With the warming days of summer right around the corner (I know, I know, it is hard to believe), you might want to start your search for the perfect crisp, bright, refreshing, bold citrus scent right here. Look through Eric's picks to find one, or more, just right for you.
Chiseled Face Groomatorium Shaving Soap, Santa Paula:
Chiseled Face has and will remain one of WCS’ star artisans. A genius soap base that is easy to load, provides great slickness and density of lather, combined with a beautifully complex aroma of petitgrain, orange, fir, clary sage, litsea cubeba, siam wood, and cedar. A floral, smooth citrus with a pleasant, elegant woody base that you’re sure to love; even those who typically despise citrus scents.
Old Spice Shaving Cream, Fresh Lime:
Even being the hobbyist I am, sometimes there’s an appeal to using a simple, classic, manly shaving product, whether it be a soap, cream, or aftershave. One that lends itself to age-old, reliable and masculine product and scent that’s been tried and true by many a gentlemen over the decades. In comes the Old Spice shaving cream. We import from an India-based Shulton factory, and we hold the performance and scent of the Old Spice creams to a high standard, as all formulations were passed on to this factory and are being held true for as long as the Old Spice name reigns. Fresh lime is the scent of Old Spice’s 1966 “Fresh Lime” cologne and is paired with a very well-performing shaving cream. It produces a slick lather and will reward you with a very good shave. While post shave is a slight issue in light of many artisan offerings, I don’t find this to be a noticeable downfall; just pair with your favorite aftershave or balm!
Mickey Lee Soapworks Shaving Soap, Colonia Di Agrumi:
MLS does it again. They’ve been cranking this scent out for quite some time, and for good reason. It’s a very smooth blend of bergamot, lavender, cedar and patchouli; lavender smooths the otherwise acidic head of bergamot, while cedar and patchouli provide a warm base upon which the former two can rest. The result is a simple yet sensual scent that is perfect to use before a special night out. Of course, the MLS soap itself is a true star in its own right, providing shaves that easily rival (and possibly laugh at) some of the top dogs, all at an incredible price point.
Declaration Grooming Shaving Soap, Trismegistus:
Declaration Grooming shaving soaps have been winning much of my attention lately. They have (what I’d consider) a hands-down, top-tier soap base made with bison tallow, bentonite clay, lanolin, and an effective inclusion of hydrating botanicals. A take on Hermes’ Terre d’Hermès, with a bright blend of grapefruit, orange, flint, pink peppercorn, geranium, benzoin, vetiver, and cedar, this offering gives you the confidence of a dedicated artisan’s soap formula wrapped up in a pleasant, “daily driver” scent perfect for all!
Stirling Soap Company Shaving Soap, Orange Chill:
Stirling is well-appreciated in the wet shaving community. Rod knows how to make a killer soap that boasts a smooth shave and great post shave properties, all while at what’s likely the best value - per ounce - on the market. Orange Chill is one of Stirling’s most popular offerings with us, scented simply with orange and with the added, intense kick of menthol for the perfect warm day shaving soap. Essentially an orange creamsicle in soap form, we’re not surprised that this is such a beloved soap! Try it out for yourself!
Simpson Luxury Shave Cream, Citrus Burst:
Simpson shaving creams are a true treat. Somehow, they’ve managed to remain the underdog of shaving creams since their genesis. They feature a unique and innovative base that allows just a very small (pea-sized) amount of cream to be used for a full, 3-pass shave. It can also take on a very large range of water, something that I typically only attribute to tallow heavy shaving soaps. All scents in this line are very natural, with Citrus Burst being no exception. It is a natural blend of lemon and grapefruit, yielding a bright, sweet, yet dry citrus that will wake up your senses!
Castle Forbes Shaving Cream, Lime:
If you’re a citrus lover in the wet shaving community, chances are you’ve tried (or at least have heard of) Castle Forbes’ Lime Shaving cream. All Castle Forbes products are made naturally, with many ingredients coming from the castles’ own resources. Their lime shaving cream is scented only with the essential oil of lime, giving you bright, crisp, slightly sour slap of citrus, perfect for a morning pick-me-up. While the price tag seems somewhat foreboding, you are getting 7 ounces of shaving cream so concentrated that simply a touch of the bristles upon the cream’s surface is enough for a huge, billowing, protecting lather.
