PAA was my first artisan soap and CaD was the first scent I purchased. It is a rather thirsty base and I have underhydrated the lather a few times. I was still able to get a great shave with the product though. PAA seems to be one of those artisans that can perform well if the soap is underhydrated, perfectly dialed in, or overhydrated with a thinner lather. The scent is one of my favorites and brings a certain nostalgia to the shave (both from the scent reminding me of a certain canned foam product, and because it was the first artisan soap/scent that I purchased when I started wet shaving). If you are unsure about the scent, or PAA products, grab it in the CK1 base. It’s hard to go wrong with this base as the performance hits above its price point.
The scent profile from the site lists “eucalyptus, menthol, citrus, lavender, talc, oakmoss. A classic Italian Barbershop Fougere scent. Woody, aromatic, camphor, minty green, clean, fresh, and masculine.” When I smell it off the tub, I get only the eucalyptus and menthol, and that remains the main notes once lathered. If you have ever smelled Proraso Green splash, this is a dead ringer (to my nose at least). The scent strength is medium, to medium strong. I would put it at about a six off the puck and about a five once lathered.