St. Patrick's Day Curation
Whether you are kissing the Blarney stone, sipping a fine whiskey, kicking up your heels in a jig, downing a frothy beer, or pinching sorry souls who don't wear green, this is the weekend of celebrating all things Irish (or at least stereotypically Irish). As a Catholic feast day, this holiday commemorating the death of St. Padraig was a chance for the faithful to throw off Lenten restriction and drink/make merry. So we've complied some grooming requisites inspired by, or fitting for, such revelry.
MLS Shaving Soap, Drunken Goat:
Mickey Lee Soapworks’ Drunken Goat has been a feature on a number of curations here at WCS. It is a decadent scent that most will find completely enthralling to the olfactories. Perhaps the best, most relevant occasion for this soap would be on ol’ St. Patty’s Day. Made with Guinness beer, Drunken Goat has delicious notes of chocolate, oats, molasses and chestnut, making for one sweet, boozy, and stout shave. With the addition of goat’s milk, you can be sure you’re getting a hydrating, slick lather at an incredible price.
Catie’s Bubbles Irish Coffee Shaving Soap:
Should be quite obvious why we chose this one! Catie’s Bubbles is perhaps one of the best vegan shaving soaps on the market, and its price point makes it very hard to beat. Irish Coffee has very pleasing coffee aroma, which is a pleasant tangent from the bitter coffee note oft used in wet shaving soaps. Stout Irish whiskey forms a dark, malty base upon which a smoothly roasted coffee and gentle, foaming cream rests. This is perfect for both a calming evening or morning shave!
Duke Cannon “Big Ass Beer Soap”:
What’s manlier than using a big ol’ brick of soap capable of knocking out a Goliath-sized bodybuilder? Making that soap out of beer. Duke Cannon adds on to their “Big Brick of Soap” line with their collaboration with Old Milwaukee, giving us a hydrating, smooth body soap infused with the brewery’s premium lager. Smooth, sultry sandalwood with a hoppy finish, all at a great value to boot! (Again, it doesn't smell like beer but it does use it in the formulation. As Duke Cannon says, it "smells like a man should".)
West Coast Shaving No. 17 Rum Runner:
Since Day One, we have yearned to bring you guys the best products we can offer. When we’re talking about our own products, we felt that the best way to do that was to actually involve our loyal customers. With our vegan, artisan shaving soaps, we did just that! During scent trials, we anonymously numbered each scent and sent tubs out to many customers to get feedback on the scent and performance. We narrowed soaps No. 1 to 20 down to the 5 soaps we finally brought to the table, and since the numbering became such an integral part of the decision process, we decided to keep it in the final name! No. 17 is a whiskey, sandalwood, spice and musk aroma that is smooth and subtle, boozy and woody.
Chatillon Lux Aftershave, Bon Vivant:
Chatillon Lux ties stories to each of their scents -- stories tied to the origins of Missouri’s city of St. Louis. Bon Vivant is an homage to St. Louis bar owner Jerry Thomas’ original guide to bartending, featuring notes of caramel, birch tar, black pepper, maple syrup, patchouli, neroli, petitgrain, yuzu citrus, ginger, anise, juniper berry, white grapefruit, wormwood and coriander. This is the scent of a sweet, “Molasses-y” cocktail that dries down to a very complex, woody finish. The after shave has a unique balance between a warm alcoholic burn and crisp menthol.
Imaginary Authors Saint Julep Eau de Parfum:
Similar to the above, Imaginary Authors ties stories into each scent. Except Imaginary Author’s Josh Meyer takes a more literal approach, crafting a unique, fictional summary/synopsis of a story related to the scent. Saint Julep is the story of a Catholic church-turned-bar at the end of a dirt road, where many a weary traveler would stop for a boozy drink along the way. With notes of sweet mint, tangerine, magnolia, bourbon, grisalva, and sugar cubes, this is a potently sweet, alcoholic eau de parfume with a minty and citrus-forward finish. Not for the faint-of-heart, but then again, are any Imaginary Authors suited for such an individual??
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