Geo F. Trumper Extract of West Indian Limes Skin Food:
George F. Trumper’s line of Skin Food is one of the best all-purpose skin products I’ve had the pleasure to use. With its unique formula, it can be used as a pre-shave oil/balm, for an über lather (due to the generous dose of glycerin), or as an aftershave balm. A little goes a long way with this product, with many of our regulars claiming they can get 2 years using this as their primary aftershave balm. West Indian Limes is scented with just that; the extract of west Indian limes! It’s fresh, clean, crisp, yet very smooth. The glycerin and rose water will greatly aid in your skin’s ability to recover from a fresh shaving.
Imperial Barber Products Bergamot After-Shave:
Imperial Barber Products is known for their incredible range of hair pomades and products; however, their aftershave products are also a force to be reckoned with! This is a very nostalgic item for me, being the first aftershave I purchased after entering into the traditional wet shaving world. It has a unique skin feel with a mild tingling (thanks to the addition of witch hazel) and slight cooling sensation, which is odd, as this doesn’t contain a hint of menthol! Skin-friendly botanical extracts make sure your skin remains hydrated throughout the day, and the simply elegant and smooth bergamot aroma helps to lift the senses with a gentle jolting start to your day -- without interfering with any cologne you may have laid out in the pipeline.
Truefitt & Hill 1805 Cologne:
Truefitt & Hill has been conquering the market of men’s grooming for well over 200 years. Their 1805 cologne features notes of bergamot, mandarin, cardamom, sandalwood, cedar and musk. While I’m usually not the first to jump on a citrus-forward scent, 1805 is a soft, sophisticated, well-rounded citrus. It reminds you of a scent you’d smell walking through the Palace of Westminster on a cool spring morning: bright, yet warm, inviting, and bold. The drydown brings a more subtle, woody finish throughout the day.
Grooming Dept Yuzu Shaving Soap:
Grooming Department has become one of the more recent “unobtainium” artisans. Creator Mohammad - based out of San Francisco - has one of the most highly sought after soaps, many of which contain duck fat or donkey milk to add luxurious exuberance to each shave. His vegan soaps, however, have taken a spot on the backburner. But this vegan formula is a soap to be reckoned with, adding Hydrolyzed oat protein, safflower oil, cupuacu butter, jojoba oil, babassu oil, acacia senegal gum, kaolin clay, allantoin and a long list of further botanicals to give this croap a truly unique feel on the face. The plethora of botanicals give this one of the best post-shave skin feeling one can experience with a soap. Yuzu is a bright, green citrus with notes of yuzu (duh), various citrus, basil, clove, and vetiver. Basil is a strong note in this accord, giving this a very natural, backyard-garden “vibe” support by crisp citrus.
Baxter of California Deodorant, Citrus & Herbal Musk:
A favorite of us here at WCS, Baxter of California’s deodorant is the David among a sea of Goliath, generic deodorants. A problem many experience with mass-marketed deodorants is their inclusion of aluminum and alcohol-based chemicals which, in such a sensitive area as the armpits, can cause a fair amount of irritation and, for some, allergic reaction. Baxter’s natural alternative contains many plant-based extracts to keep the skin soft, while the deodorant itself helps to mask any type of scent, no matter what the day throws at you. This is a tough scent to articulate, but the citrus combines with a woody musk in a unique way. Musk is a significant player in the scent, but rather actually yielding a “body odor”, animalic note, it offers a dark, peppery and woody profile that smells great on everyone: man or woman!
Beardbrand Mustache Wax, Spiced Citrus:
Many a gentleman makes the choice to opt out of a fully clean-shaven face and sports the ever classic handlebar mustache instead. It exudes confidence, masculinity, traditionality, and leadership. For these reasons, you want to keep your ‘stache in tip top shape. Beardbrand has you covered. They dominate the market for beard products, and not for naught. Their handy mustache waxes come in compact tubing that is convenient to take with you wherever you go, adding a medium hold to keep stray hairs at bay and support any style you wish to hold your moustache. Their spiced citrus is a very smooth scent: sweet, yet not cloying, and woody, yet calming.