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Review: Schaf Skin Care For Men

Schaf Skin Care

Schaf Skin Care

Recently I have been noticing that I have sensitive skin.  There are just some soaps and creams out there that have been leaving my face itchy and irritated.  I’m shaving great now that I’ve found a better go-to blade for my Weber DLC.  With Gillette 7 O’Clock Yellows, I feel I have found gold, and have sent nicks for a walk on the plank.  But yes, sadly, I am noticing the issue with sensitive skin.  Tabac is an emotional example.  How I love the scent of that soap.  Too bad I just can’t use it.  It leaves my skin itchy every time.  I love the strong scent, but it’s the strong scent that hates my face.  Sad face.

Well I have a new addition to my shave den and my shower that is the answer to sensitive skin.  Enter Schaf Skin Care.  All in all there are four products available, and each of them are fantastic.  These were designed by Peter Schafrick, who was tired of all the products with all the harmful toxins and strong scents that cause irritation, and decided to make his own line of products that are simple, mostly natural, and fragrance-free, leading to an irritation-free morning ritual.

First up is Scrub:  To be used every other day, this scrub is made up of volcanic rock and ground apricot seeds, loosely bound in a foaming gel.  It feels fantastic and is easy to use, leaving your face feeling completely rejuvinated.  I probably like the scrub the most out of all these products.

Cleanse is a gentle facewash that is lightweight and rinses clean.  And it’s packed with goodness like chamomile, aloe, cucumber, and Japanese Green Tea extracts.  It gets rid of dirt and oil, leaving your face cleansed but not stripped.

Next comes the meat of the lineup, the shave cream.  I had a little trouble at first getting a good lather going, but I have found after much use that ideally you want to use as little water as possible, and lather directly on your face, instead of a mug or bowl.  I put a couple of squirts out of the can (yes its in a can, but its pump-action, not pressurized goo) right onto my brush, and face lathered and got a very slick lather.  I can’t say the lather is on par with some of my favorite creams out there, but it is a very slick lather providing a great glide for my razor.  I ended each shave baby-butt smooth and with zero irritation.  And the lather also rinses very clean very easily.  No soap residue here.

Last, but definitely not least, is Hydrate, a post-shave moisturizer loaded with fantastic ingredients like avocado oil, organic coconut oil, sunflower oil, pumpkin seed oil, vitamin e, aloe, and on and on and on.  The “final touch” is an ingredient called “Matrixyl 3000”, which according to the Schaf website, is a “proven anti-wrinkle peptide that defends against the signs of aging.”  I can tell you this:  It doesn’t feel oily or greasy at all.  A little goes a long way, and it absorbed into my skin almost instantaneously, and my face looked great every day I used it.  No joke.

At the end of the day, you really should check out the Schaf website, read the story of how this all came to be, check out the ingredients lists on all the products, and decide for yourself.  There is high attention paid to making sure the ingredients are as natural as possible and organic when they can be.  The ultimate goal is to provide non-irritating and non-toxic products for your entire morning routing, and I think Peter has nailed it.  This is great stuff, and if you have sensitive skin like me, you’ll love it too.

Review: Taylor of Old Bond Street – Jermyn Street Shaving Cream

Taylor of Old Bond Street - Jermyn Street Shaving Cream

Taylor of Old Bond Street – Jermyn Street Shaving Cream

So here is a description of the fragrance from Taylor of Old Bond Street’s own website:

A modern fresh fougere fragrance with bergamot, lemon, lime and lavender supported by a heart of geranium, neroli and amber resting on a substantive base of musk, patchouli and vanilla. An allergen free fragrance which contains Patchouli oil.

So, after reading the fragrance list, you might still have to ask what Taylor of Old Bond Street’s Jermyn Street Shaving Cream smells like.  It’s ok.  I did too.  It’s interesting, because its such a simple scent at first, and then once you know that there are many scents going on, you realize how complex it is.

For the simple nose, which I have exactly one of, I would say it starts off citrusy, then gets floral.  For me it sort of ends there.  But if I concentrate and fish for other scents, I definitely can sense the vanilla and patchouli notes.  But, like I said, once you recognize all the scents, they are much easier to notice.

Overall, it’s a fresh clean scent (thanks to the floral notes), with an invigorating zip to it, (thanks to the citrus) that is also well rounded (thanks to the base notes).  Does that help?  Of course it doesn’t!  I know you.  I know you because I know me.  You’re going to have to get some to be satisfied.  Go for it.  You won’t be sorry, unless you hate floral notes.  Then you’ll probably be a little bit sorry.  Until you shave with it.

This stuff is also marketed for folks like me with sensitive skin, which is quite a remarkable feat, considering products marketed for sensitive skin tend to be very lightly scented, if not unscented, because essential oils tend to make the skin very angry.

Alright, you’ve been waiting long enough – how was the shave?  Awesome.

I used a pea-sized dab from my little sample container.  Using my Simpsons Duke II best badger brush, I whipped this stuff up good.  It loves water, so I added a few drops at a time, swishing, flopping, and dabbing the brush in my mug.  After about 2 minutes, I had a super rich, delicious smelling lather.

They call this a luxury shaving cream.  I hate it when people use words and then the words don’t match up to the product they are selling.  Well, no worries here.  This is without a doubt a luxury shaving cream.  From a pea-sized ball, I got enough amazing lather for at least 6 passes.  I’m not even slightly kidding.

So as I lathered the stuff onto my face, the smell was incredible.  I found myself slowing down while lathering, soaking up the enjoyment of how thick this stuff applied to my face, and how wonderful it smelled.

The shave was 100% nick free.  I owe a great deal of it to this stuff and how slick it made my skin.  I had a 3-pass BBS (baby-butt-smooth) shave.  Also I wanted to specifically note how slick and smooth my skin felt as I rinsed my face between each pass.  There’s only a few shaving creams/soaps that I have tried that performed like this.  Mitchell’s Wool Fat is one of them.  That’s a high honor in my book.

I do have sensitive skin.  And my skin feels GREAT right now.  Awesome.