Any Color You Like

Posted: December 27, 2016 in Shaving Articles

Okay, I’ll admit it. This post has nothing to do with colors, or colours, as you would have it. In the same way, it has nothing to do with old Pink Floyd songs.

It does have to do with customizing your shave a bit, however. Now, what I’m about to tell you is probably common sense, and something you’ve already thought of, but Ima lay it on you, nonetheless.

So, let’s say you have an aftershave or cologne that has a great scent. You really dig it, and you can’t seem to find anything similar in scent profile for a shave soap. What can be done? Will you simply have to languish in your shave den, crying yourself to sleep in a heap of old badger brushes, forlorn and hopeless?

Well, you could do that, or you could take, ahem, steps.

The steps, in point of fact, number only two.

First, find a soap that is either unscented or has a very light scent (like Mitchell’s Wool Fat, for instance). Load up your brush with plenty of soap from the puck (or put some cream into your lathering bowl.)

Next, find yourself a lathering bowl (a simple bowl from your kitchen will work just fine). In that lathering bowl, begin to build the lather for your shave with your loaded brush. Into the proto-lather, drip a few drops of your favorite aftershave or cologne. It helps if your scent of choice is fairly potent. If you have to throw a whole handful in, it might spoil the lather.

From here, just continue to work the lather, which will naturally mix the scent through your soap and into your brush. When ready, use the lather as you normally would do.

Poof. You have a scented soap. Again, don’t pick a soap with a strong smell of its own. The results could be pretty gross if the scent in your additive clashes with one already in the soap. The safest bet is to go for an unscented soap or cream for this trick. Many manufacturers and artisans have an unscented version of their products. Once more, the greater the potency of the cologne, eau de toilette, or aftershave, the better it’ll work, since you don’t want to wildly throw off the chemistry of the soap with huge amounts of liquid.

Perhaps further delving into supurfluous commentary, you can also do a similar scent-match by putting your favorite scent (be it a cologne, an aftershave, or an essential oil) into your choice of moisturizing cream, provided that it has light or no scent. For instance, I like Aveeno, which basically only has the scent related to the constituent ingredients. If you want it to smell like, let’s say, bay rum, just put some of your aftershave/cologne/etc into a secondary container, then add some moisturizer and mix it up. Really, though, a light/no scent moisturizer shouldn’t negatively interact with your scents. So you have that going for you. Which is nice.

And now, I’ll take off my Captain Obvious hat, and go about whatever other tomfoolery awaits me. Class dismissed.

Cheers, and happy shaving.


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