Sampsons All Natural, a USA-produced small-batch soap maker, will likely one day be a well known entity.
100% NATURAL INGREDIENTS; entirely bereft of any perfumes/chemicals/dyes/preservatives, Sampsons only considers your skin's benefit for their careful selection of ingredients.
The Aftershave, intentionally, contains no water! Quite unique in the snobby shaving realm, it was done because once water's incorporated, so too must preservation/emulsification be addressed, two buggers best solved with things artificial (hence, almost anything readily available @ drugstores has synthesized preservatives to keep bacteria at bay).
While preservatives may indeed be well vetted to do no great harm to most, a select few unlucky folks are going to enjoy an allergic reaction thanks to their presence. In this jar, the probability of that outcome's an even zero point zero percent.
Use the balm on your moist/wet skin and incorporate water at the most sensible moment-where the rubber meets the road.
This balm's applied so sparingly and is so rich I'd imagine it takes one year to work through the jar, and is as thick as a very firm tube of lip balm, so to apply effectively you'll need to 1) break off a little divot, 2) put on your palm and rub your two clean palms together briskly, and 3) take said palms directly to the wet face and massage until the water and the product come together.
Blasphemy to come from these fingertips, but I've been skipping the ubiquitous alum stone ever since this stuff came along. Smush a lip-balm-sized portion into the wet skin, do a little wax-on/wax-off as Mr. Miyagi taught Daniel three decades past, bathe in the alpenglow of true facial sealant. After ~15-20 mins, the rosehip seed oil and friends really absorb, bequeathing brilliant skin condition.
Sampsons told us that they had to really scour the planet to find a beeswax base that pleased them, bees being inclined to go where they please and all, and it took time to find brilliantly inert beeswax needed for an ideal base. Frankly, in just a few weeks, I came to regard this aftershave balm as the polar sibling of the "The Gentlemens Refinery" stuff; the 'TGR' couldn't go on thinner, and that is its tremendous charm trait, while this is like wax for wet skin...but both share my best post-shaving skin condition, the standard for the others to judge. You're going to get a hell of a lot more time out of this $22 jar than the $40 coughed up for the TGR, though; I easily work through a TGR bottle in <3mos.
Update Jan. 2015: a regular customer of ours pointed out an oddity of the unscented variation of Sampsons which makes it
practically a must-try type of software, and it was there the whole time and I never even thought about it! Read on...
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