This was a surprise all the way around. I recently purchased some Klar Kabinett from Fendrihan.com, and in the package they shipped me came two samples. The first I’ll keep a secret for now, but the second was a little sample packet of Baxter of California’s After Shave Balm. The subtitle of the package reads “Alcohol Free / Soothing Formula”.
Very very true. So today I shaved with a Hoffritz Travel Slant with a Weber bulldog handle. For those slant experts out there who might be saying “Hey the handle on a Hoffritz Slant is permanently attached”… you are correct, but not on the travel version. It is a head that fits on any standard razor handle, and as such I have an epic frankenrazor. 🙂 Whats more important is that I had a truly awesome shave with it. A couple weepers on the against-the-grain pass but that’s expected from a slant. But today’s shave resulted in the very definition of baby-butt-smooth..
So I skipped my normal toner application and went straight for the sample pack of Baxter’s. I squeezed it all out in my hand, and then immediately realized I shouldn’t have because this stuff is so slick and awesome that it could have lasted maybe three applications. For something smaller in thickness than a typical wetnap, I was very impressed. So I kept about half of what came out of the packet and applied it to my freshly shaven skin.
“Yeah….” I literally said that as I was putting it on my face… This stuff is just fantastic. First off, it’s alcohol free, a quality that is becoming increasingly more sought after aftershaves, as it is known that alcohol is not the best thing for a freshly shaven face. But this isn’t a tame substance! Oh no, there is a hint of menthol under a bed of citrus. It’s a truly invigorating sensation for the senses. Your nose gets blasted with a clean fresh scent while your face feels a warm tingle of menthol.
And it really hydrates the skin well. Consistency-wise it’s like a gel-balm hybrid, that goes on cool and warm at the same time. Honestly, as I put it on and massaged it in, my skin feels very well hydrated, and also protected.
The ingredients list is long and has a lot of hard-to-pronounce words. It’s not the worst thing in the world, but I’ve been trying to align myself with products with more natural ingredients, something that is fairly easy to do when it comes to shaving soaps and creams. That said, this is still some fantastic stuff that really calmed down the razor burn and left me feeling smooth, hydrated, and protected. Baxter’s After Shave Balm is one of the best closers I’ve put into the game in a long time, and I think I am going to be getting a bottle of this stuff to add to my rotation.