Something about Shea

April 29, 2011

Do you know what’s in your shaving cream? Have you taken a good, hard look at what makes that white, fluffy stuff, so, well . . . fluffy?

At Pacific Shaving we have a different take on shaving cream. We like it thick and moisturizing with a luscious low lather that packs a wallop. But how do we pull it off? How do we get this shaving cream to do what it does?

I decided to take a closer look. There are a bunch of awesome (sounding) ingredients in this shaving cream, but what do they do, exactly?

Today it’s all about Shea. Shea Butter, that is.

Ingredient Spotlight: Shea Butter

What: Intensely moisturizing butter (or fat) from the nut of the African Shea Tree.

Why: This is no average butter. Uh uh. So much more than a lotion or a cream, Shea Butter is nature’s balm, an organic way to bring your skin back to its natural supple state.

How: Shea is packed with vitamins A and E and absorbs quickly for supreme moisturizing. Shea has yet to meet a dry patch that it couldn’t take.

Extra Points: In addition to superior epidermis hydration, Shea Butter is also thought to promote healing. Yup. Take that nicks and cuts.

- Marisa

Happy, Happy Earth Day

It’s Earth Day.

Let’s celebrate with an eco-friendly shave session that will make the planet blush with pride.

The gear: two-blade razor kept super sharp with regular application of blade oil.
The eco-benefit: Consistently sharp razor equals a longer blade life, which equals less dull blades dumped in the garbage/landfill.

The product: shave oil or cream made from natural and organic ingredients. Think sunflower seed oil, avocado oil, tangerine peel oil, shea butter …
The eco-benefit: naturally derived ingredients are better for you, sure, but they’re also better for the planet. Every personal care product we use eventually goes down the drain and moves into the earth and our water supply.

Extra eco points:

** turn off the tap while shaving and save gallons and gallons of a most useful resource. Running water will not help you navigate around a blemish or sculpt your sideburns. Trust me. It won’t.

** choose shaving products housed in minimal packaging (read: skip the bulky aluminum can) and look for those that can be easily recycled.

Getting greener,


I love unexpected inspiration. Especially when that inspiration happens on the second leg of a overnight journey to an international destination with a three-year old in tow. Oh, yes.

My trusty sidekick Wyatt (said three-year old) and I are in Germany visiting friends for a week or so. We’re using the opportunity to drink crazy strong European coffee — fizzy fruity drinks for the little man — pet an array of abnormally friendly Deutsche dogs and check out the squeaky clean shaven faces of the extremely well coifed locals.

I guess they didn’t read Andrew Dicken’s super funny, totally spot-on essay on the rebirth of the beard. Tucked in ShortList — a magazine new to me — Dicken’s piece was my in-flight entertainment/inspiration from London to Dusseldorf. Part social history of the beard, “… until a few years ago, a beard would’ve marked [a man] as a fringe member of Western society, such as a hippy, communist or gnome,” and part personal essay, “Since well before puberty, it’s been my ambition to grow a beard. A proper beard, that is. Not a David Brent-esque goatee or something that looks like I’ve missed a bit of shaving but a Galifianakis, a Blessed. I’d even settle for a Gyllenhaal. But nature has denied me,” Dicken’s chunk of writing is honest and funny and makes you want to grow a fluffy expanse of facial hair — even if you can’t.

“My beard angst is not simply that I want to grow a beard, it’s that I can’t. At least, not a really manly one that tells people I’ve lived. I’m in my mid-30s, I’ve done stuff, I’ve earned a beard.”

You’re kinda my new hero, Andrew Dickens.

- Marisa

hooking razor

Nothing like an object that’s utilitarian and sexy.

Today’s winner is the hooking razor from goodjoy.

I’ll let them speak (boast) for themselves:

“. . .It’s made from PP plastic (polypropylene is a no.5 category for recycling) and is recyclable after the razor head is easily removed. Hangs onto shaving mirrors, shower caddies and like the hooking toothbrush, just about everything!”

From our friends via the always inspiring SwissMiss.

- Marisa


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