Ahh the life of a fake pirate is good. There’s nothing like pretending to be on an old pirate ship, completely not at sea, nor smelling the salty air. I also am very lucky because don’t have to pay attention to the upkeep of our cannons, mainly due to the fact that I don’t have any. But what I do have is this incredible aftershave on my face that makes me think that indeed I am sailing the seas in search of rum, women, and booty. Often the latter two are one in the same.
Today’s smell is one I often wear. Barrister & Mann’s Kyovu Aftershave Splash in Bay Rum. Kyovu comes in three scents: Bay Rum, Seville (the scent of which I have already given a tremendous amount of love), and Cheshire, which is a lovely patchouli-based scent. But this bay rum. Yeah, it’s awesome. Yet another take on bay rum that is just outrageously good.
First off, it’s alcohol free. So this should reside right at the front line of your “My skin is a bit irritated today” aftershaves. And for a splash, this has a lot of botanical ingredients that make this feel like you just put on a balm. It starts out with two of the best ingredients for aftershaves: witch hazel and aloe. Awesome. And then there are a half dozen or so botanicals, like lavender water, willow bark extract, Qinoa extract, cucumber water… I could go on. The ingredients list is very large, and for the most part they are not the hard-to-pronounce chemicals. It’s just a large list of botanicals. Really really awesome. And it definitely feels that way when you put it on. Ingredients-wise, I friggin love this stuff. One special ingredient is panthenol, a powerful redness reducer and moisturizer. And yes, it does reduce redness, which can come in handy considering how often you shred your neck with that blade. Easy son…
As for the scent. Here we have a really nice take on bay rum. Luckily the maker of this stuff lists out his bay rum scent profile:
a rich, spicy blend of West Indie Bay oil, Sweet Orange Oil, Styrax Benzoin (a warm, woody vanilla scent) and a touch of Cinnamon
Let me tell you something… That is a really great blend. No clove, and no christmas potpourri worries here. Strait up bay with that orange/cinnamon scent. Now the benzoin, which you don’t see too often, is a damn-near perfect ingredient for this profile. That woody/vanilla base is just right up my alley for what I like in a bay rum. And it’s something I’m going to look for in future bay rum purchases. The combination is a really spicy warm sweet bay rum. Really really awesome stuff.
And let me tell you something. I have all three scents. You really should at least order a sample of this Kyovu stuff. I feel strongly that you will love it. If bay rum is not your thing, then don’t even think twice about trying the Seville scent. I can’t get enough.