Portland General Store was founded by Lisa and Troy in 2007.
PGS products are made in America with vegan and organic ingredients. They use only essential oils in an organic base of cane sugar alcohol. Scents were inspired by old-fashioned recipes with no additives or chemicals in them.
They have a “Whiskey” shaving soap (though the scent is described as a cedarwood base) but I decided to try their “Racer” shaving cream. I get a mostly “medicinal” scent from the cream’s jar though (Lisa from Portland General describes it as “mostly vetiver, patchouli, sandalwood, and a few other EOs”).
Portland General’s web page says it can be applied with a brush but my attempts at lathering with a brush have been utterly futile. Massaging it in with fingers works fine though.
Performance is good: lubrication and cushion is entirely acceptable. But the combination of the scent and not being unable to use it with a shave brush make this a secondary product for me. I would use it if I was travelling or needed a quick, brushless shave.
Ingredients: Aloe barbadensis (Organic Aloe) Juice, Cocos nucifera (Organic Coconut) Oil, Butyrospermun parkii (Organic Shea) Butter, Palm Christi (Castor) Oil, Emulsifying Wax, Organic Calendula officinalis Extract, Palm Stearic Acid, Vegetable Glycerin, Titanium Dioxide, Theobroma cacao (Cocoa) Butter, Boswella carteri (Frankincense) Distillate, Salix alba L. (Organic white willowbark) Extract, Saccharum officinarum (Organic Sugar Cane) Extract, Acer saccharinum (Organic Sugar Maple) Extract, Citrus auranium dulcis (Organic Orange) Extract, Pterrocarpus santalinum (Sandalwood) Extract, Olea europaea (Olive Leaf) Extract, Camellia sinensis (Green Tea) Extract, Essential Oils, Glycolic Acid, Malic Acid, Tartaric Acid, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Olea europaea (Organic Olive) Oil, Simmondsia chinensis (Organic Jojoba) Oil, Citric Acid