Description from Joe @BlackMountainShavin1g
Every year as a boy growing up, we would travel to our place in the mountains of Western North Carolina. Sometimes at spring, and others at fall, we would be greeted by a time where things moved slower. On rare occasions, my parents would let us break out the original Atari with the only game we had for it: Pong. It was just us, that endless forest, the streams, and the slate that bound us together as a family - these sacred lands once held by the Eastern Band Cherokee and more.
Along all the paths I have traveled and the adventures I have been a part of, I have been struck by the seemingly endless connectivity that holds even the most uncanny things together. There is a positive energy we all leave behind with each step we take. This is a realization that came to me during those moments underneath the thick canopies of the Nantahala forest, the land of the noonday sun.
Nantahala means "jumping waters" in Cherokee, and as water makes it's way through and binds slate, granite, and earth... so too does water shape and bind us together in the shaving community.
Nantahala is a dedication to and celebration of nature and the spiritual connectivity that binds us all. Clean streams, slate and rock, trees, woods, and the sweet sunlight on our faces. Every note in this fragrance carries a meaning for me and my time with family in the Nantahala forest. The sun is represented by citrus notes such as bergamot, pear, and lemon. Marine notes and pink pepper remind me of clean water running over stone, and the dark canopy of the forest is brought by notes such as wood, tonka, patchouli and lavender.
A portion of the proceeds of this set will be dedicated to The Nature Conservancy at nature.org in tribute to these lands. I encourage you to look at this group and find ways to get involved within your own communities to find ways to preserve our environment and product these places that bring us together.
We hope you enjoy your experience with Nantahala.
A Word from Murphy and McNeil
I'm very excited to present this product to you. Our limited edition KODIAK base is the result of a series of tests with some of our best friends in the community, and our first time incorporating ingredients such as jojoba, and bear tallow sourced from Canada.
Along with tallow, duck, and other amazing components we hope we've put together a shaving soap you'll think is awesome!
Important: Air Delivery & International Guests
Alcohol based aftershaves cannot ship via air delivery. Customers outside U.S. will automatically receive alcohol free versions of this set. The parfum will be an oil base fragrance spray. Please note that alcohol-free sets will be made-to-order, and this could delay shipping by a day or two.
- Scent Strength: Medium
- Top: Bright Citrus (Mandarin, Grapefruit, Bergamot, Pineapple), Lavender, Melon, Rosemary
- Middle: Geranium, Rose, Pink Pepper, Aquatics
- Base: Woody base of Patchouli, Labdanum, Suede, Fresh Wood, Amber, Tonka
- Notes: This fragrance is in recognition of all the elements of nature. A complex yet fresh accord that we hope will remind of you a clear, cool day in the forest.
- Credit: This set features the art of the incredible Rafa of @xicano_design!
Shave Soap Ingredients:
- Soap Base: Kodiak
- Water, Stearic Acid, Duck Fat, Tallow Beef, Potassium Hydroxide, Tallow Bear, Castor Oil, Kokum Butter, Glycerin, Goat Milk, Sodium Hydroxide, Shea Butter, Lanolin, Jojoba Oil, Fragrance, Kaolin Clay, Tocopheral, Tussah Silk
Aftershave Splash Ingredients:
- Isopropyl Alcohol (Optional) - Alcohol Denat (Optional) - Witch Hazel - Water - Aloe - Vegetable Glycerin - Silver Dihydrogen Citrate - Citric Acid Polysorbate 20 - Fragrance - Menthol (Optional)
- 100mL / 3.4 fl oz
- Denatured Alcohol, Fragrance
- 15mL / 0.5 fl oz
Video Reviews for Kodiak: Nantahala
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Simply Amazing Soap
I am thoroughly impressed with this soap. The scent is not as strong as I would like, but it absolutely reminds me of the creeks, and the woods that I used to play in when I was a kid. It is a very clean scent, and doesn't linger for long after my final rinse post shave. It is softer than I was expecting, but it whips into a pillowy, soft lather that spreads easily and lets like buttah onto the face and provides some awesome cushion and glide. I would absolutely recommend this soap to anyone that is looking for a quality product.
A great soap, the best that I've used and I have most of the latest and greatest. This is absolutely going to be the best soap in your den, if not I sure would like to know what is.
I've had the pleasure of using this set a few times before submitting a review and it's remained a consistent five-star performer. The soap lathers easily and provides primary and residual slickness that are easily in the top tier of products I've tried. I have no hesitation about running the razor back over an area that was previously lathered. The aftershave leaves skin feeling healthy for hours with no dried out or tight areas. The scent of the whole set is aquatic and fresh with some additional earthy notes and the cologne does a great job of strengthening it, certainly something I would wear even if I hadn't used the other products on a given day. Attractive artwork is just another detail that sets this apart; the soap container in particular looks fantastic on display. I highly recommend the entire set but you won't go wrong mixing and matching any combination of items here.
Best Base Ever
This is a new standard for slickness, sheen and feel not just for M&M but for all boutique soap creators. The good news is that the rest will have to catch up and raise their game. That is the essence of competition among the best players. Well done. Oh, and the scent is top notch.