Ursa Major was one of a number of fantastic grooming lines like Malin + Goetz and Kyoku that were recently featured in a Details Magazine article on the rise of the apothecary. Blackbird couldn't agree more. All of the scents, grooming, shave products and candles are what is really exciting us these days in the retail realm. Look for an expanded section full of even more stand out products in The Blackbird Apothecary in the coming months.

DETAILS: Ursa Major means "The Great Bear" in Latin, and is a constellation that's been used by explorers for ages to find True North. It's a symbol of man's connection to his environment. It's also a damn good men's shaving line.

From the second you dollop Ursa's Stellar Shave Cream onto your hand, you're taken on a journey through the forest with notes of Grand Fir, Vetiver, Willow Bark, and Birch Sap. Upon application you'll notice the texture of the cream is perfectly smooth and creamy, without feeling too heavy. It's after your shave, though, that The Stellar Shave Cream really shines, leaving your face feeling truly fortified, moisturized, and refreshed.

From the back of the bottle: "We never use petrochemicals, sulfates, parabens, synthetic fragrance or color, TEA, DEA, glycols, silicones, PEGs or other suspect chemicals in our products." Translation: Ursa Major's Stellar Shave Cream manages to provide sublime aromatherapy, a close shave, and make men's faces feel good, all without using chemical short cuts utilized by nearly all of their competitors. For $21.00, this is a no-brainer.