'Nocturnal infant's gaze, circles twine to what will come
Sacrificial dreams, waking curse of the nameless one
Inspired by a song from the Swedish doom metal band, Monolord, Phoenix & Beau Empress Rising Shaving Soap is a limited edition, seasonal tallow formulation with a deliciously dark concept and aroma.
Majestic frankincense, sweet English rose, oakmoss and cedarwood combine to present an understated, mysterious scent. It's perfect for this time of year; brooding, earthy, woody and autumnal.
Like the rest of Phoenix & Beau's shaving soaps, it comes in a sizeable black plastic tub which is perfect for whipping up a creamy lather before application to the face - it's worth noting that Phoenix & Beau's soaps require a decent amount of water to build. The screw top lid helps keep the soap fresh until its next use.
Phoenix & Beau is an artisan operation, run by husband and wife team, Kerry and Sarah based in Hitchin in the South of England. They often create limited runs of soaps, like Empress Rising. Their fragrances are hand blended and the whole product is always made with complete care and attention.
According to Kerry, the impetus to start P&B was this: "I wanted something that had reliable and consistent performance; something that would let my razor glide over my face without irritating it and also something that would leave my skin feeling silky smooth. I wanted those properties combined in a soap that produced a rich, dense and voluminous lather that was both a joy to create and use."
Ingredients: Potassium Stearate, Potassium Tallowate, Potassium Castorate, Potassium Shea Butterate, Potassium Safflowerate, Aqua/Cocos Nucifera Fruit Extract (Coconut Milk), Glycerin, Lanolin, Allantoin, Silk Amino Acids (Tussah Silk), Tocopheryl Acetate, Parfum.