Blue Samhain Artisan Shave Soap & Aftershave | Ultra Premium Formula CK-6 | 5 Oz | Seasonal Scent
The EPIC Return of Blue Samhain! Year 6!!!
Scent Profile: Sandalwood, Burnt Sugar, Bourbon and Pumpkin, Oak Barrel Aged.
I made a conscious decision last year once again, to do things a little different this year. Meaning, my past self had the idea of starting to mature this years batch, last year...in a barrel! That said, present me thanks past me...we rock!
So there has been a little evolution in the recipe. Rather than rely on just the oak cubes as we had been using in previous years, we thought we'd go whole hog! Especially after the success of Oak Barrel Aged Atomic Age Bay Rum!
There's just something magical about the subtle undertones that a cask adds. What I like to call "ghost notes", and what could be more fitting for Blue Samhain than ghost notes?
Blue Samhain is a rich blend of whirling Fall magic, and when you read Pumpkin, don't think Pumpkin Spice, for it's not. Just a pure fresh October carved Jack-o-Lantern note, thoughtfully blended with some moody sandalwood, burnt sugar and bourbon; Festive, sensual, sophisticated and boozy.
The word, "Samhain," is derived from a compound of two ancient Gaelic words, "sam," which was an old word for "Samrad," or "Summer," and "fuin," an ancient word for "end," referring to the "end" of Summer.
End of Summer
The Irish divided the year into two parts—Summer from the 1st of May until the 1st of November, and Winter from 1st November to the 1st of May. Samhain marked the beginning of Winter, and was celebrated by one of the most important of all the Irish festivals, the "Feis-Temrach," or "convention of Tara."
Besides being the time of Tara's important festival, Samhain Eve, the night before the 1st of November, (today's "Halloween"), was special since the Celts believed that all entrances into the Otherworld opened.
This meant the fairy folk and other "immortals" might roam the earth as they pleased on this special night. Only the very brave ventured out of their homes on Samhain Eve for fear of meeting one of these supernatural beings.
As for the artwork, this was inspired by a couple careless glasses of Doc Herson's Green Absinthe and a couple sugar cubes! 'Tis the season, no? As usual, there are some "easter eggs" to be found in the label...so have fun digging and researching the story being told for you seekers!
"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
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. Formula CK6 falls under this latter category.
Objective/Challenge: Kill The Tallow is Superior Myth
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 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.
"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 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!
Have A Safe & Happy Halloween My Friends!
Aged 1 Year
100Ml Glass Flask
Ingredients: Denatured Alcohol, Organic Carrot Seed Water, Essential /Fragrance Oil, Glycerin, Hedione, Aloe Vera, Oakwood Cube Steeped & Barrel Aged.
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]
External Use Only, Discontinue Use if Irritation Occurs
Handmade In Arizona, USA