The Wee Scot, Phoenix Artisan Solstice and slant, and Floris 89
The shave got off to an auspicious start: the fragrance of Phoenix Artisan’s Solstice shaving soap is extremely nice: Sage, Sweetgrass, Cedar, Rose Absolute and Benzoin Resin. I bought this because I liked the lather from Phoenix Artisans Honeysuckle so much that I wanted another fragrance of the same soap, and this fragrance is exceptionally pleasant. Its ingredients:
Saponified Stearic Acid, Aqua (Water), Saponified Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Saponified Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Saponified Garcinia Indica (Kokum) Seed Butter, Saponified Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Saponified Persea Americana (Avocado) Oil, Sodium Lactate, Glycerin, Fragrance (Essential Oils and/or Fragrance unless Unscented)
Note the “7” inside the “O” of Phoenix. The proprietor is fond of games and mysteries, and he pointed out to me that he likes to create conceptual clusterings in his offerings. For example,
. . . That brings me to the 2 trilogies I created around 6 soaps and a few supplemental soaps. The first trilogy was a “Roswell” theme, not only was I releasing cryptic photos, anagrams and puzzles but I also released different phone numbers for folks to call with voice messages they needed to decipher. The final soap I released from Roswell, New Mexico—seemed only right…
Then there is my recent trilogy, the AGHARTA Shaver Mystery. This also went on for months with different blurbs and puzzles, finally climaxing in somewhat of a novella on the 3rd soaps sales page. 🙂
Solstice made a fine lather, and again the soap (Honeysuckle has the same ingredients list) left my skin feeling soft and comfortable. And the shave was excellent. The Phoenix slant prototype was even more comfortable in this shave, presumably because I’m learning the razor, and it easily achieved a pleasant BBS result in three passes.
A good splash of Floris No. 89, and the week begins.