So after yesterday’s warpath on my neck, I decided to take it really easy today with my shave. However, my neck was still mad at me, and both passes I did were a little wince inducing. I deserve that. Sorry neck.
So I braced myself when I reached for the aftershave, which today was St. John’s Bay Rum with Lavender. Let me say up front that traditionally I was never a fan of lavender. I get why it’s a popular scent. It -is- a nice scent, it’s just not one that I find appealing for me. Interestingly though, on this current trip, we stayed in a hotel that left a complimentary linen spray. In essense, it’s a light aromatic spray to spritz on your sheets before going to bed. This one was scented with lavender. And though I was hesitant, I actually liked it. Maybe I’m growing up and my tastes are changing. Haha I hope so, I’ll be 40 later this year.
Starting with the burn, like I said, I wasn’t thrilled with the shave because I had really done too much yesterday, and my neck was still a little pissed off. So I came at my neck with the aftershave, bracing for the alcohol kick. And you know what? It wasn’t that bad! I didn’t really talk about the burn with the original St Johns, and perhaps it’s because it’s a gentler aftershave. I appreciated it this morning, that’s for sure. It went on cool and then warmed really nicely. It was a great feeling.
The smell? I was expecting not being quite into it because it’s lavender-based, but I’ll tell you what, it’s a -hint- of lavender. Predominantly, this is a bay rum, and smells like bay rum. However, it had a very subtle hint of lavender when you toss it on your face, and the blend was nothing short of fantastic. Honestly. I get nothing for these diaries, so I won’t lie in them. It went on great, it smelled great (bay rum with just a perfect hint of lavender in the blend). And as the top notes fade, the bay rum becomes more of a prominent scent, and like the original bay rum, it’s a soft, but manly scent.
This one was a really nice surprise. Very very nice.
(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.)