Along with their fine "goat's beard" shaving soap, we've also got Zartgefühl's awfully awry 'Prinz Charming' balm, too. It would be an unhappy life to all that don't try this odd stuff; you just don't know that yet! Surely the most unique balming agent in snobby shavedom, it is quite nearly disgusting going on - heavier than an audit, goopy, and with a feel in the jar that ranges from thick shortening to mayonaise to runny ice cream sifted with fine sand. However, this cannot be denied; regardless of feel in the hand, smashing a tiny pea's worth aggressively between the palms (to maximize heat & homogeneousness) and rubbing vigorously into wet skin leaves one in skin heaven in half an hour.
I'll rank Sampson's aftershave as best in our shop, with The Gentlemens Refinery's "The Standard" a strong second, and this Prinz Charming stuff a solid third-ahead of very good products such as Dovo and Omega's eucalyptus-centric offerings. But that's just one man's (overbearing) opinion; you're wholly encouraged to buy samples of each aftershave we offer, from us of course, and determine for yourself what's what :-) Unfortunately for the Prinz, I must credit effectiveness, odor, and subjective feel going on when it comes to the aftershave dept.-the latter the dominant province of those "bad" ones with the alcohol bases. This stuff excels in two, but not three, of the criteria.
So what's unique about 'Prinz Charming'?
Well, sourcing naturally-occurring versions of commonly-synthesized cosmetics products, for one. That adds well to cost of product.
In perhaps the most staunchly impractical display of idealism in all of wet shaving software, 'Prinz Charming' (like Sampson's All Natural, our other extreme abnormality option here) has neither water, preservatives, nor stabilizers. Its consistency ain't stable...at all. The 3 batches we've received so far vary even piece to piece within each shipment. While Sampsons, with its beeswax base, ranges from perhaps hard as good car wax to soft as "GoJo" hand cleaner, this stuff with its shea butter base runs a full gaumut of whipped butter to softer than a cannoli's innards to a sandy/liquidy 'tweener. A solution, not a compound, it has no internal defense to separation. Expose to heat and it liquifies and to cold and it becomes dense and gritty. Function's unaffected here, though, as the temperature variance doesn't impart a chemical change (such as with spoiled milk for example, or with some of the other soft Zartgefühl catalog items based on milks which we can only import & sell from late fall to early srping). I keep it in the fridge, use less volume (but, one presumes, an equal weight than if at room temp), rub hard all over my palms until it feels like a flat thin grease slick instead of frosting with sand, and attack the moist skin with that...it feels absolutely terrific in just a bit, and I can save on the AC costs at the house when we're out for the day :-) They could have forced a permanent light/whipped texture via the aid of supplemental stabilizers, but they're stubborn and wanted only the best, uncompromised ingredients. I adore idealistic people and companies more and more as I age, it is a most admirable quality & key to why I've become a closet Francophile... half a lifetime ago for me, when speeding tickets were my norm, I couldn't stand the French! And then I met German businesses, & learned new depths to stubbornness...
Once this stuff finally does get down in to the skin, it is a delight, and like Sampsons it takes its time settling. The calmness imparted to the face is remarkable. I love it!
Shea butter + almond extract base. Always apply to wet skin, as with Sampsons. Use as little as possible and rub hard and deep on the palms and then into the facial skin, it works best that way. Expect nearly a year from a tub.
While its moisturizers don't seem to get as deep in to the skin as well as the TGR or the Sampsons, its emulsifying properties are unsurpassed, and it effectively promotes a sense of healing. Two hours on I've never felt better than I do with Prinz Charming on me, and while I'd adore it if that were possible with a light feeling going on (think Pond's cold cream next to your butter in the fridge), that is wishful thinking. Prinz Charming always goes on heavy as they come, and to love him is to love that, too. If you find something that makes your face feel softer, sell some to me.
Some light sandalwoody/powdery odor. Please try a sample and tell me what it smells like and we'll put a collection of those thoughts here. So far we've had users characterize it as a combination of almond oil and talc, for one (female) opinion. Officially it has citrus, but I cannot really detect it. I prefer Sampsons' odor, that much I know, but I don't dislike this odor in any way (in fact, it is terrific; there's just not enough of it).
All in, a neat outlier. Cool that it's out there.
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Zartgefühl "Ziegen Bart" Shaving Soap + "Prinz Charming" Aftershave
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