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!
- 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:
- Base: Aon (Firm)
- Stearic Acid, Water, Beef Tallow, Duck Fat, Potassium Hydroxide, Kokum Butter, Castor Oil, Sodium Hydroxide, Shea Butter, Vegetable Glycerin, Coconut Milk, Kaolin Clay, Lanolin, Tocopheral, Fragrance, Tussah Silk
Video Reviews for Kodiak: Nantahala
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Soap performs amazing. Great thick lather. Lots of cushion. So slick that you could have a second pass without re lathering. Great soap and smells great too!
What's left to be said? This is an amazing soap. It's my favorite of countless others I'm so glad I bought a back up!!!
Excellent shaving soap. Very easy to lather with great slickness. Fast shipping & great customer service.
If any shaving soap base could be perfect this is as close as mortals can get. Wonderful shave and nice subtle shave.
I would put this soap against anything currently on the market, ease of lathering, quality of lather, scent, overall performance, it receives top marks in every single category... Love it! Hoping more soaps will come out in the Kodiak base, with some real strong strong scents!! thanks for providing another great soap for us M&McN!