE!

Many of you know I am a HUGE fan of the classic, Black Belt, a vintage, lesser known musk put out by the same makers of Hai Karate. Both splashes were inspired by the popularity of Kung Fu & Karate movies that were suddenly becoming all the rave...So in my tribute to Black Belt I thought I would take it full circle with a twist and deliver Black Bot, a tribute to Black Belt & Creature Double Feature! Does art not imitate life?

The GREATEST Musk...you never heard of.

Black Belt never got the "respect" and tip of the hat that Hai Karate got, which I find a great injustice when the stuff is classic 60's, musky magic! It really stands out and on it's own, in bold defiance to a lot of the others from that time. This oversight may be due to the fact that it was so closely related to Hai Karate, so rather than even give the stuff a sniff, folks wrote it off as another flash in the pan scent created for horn ball teenagers. I can assure you nothing is further from the truth.

The People Have Spoken, and I Have Listened!

But to be sure I wasn't crazy I brought 5 classic, vintage splashes to The Big Shave West and had folks vote on which of the 5 were the best with a promise to reboot the winner as a "Peoples Choice" type scent.

Clint, Bravo, Sliver Surf, Colgate vs Black Belt. Very tough competition but Black Belt killed it!

 

The Archeology of Scent

 

Most scents that have come and gone throughout history never get a second chance. Sadly this is more dictated by profit than scent and performance.

Sometimes a scent house or grooming company has just too many products to put enough marketing oomph behind one piece of genius...which they themselves might be too close to even see themselves.

Once in awhile a bottle, like a magic lamp, will make its through these winding passages of time into your hand and under your nose...a sleeping genie, a time capsule.

Conditions must be somewhat perfect for the splash to retain the same vitality it displayed the day it left the apothecary or perfume house...it truly does seem fateful when this happens. I often think about all the lost scents that have just disappeared, (Poof) and there have been many...but not today and not on my watch! 

Needless to say, I am SUPER EXCITED to pull such a lost, unknown gem from obscurity and bring it back to life. Now make room in your medicine cabinet for the baddest of 'em all Black Bot!

 

A note on the ingredients used
As with all PAA & CK aftershaves, my splashes also serve as a long lasting cologne! You read right, great face saving ingredients with a staying power that would make Barry White blush!

Cistus (Labdanum) Hydrosol
The mildly antiseptic, anti inflammatory, and cooling properties are wonderfully balancing as well as rejuvenating to the skin, while the vitamins and minerals nourish.  The waters are so full of nutrients and therapeutic properties, which make them great for all skin types and contain skin-soothing substances.


Vegetable Glycerin Glycerin is what is called a humectant, meaning that it attracts water. When glycerin or glycerol is applied to the skin, it seals in moisture that might otherwise escape. Glycerin helps maintain the skin's water balance on an intercellular level. 

Carrot Extract
is high in vitamins A and E and beta carotene. It is soothing to chapped and uncomfortable skin and thought to bring moisture in both skin and hair as a conditioning agent.

Aloe Vera
:
Aloe is soothing and can reduce skin inflammations, blistering and itchiness, while helping the skin to heal more rapidly. Aloe is also used to effectively heal chronic skin problems, such as psoriasis, acne and eczema.

Alum
: A natural astringent and antiseptic, alum helps to cleanse and tighten the skin and close the pores, which helps to prevent razor burn and alleviate irritation. As it tightens the skin, alum also helps to close up any minor nicks or cuts. Ancient Egyptians were the first ones to use potassium alum as an aftershave, more than 4,000 years ago, and yet it still remains one of the best aftershave products around.

Hedione
Although it has long been debated whether humans can actually communicate via pheromones - the chemical signals secreted by animals to help find a mate - Researchers have found that scent of Hedione generates ‘sex-specific activation patterns’ in the nasal tissue which links to the brain. It is the first time that a scent has been known to activate the pheromone receptor VN1R in humans.

 

“These results constitute compelling evidence that a pheromone effect different from normal olfactory perception indeed exists in humans,” says scent researcher Prof Hanns Hatt fro, Ruhr-Universität Bochum in Germany.

Hedione (chemical name methyl dihydro-jasmonate) – derived from the Greek word “hedone”, for fun, pleasure, lust – has a pleasant fresh jasmine-magnolia scent and is used in many perfumes.

It is synthesised from the organic compound methyl jasmonate which was discovered in 1957 and which is important in plants for seed germination, root growth, flowering, fruit ripening, and senescence.

3.5 Oz Flask Bottle - Easy Pour Reducer Top

Ingredients: Alcohol, Labdanum Hydrosol Essential / Fragrance Oil, Hedione, Aloe, Glycerin, Carrot Seed Extract, Alum

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