Today marks the end of the six week menthol project. My skin still feels soft and smooth and has a supple glow that’s very noticeable. These past six weeks have been full of memorable menthol and peppermint shaves. These two ingredients feel great on your skin and have a lasting effect of coolness that’s noted in the post shave end feel. Menthol especially has a love hate relationship with a number of shavers. Some folks don’t like the cooling effect on the skin that menthol or peppermint has. Some shavers love that feeling but only during those warm summer months. Then there are the shavers such as myself that love that feeling all the time. I think the cooling effect from the menthol or peppermint helps sooth any razor burn, cuts or nicks you get from shaving. It’s a fantastic feeling on your skin and that’s why I chose this as a six week project.
The shaving soaps and creams I had the luxury of using for this six week project were the ‘Ice Pac’ from Wolf Pac Shaving that contains the natural ingredients of Coconut Oil, Castor Oil, Glycerin, Menthol with Peppermint, Eucalyptus and Frankincense essential oils. The Wolf Pac shaving soap creates a thick and creamy lather that feels luxurious on your skin. The longer the lather sits in the container or bowl its made in the stronger the cooling sensation is on your skin. I love this attribute of the Wolf Pac shaving soap and the name ‘Ice Pac’ seems rather fitting after using this soap for a period of time. On a side note, the plastic container the soap comes in feels very substantial. The label that sits on top of the lid is water proof so the ink doesn’t smear if it gets wet. This may seem rather small to mention but in my opinion it’s very important. Great packaging says we love our products and we want you to love them as well.
The ‘Cooling’ shaving cream from Cremo Creme is not a hard shaving soap but a soft shaving cream that comes in a squeezable tube. Cremo Creme contains several ingredients such as Olive Leaf Extract, Calendula Oil, Aloe Leaf Juice, Tea Tree Oil, Eucalyptus Oil, Peppermint Oil, Menthol and Allantoin. Cremo Creme is also Paraben and cruelty free with no animal testing. Cremo Creme is concentrated meaning a little goes a long way. A dime size portion is plenty to get the job done. If the cream dries into the intended area for shaving before you get to it, add a couple of drops of water to the area and it reappears and ready for shaving. The Cremo Creme is not meant for lathering but that doesn’t mean you can’t. I have lathered it in a shave bowl before and applied it to my skin with a brush and it still provides a great shave. The Cremo Creme thrives as a concentrated non lathering creme and lathering it in a bowl allows air into the mixture cutting back on some of the slickness. Using this product as a non lathering product is where you see the most benefit with slickness and smoothness before during and after your shave is completed.
The Dr. Bronners ‘Peppermint’ shave gel is not a soap or a cream but a thick gel that comes in a squeezable tube. Dr. Bronners is known for their products containing natural and organic ingredients that have many positive attributes for your skin. Some of these ingredients are Organic White Grape Juice, Organic Coconut Oil, Organic Palm Kernal Oil, Organic Olive Oil, Organic Hemp Oil, Organic Jojoba Oil, Organic Peppermint Oil, Organic Spearmint Oil and Glycerin. The ‘Peppermint’ shave gel from Dr. Bronners is also a lather less shave gel that takes very little to get the job done. The gel creates a slick surface for a smooth shave and does not create a mess in your sink at the same time. I was and still am very impressed with the performance of the Dr. Bronners ‘Peppermint’ shave gel.
The FuzzyFace ‘Spearmint Menthol’ shave soap created an impressive lather right away. There is very little room left over in the tin but this soap proves right away that small spaces are fine when building a thick shave ready lather. This soap starts to lather right away and creates a creamy and robust lather with a solid cushion for a comfortable shave in less than two minutes. The ‘Spearmint Menthol’ soap contains Tallow, Shea Butter, Castor Oil, Glycerin and Spearmint Essential Oil for a shave that you will want to have every night. I’ve had the pleasure of reviewing some of his other shave soap and his product will not disappoint you. If you are looking for a functional shave soap that provides a lather full of slickness and cushion then the shave soaps from FuzzyFace are a good pick.
Soap Commander really does not need an introduction unless you have not had the chance to use try their products. Soap Commander is loved by many in the wet shaving circles. Their ‘Vision’ shave soap may not contain Menthol or Spearmint but it does contain Aqua, Amber and mint that gives it that cooling sensation on your skin every time. The ‘Vision’ shave soap from Soap Commander also contains Shea Butter, Coconut Oil, Glycerin and Castor Oil. The ‘Vision’ shave soap is vegan meaning less nasties and better for your skin as well as the environment. I’m a huge fan of the Soap Commander products and plan on using them for a long time. If you haven’t tried Soap Commander and you are looking for a fantastic soap and shaving routine I suggest that you try their products. You’re going to love them.
Krampert’s Finest is not a shave soap that you will find through social media but that doesn’t mean that you won’t love their soap. The ‘Frostbite’ shave soap from Krampert’s Finest is a high quality soap that elevates your shaving routine from good to perfect. First let me tell you that the ‘Frostbite’ does contain a couple of ingredients that adds value to your shaving routine as well as your skin care regimen. The Coconut Oil and Glycerin used in making the ‘Frostbite’ shaving soap adds extra moisturizing capabilities that help keep your skin soft and supple. There is plenty of room in the same container with this soap to create a shave ready lather that’s thick and robust with a nice cushion that helps your razor glide across your skin with even fluid strokes. The lather also provides a lot of coolness for your skin giving the term ‘Frostbite’ a lot of heft and weight. The ‘Frostbite’ shaving soap from Krampert’s Finest just may be your next favorite soap to use every night.
Last but not least Queen Charlotte is a soap artisan that has sadly closed their doors. The market has become so saturated with new soap makers that it’s been very difficult to stay a float. That doesn’t change the fact that their ‘Vostok’ shaving soap is nothing shorter than fantastic. The ‘Vostok’ creates a nice creamy lather with a lot of chill for your skin. In fact the chill is very aggressive and may not be for everyone. I say the more chill the better! The ‘Vostok’ shaving soap also contains several ingredients that are good for your skin and your shaving routine. Glycerin, Tallow, Palm Oil, Olive Oil, Coconut Oil and Aloe Vera Extract along with essential oil(s), Kaolin Clay, Vitamin E. and Menthol crystals have a lot of benefits for your skin that will make you want to use the ‘Vostok’ every time!
So there you have it. Seven soaps and creams that contain menthol or peppermint that feel fantastic and leave a nice cooling sensation on your skin. Each one of these soaps produced a thick and creamy lather with an abundance of cushion for a pleasurable shave. I would recommend any one of these seven shaving soaps or creams to anyone who wants to try or add a menthol product to their collection. This concludes the six week menthol project here on TheBaldNation. Love your products and you will love the results.