Craftsman Soap Company, Brand Profile
Here at Portland Shave Shop, we are all about helping shavers and beard-lovers alike find supplies that both meet their needs and inspire. This article highlights a small American company that truly stands out and has carved a niche for itself among shaving-industry giants: Craftsman Soap Co.
What is Craftsman Soap Co?
Craftsman Soap Co. is, first and foremost, an inspired soap maker in Southern California. The company promotes a philosophy of excellence and environmental consciousness that carries over seamlessly into their personal care products. Everything is handcrafted in small batches using natural ingredients free of synthetic fragrances and dyes. They are also free of palm oil, which the company says promotes harmful farming practices. Even their packaging is printed using soy-based dyes and recycled paper!
Craftsman Soap Co's small-batch, hand-made process has resulted in a line of superior personal care, shaving and beard products that are eco-friendly and all-natural. They also produce a huge variety of products: vegan bar soaps, beer soaps (yes, you read that right!), balms, skin tonics, pre-shave oils, shaving soaps, aftershaves, luxurious face masks, beard balms, beard oils, mustache wax, beard wax, (just to name a few)... We don't call ourselves Portland Shave Shop for nothing, so we carry their complete line of wet shaving and beard care products, plus a few of our most favorite bar soaps.
We really can't say enough great things about their hard shave soaps. Using a badger brush, this soap produces the finest, most luxurious hot lather for shaving that we've ever tested! Which is surprising, because Craftsman Soap Co. is relatively new on the wet shaving scene when compared to the ooold school classics like Proraso. The soap is exceptionally hydrating and provides a smooth lubricating barrier between the skin and the razor which also softens the beard, with enough body to hold your whiskers erect and ready to shave. This makes for a closer, smoother shave without irritation. With an all-natural base of cocoa butter, shea butter, coconut oil, and scents derived from essential oils, these shave soaps are free of any chemical smells, preservatives, or irritants. In addition, all shaving products by Craftsman Soap Co are vegan, palm oils free, and cruelty-free! We find that these shave soaps work best when allowed to soak in hot water for a few minutes prior to lathering up for a shave. This can be as simple as splashing some water on it before you jump in the shower (this does double-duty prepping your soap and your beard for shaving!)
The aftershaves have a witch-hazel and grain alcohol base to disinfect, cool, and tighten the skin post-shave. Again, essential oils are used to craft scents which are both subtle and surprising. The grain alcohol preserves that classic “oh-my-that-burns-a-little” aftershave sensation that lets you know it's working, but has removed all synthetic ingredients so it does not dry out or irritate the skin. The cooling effect afterwards is refreshing, to say the least, and leaves your skin tight, clean and smooth.
The shaving soaps and aftershaves all have paired fragrances, but feel free to mix and match to create a truly personalized shaving experience! My personal favorite Craftsman Soap Co shaving soap and aftershave combination is the brushwood shave soap (a bold but relaxing aroma) and the citrus and spruce aftershave (the perfect balance of citrus and woodsy reminds me of Christmas in Colorado).
Besides being great for your beard and your skin, these beard care products smell AMAZING; the aromas are light but lasting. We carry Craftsman's beard soaps with tea-tree, lavender & spruce to cleanse and soften your facial hair, beard oils to moisturize your skin and control fly-aways, balms for added frizz control and gentle shaping, and waxes for sculpted beards and mustaches.
I have been using the bourbon barrel beard oil and beard balm alternately throughout the winter to keep my winter-beard soft, hydrated, and under control. All I can say about them is that this will be the first Spring that I have seriously considered forgoing my seasonal shave ritual. My beard is noticeably more healthy-looking than in past years! I feel that these beard oils are lighter and absorb more readily than others I have tried, which makes them my go-to for everyday conditioning.
In short, Craftsman Soap Co. is the bee's knees, and we are delighted to have their awesome shaving and beard supplies both online and in-store at Portland Shave Shop!