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Coffee this morning (but only in the shave)

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Although I see coffee’s fragrance cropping up often in shaving soaps and aftershaves, tea doesn’t seem to show up nearly so often. 

Strop Shoppe did have Russian Tea, a spice-fragranced shaving soap. Dapper Dragon had a Green Tea & Bergamot, though green tea generally seems to be used as an ingredient rather than a fragrance. “Tea tree” is not tea at all, of course, but smells rather of camphor.

Perhaps it’s just that coffee has a stronger fragrance with tea, while sharing many of the same positive associations. Coffee also tends to be more strongly connected to “morning beverage” than tea (at least in the US and Canada).

Resuming my shave, Mystic Water’s Cuppa Joe produced a good coffee-scented lather with my Plisson European Grey, and the Rockwell T2 TTO adjustable did a fine job. I verified my impression that, though this razor is comfortable, it is not so comfortable as the Adjust (which is substantially cheaper). So far as efficiency is concerned, the two are pretty much a match.

And with that efficiency, three passes left my face very smooth — and I continue to note the benefits of Grooming Dept Moisturizing Pre-Shave. If you’ve not tried that, I highly recommend it. I get nothing from the company (other than the excellent products I purchase as a retail customer), so that’s not an affiliate link. It’s just an excellent product that I like a lot, and I’m sharing my discovery with you. (When I went to the site to get the link, I noticed that, with three exceptions, the entire batch of new shaving soaps is now sold out. When Grooming Dept releases a new shaving soap, you must act quickly if you hope to get a tub.)

A splash of Phoenix Artisan’s Spring-Heeled Jack (with a couple of squirts of Hydrating Gel) and the day begins quite nicely.

The tea this morning is Murchie’s Anniversary Blend: “a combination of Assam, Keemun, Ceylon, Yunnan, and Gunpowder single origin teas.”

Update: Coffee note.


Written by Leisureguy

27 July 2022 at 8:23 am

Posted in Caffeine, Shaving

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  1. I’ve only noticed in recent years the increasing presence of coffee scent in shaving soaps. Are there coffee-scented aftershaves? I’ve not seen them. I would think they would be popular. I’m not a coffee drinker, but I do like the aroma of hot fresh coffee.


    Steve Riehle

    27 July 2022 at 3:47 pm

  2. The aftershave in this shave has a coffee fragrance on initial application, and then a very nice drydown. Ingredients shown on label:

    Denatured Alcohol, Coffee Hydrosol, Caffeine, Coffee Absolute, Coffee Essential Oil, Aloe Vera Extract, Liguid Silk, Glycerin, Alum



    27 July 2022 at 3:58 pm

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