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Shaving At A Picnic? Caties Bubbles Waterlyptus

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I recently interviewed Chris from Catie’s Bubbles.  During the interview he mentioned his “Waterlyptus” shaving soap and I was intrigued.  So I went and got a puck to try.  It turned out to be one of the very few shaving products I’ve used that strongly evoke a very specific scene.


Catie’s Bubbles calls Waterlyptus simply “A refreshing blend of watermelon, eucalyptus, and peppermint.” According to Chris, Waterlyptus started as a collaboration for a special order.  It was so successful that he decided to put it in his regular product line-up.

Ingredients: stearic acid, water, coconut oil, potassium hydroxide, shea butter, fragrance, sodium hydroxide, jojoba oil, sodium lactate, and glycerin.

Looking at the ingredients I can understand if some of you have a “Meh. Another glycerine shaving soap” reaction.  But that’s not the whole story here.  Performance-wise, Waterlyptus lathers and performs very well, even in my “hard” water, with plenty of cushion and lubrication.  It may not be confused with a triple-milled, tallow-based shaving soap like, say, DR Harris but I find it entirely acceptable (and at about half the price).

Evoking A Scene

What really sets Waterlyptus apart for me is that it strongly evokes a time and place.  Every time I use it I feel like I’m at a picnic on a breezy summer day.  The watermelon scent is a persistent, moderately strong scent and the eucalyptus and peppermint components provide a mild cooling effect, very much like a gentle breeze on my face.  The only other products I’ve used that can generate such a strong reaction in me are Wm. Neumann’s Old Fashioned Soda and Spenser & Devon’s “Sagebrush” (both of which are sadly no longer available).

This is a big part of traditional shaving’s appeal for me–the ability to take me to a specific time and place.  Waterlyptus takes me to a summer picnic.

Have you tried Waterlyptus?  Do you agree with my assessment?  Leave a comment below!


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