Razor: Rex Envoy
Blade: Gillette 7 O’Clock SharpEdge Yellows
Brush: Smilezformilez Wasp Tail V69 Fan
Soap: MacDuff’s Soap Company Rose Gold
Aftershave: MacDuff’s Soap Company Rose Gold
Other: Jaguar Pace EDT

Today’s shave is dedicated to Matt Hilton.  Matt was a wet shaving enthusiast in our community that passed away suddenly this past week.  I never got a chance to get to know Matt but I always admired his fantastic photography and his write-ups.  By all accounts, he was an outstanding gent and will be sorely missed.  I did my best to recreate his photo style in my SOTD photo today.

For the software today, I pulled another MacDuff v4 offering.  I’ve had this set since the first batch of v4 was released and haven’t had a chance to post about it to date.  One thing I did notice is that this is a bit firmer than the newer v4 soaps I’ve picked up.  It is still quite soft but it does offer a bit of resistance when pushing in the tub compared to the newer v4s I own.  My thinking is the base will firm up a touch from when it was initially made so that bodes well for me on my other MacDuff soaps.  I’ve already talked about the performance of v4 so I’ll just summarize that by saying, it is legit, buy some.

Scent on Rose Gold is a bit out of my wheelhouse.  For some reason, I seem to have added a lot of Rose scents of late even though I wouldn’t say I’m particularly a fan of rose.  I don’t dislike it but it definitely isn’t a home run note either.  This is one of the better Rose scents I own, but probably not one I’m going to use often either.  It offers notes of Rose Petal, Rosehip, Candy Apple, Jasmine, Red Currant, Amber, Coconut, Musk.  This reads as sweet and floral.   On its own rose can be a bit too much but it is balanced by the sweetness here as well as a bit of a fruity punch from the red currant and candy apple.  It also dried down with just a touch of powdery musk.  I’d say it is around a medium strength and is definitely a unisex scent.    I would say this isn’t a scent for everyone, but I did enjoy it.

I decided to go a bit of a different direction on the fragrance than where the Rose Gold scent might typically lead.  I grabbed Jaguar Pace.  This EDT is a very fresh shower gel type of fragrance with a bit of a peppery note to it.  It is a cheapie fresh fragrance that is very easy to pull off for a casual clean vibe.

A great shave to start the weekend.  All for now – J

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