Razor: Haward Safety Razor
Blade: Rapira Super Steel
Brush: Sloyd Synthetic
Soap: Dr. Jon’s 13 (v3)
Aftershave: Dr. Jon’s 13 splash
Other: Thirsty Badger lather bowl

It was a bit overcast and cool today in the heart of the prairies, so I felt like matching it up with something a bit darker.  This particular offering from Dr. Jon’s is something I would probably use more in the cooler fall months but today it just seemed to fit.

13 is a unique offering that I believe was done in somewhat limited release.  Scent notes of Oud, Hedione, Musk and Iso-E Super seemed off the beaten path for me a bit and I had some credit to use up at one of my dealers (shaving soap that is) so I figured why the heck not.  It had been a long time since I have used a Dr. Jon’s offering and this was my first go with the v3 base.  I have to say I was impressed.

First off, I can say this scent wasn’t a winner after my first use.  I was really unsure of it.  This reads as musky, slightly floral and slightly woody with just a pinch of sweetness.  It isn’t a scent that would be for everyone but after a few uses I can now say I’m hooked.  I really like it.  It has an old school throw back vibe that reminds me a bit of PAA Black Bot.  The v3 base is still a vegan formulation but don’t let that hold you back, it is quite impressive.  This is right up there with Highland Springs in the elite vegan bases.  Soap was a little trickier to load with a damp brush (load a bit longer for sure) but you are rewarded with a rich creamy lather with a nice sheen.  Cushion, slickness (lathered and residual) and post shave are all excellent.  This software doesn’t disappoint.  It does come in a tin which can be a turnoff for some but that doesn’t bother me a bit.  Format is large enough to load with even the largest of brushes and is sturdy enough it won’t get dented or rust with just a little bit of care.

The post shave splash was a perfect scent match and had enough strength to carry for an hour or two.  Formulation was a fairly straight forward alcohol/witch hazel formula with a touch of skin food to give an above average post shave.  There is a touch of menthol but enough restraint to neither kill scent of burn during application.  The cooling is just enough for a subtle finish.

A great shave to start the day.  The sun has peaked out while I write this so it looks like I have to get out and take advantage of it while it lasts.

All for now – J

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