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