This was another of what I considered to be “top shelf” bay rums. So, as with the last few that I have tried, I was very excited to try this one out today. After a nice shave with my 1960 Gillette Fatboy set to 3, I reached for the Royall and splashed a little more than half the vial onto my palm and then onto my face, just like most of the rest. I like saving that last little drop as a touch-up before I go out. I know I’ll be a little more aggressive with the bay rum once I decide which one I will buy in a regular bottle, but for now, just a little splashy to get an idea.
Royall Lyme Bay Rhum Lotion/Cologne goes on with a very quick cool sensation followed immediately with a nice warm feeling. There is a bit of bite, but it’s a warm draw rather than a stinging smack.
As for the scent, Royall also seems a bit unique. It’s a warm scent too, very earthy and citrusy. I am not a master fragrancer so I can’t tell you what earthy notes were there up front, but I can tell you what I think it might be. I felt a bit of orange mixed with clove, along with something woody, all mixed with a wonderful bay rum aroma. It was a pretty complex scent, and the top notes are really well matched with the middle notes. So, what I’m saying is that the crisp and spicy start settles into a very warm, earthy, bay rummy deliciousness.
Overall, this is a warm, spicy, and complex bay rum that does a wonderful job. My skin also feels pretty darn fine afterwards. Oh, one other thing. This product states that it is “touched with a breeze of menthol”. I’m not sure I picked up on it, and if it is there, it is surely a “touch”.
(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.)