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Castle Forbes Lime Aftershave Balm

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I admit to being a Castle Forbes groupie. I love lime and no one does lime quite like Castle Forbes. It seems as though their products are absolutely top quality, and their aftershave balm is no exception.

The first thing that hits you when you open the bottle is that incredible lime scent. Sharp and pure. THIS is what lime should smell like! The balm looks like a milk, but it's thicker. Nearly a cream. It's just thin enough to pour from the bottle.

CF balm carries a steep price tag. $50 for 4.4oz or 125ml. But keep in mind you use 2-3 drops. That's all it takes. This morning I shaved with Mama Bear lime soap and my Futur opened to 3 - I wanted BBS today with minimal fuss. I applied some Boosters iced lime for that alcohol sting. I love that. :biggrin: Then followed with 2-3 drops of CF lime balm. Oh, yeah! My face feel great. The balm is not oily or slick, and immediately sinks into the skin leaving nothing behind but a comfortable face and that great Castle Forbes lime scent. Which, 2 hours later, I am still smelling. It's there. Not overpowering, but definitely there.

There is basically no cooling sensation, since there is no alcohol or menthol in this. The only cooling is from evaporation. I n/a-ed the alcohol burn choice because hey, no alcohol!

Is it worth $50? I dinged it a little there because I don't think there is anything that is actually worth $50 for 4.4oz. But keep in mind that I paid it, I'm glad I did and I will again when it runs out. So for me it is worth it and based on the small amount needed. that $50 bottle of balm will last a while!

If you want to baby your face and like lime, this is your stuff. Go for it.

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Castle Forbes Lime is by far my favorite aftershave, but the price is absurdly high, even if you consider how little you actually have to use in any given day.

So, as an experiment, the last time I was at Whole Foods I bought ingredients for what I thought would be a simple and reasonable substitute. This is what I mixed up:

1 part Aloe Vera (Jason's, 98%)
1 part basic Witch hazel (Humphreys)
Lime Essential Oil to "taste" (best I could buy at that store, which was about $10)

I basically added lime oil drop-by-drop, finding a titration that smelled best. I also added a couple drops of orange oil, since I had some sitting around.

I have to say that, for me, this formulation is indistinguishable from the CF stuff, and I now have enough raw materials to last me a couple years.
Just wanted to say I didn't care for this balm. I have dry skin and I'm more concerned if a balm leaves me "tight and dry" rather than concerned with "greasy feeling" oily skin people get. This balm did leave me dry and tight within 10 minutes of application. I had to reach for my cheaper more moisturizing balms. I tried both the dry and wet face applications and both gave the same negative results. The wet face application left me with a white residue after drying. The scent is nice and fades as quick as any other lime. There was some short lived soothing properties, but there is no moisturizing properties I'm aware of. If you have dry skin, be careful of this one. :thumbdown
Price
3.00 star(s)
Scent
4.00 star(s)
Quality
5.00 star(s)
Efficacy
1.00 star(s)
Moisturizing
1.00 star(s)
No Alcohol Burn
5.00 star(s)
Cooling Sensation
2.00 star(s)
Fights Razor Burn
4.00 star(s)
Just tried this with CF Lime shave cream.

Price - $50 is a lot but as long as you're going to use it all up, not a big deal as you only need 2 or 3 drops so it will last a long time. The problem for me is I always change things around and seldom use up a whole bottle of anything.

Quality is top notch -

I don't really have a problem with razor burn but regardless, this is very calming to the skin

Cooling sensation - I don't expect a balm to "cool", I expect it to soothe and moisturize

Scent - This was a disappointment - it's not horrible but also was not a real burst of lime scent - smelled a bit clinical but at least not overly sweet. The scent doesn't last long anyway.

It definitely works realy well. It absorbs beautifully and is not greasy - my skin is a little on the oily side but this is one of the few balms or lotions that does not cause a problem for me.
Price
4.00 star(s)
Scent
3.00 star(s)
Quality
5.00 star(s)
Efficacy
5.00 star(s)
Moisturizing
4.00 star(s)
No Alcohol Burn
1.00 star(s)
Cooling Sensation
1.00 star(s)
Fights Razor Burn
4.00 star(s)

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