I think I’ve mentioned before that I’m a lucky guy. I’m pretty sure I start most of my reviews that way. Well, the thing is, it gets proven to me all the time. Want more proof? Anne Bonny. Oh yeah. She was a fiery redheaded Irish lass who at a very young age stole a pirate ship and became a Pirate of the Caribbean. She also happens to be an amazing shaving soap. And both are on my shaving shelf. No, wait, check that. Only one is. The other, well no one quite knows what happened to her (according to Wikipedia at least). So since I can’t give you that much info on the pirate, I’ll tell you what I know about Dr Jon’s Anne Bonny Bay Rum Shaving Soap.
Oh man oh man. So much good stuff to talk about here. So lets start with how it started with me. The packaging is very similar to HTGAM/Phoenix, a low, wide metal tin. The labeling is very lovely, as you can see in the image above, with really well drawn graphics on waterproof vinyl stickers.
The scent is exactly what the packaging says it is. A very different take on bay rum. It’s a mix of West Indies Bay, dark rum, lime, and black tea. Black tea? That is a first for me in bay rums. As a whole, the scent is totally unique. Its a spicy citrucy scent and the black tea pulls it in a new direction. It may not be for everyone, but I am a fan of tea-scented shaving products (like eShave’s white tea shaving cream). If anything, the tea is a little on the strong side and pulls this soap just to the edge of “bay rum”. But it is still a bay rum, and I like it.
The soap itself is very soft, almost like Al’s Shaving Soaps. Even when loading with a soft badger brush, you can move the soap around a little. One of the softest soaps I have encountered, and you could probably get away with calling this a croap (halfway between a cream and a soap).
The performance took me a few tries to get down. I tried several combinations between my boar and badger brush, and between bowl and face lathering. In the end, face lathering with my badger brush (Simpsons Duke 2) was hands down the champion. And wow does this stuff lather well. The trick was to leave a lot of water in the brush, load it up nice and good on the supersoft puck, and then lather right on your face. Using a decent back-and-forth scrubbing motion, I got one of the best lathers I’ve gotten in months, literally. Super cushioning and very slick. And it lasted three passes with plenty to spare, and all without losing any strength.
BBS shave with no irritation and no nicks either. And its bay rum, but with tea. Really well done!
- Scent – 3.5
- Lather Performance – 4.5
- Lather Life – 4.5
- Overall – 4