These beautifully hand crafted, wheel thrown ceramic shaving sets are a must have for those who love the traditional shave. They are a perfect compliment to our round Traditional Shaving Soaps and offer an eco-friendly option for storing and lathering up your soap. Made specifically for AVNS by 5 Elements Clayworks in Florida, "each piece is hand crafted and therefore no 2 are ever identical. Even similar forms and same glaze combos used can yield different results based on the kiln atmosphere or clay batch used, so you can always look forward to a unique piece. While it is not intended for food use, all glazes** are food safe and non-toxic."
Select from 2 amazing colors:
Blue Granite - Glazed blue grey combination reminiscent of granite.
Espresso - Glazed in a dark brown oil slick combination that flashes gold and greens randomly throughout the surface.
Bowl/Cup Measure Approximately 3.5-4" in width and 1.5-2" in height.
Brush Measures approximately 3.5" in height 1.5" in width
(Shaving soap not included with Shaving Bowl and Brush Set)
The brush is made from a top quality synthetic nylon that gives a soft, luxurious brushing experience. Plus, as the fibers are synthetic it doesn’t shed nearly as much as many natural hair brushes. These brushes are by nature vegan and perfectly suited for men who are allergic to animal hair or badger hair. When using a synthetic brush, it's good to know that you will also need about half of the amount of shaving cream or soap compared to an animal hair brush.
**Some more info about the glazes from the potter, Virginia Franceschi:
"My glazes are personal recipes that either I personally developed over the years or had a hand in developing in ceramics studios. The very few commercial glazes that I use are from an American based company (Potters Choice by Amaco and Mayco. Both are companies that provide safety data sheets for each individual glaze they sell) and they do not use lead in their glazes. This (that there is lead in the glaze even when the company states it's not in there) is a common misconception that dates back to ceramics from Mexico and other countries that have a long history of lead based glazes, but here in the United States it is very heavily regulated and it is mandatory to disclose such things....I research every product I use. If I think in any way it will be toxic in any way lead or not, I opt out of using it entirely....The truth of the matter is that lead in and of itself is harmless in pottery if it is fired to maturity. It is usually lead in earthenware which is low fired clay that often leaches into food. If the glaze and claybody are fired to full maturity, any and all components are sealed into the piece and removes the threat of leaching."
Directions for a traditional shave:
*Wet your brush under running hot water and allow it adequate time to absorb water.
*Don‘t tap too much excess water off the brush, then lather up the soap using circular motions directly in a container or vessel of your choice. At first, the bubbles will appear large, but as you keep going, they will increase in number and become smaller. After a short while you should have achieved a thick, warm lather.
*Apply and massage the warm lather with the soaped brush evenly across your face in circular motions. This will also increase the lather‘s density, soften your whiskers, and allow them to stand up, allowing the razor to sit close to the base of the hair follicle. The longer you whisk, the richer the lather, the smoother the shave and the more your skin will be protected.
*Empty excess water from the soap container and leave it open so it can air-dry.
The key to a good shaving soap is a high fat content so skin is protected during the shave, it will also nourish your skin so it doesn't become dry and irritated. A good shaving soap is economically a great choice as it lasts a long time, and it is a wonderful option for your skin because it adds, not detracts, moisture. Ingredients such as olive oil, shea butter and avocado will do just that, nourish and protect skin during and after the shave. Our Shaving Soaps are all this and more as we've also added bentonite clay which brings slip to help the razor glide over the skin, and colloidal oats which help protect and soothe.
Other great choices for guys:
Peppermint Tea Tree shampoo bar
Rhassoul and Avocado shampoo bar
Grapefruit Patchouli shampoo bar
Wheat and Honey Almond shampoo bar
Rosemary Mint Shea Skin Therapy