Ahh, it is so good to be reviewing a bay rum aftershave again. And I’ve got a real good one here for you today. And this one takes us back to the turn-of-the-previous-century apothecary scene. WM. Neumann & Co. are all about bring the past into today. They are a modern artisan company based off of the founder’s great-grandfather’s fragrance notebook. He spent his time developing fragrances, aftershaves, shave soaps, and more back in his old apothecary in Detroit around the early 1900’s and the notebook with the recipes passed down in the family and have been resurrected in these fine products.
I ordered a sampler of their aftershaves, and I am already impressed. The first one up today is what is obviously my favorite scent, bay rum.
I had an ok shave today. Not sure I was happy with my shaving cream, but I’m going to give it a shot again tomorrow. Anyway, it left me bbs, but a little irritated.
So, the aftershave. As advertised on their website, this aftershave goes on with a good bit of alcohol bite. But this bite numbs over pretty quickly, as some of the ingredients take over. Speaking of ingredients, it would be hard to find an aftershave with this many skin-loving ingredients in it. Organic Aloe, witch hazel, slippery elm back, marshmallow root, and chickweed to sooth and calm irritated skin. Hello. So that razor burn I was expecting quickly soothed over. And it doesn’t end there. There are natural ingredients to hydrate the skin (like glycerin), some to nourish the skin (like blue-green algae), some to heal the skin (like nettle and milt thistle), and some to fight bacteria (like tea tree oil). Really? I mean really? And you thought aftershave was supposed to be alcohol and fragrance….
Speaking of fragrance, for a bay rum, this is a great one. It’s more on the spicy side of bay rum. The exact blend of fragrances is a family-held secret, but I sense some orangey-citrus top notes, a definite strong bay presence in the middle, along with some cinnamon and maybe a woody presense as well. It’s a fantastic spicy, dark, manly blend that left my face and hands smelling awesome. This stuff is the real deal, a recipe going back over 100 years.
I cannot say enough good things about WM. Neumann & Co’s Bay Rum Aftershave, and I’m really excited to try the other scents I received in my sampler pack. They also have some shaving soaps (hello bay rum!) that I am definitely going to be trying soon.
(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.)