I’m a lucky guy. Today I am lucky for so many reasons it’s almost unfair. First of all, this month marks the TWO YEAR anniversary of the Bay Rum Diaries. I love that I get to do this. I love that I get to try more aftershaves, soaps, and creams than most guys even knew existed. And being able to review them is such an honor.
I have been away for a while. First came a business trip to India for most of December (I did pick up a few reviewable shaving products), and then I had a couple other personal things that kept me away. But I am back, and man do I have a great product to tell you about today: Gilbert Henry Bay Rum Aftershave Splash. Let’s just get right to this shall we?
I have a few products from Gilbert Henry that I am going to be reviewing, but today I chosen the Bay Rum Aftershave Splash as a tribute to how I started this blog exactly two years ago. What got this all started was a sampler of bay rum aftershaves that I ordered online. This splash brought me right back to those exciting days, when bay rum was a new thing to me, and each day led to a discovery of just how wide-ranging the “bay rum” scent could be. I soon discovered that bay rum is a great vehicle to show the maker’s creativity. Is it going to be citrusy? Is it going to be woodsy? How about sweet or smoky? Bright or dark? Since it’s not a perfectly defined scent, its completely open to interpretation and that is really exciting when you’re trying one out for the first time.
This splash comes in an apothecary bottle, with some nice modern design on the outside. And its clear you need to give this stuff a good shake as there are natural elements in it that will settle. I like that. It tells me this stuff has got guts.
The splash burns a little when it hits your face, as it is an alcohol-based splash. But it’s not quite as much a sting as, say HTGAM or Captain’s Choice Cat-O-Nine Tails. Just a nice little smack in the face. Let’s call it an admonishment for forgetting to take your time with your shave.
The scent starts really spicy, with a woody backdrop to it. And there is a slight hint of citrus and a warm clove note as well. Clove is interesting, because some people love it and some hate it. In bay rum, it is very close to the the bay scent, and acts to draw out that aspect of the scent profile. That’s why I am one who does not mind the clove addition to any bay rum. But whats really nice about this scent is that it evolves as your morning goes on. Bay rums don’t last too long, and this one is not much different, but while it is there, it is really nice. It’s not a beat-you-over-the-head bay rum. It’s warm and mellow, and I do think that mostly due to the sandalwood backdrop. It’s really nice.
And a nice bonus to this bay rum is the additional ingredients like Sunflower seed oil, which moisturizes and protects without being greasy. Theres also Provitamin B5 and Vitamin E, which help soften and heal the skin after the war it just went through with your razor, you brute. I must say, I have been using this product for a few days now, and I actually do notice how soft the skin feels and how it’s not dry or greasy, it’s just right. I’m quite impressed.
Overall, if you’re a bay rum fan, you should try this stuff out. It’s really a nice, warm, slightly woody scent, that gives your face a really nice treatment to start your day with.
Keep an eye here on the diaries, as I will have more Gilbert Henry reviews coming soon. You would be amazed at how many products I have sitting around here that still need to be reviewed. Must get to work on them. Thanks guys!