Ok this is where I’m supposed to start off with a long drawn-out “RRRRrrrrrrrrr!!!” and talk about how even with one bad eye I can still see yer knobby knees a-shakin. And how it’s time to batten down the hatches and hoist the sails for we’re about to set sail on the ocean blue. Well I’m not going to say any of that, even though I just did, because it’s all a facade. Yes, that’s right I’m a fake pirate with a fake pirate ship. I mean, look at that picture of me, do I look like a pirate? A ninja maybe. But not a pirate. A fake ninja pirate that knows a thing or two about shaving products, (even tho I have a beard in that picture).
This website is run by I, Captain Rob. I am relatively new to wetshaving, having started in October of 2012 in preparation for Movember ’12. As I started learning about all the scents out there I was blown away. You see, I’m not the biggest fan of the big perfume/cologne counter at the mall. So I had always shied away from aftershaves and colognes, thinking they all smelled the same, musky.
Then when I finally dove in and bought my first straight razor, I also ordered Geo F. Trumper’s Sandalwood skin food and I was absolutely blown away. I was amazed that an aftershave could actually smell this good! That’s when I started really digging around the shaving message boards and online communities. I started reading about all these scents out there that I had no idea even really existed.
Then I started reading about bay rum. I started getting excited by the talk of scents of cinnamon, and citrus, and vanilla. I thought, wow, this is right up my alley. There was one cologne that I used to wear some twenty years ago when I worked at a Renaissance Festival in New York, and it was a pure vanilla scent. While it was a little cloying, it had such great staying power, was sweet and not musky, and the girls there really loved it.
So as I started reading these bay rum reviews, I started getting excited. But which bay rum to buy. I could spend hundreds of dollars just getting a few of the bay rums that were being talked about. But for each brand out there, there were several types of bay rums per brand. Ogallala has five or so bay rums. St Johns has three. Am I going to be missing out by not trying others?
So I set out to find a sample, and find one I did. Barclay Crocker had a sample set of 20+ bay rums. So I ordered it, and spent the month of January 2013 trying out one a day. I didn’t want to forget my experience with each of these samples, so I decided I would write a diary of sorts, explaining how I felt about each one.
And that is how this website came to be. I am finished with the sampler, but realize that I have not hit every bay rum out there. And the sampler had only aftershave/colognes. So I will be trying shaving soaps and creams as well. And I do like other scents as well, so I will not be sticking only to bay rums.
A note to all the soap/cologne makers out there, if you would like to have your product reviewed on this website, shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org, (by the way, I was recently notified that I had a bad email address listed here.. If I did not get back to an email you’ve sent, please hit me up at this one, and I apologize) and I will send you my address so that you can send me a sample or bottle/tin of your product. My appetite for shaving products is pretty much insatiable at this point.
Happy fake sailing!