Hello, wet shaving nation. Here we are in the dog days of summer – fireworks, All-star break, vacations, watermelon, bbq’s, swimming pools. How are you spending your long days? If you are looking for a way to beat the heat, check out these favorites from West Coast Shaving’s guru, Eric. He takes a look at shaving creams, aftershaves, and more to make your summer spectacular. (And you can use them year ‘round to evoke the hazy, lazy days of summer, even when the snow flies.)
Chiseled Face Summer Storm (and splash):
This reminds me of the few years I lived in the Midwest. It was not uncommon to wake up to a humid, hot, cloudy morning. Within a few minutes, the sky seemed to take on a mysterious hue, and Poseidon’s land-dwelling brother would release a torrential downpour upon our Missourian hills. Notes of moist earth, oakmoss, cut grass, pine needles, orange, lemon, ozone, white jasmine, lily of the valley, geranium and musk. This is earthy and complex, all the way around. An artisanal croap created just a few miles from our shop, this is a must try for the summer.
Mickey Lee Soapworks, Kraken:
One of the cleanest scents I know of. Artisan and California residents Eric and Sammy have taken a classic barbershop scent, and added notes of kelp, salty air, and agave. This reminds me of an early-morning cut and shave at a 50’s barbershop, front doors open toward the ocean breeze. With some of the best residual slickness and post-shave feel on the market, we highly recommend you check this out.
Dr. Jon’s Natural Vegan Shaving Soap, Savannah Sunrise:
Dr. Jon’s has recently come out with their “Vol. 2” shaving soap formula, packed with shea and mango butter, avocado, castor, coconut, evening primrose, and meadowfoam oils to make this incredibly natural and comfortable soap. These oils and butters create a ridiculously slick soap base and, with the aid of the mango and shea butters, will give you an incredible post shave feel. Notes of Ripe orange, peach, gardenia, jasmine, and honeysuckle make this a perfect soap for the summer.
Reef Point Soapworks, Admiralty:
Reef Point shaving soaps feature an incredibly slick soap base that is very, very easy to lather. It does quite well in soft and hard water alike, and has a wide range of water content that will still yield a great lather, so this will be great for all users! Admiralty is a very summer-forward scent, but is quite well-rounded. The main note of Japanese Yuzu make this a very citrusy scent up front, but is well rounded with an added depth of peppercorn, amber, musk and sandalwood.
The Los Angeles Shaving Soap Company, Santa Monica Bay Rum:
As the name implies, this artisan shaving soap is produced in good ol’ L.A., by fellow wet shaver John Brown. This is a vegan soap base that is reflective of John’s lifestyle. The base is reminiscent of that found in one of the most high-end shaving soaps on the market: needing only mere seconds to load the brush, further lathering is very quick and will produce an incredibly slick resulting lather. If you’ve been turned off by Bay rum scents in the past, I urge you to give this one a try. As with all of his soap scents, John uses only natural essential oils to mature and add complexity to this bay scent containing West Indies Bay Essential Oil, Dark Rum, Vanilla and Orange Extracts, Balsam Tolu Essential Oil, Clary Sage Essential Oil, Sweet Myrrh Essential Oil, Lemon and Anise Extracts, and Ho Wood Essential Oil.
Stirling Soap Company, Margaritas in the Arctic (soap/splash):
This soap/aftershave combo will remind you of your favorite citrus, boozy summer drink to - quite literally - help you chill out. Lime, lemon, and orange make this a great, simple, refreshing scent and, with a fair dose of menthol to boot, this will be the perfect skin-bracing soap to start off your summer day. The aftershave splash adds glycerin and aloe to help hydrate and heal the skin, along with the astringent alcohol to disinfect and tighten the pores.
St. Johns Bay Rum: