When it comes to Father’s Day gifts – I am usually at a loss as my Dad is not the easiest person to buy things for. Each year I end up getting him a goodie-bag of all the things that he loves – and which his Doctor disapproves of. For as long as I can remember, the only grooming product that I can readily associate with my Dad is the Jovan Musk aftershave (launched in 1973!), other than that, nothing else really stands out. It was perhaps that signature scent that first developed my appreciation for fragrances and colognes, as well as my mother’s iconic Byzance by Rochas. Then, later in life, I discovered Africology – the proudly South African body care and spa brand – with a very specific scent of its own – just walk down 4th Avenue Pankhurst, and the stores scent will undoubtedly entice you inwards.
So, it was with great excitement that I discovered that Africology was launching a limited edition shave kit – just in time for Father’s Day.
We received one of the kits, very kindly provided by Africology, and we had the opportunity to try out the products, and I am happy to provide the review of the kit below. The kit comprises of a pack of three 25ml travel size products, and are just enough to last you about a week or so, but that’s more than enough time to discover the product. The Africology limited edition shave kit retails for ZAR270,00 and includes a 25ml limited edition beard balm, a 25ml shaving cream, and a 25ml cleansing gel. Get it in store or order it online (follow the hyperlink to the eStore)
First up, the Africology Shave Cream
The shaving cream primarily contains Shea butter and coconut oil, the combination of which allows for a smooth and moisturising shave, as well as a protected shave, owing to the natural SPF 7 of Shea Butter.
Upon opening the 25ml jar, I discovered that the cream was not overly compressed, so it did not need a lot of water for the application process. A finger scoop is enough to apply to the whole neck area.
The cream develops into a decent amount of lather, coating the skin, and allowing for a clean guide. As stated above, the Shea butter nourishes the skin, so razor burn and irritated skin is, for the most part, taken care of while you shave – but for me, I will still always apply an additional moisturiser and SPF. The lather is also not so thick that you have make out where you are shaving – its great for precision shaving.
The 25ml Shave Cream is available in store for ZAR70.00
Now, the Africology Cleansing Gel
I am militant when it comes to my skin regime, in large part thanks to my ex-model mother who, to his day, has one of the most exhaustive skin routines I have ever encountered. I am also extremely, extremely picky about the scrub, cleanser, toner, eye cream, neck cream, SPF, day cream, night cream, eye serum, and balm that I use on a daily basis. And while I am open to trying new products every now and again – I have my firm favourites that I come back to, time and time again.
But, when Africology sent me their gel cleanser as part of the kit, I thought, lets give it a try for a while and see what happens – after all, the product is primarily made from uillaja extract and soapwort, which are naturally mild cleansing and foaming agents. The result is a clean skin that doesn’t feel as though it has been stripped of all its natural oil – actually, the skin feels a little firmer, but not dry. A good combination.
The cleaner retails for ZAR110.00 for the 25ml – available in store.
And to round it off, the Africology Beard Balm
Yes, I have a beard – but in all fairness, I have had one since the day I left school – seriously, I have probably only been without some facial hair 3 times since leaving Matric. So before you label me a Hipster – I had a short beard WAY before it became fashionable, and I will continue to have one way after. But thankfully, the recent focus on beards and beard-care has lead to the development of a veritable plethora of beard products (a topic I hope to tackle later in the year).
The trick with a short beard (longer than stubble, but shorter than the length need to braid) is conditioning, control, and ensuring that you don’t develop ingrown hairs. So, a good beard balm comes in very handy when you need to soften the hair, while conditioning it – ultimately leaving the beard looking good, health and controlled.
The Africology beard balm comprises a collection of essential oils, and of course Shea butter, but unlike the shaving cream, the beard balm’s consistency is very firm, and you will need to rub it a bit to heat the balm up in order to get enough to apply to your beard – this ensures that you only use as much as you need to, and there is no danger of over application – after all, to many additional oils on the skin may lead to blocked pours and a breakout – which you really don’t want when it comes to maintaining a beard. There is no danger of this though with this beard balm – and the 25ml balm will certainly last you longer than a month – depending on the length of your beard of course.
Sold independently, the 25ml beard balm retails for ZAR90.00, available in store.
And, all in all, the kit is a great Father’s Day kit, but really, its a great present for yourself too.