Shaving Product Review - Dr. Jon's "Hydra"
Dr. Jon's Hydra is the ultimate shaving soap for citrus lovers! We make Hydra Soap with a hand made blend of six citrus essential oils giving you a refreshing shaving experience not found anywhere else.
I've been using #DrJonsSoapCo Hydra for a couple of years now, and my original formula tin reflects that. It was one of the first to have a metric ass load of citruses in it; notes of lemon, orange, grapefruit, mandarin, lime and bergamot! Originally it was just the soap, but about a year later came the aftershave. Today, there's a v2 version of the soap that's all different, ingredient wise. The biggest issue people had with the original formula was that the soap was soft - very soft. People just couldn't wrap their heads around how to load it. Really, it just took some practice. The new formula addressed this. Interestingly, my now two-year old tins have gotten hard... Really hard! Best to load these suckers with a brush like the SOC and "load it like you hate it."
Back when it first came out, these soaps were among the slickest around. I mean insanely slick. Really nice soap. While I haven't tried the latest formulation, it still competes well today - though it's dropped a few pegs. The aftershave performs well also, but two things worth pointing out. The first is the scent; it's strong and of course citrusy, but being that citrus oils are quite volatile, this scent just doesn't last too long. I followed it up with Guerlain Habit Rouge which opens with their signature citrus accord. Seemed a natural segue. Secondly, the aftershaves contain alum. I used to like it in an aftershave, but I'm not such a fan anymore. It tends to tighten the skin a bit, and has a rather unique feel to it. I'll certainly still use it!
Hardware for today was the #Merkur #23C with a #PolSilver on shave three this week. The black Satin Tip brush was feeling left out, so I grabbed that for today and lathered up in the ol' #GTP scuttle.
This soap still performs (and smells) great, even after two years. Ironic that the biggest issue - of being too soft - is now the exact opposite, and too hard. All good - it made for a great and great-smelling shave today! I haven't had the pleasure of trying the new formula yet, but I hope to remedy that one of these days!