6 Best Shaving Cream Scents for Fall

Scent is indelibly tied to memory. Perhaps, come autumn, a whiff of tobacco smoke reminds you of your granddad smoking his cigar pipe in his library, or the scent of sandalwood takes you back to crisp autumn hikes with friends during your youth. As the weather cools down and we try our best to get warm, we gravitate towards these familiar smells, and many of us switch our cologne from the light, zesty scents of spring and summer to something headier. It’s also possible to capture scent memories – while making your wet shaving ritual feel ever so seasonal – with a fall shaving cream.

The following six shaving creams feature fragrance accords of the darker, richer variety. Think smoky vetiver, earthy patchouli, and hints of leather and aromatic spices. Give them a try along with warm lather from a shaving scuttle for a comforting fall shave.

Simpsons Shaving Cream – Lavender and Vetivert

If fall conjures up scents of smoky firewood, look for vetiver or vertivert (the essential oil of the vetiver plant) in your shaving cream. Simpsons Shaving Cream in Lavender and Vetivert has an earthy base punctuated with woody, smoky top notes and floral, minty undertones.

The glycerin-based formula contains aloe for an irritation-free shave.

SHOP: Simpsons Shaving Cream – Lavender and Vetivert

Kent Luxury Shaving Soap

Kent Luxury Shave Soap features a beautiful fougère fragrance with a base of heady, rich patchouli lifted by extracts of pine, clove, and lavender. The soap’s fragrance finishes with lasting base notes of nutmeg, cedarwood, vanilla, musk, and sandalwood.

Made from natural lanolin sourced from English sheep wool, this shaving soap is decadently creamy, providing your skin with the extra cushion and moisture it needs as the temperatures and humidity dip.

SHOP: Kent Luxury Shaving Soap

Taylor of Old Bond Street Luxury Shaving Cream Bowl – Sandalwood

Reviewers have called Taylor of Old Bond Street Luxury Shaving Cream Bowl in Sandalwood a “hyper-masculine scent that’s highly addictive.” A year-round bestseller, this shaving cream is particularly beguiling in the fall, boasting a deep fougère fragrance with top notes of lavender, rosemary, liquid amber, and geranium, opening to a heart of fern and orange blossom.

SHOP: Taylor of Old Bond Street Luxury Shaving Cream Bowl – Sandalwood

Castle Forbes Essential Oil Shaving Cream – Cedarwood and Sandalwood

A sophisticated woody fragrance grounded in cedarwood and sandalwood essential oils, Castle Forbes Essential Oil Shaving Cream is distinctly masculine. Thankfully, the scent is quite light so it won’t conflict with any aftershave cologne you apply afterwards.

An ultra-moisturizing formulation of coconut oil and glycerin provides thick, creamy lather for maximum lubrication, and it’s gentle on all skin types.

SHOP: Castle Forbes Essential Oil Shaving Cream

Truefitt and Hill Shaving Cream – Grafton

The gold standard autumnal fragrance, Truefitt & Hill Grafton was formulated in 1983 at the suggestion of one of HMS Grafton’s officers, who while being attended to by a Truefitt’s barber took a liking to the aroma and suggested it be named after the gracious line of HMS battleships.

A classic masculine fougère with a green herbaceous opening, Grafton has a heart of dry, spicy floral resting on a base of rich, woody amber and leather.

Grafton Shaving Cream captures this warm, aromatic scent while soothing your skin with glycerin and coconut oil.

SHOP: Truefitt & Hill Grafton Shaving Cream

RazoRock Zi’ Peppino Shaving Soap

RazoRock Zi’ Peppino Shaving Soap is rife with the scent woody, fresh tobacco flower, topped with a hint of spice. A lightweight fall fragrance, this shaving soap is perfect for gentlemen who don’t like fall fragrances that are too heady. The soap’s consistency lies somewhere in between a shaving cream and shaving soap, so you’ll easy produce mountains of lather. A bonus? The formula is vegan friendly.

SHOP: RazoRock Zi’ Peppino Shaving Soap

The Benefits of Peppermint Oil in Your Shave Routine

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During the holiday season, you’re bound to see peppermint everywhere – in the form of candy canes, mints, chocolates, and seasonal drinks. But did you know that this winter staple is also a fantastic skin treatment?

The peppermint herb, a cross between watermint and spearmint, is the world’s oldest medicine, and its effects have been proven in the scientific community. Its ability to treat a myriad of health problems – including indigestion, headache, sore muscles, and dry skin and hair, means you’ll find it in everything from shampoo to muscle rubs, and even shaving products!

Today, we’ll be focusing on how peppermint is a fantastic treatment for skin, and its benefits for wet shavers. This seasonal mainstay is one that deserves to be used year-round.

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Antiseptic properties

Peppermint is naturally rich in Vitamin A, C, and omega-3 fatty acids, so it reduces inflammation while restoring moisture for all skin types. Peppermint also contains menthol, which creates that lovely cooling sensation when you apply it to your skin. As an antiseptic, it prevents infection after traumatic events like burns and rashes, as well as shaving-specific events like razor burn and bumps.

