Antoine's Shave Soap was inspired by legendary writer, poet, aristocrat, journalist and aviator, Antoine de Saint-Exupery.
I imagined myself meeting Antoine in his study- a chance encounter. I pictured a solid wooden desk, old type writer, maps, leather bound journals of his adventures flying airmail routes. Of course there was a glass and bottle of bourbon within arm's reach.
Notes of Leather, Bourbon and Tobacco balance this shave soap.
I was inspired to create this soap based on his literary work Night Flight (Vol de Nuit) pulbished in 1931. I first read this book in 1993 shortly after obtaining my Private Pilot's Licence. The story takes place in Argentina. Commercial aviation is still very much in its infancy. Rivière is the station chief of an airline that is the first to pioneer night flights, disciplining his employees to focus all they do on ensuring that the mail gets through punctually each night. The novel’s episodic structure is built about his work at the Buenos Aires office and the final hours of the pilot Fabien on the Pantagoniarun. Fabien’s plane is caught in a storm, runs out of fuel and loses radio contact, while Rivière tries all he can to locate the aircraft. At stake is the future of the night mail-run to Europe. Once the two other flights from Chile and Paraguayget through, Rivière has to allow the trans-Atlantic flight to Paristo depart without the missing mail, resigning himself to Fabien’s loss.
"And now a wonder seized him. Dazzled by that brightness, he had to keep his eyes closed for some seconds. He had never dreamt the night-clouds could dazzle thus. But the full moon and all the constellations were changing them to light. In a flash, the very instant he had risen clear, the pilot found a peace that passed his understanding. Not a ripple tilted the plane, but like a ship that has crossed the bar, it moved within a tranquil anchorage. In an unknown secret corner of the sky it floated, as in a harbour of the Happy Isles. Below him still the storm was fashioning another world, thridded with squalls and cloudbursts and lightnings, but turning to the stars a face of crystal snow. Now all grew luminous, his hands, his clothes, the wings, and Fabien thought that he was in a limbo of strange magic; for the light did not come down from the stars but welled up from below, from all that snowy whiteness."
Antoine de Saint Exupery was a french writer and pilot best known for his works "The Little Prince" and "Night Flight". His tales from his experiences in flying airmail routes in Europe, Africa and South America captured my imagination.
He disappeared over the Mediterranean on a reconnaissance mission in July 1944, and is believed to have died at that time.
I worked with Linda from Purely Skinful Handmade Essentials to make this new edition to our online store.