A Classic Ride shave with the X3 and the Satin Tip brush
I have become a fan of Van Yulay shaving soaps just from using a lot of samples (page 1 and page 2), and today’s sample is Classic Ride, which indeed is reminiscent of a new-car smell. Van Yulay describes the fragrance: “Having a brand new car with those leather seats says it all. Nothing better than fresh and new.” The ingredients:
Stearic Acid, Aloe Vera, Coconut Fatty Acid, Palm Stearic, Glycerin, Potassium Hydroxide, Castor-Babassu-Emu-Grapeseed-Argan-Oils, Kokum Butter, Extracts, BTMS, Poly Quats, Glycerin, Sodium Lactate, Allantoin, Silica, Liquid Silk, Kaolin Clay, and Fragrance.
The comment on some of the oils used:
· Kokum – has been used traditionally in India for hundreds of years to soften skin and restore elasticity and as a balm for dry, cracked, rough, and calloused skin.
· Babassu Oil – is considered to be a superior emollient that is beneficial for either dry or oily complexions. It gently moisturizes the skin without leaving an oily sheen.
· Argan Oil – when used in shave soap, Argan oil’s nutrient-rich composition—including vitamin E and an omega-6 fatty acid called linoleic acid that has anti-inflammatory properties—makes it healthy for the skin.
· Castor Oil – Castor oil is a wonderful moisturizer. The high concentrated fatty acids penetrate the skin easily. This helps remove dry patches and restores hydration of the skin.
To illustrate how the ingredients vary from soap to soap, look at the ingredients for Artemis, which uses tallow and lanolin (and honey):
Stearic Acid, Coconut Fatty Acid, Goat Milk, Aloe Vera, Glycerin, Potassium Hydroxide, Castor-Emu-Manteca-Coconut Oil-Meadow Foam-Tallow-Lanolin-Oils, Shea-Mango-Cocoa-Kokum Butters, Calendula, Extracts, Poly Quats, BTMS, Sodium Lactate, Allantoin, Silica, Kaolin Clay, Honey, Fragrance.
One of things I enjoy is how the soaps vary in ingredients as well as fragrance, and how they all perform extremely well once you master loading the brush: use a damp rather than wet brush, and as you load the brush add a small amount of water (1/2-3/4 teaspoon) and work it into the brush, repeating once or twice more.
The Satin Tip brush did a fine job. I bought my Satin Tip brushes (one black, one white) for $15 each a while back. You can find them on Amazon Prime for $20 (got to cover the cost of the “free” shipping), but here they are for $10. (I mention this because Father’s Day is just around the corner.)
The lather this morning was truly excellent, and with the iKon X3 I easily and comfortably achieved a BBS result in three smooth passes. A good splash of Ginger’s Garden Suede aftershave, and I dive into the week.
Take moment to remember the men who stormed Omaha Beach on this day in 1944: the D-Day invasion.