Will-O-The-Wisp "Glowing" Artisan Shave Soap & Aftershave/Cologne Bundle Deal - Premium CK6 Formula
Soap Scent Profile: Wormwood, Hungarian Oak, Absinthe, Neroli, Amyris, Elderberry, Burnt Sugar, Tobacco, FEAR Absolute.
Will-O-The-Wisp is Back! Back? Well, kinda...
You see WOTW was once known as Clown Fruit, a festive, glowing classic I am sure most of you recall...I mean, how could you not with all those creepy clown ads burned on your brain? While the clown thing was fun and downright original in a world overflowing with pumpkin pie and cider, we thought we'd mix it up this year and tie it more into the PAA Universe theme.
Also, it would just be a shame to throw out such a truly unique, magical and mysterious scent, right?
Kinda just rolls off the tongue, right? Hardly sounds terrifying at all...but isn't that how it usually is? It's always the ones you don't expect that crack and the next thing you know they are coming at you with an axe or in this case something unexplained and quite possibly out of this world! But malevolent none the less.
The Mystical Origins of Will-o'-the-Wisp
Miriam's Dictionary says: The will-o'-the-wisp is a flame-like phosphorescence caused by gases from decaying plants in marshy areas. In olden days, it was personified as "Will with the wisp," a sprite who carried a fleeting "wisp" of light. Foolish travelers were said to try to follow the light and were then led astray into the marsh. (An 18th-century fairy tale described Will as one "who bears the wispy fire to trail the swains among the mire.") The light was first known, and still also is, as ignis fatuus, which in Latin means "foolish fire." Eventually, the name will-o’-the-wisp was extended to any impractical or unattainable goal.
Here in the USA you may have heard of Spook lights. These I believe are just another name for the same mysterious event.
Fast forward to today and does this not sound like so many a UFO sighting? Even the explanation "That was just swamp gas" sounds eerily familiar to the militaries age old go to when questioned about the phenomenon. One has to wonder, what's really going on here?
The being lead deeper into the swamp or forest also seems to run parallel with all the people that go missing each year in our national parks and forests...Oh, you haven't heard of that either? It's true. Sadly, I can't give you an exact number because no such tally exists, at least that is what we are told. Here one moment, gone the other. Spooky stuff for sure. [I encourage you to google Missing 411 by David Paulides]
So with all this strange stuff whirling around my mind I decided to rebuild something all ready steeped in mystery and creepiness, and drop the clown, if you will. Meet Will-O-The-Wisp, something that truly is more than meets the eye!
The Scent of Terror
Though Originally my motivation was a whole other entity in the forest, the aesthetic was very much still there. I don't care if you are the biggest, baddest mutha on the planet or are with 5 buddies holding tire irons, if you see something that doesn't quite jibe with you where it should not be, out of context and seemingly demonstrates intelligence, you get the chills. That's really all it takes, or rather, whether what you see is truly there or not, the mind will take over and like that strange glowing nothing, lead you astray...every time.
But what does that kind of fear smell like?
Wormwood, Hungarian Oak, Absinthe, Neroli, Amyris, Elderberry, Burnt Sugar, Tobacco = FEAR Absolute
It's no coincidence Absinthe is historically called The Green Fairy and Will-O-The-Wisp is personified by the same Green Fairy...or maybe it is?
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 thoughful, alchemical manner. Simply put, this is more than just shaving or maybe we are now shaving where the veil is thinnest?
How festive, no?
You are absolutely going to be bewitched and transfixed by this Hallow's Eve classic...Shave On! (Be sure to check your closet and under your bed before you fall asleep tonight!)
"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!
Shave On & Stay Groovy!
*Maybe Fran is right?
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, Luminescent Zinc Sulfide, Parfum [Fragrance]
Denatured Alcohol, Elderflower Hydrosol, Essential/Fragrance Oils, Glycerin, Aloe Vera Liquid Silk, Tobacco Absolute, Steeped/Infused Wormwood & Hungarian Oak
100 Ml Flask