Razor: Rex Envoy
Blade: Gillette 7 O’Clock SharpEdge Yellows
Brush: Maritime Brush Co 26mm SHD 2 Band Badger
Soap: MacDuff’s Soap Company Winter Cabin
Aftershave: MacDuff’s Soap Company Winter Cabin

Spring is coming!  I can feel it in the air.  The days are getting longer and you can just feel the heat of the sun when you step outside.  I figured while there are still a few winter days left I better do a SOTD post with MacDuff’s Winter Cabin.  I had been looking forward to the day when this dropped as it was the last of the four I needed to complete the cabin series.  I had probably pinged MacDuff’s about this scent 3-4 timessing Autumn Cabin had dropped.  The other 3 cabin scents have all been very good so I had high hopes for this one.    Luckily it didn’t disappoint.

First off, this is not what you might typically see from a Canadian winter-themed soap.   I would typically find those being very cold, usually minty or camphorous and often with a heavy dose of pine and woods.  That wouldn’t be wrong for the theme but that scent typically assaults my senses and has kind of been done to death around these parts.  This isn’t that scent.  Winter Cabin offers notes of Raspberry, Velvet, Sandalwood, Elemi, Saffron, Cardamom, Fir, Guaiacwood and Cedar.  That blend might not evoke thoughts of winter at first glance but something about this blend just hits that winter mark.  You get a subtle sweet bright raspberry punching at the top over this ever-so-slightly spice and creamy woodsy base.    It is a bit subtle (I’d say 3.5-4/10 strength-wise) and very well blended.  I love the scent.  It gives me a sense of a winter evening walk up at our family cabin without the annoyingly brisk cold.  I wish it was punched up a bit strength wise, but it is still a winner.

The matching aftershave does have a touch more strength and you can pick out a bit more of the fir note, not overpowering, but a bit more present.  With this particular aftershave, the scent isn’t going to carry with you a long time.  It is very pleasant but gone fairly quickly.  Not necessarily a bad thing as you can then punch up your scent game with your favourite winter fragrance.  The other great thing about this scent is that even though it is labelled winter cabin, you could easily use this one year-round.  That is another win in my books.

No complaints with the shave today and the weather looks pretty decent outside.  I think I might have to venture out and enjoy the snow…. while it lasts.

All for now – J

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