Shaving Gel 01
Mild and soothing. Handmade using Wild Harvested Soapwort and certified organic Aloe Vera.
All about Shaving Gel 01
What makes the Wild & Precious Shaving Gel 01 such a joy to use is the fact that it turns your razor into something that might have been made by the master swordsman Gorō Nyūdō Masamune, whilst at the same time moisturising and nourishing your skin. If what you want is a ridiculously close shave without clogging up the blade, this is the shaving gel for you. Moreover, it will leave your face (legs, arms, back or wherever else you are shaving) feeling silky smooth and fresh. It is perfect, by the way, for sensitive skin.
How to use Shaving Gel 01
For best results (i) wash the area you plan to shave and leave the skin wet, (ii) put a small amount of the Shaving Gel 01 on your fingers and massage into the chosen area, (iii) shave and (iv) rinse thoroughly. Note that Shaving Gel 01 does not produce much in the way of lather or suds.
Of special note
Our soapwort roots are wild harvested and come from Albania. The oils we add are certified organic. Incidentally, the scientific name Saponaria is derived from the Latin meaning ‘soap’. The epithet officinalis indicates its medicinal functions.
Our not-very-secret formula
|Official Name||Plain English Name||%|
|Saponaria Officinalis||Soapwort (decoction)||39.69%|
|Amaranthus Caudatus||Amaranth Seed Oil – a natural plant based surfactant||6.6%|
|Dehydroacetic Acid & Benzyl Alcohol & Aqua||Geogard 221 – a natural preservative||1%|
Guar Gum – plant derived thickener
|Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice Powder||Aloe Vera||0.3%|
|Pelargonium graveolens*||Rose Geranium Essential Oil||0.15%|
|Citrus aurantium dulcis (orange) peel oil*||Orange Essential Oil||0.15%|
About the ingredients
The use of Saponaria Officinalis (soapwort) as a natural surfactant (soap) has a long history. It has also been used to treat itchy skin and other skin conditions, such as poison ivy, acne, psoriasis, eczema and even boils. It has natural antioxidant and antimicrobial properties.
Amaranth (Seed) Oil is a mild, natural plant derived surfactant, which comes from, surprise, surprise, the Amaranth plant. This ancient grain was first cultivated by the Aztecs over 8,000 years ago and used not just as a food and medicine, but also as part of their religious ceremonies. Amaranth oil contains Squalene, one of the most common lipids produced by our own skin, and a natural moisturiser. It is also an active anti-cancer substance. It is believed to slow down the effects of skin ageing and wrinkle formation, and is non-irritating.
Glycerin Oil is a humectant, meaning that it helps retain, or reduce the loss of, moisture. What is special about glycerin, though, compared to some other humectants, is that it is an endogenous humectant, meaning we have it naturally in our skin. Also, it is mild and so more suitable for those with allergies.
To make a shaving gel effective it needs to include a gelling agent. Our Guar Gum is a natural gel made by grinding the endosperm portion of Cyamopsis tetragonoloba, a leguminous plant grown mainly in India and Pakistan.
Geogard 221 is a preservative, which is made from dehydroacetic acid (DHA) and benzyl alcohol (a ‘good’ alcohol). It meets the ECOCERT and COSMOS standards, is NaTrue certified and Soil Association approved, in addition to not being tested on animals.
Aloe Vera has soothing and antioxidant properties, and serves as a hydrating agent for skin due to its polysaccharide and sterol content. It has been proven to refresh the skin and does not block skin pores. Other studies have shown the gel to have anti-inflammatory properties and to boost the healing process.
Orange Peel Essential Oil
Orange Peel Essential Oil has a light, zesty perfume. It is obtained by cold-pressing orange peel (as the name suggests!). What else is there to say?
Rose Geranium Essential Oil
Rose Geranium Essential Oil is a delightfully aromatic oil that is prized for its anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory qualities.
How we make our Shaving Gel 01
We have two large vessels in our workshop, one of which can heat liquids to boiling point. We put a basket of the soapwort into this vessel and after it has simmered for the appropriate period and cooled down we slowly transfer it to the other vessel, where we add the other ingredients. If we transfer the liquid soapwort decoction too quickly it suds up like bubble bath and we have to abandon our workshop until the suds have disappeared. Then we have to start all over again.
Wild & Precious Shaving Gel 01 is extremely safe to use but although soapwort flowers are edible, soapwort root is not. For this reason, we would not recommend drinking Shaving Gel 01 (don’t worry, though, if you swallow a little bit by accident… the root is very, very well diluted). We would not advise putting it into your eyes, but if a little bit splashes in, again it should not cause any problems (if it does, then bathe the afflicted area in cold water). Nowadays, manufacturers have become so frightened of litigation that their products come with dire warnings and super cautious advice. We won’t be left out of this! If you swallow this product contact a poison centre or doctor, immediately. Ditto if you splash it in your eye. If you spill some by accident we advise swearing, as it is too valuable to waste.