Ho hum, what shall I choose? What lovely things shall I add to my Wishlist?
... And why we'd like to get a chance to visit there!
Yes, they make and sell gorgeously scented perfumes, creamy shaving creams and top quality after-shave balms. But Castle Forbes owners also live a luxuriously peaceful life in a castle in the Scotland Highlands.
Castle Life: The picturesque castle occupies an estate in Aberdeenshire, and is known for traditional farming, forestry, fishing enterprises, an ancient stone circle, and of course Lady Forbes' Perfumery.
Fishing: Fishing is available for anyone on the river Don, one of Scotland's premier rivers for brown trout, sea-trout, and salmon.
Ancient Grounds: A Stone Circle dating from 3000 BC features a natural burial ground.
Why John likes The Proper Moose:
"I was really impressed with the line of products you offer. There just aren't any places in Baltimore to get this kind of stuff so I'm really excited about having found you. I look forward to many future orders!"LUCKY YOU... The Wishlist Giveaway was such a success that we've decided to give Proper Moose fans another chance to win!
"People want things that aren’t more inflated than they really are... a timeless design that sidesteps all fashionable and short-lived trends. This return to real value is what I consider to be today’s luxury.“ - Fides Baldesberger, Rubis
"Designed by a woman, for women" (Rubis website), Rubis cosmetic tweezers are considered to be the “best of the best” (Vogue), and the “Ferrari of cosmetic tweezers” (Bobbi Brown).
The name Rubis is stemmed from the tiny rubies that were inserted with tweezers into watch mechanisms at Rolex and other renowned Swiss watch brands.
Rubis uses what is called the visitage process to produce a really perfect tweezers tip. A French word that stems from the Swiss watchmaking industry, visitage denotes the process during which each product receives its finishing touches. This is where the quality is determined. Each Rubis tweezers is inspected individually and by hand - with a vice, fine wooden clamps, tongs, magnifying glass, file, various small hammers - and very experienced eyes which, again and again, precisely inspect the tweezers against the light: To make sure, in the end, that both tips rest perfectly on each other; that the steel transports the pressure of the fingers to the tips; and that they then grab with maximum precision. Something that no machine could accomplish.
"Making tweezers," says Vincenzo Zagari, a man who oversees this process, "has a touch of Zen."
Images are from the Rubis Website, and are not property of the Proper Moose. Visit the Rubis Website for more information on these remarkable Tweezers.
An odd name for a website? Perhaps-- particularly one that features a diverse assortment of high quality lifestyle products ranging from fine cutlery to men's and ladies personal grooming items to the world's original folding umbrella. What they have in common is that they are all "Carefully Curated Products for Discerning Ladies and Gentlemen"─and they all have a story to tell.
So here's the story behind "The Proper Moose."
Jeff G., the president of the Proper Moose, has had a lifelong love of moose, and in fact at one time had a collection of more than 40 stuffed moose ranging in size and style. Several years ago, he decided to "retire" a majority of his collection by sending them to their retirement home at Moose Meadow Lodge in Waterbury, VT, where they have been residing in the lap of luxury ever since.
Jeff's favorites, however, remain at the corporate headquarters of The Proper Moose in Newton, MA, and have been the inspiration for the company that Jeff now shares with his co-owner, Janet R. With the help of our personal favorite, Mortimer B. Moose (aka The Proper Moose), we are proud to have curated a collection of the finest lifestyle products from around the world, some with histories dating back more than 700 years.
"Mort" is always busy searching for the best new (and old) products to add to our collection and he looks forward to your loyal patronage. Here are photos of some of his recent travels as far afield as the Azores.
You may have heard this argument - which is less expensive: traditional wet shaving razors, or many packets of disposable razors over the course of a year? And which is more beneficial, for skin health and a clean shave?
This interesting article examines the monetary value of wet shaving, but perhaps more importantly, in the second half, looks at which product works - and feels - better for men's shaving.
Read the Article here: The Benefits of Traditional Wet Shaving
View our shaving products: Shop the Collection
Knirps, the makers of our super strong umbrellas, have been manufacturing umbrellas for 85 years in Germany. Not only do their umbrellas feature fashion prints, fresh colors, and unsurpassed quality, but the company invented the folding umbrella!
In 1928, innovative engineer Hans Haupt had trouble carrying both a walking stick and an umbrella, due to a war injury. His solution was the first umbrella with a telescopic frame - the folding umbrella! This tiny umbrella fit nicely in his pocket for rainy weather, while his other hand rested on his walking stick. He called his small new invention his "tiny tot" - a young child - and "Knirps" means "tot" in German.
This unique innovation launched a new era for umbrellas, for fashion, and for convenience. Innovation continues today, as Knirps works to invent smaller and smaller "tots" - tiny umbrellas.
The word Knirps actually means “little one” in German, and ever since the company invented the folding umbrella in 1928, it has set the worldwide standard for designing umbrellas that are not only “little,” but fashionable and durable as well.
Did you know that Castle Forbes, maker of some of our favorite shaving creams and aftershave balms, actually manufactures their products at a Scottish castle?
While the historical Scottish estate was already the site of a Forbes family home, the current Scottish castle, Castle Forbes, was built in 1815. The castle is now occupied by the 23rd Lord Forbes and his wife Jinny, whose passion for scents and essential oils turned into a full-fledged world-reknowned business. The former dairy building behind the castle was converted into a perfumery, where Lady Forbes and family friend Andrew French have developed and marketed their range of exclusive fragrances and shaving products for men.
Most manufacturers – especially makers of shaving products – obtain their scents externally before using them in the manufacturing process. It is rare and special that Castle Forbes not only makes their scents in-house (or rather, in-castle), but combines them with their own products, resulting in wonderfully scented, truly valuable shaving creams and balms.
One of our favorite brands is Kikuichi, the Japanese cutlery experts. Not only are they fantastically crafted, razor sharp, and a beautiful addition to anyone's kitchen, they have an interesting back story, dating back 700 years.
Kikuichi knives may not be well known in the US, but the company is highly regarded in Japan, where they have been creating perfectly sharp edges for 700 years. The same family that runs Kikuichi today started in the business of swordsmithery, forging some of the finest quality samurai swords in Japan. When Japan's Meiji revolution of modernity forbade sword making, the family tradition was forced to shift - ever so slightly - from swords to cutlery. Though their product line changed, their traditions of crafting wood and steel stayed the same, creating unique, extremely sharp cutlery blades.
Each Kikuichi knife is a work of art, featuring hand-forged carbon steel blades and carefully detailed construction. Today's blades are widely regarded as surpassing even the most expensive custom knives in performance and quality. We've tried them all here at Stoddards.com, and our own kitchens are stocked with Kikuichi knives. We highly recommend these beautiful knives for all your cutlery needs.