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Review: Captain’s Choice Lime Aftershave

Captains Choice - Lime Aftershave

Captains Choice – Lime Aftershave

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:

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.

Review: Captain’s Choice – Cat O’ Nine Tails Bay Rum

Captain's Choice - Cat O' Nine Tails Bay Rum

Captain’s Choice – Cat O’ Nine Tails Bay Rum

The Wikipedia entry for “Cat O’ Nine Tails” goes thusly:

The cat o’ nine tails, commonly shortened to the cat, is a type of multi-tailed whip that originated as an implement for severe physical punishment…

That seems to be the most appropriate way to start this review.  Are you ready?

Captain’s Choice is an awesome brand.  The owner, Scott, will correspond to you directly, and as I mentioned in a previous review, the quality of his products is second to none.  Hold the bottle of his bay rum up to a light and you’ll see the botanicals floating in the deep amber-colored liquid inside the bottle.  It’s a high-end product from one man and his will to please his customers.

After having loved the small .03oz sample vial of the original bay rum, I ordered a larger sample of that original bay rum and his new awesomeness, Captain’s Choice Cat O’ Nine Tails Bay Rum Aftershave.  And today I tried the latter.

Seeing as I knew this was going to punish any rough spots I decided to play with fire and shave with an agressive razor, my new FaTip open comb, loaded with a fresh Astra blade.  I was very careful with the razor, but as it was an agressive razor, it was an agressive shave.  I felt like I had done due diligence to my face to prep for the wicked-looking label on the aftershave that stared at me from the sink counter.

I washed up, put the razor and brush away, and reached for the devil bottle.  I gave it a good shake to mix up the natural ingredients, poured a hearty splash into my palm, rubbed my hands together, and reached for my face.

Immediately, the burn kicked in.  Now I’ve been using some high-alcohol aftershaves and splashes over the course of this month, and I had an expectation of what I was in for.  Yeah well after about 4-5 seconds I realized that everything I knew was going out the window.  This stuff BURNS.  Yeah no joke.  It burns.  And then just when you expect that it’s gonna stop burning, it doubles in strength.

Now let me cut in here for a second and talk about the fragrance.  As unique as Captain’s Choice original bay rum scent is, this one is unique on another level.  I am no expert in picking out and describing scents, and it’s really hard to pinpoint what is going on here, but I will give it my best shot.

The scent starts really strong with a dark dark citrus note with a bay rum and floral background.  It’s a dark scent, perhaps with a hint of violet in there.  As the initial notes start to fade, the scent warms up a bit, and the floral/violet/rose/spicy notes start speaking a little more loudly.  The scent stays with you, a testament to the luscious ingredients found inside this bottle.

Ok so I was about 10 seconds into the burn of this stuff, and I found that not only was the burn not subsiding, it was almost starting to numb my face a little bit.  Every inch of my skin that this stuff touched was on fire.  Now it wasn’t an “ow” feeling, but more of a “wow” feeling.  I was actually kinda giggling at how strong this stuff was working on my skin.

Mixed with the scent, it was an intensely powerful experience.  There also seems to be a very slight hint of a menthol aspect to this stuff.  I don’t know if it contains menthol, but something in my nose said menthol, and just a slight hint of it.

Back to real time, now that the fire has faded, the scent is still lingering on my face, a lot stronger than many of it’s competitors.  And my skin feels fantastic!  As I mentioned in my review or Captain’s Choice original bay rum, this product is loaded with stuff your skin wants.  Witch Hazel and glycerin are ever present and leave your face feeling smooth as silk.

Captain’s Choice Cat O’ Nine Tails Bay Rum is literally (and I know what literally means) a one-of-a-kind experience for all of your senses.  If what I just described to you sounds enticing, then you know exactly what you have to do.

Review: Captain’s Choice – Bay Rum Aftershave

Captain's Choice - Bay Rum Aftershave

Captain’s Choice – Bay Rum Aftershave

Captain’s Choice Bay Rum Aftershave definitely seems to be one of the top bay rum fan favorites.  And I can understand why!  First, let’s talk burn.  Captain’s Choice is alive!  I had a decent shave with my Merkur 34C Double Edge Safety Razor, but tried to get my neck as close as I can.  Thus I felt I might get punished with the aftershave.  Captain’s Choice went on cool and provides a decent burn.  Not necessarily a stingy burn, but a warm burn.  It felt fantastic, and was an excellent ending to the shave.

Captain’s Choice is not light on the scent either.  I think it comes close to what I would consider a classic bay rum scent, with hints of cinnamon and allspice, all blended perfectly with a citrusy note to top it off.  But yes, this is the bay rum smell.  The initial notes don’t fade too fast either.  As I sit here writing this, I still have quite a lot of this delicious aroma swimming into my nose.  Feels like a thick scent, without being a sticky product.

Captain’s Choice Bay Rum Aftershave is also loaded with the stuff that your skin wants.  Witch Hazel, a natural astringent, is a wonderful toner for your skin.  And glycerin, to make your skin feel smoother than the baby-butt-smooth feeling you’re used to when you shave with a traditional blade.

There is something to be said about the packaging of this rum.  The clear apothecary-style bottle shows off the distinct amber color of this bay rum, and you can even see little bits of the natural ingredients in it.  It’s really made with love, that is beyond obvious.

The owner, Scott, who I have subsequently corresponded with, is a real stand up guy who only a year or two ago decided to try his hand at making his own bay rum.  He uses only the finest natural ingredients, and also sends test samples of new blends to his loyal customers to get feedback.  It doesn’t get much better than that.  You know that the batch of bay rum you’re spashing on your face didn’t come out of a machine, but rather was crafted by hand in the owner’s home.  Oh yeah.

I don’t have a single negative thing to say about Captain’s Choice Bay Rum Aftershave.  It’s a great bay rum, and I’d be happy to have a bottle of it sitting with the best of my shave tools.

(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.)