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Grooming Dept Chypre Peach and the new Moisturizing Pre-Shave formula

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I ordered two more tubs of Moisturizing Pre-Shave from Grooming Dept — I don’t want to take a chance on running out — and he included a complimentary Hydrating Gel for my review. I’ll try that tonight as part of my bedtime routine since I don’t quite know how to fit it into the shave sequence.

At the link you can see that the pre-shave is now available in a variety of fragrances: Unscented+Coolant, Bergamot & Ginger, Rainforest, Spa, Citrus, Mojito, and Unscented. Fragrance descriptions are not yet posted, so I don’t know what Spa, for example, smells like.

I used Rainforest this morning. I immediately caught a whiff of vetiver, but there was a lot more going on. Although Grooming Dept’s catalog entry doesn’t describe the fragrance, West Coast Shaving has a description of the fragrance of Grooming Dept Regenwald shaving soap:

The scent is the aroma of tropical rainforest (Regenwald is “rainforest” in German). It boasts notes of tropical fruits, fig, green notes, resins, myrrh, vetiver, musk, ccedarwood, sandalwood, and tonka bean — and just a hint of soil. Earthy, green, good!

When I opened the tub to see and smell the pre-shave, it looked as though it were a liquid, unlike the soft wax of the formulation I already had, but appearances (as you know) can be deceptive. It is technically a liquid, but its viscosity makes it more like a soft solid — like (say) tar that has been warmed. It is less solid than the previous formulation, which holds small divots from where you scooped out a bit. The new formulation will slowly flow to fill divots.

The softness makes it easy to scoop up a small amount with your fingertip, and its viscosity keeps it in place until you apply it to your wet stubble. It rubs on easily and seems as effective as the earlier soft-wax version. I admit that right now I prefer the earlier version, but that’s because I’m used to it. I imagine that with a few days’ use, I’ll find my footing with the new version, and with familiarity will come comfort. (Change is always a little unsettling.)

With stubble now prepped, I moved to lather. I do like this Rooney Super Badger Style 3 Size 1 brush, and the lather it evoked from Grooming Dept Chypre Peach was wonderful. Yesterday’s soap was Grooming Dept Nai formula, a vegan soap, and today’s soap is his Kairos formula:

Water, Stearic Acid, Beef Tallow, Sodium Lauroyl Lactylate, Kokum Butter, Castor Oil, Tucuma Butter, Avocado Oil, Glycerin, Coconut Milk, Goat Milk, Cupuacu Butter, Shea Butter, Safflower Oil, Collagen Peptides, Whey Protein, Betaine, Fragrance, Lauryl Laurate, Jojoba Oil, Lanolin, Colloidal Oatmeal, Rice Bran Wax, Meadowfoam Oil, Linoleic Acid, Ethylhexyl Olivate, Hydrogenated Olive Oil, Isostearic Acid, Allantoin, Sodium Lactate, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Sodium Gluconate, Tetrasodium Glutamate Diacetate, Tocopherols, Silk Peptides.

West Coast Shaving describes the fragrance as “a classic chypre with citrus top notes, middle of labdanum, and a base of oakmoss, but it departs from the traditional with a note of sweet peach.”

Three passes with my Above the Tie R (now called R1, but mine is from before the open-comb R2 was offered) left my face perfectly smooth. When I did the final rinse, I noticed the same thing as yesterday: my face felt as though I had applied a good skin lotion. That’s probably due to the combination of Grooming Dept pre-shave and Grooming Dept shaving soap.

A splash of Floris JF aftershave finished the shave in fine style. Floris notes:

Softly scented, JF begins with an invigorating burst of bergamot, lemon, lime, and mandarin in combination with an intensely aromatic blend with armoise, coriander, and clary sage. Juniper berry, cypress, and petitgrain at the heart give the fragrance its unmistakeable masculine character which is underscored by amber, cedarwood, and a musky base.

“JF” gets its name from the founder, Juan Famenias Floris.

Written by Leisureguy

15 July 2021 at 9:43 am

Posted in Shaving

5 Responses

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  1. Your physical description of the Moisturizing Pre-shave reminds me of the thickness of Cornhuskers Lotion, which BTW I find is not a bad preshave, though somewhat pedestrian.


    Steve Riehle

    15 July 2021 at 10:35 am

  2. I’ve used Cornhuskers Lotion. The new Moisturizing Pre-Shave is considerably more viscous. For example, this pre-shave would not flow out of a bottle — well, it would, but it would take such a long time that packaging in a bottle would be impractical. It might work in a squeeze bottle, where you could force it out.



    15 July 2021 at 11:03 am

  3. For a little over a week now my wife has been using this moisturizing pre-shave as a skin care product. We were curious as to what the results may be. Sure enough, she does feel that her skin is a bit more supple and is more noticeable to her in the morning. That’s because we sleep in an air conditioned bedroom which tends to dry out her skin. That said, this isn’t necessarily a miracle product. She had to ponder on this for a bit before she said, “Yes, it does seem to help.” There is another aspect one may want to consider. This is priced at about half that of a similar product marketed to women.


    George P.

    16 July 2021 at 4:55 am

  4. She might find Grooming Dept Hydrating Gel of interest. See my SOTD today (after I post it — I haven’t yet shaved this morning).



    16 July 2021 at 6:32 am

  5. Hi @George P. I’m delighted you & your wife enjoy using the preshave. I’m working on a line of products for women. The brand will be called Mirus Beauty. Many of the products will be priced about 1/3rd of what they cost from other women’s cosmetic brands.



    16 July 2021 at 7:48 am

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