Category Archives: Aftershaves & Colognes

Reviews of everything after the shave. Toners, splashes, aftershaves, and colognes.

Review: Hawleywood’s Layrite – No.9 Bay Rum Aftershave

Hawleywood's Layrite - No.9 Bay Rum Aftershave

Hawleywood’s Layrite – No.9 Bay Rum Aftershave

Yesterday I mentioned that I had started this bay rum journey based on reading different reviews of different bay rums and also by reading forum posts about which bay rums were the favorites of other shavers out there.  Layrite was the last of the batch that I had not heard about previously.  So, after yesterday trying out Ogallala, which I considered to be a benchmark bay rum (as right or wrong as that is), I decided to open up the vial of Layrite Hawleywood’s No. 9 Bay Rum Aftershave and give it a whirl.

Well this bay rum was quite similar to Ogallala’s bay rum.  The smell of bay oil dives right into your nose and hangs on.  It seemed to go on pretty mild and stay cool for a minute or so, but there was no discernable burn.

Overall it was a light, cool, and refreshing aftershave that smelled predominantly of a clovey bay oil fragrance.  It did a great job of making my skin feel tighter and smoother as well, closing up the pores.  And as I write this, I am enjoying the subtle wafts of the scent that occasionally drift around me.  It doesn’t have any moisturizing ingredients, making this a manly alcohol splash with a straight up bay oil scent.

(This review is of a sample decant of the original product, and as such I cannot guarantee that the sample contained the appropriate mixture of the original ingredients.)

Review: Ogallala – Bay Rum Aftershave

Ogallala - Bay Rum Aftershave

Ogallala – Bay Rum Aftershave

It was reading reviews for all the bay rums out there, especially the Ogallala line, that initially inspired me to seek out the bay rum sampler that I received a few days ago.  I had read there were all these different brands and varieties, and that all of them had so many different qualities to them that it was debatable which one or ones were the best.  At the end of the day, your milage may vary, as they say in almost every post on the straight razor forums.

I was really excited about trying out this brand, and all the different types of bay rum they offer.  But I figured it best to try the original bay rum scent first before trying the other types, just to be sure I have an idea of what Ogallala is about.

That said, the experience was, once again, quite different from all the other bay rums I have tried.  Ogallala Bay Rum Aftershave goes on nice and cool, with a bit of burn to give you feedback on your shave.  What I like about the burn is that it’s not the kind of burn that feels like a mountain lion is tearing up your neck, but a rather warm, subdued burn.  Just a nice soothing “Hey, I think you put just a bit too much pressure on that spot my friend” kind of feeling, spoken in a Barry White voice.

The scent, it seems, is dominated by clove, but backed up by bay rum and cinnamon.  It stays strong for a very short while after being applied, and then settles down into a spicy bouquet that wafts into your nose every once in a while.

Overall it was a nice aftershave with a subtle burn, with a really warm cinnamon-clove balance in the mix.  Personally I love this fragrance.  I also love the moisturizing abilities it has, leaving my skin feeling wonderful to the touch.

Im really happy, and can’t wait to try more from Ogallala, the vials of which await me further on down the line.

(This review is of a sample decant of the original product, and as such I cannot guarantee that the sample contained the appropriate mixture of the original ingredients.)

Review: Honeybee Garden – Bay Rum Aftershave

Honeybee Gardens - Bay Rum Aftershave

Honeybee Gardens – Bay Rum Aftershave

Alright!  I’m back with another Bay Rum Diary!  And today we have Honeybee Gardens Herbal Bay Rum.  Yesterday I tried my first ever bay rum, Lucia Bay Rum, and it was alright.  For me the biggest disappointment was the fact that the scent went away pretty fast.  However it was a light, refreshing splash that smelled great going on, so it ended up being a nice finish to the shave.

This morning, I had a great shave with my Merkur 34C with a Feather blade, and finished it off with the Honeybee Gardens Bay Rum.  So this one was quite a bit different.  Actually, it was a lot different.

This is one for the senses.  It went on very cool, and followed with a good burn, all the while accompanied with a strong scent.  It was an herbal punch in the face.  My first thought is that it smelled chemically, and had less of that bay rum smell.  But I then checked out the ingredients, and it is definitely all natural.

After reading the ingredient list though, I gained a better understanding of what I was smelling, and really started to enjoy it more.  I would say that it lies halfway between a bay rum scent and a traditional musky cologne scent.  Now personally I never cared for musky scents.  Anything you would find at the cologne counter at Macy’s was never anything I wanted to have to smell for more than a minute.  But maybe my tastes are starting to change, because, even now as I write this, I am really enjoying the scent that is swimming around my head.

It also makes my face feel great.  An astringent (witch hazel) is always good to have in an after shave, and aloe vera is excellent for helping to sooth those places where you forgot that you’re not supposed to put too much pressure on the razor.  The alcohol provides a telling burn, but then its all downhill to sootheville from there.

Staying power?  So far, this has a lot more staying power than yesterday’s candidate.  I want to point you to one sentence in the product description:  “Using an age-old process, a select blend of fresh herbs is brewed for weeks and then strained multiple times resulting in a golden serum which cools and soothes newly shaven skin.”  I really do think that the fact that this stuff is “brewed for weeks” lends to a really deep fragrance that holds its composure for a decent stretch.

I’m really satisfied with how my face feels and smells, and the only critique I have is that it might stray away from bay rum (or at least what I know bay rum to be) a little too much towards the musky scent.  If you like musky scents though, and also like bay rum, and are a fan of all-natural ingredients, then you really have to give Honeybee Garden’s Herbal Bay Rum Aftershave a try.

(This review is of a sample decant of the original product, and as such I cannot guarantee that the sample contained the appropriate mixture of the original ingredients.)

Review: Lucia Bay – Bay Rum Face & Body Spash

Lucia Bay - Bay Rum Face & Body Splash

Lucia Bay
Bay Rum Face & Body Splash

Alright, so after a disappointing shave from my straight (a Dovo Best Quality) and a great finish with my DE (a Merkur 34C HD with Feather blades), I did my normal post-shave routine.  This starts with a cold alum rub (razorrock), followed by a toner (Neutrogena).  After that has dried, I went and splashed on my first bay rum – Lucia Bay Rum.  It was a nice cold splash but not as strong an alcohol feel as you might expect.

As for the scent, it was light, and citrusy when it my face.  It dried up really quick, and it feels like wherever it went, it took the majority of the bay rum scent with it.  However, it does linger ever so slightly when I turn my head or smell my hands.  I suppose it’s not that bad.  My skin feels very soft and nice, with just that very slight hint of the manly bay rum scent.  

Not a bad start to these diaries, and not a bad introduction to bay rum, although I find myself wishing there was just a little more oomph to it.  However, it is labeled a splash and not an aftershave, and I suppose as a splash, its nice and refreshing!

I only used half the vial, so I suppose that I might give this another shot after having tried a few other brands and see how I feel about it then.  But, for now, I find myself pretty pleased with Lucia Bay Rum.

(This review is of a sample decant of the original product, and as such I cannot guarantee that the sample contained the appropriate mixture of the original ingredients.)