Due to the overwhelming positive feedback to our PREMIUM base along with requests from our valued customers to add existing SELECT scents to the PREMIUM line, we have decided to combine SELECT and PREMIUM into one line.
What this means:
1. Beginning Friday (April 7th), both offerings will be the PREMIUM base.
2. To avoid confusion and capitalize on the recognizable name, both lines will be marketed under the SELECT brand name.
3. Favorite scents from the SELECT line will become available in the new base.
4. Scents found in the existing PREMIUM line will still be available.
5. Pricing will remain the same, $15.75 to $19.00 (and up), based on costs of essentials oils/fragrances.
6. Matching Moisturizing Aftershaves will be made available in the very near future.
7. There are no planned changes to our OLIVA and Original 100% vegetal soap lines. We will be releasing more scents for these in good time.
Please bear with us during this transitional phase. We are presently working to fill out the new SELECT line-up with requested favorites and exciting new releases. We appreciate your patience and support!
So you’ve purchased your shave brush, now what do you do? Well, if you have an animal hair shave brush you will probably need to prepare it for its first use. More likely than not the first few times you use that brush you will be aware of an unpleasant aroma. Its very common and should disappear after a couple weeks of use, but you can hasten the process several ways. First, you can soak it in a solution of 1 part distilled white vinegar to 9 parts hot water for about 10 minutes, agitating the brush gently every couple of minutes. Or you can thoroughly massage the brush hair with pet shampoo, a gentle dish washing liquid, or even some shaving soap or cream. Then let the soapy brush stand for about 30 minutes. But no matter how you prepare the brush be sure to rinse it very thoroughly with warm water, gently wipe the bristles dry with a towel, then allow to finish drying for 24 hours. Don’t store the brush in an enclosed cabinet or it may not dry properly.
Loading the brush is simply the process of applying enough shaving soap or cream to coat the tips of the brush. Before loading, wet the brush thoroughly. Its best to let it soak in a basin of hot water for a couple minutes: that will make sure the brush is thoroughly saturated. Then grab the brush by the handle and give it a couple good shakes to get rid of excess water: its better to start out with too little water and be able to add a bit than to start out with too much water and have to try to adjust the other variables. Now you’re going to load the brush. How you load it depends on what kind of product you’re using. If you’re using a puck of soap or a tub of cream, place the tips of the brush on top of the open container, press down slightly, and swirl the brush on the product until the tips of the brush are well coated. If you’re using cream from a tube, squeeze a almond sized amount of cream onto the center of the brush.
Now you’re going to use the brush as a mixer to combine the soap or cream and the water to build a lather. If you’re going to lather directly to your face, the building and applying process goes on at the same time. Or you can build lather in a bowl or large mug then apply it. Building lather in a bowl has the advantage of creating a warm lather if you use a heated container. In either case, you’re going to use gentle massaging and swiping motions to mix water and product. Don’t press the brush all the way down but rather use just enough pressure to spread the brush hair out slightly. Pushing down too much will release too much water at once and it will be difficult and more time consuming to make a decent lather. If the lather looks dry or sticky like white school glue, briefly dip the tips of the brush in water and continue lathering. You’re looking for soft peaks of lather, sort of like a pie meringue, without a lot of foamy-looking bubbles. This process could take a couple minutes depending on variables, so now is the time to enjoy the sensory feedback you should be getting from this process: the pleasant scent and the feeling of warmth from the lather, and the feeling of the bristles on the skin. Now you’re ready to shave!
OLIVA is our vegan based shaving soap. Extra virgin olive and jojoba oils plus kokum and shea butters provide class leading slickness and post shave nourishment.
Currently offered in three amazing scents;
Pure zesty scent of pink grapefruit with a mellow back pepper undercurrent.
Aquatic notes of salty air captured on a sea breeze mingle with light citrus and classic herbal notes of thyme and rosemary.
(Essential & Fragrance Oils)
Fresh honey comb and spicy wood notes of cedar and amyris.
(Essential Oils plus Pure Honey Extract)
OLIVA shaving soaps are 4 inches in diameter and have ample head room for efficient loading of the shaving brush. Each soap comes beautifully packaged in a handsome heavy gauge, jar with a screw top lid.
To perform the shave, first shower or hold a hot wet towel to the face; this softens the outer layer of hair allowing for an easier cut. Prepare the brush by soaking it in water, then gently shaking the majority of the water out. Gently press the tips of the brush into the cream or soap gathering enough material to shave with. Lather your soap in a bowl or on your face using a whipping motion and adding water as needed to create a thick lather that resembles whipped cream or meringue. Holding your razor against the face an an approximate 30 degree angle, shave with as little pressure as possible in the direction of hair growth. Remember to use short strokes and rinse the razor often. After you have completed the first pass, re-lather and shave across the direction of hair growth, then rinse the lather from your face. After rinsing apply your choice of aftershave, whether a balm or alcohol based splash.
We will update this information soon with in-depth looks at hardware (brushes, razors,etc), software (shaving soaps, creams, aftershaves, etc.) and advanced techniques to help you master your shave.