This was the one that kickstarted me into wetshaving. By wetshaving, I mean the way men used to shave. I mean using a straight edge, single edge, or double edge razor. I mean using a brush to work up a shaving lather, and never getting your lather out of a can. And it was my very first time that I shaved with a straight edge that I used Geo F Trumper’s Sandalwood Skin Food as an aftershave, also for the first time. When I shaved, and then put this stuff on, I was blown away, and I knew right then that I would never again use an expensive cartridge razor to shave.
I had seen this stuff mentioned in one of geofatboy’s videos, and “skin food” sounded awesome, and he seemed to be enjoying using it as well, so how could I go wrong, right? Finally I had assumed correctly, not making an ass out of anyone…
So this stuff is a balm. Perfect for colder weather, as it leaves a lot of skin nourishing stuff behind after it dries off. Its a thick concoction that goes on cool and refreshing. There is little to no alcohol burn. In fact today I had shaved with a vintage Hoffritz slant razor for the first time. Slant razors are known to be very agressive razors, and my third against-the-grain pass was a little on the heavy-handed side. My styptic pencil got a workout for sure. But there was almost no burn from this stuff, and it instantly cooled and eased my face. Quite an excellent match for a rough shave (mental note actively being made).
The smell is fantastic. Manly, smoky, and sandalwoody. It’s a pop to the nose, and the first time I put it on, I was blown away. Because everything in my limited cologne/aftershave experience smelled like the floor of a macy’s perfume counter. I was never interested in any aftershaves or colognes because I was just not into musk. Then this. Whoa. I like it. I like it a lot.
It took me a while to read the ingredients list on the bottle. The first is rose distillate. In essence rose water. I never really took note of it, but there is certainly a floral background to this stuff, and it’s perfect. It’s a clever ingredient, giving a very light but noticeable twist to the sandalwood fragrance.
Glycerin is also high on the ingredients, giving this stuff the right amount of moisturizing effect on your face. And as I write this, my face feels awesome, and smells even better.
Geo F Trumpers Sandalwood Skin Food was the key to my newfound love of wetshaving, and I still love it just as much as I did the first time I used a straight. I’m confident you’ll love it too.