Trying two samples, plus Wee Scot, Phoenix Solstice, and Wolfman
When I received my Solstice shaving soap from Phoenix Artisan Accoutrements, I also got a couple of samples: their Crown King Prickly Pear Preshave Jelly and Solstice aftershave balm. Today, I thought I’d take them for a spin.
The preshave jelly is, I quickly discovered, strongly mentholated—something one might well appreciate at the solstice in Phoenix AZ. (My sister lives there and tells me calmly of daytime temperatures of around 118ºF. My own preference is about 50º lower.) And it’s not just lightly mentholated. Phoenix Artisan describes it:
Talk about a chilly desert night frost, this stuff will freeze your face off while providing you with one of the most comfortable shaves in your life! The post shave feel after using this jelly is like satin! Inspired by the desert outside the town of Crown King AZ, this Pre-Shave came to life! 85% organic and contains locally sourced Prickly Pear Juice, Pulp and Prickly Pear Oil!
Unfortunately, I’m not all that fond of menthol, so I can’t give a balanced appraisal. However, I did indeed have a very smooth shave—but of course I also used the excellent Solstice shaving soap, which I like quite a bit, and the Wolfman razor shown, which is no slouch in the stubble-subtraction department. Three passes to a satiny BBS.
I tried the balm—not mentholated—and it is quite nice. It takes only a tiny dot of balm to do your entire face, and it is both fragrant and somehow comforting.
A really fine shave. The Prickly Pear Preshave is not for me, but the menthol heads will love it.