Phoenix Shave Soap - Coconut Oud
Scent Profile: Coconut Oud is a mystical, tantalizing, intoxicatingly curious combination of just two notes! You read right, just two! The challenge was to explore and then exploit the depth of range both of these notes rarely get a chance to offer up!
Cat's Claw: Having just returned from an expedition in Peru this past April and discovered even more exotic skin saving ingredients I was sure to include the one that enthralled and impressed me the most, Cat's Claw vine!
What is this Cat's Claw or Uña de Gato Doug?
The Cat's Claw vine is native to South America and grows mainly in tropical and subtropical areas of Bolivia and Peru, were Amazonian tribes have utilized it for millennia to treat serious and mild diseases alike. Western studies have shown Cat's Claw's properties include anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, neuroprotective, antioxidant, and immunomodulatory actions, which have been used in traditional Amazonian medicine for centuries. Also, thanks to its antioxidants and other supporting compounds, it has been shown that Cat's Claw may prevent cell damage from UV radiation.
Secret of the Inca?
Obviously it was the inflammatory properties that really stuck out to me and thought this claim needed further investigation on my part. So I visited a shaman shop...as one does. #Science
After awkward first introductions and me having to decline the Ayahuasca ceremony several times he finally understood unlike the other gringos parading around Cuzco, I was more curious in this other jungle wonder, Uña De Gato or Cat's Claw.
After a lengthy conversation in a dizzying, lingual dance of Quechua, Spanish, hand signals & very broken English, I was satisfied and knew I had to try the stuff I had up till then only heard about in ancient back alley whispers. So I left the shop that day with a very "down home" concoction of the stuff contained in a tiny jar. Back at the hotel I applied it to my weary, swollen feet. I also smeared what was left over on my fingers on the inflamed mosquito bites that ran down my legs and arms. Given the chance, the jungle will certainly eat you up!
Almost immediately the heat left my feet as it quickly absorbed into the skin, a soothing feeling suddenly washed over me! Weird. Then there were the bites! The itchiness subsided and the welts had gone down insize...Amazing! Now I was a believer and began to think about all the wondrous ways I could incorporate this "Inca Medicine" into my male grooming mix! The next day I returned to the shop and purchased a few more jars of that rosy red, magic balm! So in short, I'm a fan.
Calendula Oil: A natural oil extracted from marigold flowers (Calendula officinalis). It's often used as a complementary or alternative treatment. Calendula oil has many beneficial properties that can help soothe, protect, and rescue dry, puffy, irritated skin. Another obvious candidate for this shaman's cocktail!
Tamarind Extract (Tamarindus indica): Is indigenous to Africa but has found a loyal following in South America and Southeast Asia.Traditionally used for wound healing, has anti-venom properties and is an effective antimicrobial. Tamarind is optimal for skin as it is used to treat burns, also it's reported to prevent edema. In addition, it is also said in certain circles, Tamarind Extract leaves your skin with a healthy, more soulful glow. So yeah, the trifecta was complete!
A Note On Our Formula
Our CK high butter formula is loaded with high quality ingredients giving you the closest shave and leaving your post shave skin feeling smooth and soft. Aside from the Kokum, Shea and Cocoa butters you will also find avocado oil...the ultimate cocktail of skin food!
SO again, though it may seem as such, there is ZERO Tallow or Lanolin in this formula!
Soap Ingredients: Potassium Stearate, Glycerin, Potassium Cocoate, Aqua, Potassium Kokumate, Sodium Lactate, Potassium Shea Butterate, Potassium Castorate, Sodium Stearate, Potassium Cocoa Butterate, Potassium Avocadoate, Parfum [Fragrance]
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