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Captains Choice Land Ho!

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I recently got a chance to try Captain’s Choice’s new “Land Ho!” line of shave products.

Captain’s Choice Land Ho!

From the Captain’s Choice website:

“Conveying top notes of citrus upon a background of lavender, this gentle and refreshing scent embodies the wonders of nature. Inhale deeply and bask in the joyful aroma upon application.”

Land Ho! is available in a shave soap, shave cream, aftershave balm, and aftershave splash.

Shave Soap Ingredients: Sodium Coco-Sulfate, Sodium Stearate, Cocomide MEA, Stearic Acid, Water (Aqua), Cetyl Alcohol, Mineral Oil, Fragrance, Isostearamidopropyl Morpholine Lactate, Triethanolamine.

Shave Cream Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Stearic Acid, Myristic Acid, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Lauric Acid, Potassium Hydroxide, Fragrance (Essential Oil/Natural Fragrance Blend), Glycerin, Cetyl Alcohol, Decyl Glucoside, Sodium Lauroyl Lactylate, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Triethanolamine, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, DMDM Hydantoin, Sodium Hydroxide, Menthol.

Shave Balm Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Emulsifying Wax, Glycerin, Polysorbate-20, Dimethicone, Butyrospermum Parki (Shea) Butter, Tocopheryl Acetate, Retinol Palmitate, Fragrance (Captain’s Choice Fragrance Blend), Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Cucumis Salivus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract, Peg-12 Dimethicone, Polyacrylamide, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Laureth-7, Phenoxyethanol, Triethanolamine, Carbopol, Menthol.

Aftershave Splash Ingredients: Alcohol, fragrance oils, essential oils and extracts, glycerin.

My Experience With Captain’s Choice Land Ho!

Note: Captain’s Choice sent me a jar of cream, a jar of soap, and a bottle of balm, unsolicited. I did not specifically request the products; the opinions below are my own and have not been reviewed or approved in advance by Captain’s Choice.

The scent is consistent for me across the line and just what the Captain says it is: citrus then lavender.  My insensitive nose “getting” the scent that an artisan describes is a minor miracle in itself, so I’m pleased.  I would describe the effect as moderate in strength and of moderate persistence.

Lathering both the shave soap and the shave cream is quite easy for me and I can get a voluminous, creamy lather in no time (the cream’s lather is a bit more voluminous and the scent a bit stronger than the shave soap but the difference is minor.  As I’ve mentioned before I find lather from Captain’s Choice to be exceptionally stable.

Unfortunately I get a bit of skin irritation when using the Land Ho! shave cream.  I discontinued use after a couple of tries.  I haven’t experienced this problem with other Captain’s Choice shave creams so I can only attribute it to something in the fragrance formulation– YMMV.  I don’t experience any irritation with the shave soap.

In any case, the performance of the shave soap is excellent and another reason Captain’s Choice is on Sharpologist’s “best shave soap” list: both lubrication/glide and cushion/protection are among the best I have used.

Post-shave moisturization is solid for me.  I’m generally not a fan of high-alcohol aftershave products so I did not try the splash.  The aftershave balm works well to provide a complementary performance for skin nourishing.


Note: Amazon and West Coast Shaving links are affiliate.

Captain’s Choice continues its nautically-themed mission to provide great shaving products.  Land Ho! provides another example of great performance along with a “simpler” scent profile.  Land Ho! is available on the Captain’s Choice website and West Coast Shaving; other Captain’s Choice products are available on Amazon.



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