Skip to content

Blades Grim Shave Scents Kit Kickstarter

Listen to this article

bc2e6b4c00e1e487d728f94c7b133639_originalThe Blades Grim has launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund their Shave Scents “Alchemy” kit, where you can mix-and-match scent oils with their (unscented) shaving soap to create your own scent profiles.  I was lucky enough to get a pre-production sample to indulge my inner mad scientist.

Shaving Alchemy

Along with a puck of their unscented soap and an inexpensive brush I got a set of 12 scents in the kit:

  • Smolder – “a warm and toasty accord of creamy camphorous notes, subtle hints of citrus and a masculine gourmand base.”
  • Cinder – “bergamot, lemon, fir, and geranium with a hint of wood, leather, and musk”
  • C4 – “a blended citrus infusion (Lime, Lemon, Orange and Grapefruit) with a hint of sweet spice.”
  • Vanilla – vanilla
  • Mahogany – oak and leather
  • 6th Sense – “a light vanilla with lavender”
  • Bay Rum – bay rum
  • Sandalwood – sandalwood
  • Tobacco – pipe tobacco
  • Hot Chocolate – chocolate
  • Toxxxic – “A salty mariner, grass stain, lettuce, sea moss, and sweet grass”
  • Vanilla Ice – vanilla & menthol

More scents are in the planning stages.  The idea here is to be able to add a scent to an otherwise unscented shave lather.  Want a mild scent? Add just a drop from the bottle.  Want a stronger scent? Add a few more drops.  The actual mixing process takes place when you lather in a mug/scuttle or on the brush itself (you wouldn’t want to put a drop directly on the soap puck because that might leave a scent behind after use and possibly confuse you on the next use).

Mad Scientist Mixing and Matching

Maniac9The cool thing is you can also combine scents to make up a completely different profile.  Blades Grim suggested a few “recipes” like Cinder and Vanilla (for “Cindernilla” 🙂 ) or Smolder and Bay Rum.  I combined Smolder, Hot Chocolate, and Vanilla Ice to make a hot fudge sundae shave lather!
Blades Grim may be opening up a whole new segment for wet shaving artisans with their Alchemist set.  I’ll be keeping an eye on the Kickstarter closely while I continue to experiment with the kit.  Stay tuned!


Shave tutor and co-founder of sharpologist. I have been advocating old-school shaving for over 20 years and have been featured in major media outlets including The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, and Lifehacker. Also check out my content on Youtube, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest!View Author posts