Introducing the highly anticipated sequel to Kyoto, our most popular 2018 scent.
Nestled in the Pacific Ocean, on the southern tip of Japan there exists a true hidden gem; an Island renowned for its montane temperate rainforest, lush with ancient cedar trees: Yakushima.
Yakushima Island exhibits a rich biodiversity, including a primeval forest composed of old growth Japanese cedar trees known as yakusugi (屋久杉), which are over 1,000 years old – the oldest dating back to the Jōmon period 2300 years ago. The buried remains of these trees, which stay free of decay even after hundreds of years, are distilled – creating the rarest cedarwood essential oil in the world. This essential oil was the foundation in creating Yakushima.
Yakushima’s scent is composed of five natural oils, hand-delivered to us from Japan:
63% Yuzu – an exotic Japanese fruit hailed for its uniquely bright, aromatic, sweetness. Yaukushima uses a blend of three different yuzu oils: two steam distilled essential oils, and one solvent extracted absolute.
13% Yakusugi(Yakushima Cedarwood) – distilled from the buried remains of thousand- year-old yakusugi trees.
11% Kuromoji (Spice Bush) - distilled from the aromatic leaves of this traditional Japanese shrub which grows wild throughout the country.
9% Sansho (Japanese Pepper Leaf) - a fragrant sweet/floral oil distilled from leaves of the Japanese pepper tree.
4% Koyamaki(Japanese Umbrella Pine) - a rare conifer endemic to Japan.
Due to the very high cost of these ingredients, to offer Yakushima at a reasonable price, the shave soap is 3 oz / 85 g and the aftershave is 3 fl oz / 88 mL.
Vibrant fresh citrus with a lustrous aged wood drydown make Yakushima a very nature-inspired blend, in similar style to one of our originals, Rainforest.
Tallow + Steel shave soaps are handmade using the highest quality organic ingredients, including tallow - which we render in-house from local, pasture-raised suet. Our shave soaps are easy to lather using all types of shaving brushes. Plenty of water is required when lathering to achieve optimal cushion and slickness - apply the lather to a wet face for best results.
Version 3: Stearic Acid, Water, Organic Argan Oil, Organic Glycerin, Essential Oils, Organic Castor Oil, Organic Safflower Oil, Potassium Hydroxide, Tallow (Pasture-Raised), Organic Coconut Oil, Bentonite Clay, Sodium Hydroxide, Vitamin E, Silk | 85 g / 3 oz
Handmade in Winnipeg, Canada