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Parker Semi-Slant and Nancy Boy

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I didn’t want to shave a two-day stubble as shave six on the OneBlade, so decided to do the usual and use a slant. Since J.M. Fraser’s shaving cream worked so well, I was drawn to my other favorite shaving cream, Nancy Boy Signature. With the Kent Infinity, I got an excellent lather, and the Parker Semi-Slant (here mounted on a Yaqi handle) did a wonderful job, which I topped off with Phoenix Artisan’s Alt-Eleven Star Jelly aftershave balm.

That particular fragrance is not currently available — a shame — and the Star Jelly balms now are mostly packaged in pump bottles, but I believe the formulation remains the same, and it’s a balm worth trying. Planet Java Hive Star Jelly lists ts ingredients as:

Deionized Water, Alcohol, Caprylic/Capric Triglycerides, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Caprylyl Methicone, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Cetearyl Alcohol, Allantoin, Menthol, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Hexylene Glycol, Prickly Pear Oil, Ethylhexylglycerin

Just as I’m mostly a shaving soap guy, I’m also an aftershave splash guy, but this is a balm I do like: doesn’t have a greasy feeling and leaves my face feeling very nice indeed. The catalog entry describes why:

If an aftershave balm and alcohol based splash were to have a baby, our Star Jelly Aftershave Formula would be their love child. Not to be confused with an alcohol free balm, meaning; this stuff still contains alcohol and a kiss of menthol to give you that classic splash feel at first. Then there is that familiar cool down we all know and love…but something more is going on, something cosmic!

Unlike traditional balms, our Star Jelly absorbs rapidly into freshly shaven skin without any greasy, heavy feeling build up! Star Jelly leaves your skin moisturized and silky.  A refreshing, alternative that you instantly will fall in love with! 

What’s Inside?

Allantoin: a naturally ocurring nitrogenous compound used as a skin conditioning agent. It can be derived from animals, however the allantoin we use is derived from plants.

Caprylic/Capric Triglycerides: from coconut oil and glycerin, it’s considered an excellent emollient. It’s included in cosmetics due to its mix of fatty acids that skin can use to resist moisture loss. This ingredient’s value for skin is made greater by the fact that it’s considered gentle.

Vegetable Glycerine: is derived from soy and is used in cosmetics and body care products to assist in retaining moisture. It is invaluable as a natural source ingredient with emollient like properties which can soften the skin.

Written by LeisureGuy

16 March 2020 at 8:46 am

Posted in Shaving

4 Responses

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  1. Isn’t NB denser than most creams? Seems like the jar outweighs other creams of comparable size.


    16 March 2020 at 12:31 pm

  2. I’m not sure about the density comparisons. Initially it’s soft, but mine is a few years old and is harder because (I imagine) of evaporation of water. Still, it worked quite well.


    16 March 2020 at 12:57 pm

  3. Michael, have you tried any of Phoenix and Beau’s products, they are a small artisan shaving product supplier here in the UK. They have several vendors on your side of the pond that stock their products. I tried their Achilles shaving soap yesterday and would class it as one of my top 5


    17 March 2020 at 12:26 am

  4. I’ve not tried those — and indeed have not heard of them. I’ll take a look. Thanks for the pointer.


    17 March 2020 at 5:59 am

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