Zartgefuehl aka Zartgefühl Men’s Secret nee Prinz aka Prince Charming Aftershave Balm | 100ml | Made in Germany


Zartgefuehl aka Zartgefühl Men’s Secret nee Prinz aka Prince Charming Aftershave Balm | 100ml | Made in Germany

In stock

SKU: zartmenssecretbalm100ml Categories: ,


11.10.2021 – AT LONG LAST, BACK IN-STOCK!  Consternate at your peril!

Along with their fine shaving soap, we’ve also got Zartgefühl‘s awfully awry ‘Men’s Secret’ (nee Prinz Charming) balm, too.

It will remain an unhappy and poorly fulfilled life to all that don’t try this odd stuff; you just don’t know that yet!  Don’t nobody like this one – it is impossible.   It is the least elastic SKU we have ever had the pleasure to handle.   Surely snobby shavingdom’s most unique balming agent, this goes on heavier than an audit, with a feel from the jar ranging from thick shortening to mayonnaise to runny ice cream sifted with fine sand.  But don’t worry of that physical consistency, however, as this cannot be denied by any; regardless of feel in the hand, taking a tiny pea’s worth of the goods via your baby wooden spatula (to keep its ever-pure ingredients just that), smashing that between one’s palms, and vigorously rubbing into wet skin leaves one in absolute heaven in about half an hour.   Your skin is SOFT!

So, what’s unique about Men’s Secret balm?

Well, sourcing naturally-occurring versions of commonly-synthesized cosmetics products, for one.  That adds well to cost of product.

In perhaps the most staunchly impractical display of idealism in all of wet shaving software, Men’s Secret balm has neither water, alcohol, preservatives, nor stabilizers.   Its consistency ain’t stable…at all.  The batches we receive vary even piece to piece within each shipment.  While other water-free aftershave options use beeswax for stability, this stuff – with its pure shea butter base – runs a full gamut of whipped butter to softer than a cannoli’s innards to a sandy/liquidy ‘tweener.   A solution, not a compound, it has no internal defense to separation.   Expose to heat and it liquifies, but get it too cold and it becomes dense and gritty.  It is like a mogwai.   The most glorious consistency is if its kept at ~60° F / ~16° C, where it is rather like the original version of Crisco... that’s about the lowest you can go without it starting to thicken up, and higher makes it thinner.

Function’s unaffected, though, as temperature variances don’t impart a chemical change (such as with spoiled milk for example).  I keep mine in a wine fridge, use less volume (but, one presumes, an equal weight than if at room temp), rub it on my clean palms until it feels like a flat thin grease slick instead of a sandy frosting, and bludgeon the still-moist skin with that…it feels absolutely terrific in just a bit, and dedicating it to the wine chiller saves on the AC costs at the house when we’re out for the day 🙂

Zartgefuehl could easily have forced a permanent light/whipped texture via the aid of supplemental stabilizers, but they’re stubborn, and wanted only the best, absolutely uncompromised ingredients.   One will adore idealistic people and companies more and more as the age, for it is a most admirable quality and a key to why one can become a closetd Francophile.   Bless the Earth’s brilliantly stubborn idealists with degrees in chemistry.

The calmness imparted to the face once Men’s Secret absorbs is, simply put, remarkable.  Everyone loves it! Two hours on you’ll never feel better, and while it’d be spiffy if all that were possible with a light feeling going on (think Pond’s cold cream next to your butter in the fridge), that is wishful thinking.  To love him is to love that thickness, and if you find something that makes your face feel softer, sell some to ‘ole TSS.

Always apply to wet skin.

Use as little as possible and rub hard and deep on the palms and then into the facial skin, it works best that way.

Expect nearly a year of daily action from a 100ml tub.

Light but distinct sandalwood / citrus/ powder odor, as with fine French talcum powders.