It's hard to know where to start with Rose of Phrygia. Dr Jon's scents are always refined, subtle and complex, but this soap raises those qualities to a whole new level. Off the pu... view moreck RoP smells of soft, dusty rose with a hint of green. (For you rose haters, this is nothing like your grandmother's potpourri.) Once lathered, the scent really comes alive with plummy pipe tobacco and spices moving to the front on a cushion of vetiver. This is a scent with a lot of moving parts but its exquisite structure holds them all together. A genuine masterpiece.
As for performance, the vol. 3 soap base is denser, much slicker and easier to load. A marked improvement on Dr Jon's already excellent vol. 2 base. If you've ever had any qualms about vegan soap, I can tell you this performs better than any other soap (tallow or vegan) I own.
Dr. Jon's do a lot of other great stuff with their cruelty-free products and refusal to use plastic packaging, but if that matters to you, you probably already know about it. If you are just after a great shave, this is simply the best product I have ever used. view less