Spitfire Tallow Shaving Soap
What does it smell of? Spitfire is a scent I designed around the olfactory memories I have of my Grandfather, who was himself a WW2 Veteran of North Africa and Italy. An avid pipe smoker my "Papa" had an almost tangible air of leather and tobacco that seemed to follow him wherever he went. For Spitfire I've taken the sweet crispness of juniper and blended that with the freshness of bergamot, woodiness of cedarwood and laid all three on to a base of warming leather and rich tobacco. An old fashioned and grounding scent Spitfire transports me back to my very early years. Please note that in terms of scent strength Spitfire is a moderately bold scent that I place in the middle of our olfactory strength range.
How strong is your scent? We wanted to err on the side of caution and reduce the risk of skin sensitisation and as a consequence we would say that (to us) our scents are light to medium in strength. Spitfire is made up of three (3) different essential oils and two (2) fragrance oils (leather & tobacco) with tobacco as the dominant note. As a suggestion if you'd like to boost your scent strength why not add a few drops of tobacco fragrance oil to your lather? N.B. if you choose to do this please be certain to test the lather for sensitisation prior to application of the area to be shaved.
Attention to detail: Our enterprise is an intimate family operation where we focus on the detail, quality and aesthetic of our products and we focus on you, our customer. An example is how we use our own hands to blend each essential oil accord. These are carefully meted out recipes that are made one batch at a time and added to the just made soap.
N.b. Our soap is a thirsty beast. For a better understanding please take a moment and watch my guide on how to lather our soap.
Ingredients: Potassium stearate, aqua, potassium tallowate (bovine), potassium castorate, cocos lactate, glycerin, potassium safflowerate, potassium shea butterate, lanolin, allantoin, tussah silk and essential oils: tobacco (fragrance oil), leather (fragrance oil), cedarwood, bergamot and juniper.
Method: Each soap is hand made via the hot process technique and decanted in to wide neck 100mm diameter plastic jars. We fill each jar with approximately 4oz (115g) of soap and then let them cure for a minimum of 8-weeks. After this we hand clean the exterior jar (elbow grease only) before each jar has its sticker applied to its lid.