We are always searching out products to bring you the best shave possible -- the best, brightest, and newest in west shaving or even the reformulated, forgotten, or obscure. If it can help you shave better, then we want to know about it. If you want a phenomenal shave, then check out Tallow + Steel.
Ryan, founder of Tallow + Steel, is handmaking his artisan goods out of Winnepeg, Canada. With the simple goal of creating “great performing grooming products using the highest quality organic ingredients", you can be assured that much time and effort has been put into the formulation of their soaps and splashes. And with a simple goal, comes a simple product line. They carry just 5 aromas in a tallow soap and witch hazel splash. Simple and traditional.
But simple doesn’t mean stale, generic, or boring. Each scent has been carefully crafted and marketed to take you on a shaving adventure. The scents are inspired by locations around the globe: Boreal – Canadian alpine forests, Himalaya – Nepalese foothill village, Maya – Ancient Aztec ruin, Morocco - North African Atlas Mountains, and West Indies – Caribbean tropical beach. Essential oils are sourced from these locations and the company gives back to those areas with donations to local charities.
Their soap is garnering great reviews. In keeping with the goal of using the highest quality organic ingredients, they source their tallow from local, pasture-raised suet and render it in-house. This tallow combined with argan oil, pomegranate seed oil, macadamia nut oil, coconut oil, avocado oil, castor oil, and more create a cocktail of moisturizing goodness. The croap loads quickly and creates a slick, protective lather. Their aftershaves eschew the traditional alcohol for a base of witch hazel and other skin nourishing ingredients. Great for your skin.
Maybe one scent tickles your fancy, or maybe you just can’t decide. Try a sample pack and see which one is right for you.
Boreal - This Boreal scent will take you deep into the Canadian wilderness. Rare essential oils sourced within the wooded hills of the great north add depth and complexity to their aroma. Notes of cedarwood, cedar leaf, birch, balsam fir, white spruce, black spruce, & monarda create a blend that will take you to the heart of an ancient forest. Breath in. Feel the richly wild and woody fragrance that is Boreal.
Himalaya - Inhale the warm, spicy blend of oils found in the foothills of the Himalayan mountains. Exotic scents mark this offering, centered around authentic amber from ancient, fossilized tree resin. Then notes of jasmine, vanilla, rhododendron waft in the air, like the fragrances surrounding a hillside village. Finally hints of cedarwood, benzoin, tobacco, labdanum, and more round out this complex scent.
Maya - Take a journey to a land of lost civilizations, ancient ruins, and abundant growth. This Maya scent from Tallow + Steel takes luxurious notes of bittersweet chocolate, coffee, & tobacco and blends it with the spicy warmth of allspice and cardamom and just a hint citrus hint of lime and sour orange. This bold, masculine aroma pays homage to an "empire reclaimed by nature".
Morocco - Journey to North African with the aroma of this shave soap. From the markets of Marrakesh to the peaks of the Atlas mountains, this little country packs a big punch. Centuries ago, legend has it, Damascus merchants introduced roses to the remote regions of this area. Now the wild roses are handpicked at dawn by locals and that dewy freshness becomes some of the world's finest rose oil. The floral note of this fragrance is underpinned by other regional scents like Mediterranean cypress and Atlas cedar. Additionally, powdery oakmoss and smokey cade provide the perfect counterpoint to the sweet rose.
West Indies - The scent notes tell the story. So for this West Indies fragrance, you get the scent of paradise -- swaying palms, white sands, lush foliage, fresh fruit, and turquoise seas. This aroma will have you imagining your private tiki hut with umbrella drink in hand as the steel drum plays. Notes of earthy vetiver & amyris blend with West Indies bay and lightly spiced notes of allspice and black pepper. And this scent wouldn't be complete without a hint of coconut and citrus.
And if you want the whole experience get the soap and matching aftershave in a set and save. Let the tallow meet your steel with this exceptional artisan.
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