Balancing skin

Peppermint is especially useful for balancing your skin. If your skin is oily or acne-prone, it can improve the texture by controlling the secretion of excess oil. It also prevents clogged pores that lead to pimples. If you have dull skin, peppermint stimulates circulation to brighten the complexion.

Skin saver during wet shaving

It’s this combination of skin numbing, moisturizing, and disinfectant properties that makes peppermint oil a common ingredient in shave creams. RazoRock Peppermint Shaving Lube mixes peppermint with aloe juice to produce an invigorating, smooth glide. Taylor of Old Bond Street Peppermint Shaving Cream uses peppermint to add a kick to its moisturizing lather.

Aromatherapeutic benefits

In addition to improving your shave, peppermint is well known for its aromatherapeutic benefits. The energizing scent of peppermint relieves you from stress, depression, anxiety, and mental exhaustion.

Studies have also shown that smelling peppermint’s essential oil vapor instantly increases blood circulation, oxygenating the body and brain and leading to higher cognitive function.

If you’re always multitasking, this means more mental clarity and focus. This energizing effect also extends to tension: peppermint relaxes tense muscles and relieves headaches. If you’re shaving daily with a peppermint-oil infused product, these are benefits that’ll start your day on a high note.

Some product recommendations: 

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SHOP: 1. Dr K Soap Company Shaving Oil, 2. Triumph & Disaster Ritual Face Cleanser, 3. Simpsons Shaving Cream, 4. Taylor of Old Bond Street Peppermint Shaving Cream, 5. RazoRock Peppermint Shaving Lube.

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Interview: RazoRock

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RazoRock has the kind of name that immediately provokes curiosity (it sounded like a rock band name to us at first). So of course we set out to get the scoop on this Toronto-based wet shaving brand.

Exclusively on The Grooming Artist, RazoRock founder Joseph Abbatangelo gives us an in-depth look at the brand and how it aims to empower every man with a quality wet shaving experience that doesn’t dent the wallet. Read on for our interview with RazoRock!

Where are you located?

We are based out of Toronto in Ontario, Canada.

When and why did you start this business?

The idea for the business originated while we were on vacation in Tuscany, Italy.  We were searching for some alum blocks for my father-in-law, who is a retired Italian Barber.  We eventually found half a dozen of them in a small shop in Lucca, Tuscany, and after using them to great result, we decided to open a small hobby business and start importing these alum blocks to Canada.

Little did we know that five years later, we would be importing almost 2,000 different traditional shaving and toiletry products and have a brand with clients from all around the globe.

How did you come up with the name of your company? 

Our first product was our RazoRock Alum Stick.  It was a “rock” used after the “razor,” so “RazoRock” made logical sense.  Back then, we didn’t realize we would eventually be selling shaving soaps, aftershave splash, pre shaves, razors, deodorants, and more!

What inspires you?

I love wet shaving, I love great fragrance, and most of all, I LOVE ITALY.  My job allows me to travel to a place I love and to create products I’m personally passionate about.

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What are some of your accomplishments as a business?

The accomplishment I’m most proud of is being able to offer super high quality products at value prices that any man can afford.  It’s very easy to make a great $50 shaving soap; it’s not so easy to make a great shaving soap and sell it for $7.99.  Every man deserves a high-quality shave, regarding of class, status, or pay grade.  Looking great is an important part of feeling great!

What do you believe makes a quality product?

In the wet shaving and toiletry segment a quality product (in my opinion) requires the following… a) High quality and natural ingredients; b) Packaging that is beautiful and user friendly; and c) Performance that delivers beyond the client’s expectations.

What is one RazoRock product every man should own and why?

That’s a tough question because we put our passion into all our products.  If I was pressed to pick one, it would be our Italian Shaving Soaps.  I believe the quality of our Italian Shaving Soaps is right there with the best shaving soaps in the world, and when you combine that with their affordable prices, it really makes them a no-brainer.  Not a day goes by where I don’t get an email or a Facebook message from a client who thanks me for the value of our Shaving Soaps.

What advice do you have for aspiring entrepreneurs?

If you are going to pursue a business, you better find something you absolutely love and are passionate about because entrepreneurship isn’t just a job. If you do it successfully, it becomes your life, so be prepared to work 18 hours a day, 7 days a week.  If you aren’t prepared to dedicate your entire life to your business, don’t waste your time, because your competition will eat you for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

What do you have coming from RazoRock in the near future?

We just launched a new razor called the RazoRock “Baby Smooth,” a double edge safety razor that is built for men with sensitive skin.  The razor is CNC machined out of solid aluminum in Canada, and will offer a price point that is going to shake up the market.

Where can readers find out more about your company?

The best place to find out more about our company and our products is through our social media platforms (below) and also our vendor thread on the internet forum Badger and Blade.

Website: RazoRock.com

Facebook: RazoRock

Instagram: @RazoRock

Twitter: @razorockjoe

Shop for RazoRock products at RoyalShave.

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