Ikhala

August 3, 2007

Review of Ikhala Shaving Gel

ikhalaShavingGel.jpgDay two of two in our mini Ikhala products review. Today we're talking about Ikhala Shaving Gel. If you missed our post yesterday about Ikhala Smooth Face Scrub or our post from a while ago about the social mission behind Ikhala, be sure to take a minute and catch up. Ready? OK...

Ikhala Shaving Gel is a clear gel which works itself up into a slightly sudsy lather. Doesn't feeling drying like soap, but the lather does approximate soap bubbles. The shave with Ikhala is good. Not the closest I've ever had, but I think that's actually preferable if you're suffering from frequent in-grown hairs. (Someone please correct me if they've heard otherwise.) And the scent of Ikhala Shaving Gel is like the cleanest swimming pool you've ever swam in. Not one of those over-chlorinated pools with lots of kids. I'm talking about your own private pool overlooking a mountain range on a clear sunny day. (Hey - you try describing smells sometime. I'm serious. This stuff smells like an awesome pool.)

As with all Ikhala products, Ikhala Shaving Gel is formulated for the African male who occasionally struggles with ingrown hairs and razor bumps. For more info check out their website at www.ikhalaformen.com.

Ikhala Shaving Gel is $14 for a 6oz tube.

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August 2, 2007

Review of Ikhala Smooth Face Scrub

ikhalaScrub.jpgWorking through quite a backlog of shaving products. Got samples of Ikhala from Kevin Jackson of the Chicago men's grooming store Manifold back in December and I'm embarrassed to say we're just getting to them now.

First up, a reminder. Ihkala is "a luxury skin care line developed specifically for men of African descent." They've also got a great commitment to people. A percentage of sales of Ikhala goes to help rural South African farmers who provide some of the ingredients. See our original post for more info.

Razor bumps and ingrown hairs occur in a higher percentage of African-American males than others. Ikhala's Smooth Face Scrub is one great way to combat that. Exfoliation

[...] deep cleanses pores and gently exfoliates by removing dead cells, leaving the skin looking clean, healthy and revitalized

I found Ikhala's Smooth Face Scrub to work great. I'm not their target demographic, so I'm really not best suited to make a judgment. But I liked that the grit in Ikhala's scrub wasn't too coarse, so I didn't feel like I was scratching my face. Also, the smell is totally unique in facial products I've tried. Kind of reminded my of a nice old leather sofa. Seriously.

Ikhala's Smooth Face Scrub is $18 for a 5oz tube.

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December 6, 2006

This Just In - Ikhala

ikhala.jpgKevin Jackson at the Chicago store Manifold was kind enough to write us about the Mustache's For Kids charity event going on in Chicago this month. He also sent us two products from Ikhala, which he describes as "a luxury skin care line developed specifically for men of African descent."

Some background on Ikhala:

IKHALA was formed as a co-operative to include marginalised rural communities, create employment and income generation in this economically impoverished region. The primary aim is to empower the local Aloe ferox harvesters in a partnership and share-ownership of the business on a sustainable level. A percentage of all sales of IKHALA FOR MEN is returned to these communities for further development and the improvement of their livelihoods. [...] IKHALA FOR MEN is manufactured as a committed response to the South African Government’s Poverty Relief Programme

Wow. That's really fantastic.

We'll be putting Ikhala's Shaving Gel ($14) and Smooth Face Scrub ($18) to the ShavingStuff test soon. In the meantime, click on over to ManifoldStore.com for a wide array of men's grooming products including the full line from Ikhala.

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