I can’t tell you how thrilled I was when the box arrived yesterday, containing a brand new bottle of the brand new fragrance from one of my favorite artisan aftershave makers: Captain’s Choice Lime Aftershave. I have previously reviewed their Bay Rum and Cat ‘O Nine Tails aftershaves and loved them both. I sadly missed the trials, but whats good is that I finally have a bottle of the goods.
So I had a really smooth shave today. Of course, my neck is a bitch to shave, really thin skin and sideways grain make for a real shred-fest if I’m not careful. Today I was mostly careful. But I had really good help. Here was my setup:
- Razor – Weber DLC
- Blade – Personna Medical Prep
- Soap – Art of Shaving Lavender Shaving Soap
- Toner – Neutrogena Clear Pore Oil-Eliminating Astringent
The Neutrogena is one of my secret weapons. I think I’ll do a review of it one day, because it’s a great toner for right after shaving. I don’t need to say much about the Art of Shaving Lavender Soap. I’m lucky in that I have one of the older formula tallow soap pucks. Oh yeah…
So, like I said I did nick myself a couple times on the neck. Nothing bad, just a couple weepers there, which was not bad news because I could now test the burn a little bit of this aftershave.
So I grabbed the bottle. The bottle is the new packaging from Captain’s Choice. It now comes in a nice brown glass bottle, to extend the life of the aftershave inside. The new labeling is also really nice, and looks fantastic on my shave shelf. Once you unscrew the plastic top you see the reducer, the little piece of plastic that makes a very narrow hole, so that you can effectively “splash” the aftershave into your hand without having to worry about half the bottle coming out.
The ingredient list is simple. Grain alcohol, Witch Hazel, Essential Oils and extracts, and glycerin. Each one comes into play in perfect harmony with the others.
The alcohol burn is not so bad, on the milder side. I think this is in part due to the Witch Hazel and the glycerin. The witch hazel is just fantastic for your skin. To have this balancing act between alcohol and witch hazel is in my mind what takes an aftershave to the next level. Glycerin is included in a small yet perfect amount. Its just enough to make your skin feel moisturized without feeling sticky. As I write this, my face really does feel not only baby-butt-smooth, but soft and moisturized.
The scent is a unique and fantastic take on lime. It’s a deep plunge into lime. Sweet and spicy, but not too sweet, and honestly not too spicy either. The smell is strong and at the same time not too strong. But there’s something about it’s depth that carries out the lime scent longer than other citrus scents I have tried. It doesn’t last too long. I’m about a half hour since using it and I can still faintly smell it on my hands. But it does last longer than, for instance, Geo F Trumper’s Extract of Limes Skin Food. Lime, as well as other citrus scents, is a top note, and as such as a strong entrance, but last only a short time. So bravo to Captain’s Choice for extending the lime scent probably as long as they could. It made for a great shave.
I’m really excited to have Captain’s Choice Lime Aftershave on my shave shelf, and I think you’ll feel the same with either Lime, or even their Bay Rum or Cat ‘O Nine Tails. Excellent products, all of them.