Designed to clean and prepare the face before the shave without over-cleansing or drying while at the same time giving a noticeable lather boost and scent profile adjustment to your shaving soap of choice (think ARKO)! This unique pre-shave soap is sure to be your daily pre-shave driver! You will also enjoy the manly, classic Western Barbershop scent!
The addition of Sweet Orange oil helps to break down the grime and grease, clearing your face for the razor to pass smoothly, while at the same time allowing the stubble to hydrate faster. A lite dose of menthol numbs the skin for a more comfortable shaving experience and creates a wonderful cooling sensation.
This New Pre-Shave Soap from takes the best ingredients and blends it into a super pre-shave cocktail! Even the wrapping for the soap is derived from natural sources and is completely biodegradable.
Instructions: Use pre-shave soap to clean area to be shaved thoroughly then rinse. Next, before applying shaving soap or cream rub Pre-Shave Soap bar against the grain of your stubble. This will raise the hairs and provide a slick undercoating to your shave soap of choice as well as aid in boosting lather.
Prickly Pear Oil
The use of the prickly pear cactus (Opuntia ficus-indica) in skin care dates back to the Aztecs of pre-Hispanic Mexico, who collected sap from the leaves, blended it with honey and egg yolk and used it as a soothing ointment for burns. Today we know the refined extract is a superb skin soother and firming agent.
Like most cacti, the leaves of the plant are modified stem segments that can store large quantities of water during the dry season. The extract’s high content of water-binding compounds make it a powerful humectant that attracts and retains moisture onto the skin even in rinse-off formulas. High in B vitamins and vitamins A and C, it also contains the key active piscidic acid, a powerful antioxidant that prevents the formation of free radicals and protects the skin from oxidative stress
Maca (Lepidium Meyenii) is a tuber crop native to Peru, where it is commonly known as the ‘aphrodisiac of the Andes’ and was once considered so valuable that it served as a means of payment and was used to settle taxes. Cultivated for more than 2600 years, maca grows at exceptionally high altitudes and can survive extreme temperatures – there are even reports of this hardy, radish-like root vegetable thriving at 4300 meters. The most important part of the maca is its root, which is dried and ground into organic maca powder. Organic maca powder boasts a variety of different colours, from matte white and yellow to red, purple and black. Supplied to Inca warriors prior to battle to increase alertness, energy and strength, organic maca powder is loaded with beneficial nutrients, including vitamins (B1, B2, C, E), minerals and trace elements (calcium, potassium, magnesium, sodium, zinc, copper, selenium, manganese, tin, iodine, phosphorus, sulphur, silicon and bismuth) and complex alkaloids. Organic maca powder is also rich in immune strengthening fatty acids and sterols that are essential for our general health and wellbeing. In fact organic maca powder is an adaptogen, which means that it has a balancing and regulatory effect on our mind and body. It is also known to encourage healthy hormone production and has been used by both sexes to enhance libido and fertility for centuries.
Anchusa officinalis is the root of the Alkanna tinctoria plant. The name alkanet comes from Arabic, al khenna (henna), from the red color of the roots that have been great source of natural color. This root contains unique astringent and antimicrobial properties and when used topically, it can treat wounds and relieve skin inflammation. Alkanet is also well known to sooth and soften the skin.
Aloe barbadensis, is a member of the lily family that resembles a cactus. For thousands of years, aloe has been recognized as one of nature’s most remarkable herbs for health and beauty. The plant’s leaves are filled with a gel that contains more than 75 known substances, which include vitamins, minerals, enzymes, proteins, polysaccharides and biological stimulators. Aloe, prized for its anti-inflammatory properties, helps relieve itching and treat razor burn. Aloe is soothing, emollient, antibacterial, promotes new skin growth, moisturizes, protects, and counters the effects of aging. It is rich in natural moisture and has a humectant quality that draws additional moisture to the skin. Aloe vera adds a wonderful, silky texture to our soap leaving skin soft and smooth.
Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree has so many anti-viral and anti-fungal benefits that the Australian army puts it in soldiers' first aid kits! Tea tree oil has a long history of medicinal use. The practice of applying tea tree oil comes from Australia, where Aborigines have been using it as an antiseptic to treat cuts and burns for thousands of years. By using a steam process, the oil is distilled from the leaves of a tree called Melaleuca alternifolia, which was given the name "tea tree" by Captain Cook of Britain when he noticed natives using its leaves to make tea. (The tea tree actually has nothing to do with Camillia sinensis, the plant we use to make popular drinks such as black tea and green tea.) Later on in the early 20th century, tea tree oil became the antiseptic of choice for most Australian doctors. Its popularity diminished, however, when antibiotics were discovered, but the plant gained recognition again when doctors realized that some bacteria were resistant to certain antibiotics.
Kokum Butter is rich in essential fatty acids, which aid in cell oxygenation and make nutrients more readily available for use by skin tissues, and also contains antioxidant vitamin E. And, yes, Kokum Butter is non-comedogenic (non pore-clogging) so it it helps with quick absorption. I find that the addition of Kokum Butter to ATG adds a more lush and silky texture and makes my skin feel super smooth all day. This is a great ingredient to look for if you have mature or dry skin.
Olive Oil benefits for skin were well-known among ancient peoples. The Phoenicians, Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans used it as an anti-aging remedy. They also used it to treat wounds and to moisturize dry skin. The wars over Sicily, which led to the defeat of Carthage by Rome, were largely motivated by the olive plantations on the island which were coveted by both major powers.
Ingredients: Purified Water, Olive Oil, Castor Oil, Kokum Butter, Sodium Hydroxide, Coconut Oil, Organic Prickly Pear Oil, Organic Avocado Oil, Organic Alkanet Root, Organic Aloe Vera Gel, Raw Sugar, Glycerine, Organic Tea Tree Oil, Sweet Orange Oil, Menthol Crystals, Organic Maca Root, Essential Oils
Love to rub down my beard with this before lathering with my favorite shaving soaps.
I don't know if the slickness and protection is better than preshave oil, but this soap does boost lather like nothing I've ever used before. I rub the puck against the grain of my beard and massage in with my fingers. Then let it sit for a few minutes before face lathering. The lather is doubled and thicker in half the time.
The cleansing effect of the soap is good, but the supposed added slickness and lather augmentation were lacking. I felt it did not add much to my usual routine.
This is a great pre-shave soap!. It cleans my face very well and it also adds slickness to my not so slick soaps. This is my third puck and I am sure that this won't be my last!.