It has been quite a long time since I got back to my roots and reviewed a bay rum aftershave. While there have been a bay rum soap review here and there, you’d have thought I had lost my way. Well, my friends, I am back with a new bay rum to tell you about, one that sounds all too familiar, but you most likely haven’t heard of yet: The American Bay Rum aftershave elixir.
As far as presentation goes, clear out a nice prominent spot on your shave shelf. Because this is a product that stands out. Look at that bottle. We’re talking a classy glass corked bottle that obviously costs the creator more to use, rather than, for instance, a plastic squeeze bottle. The end result is that I’m proud to have it on display. The labels are well designed and fit the product perfectly. Really really well done…
The scent is a fantastic bay rum blend. For the newcomer, bay rum is tough to categorize, but you know it when you smell it. There is a lot of wiggle room in how each maker can interpret bay rum. It’s not stringently defined scent. So I appreciate it when someone out there takes some liberty to create a unique version of it. This one is no different, and at the same time is totally unique.
Now there is an initial blast of alcohol. And that is because there is Isopropyl Alcohol, but also RUM!! Now that is awesome. I do love it when bay rum makers include actual rum, even if it’s a splash. But yes, there is a tinge of the isopropyl when it first hits (you can even let some of it evaporate before hitting your face), but once it’s gone, which is very quickly, the bay rum blend invades your senses.
The scent profile consists of: Pimenta Racemosa Leaves (yes, the primary bay scent is distilled from actual bay leaves), lime, allspice, whole spice, cinnamon, clove, and vanilla. Now I know some of you out there aren’t that into clove. I also don’t enjoy when the clove is too dominant. But here’s the deal: there’s a balance. Clove is a great scent to use to extend the bay scent. the Bay of bay rum is a top note, a very short-lived scent. And clove is similar, but stands out longer. And cinnamon is similar still, and lasts even longer. So you put it on, and go through this walkdown. If the balance of scents is right, no scent should really stick out, but instead you’ll go from a young bay rum, to an adolescent bay rum, to the mature bay rum. bay, citrus, cinnamon, clove… they all fit in the bay rum mix, but too much of any one can be a turnoff (clove being the prime example). Luckily, The American Bay Rum is a really really well-blended mix of those. Honestly, I have had it on for a while now and not one of those scents was too strong above the others. It’s a great take on bay rum. To compare, I would say its a more refined, maybe slightly sweeter version of Pinaud Clubman Virgin Island bay rum.
And this stuff feels great on my face with the addition of glycerin in the mix. And it’s not too much, so my face doesn’t feel tacky, just smooth, with a fantastic scent.
If you are a bay rum kind of guy like me, you really should try this one out. You’re not only gonna love the scent and the face feel (and the RUM!!), but even the bottle is a great addition to the shave den. And even the price is in line with other brands in the market. All-around great stuff!