Bay rum. There is bay and there is rum. This is lost a lot of the time, methinks. It was sailors of old who created the concoction, using bay leaves (not the stuff in the grocery store!) distilled in a jug of rum to make themselves smell at least a little bit better. Times were tough, the sun was hot, and you couldn’t just go to the store to pick up some deodorant.
Most bay rums have bay in them. Essence of Pimenta Racemosa, the bay tree. What almost ALL bay rums are missing are the latter part of their namesake: Rum!
However, on the artisan level, where natural ingredients are worked together by hand, rather than being churned in a machine by robots, you will every once in a while encounter an actual bay rum aftershave that is made with rum. And this is the case with today’s aftershave, Krampert’s Finest bay rum.
I found Krampert’s Finest through a shaving forum. I had created an account there, and made a post in the “introductions” section saying hi and letting people know about this site, and I got a lot of replies. Some of them said I had to try Krampert’s. So I went to the company’s website, read their story, which is awesome, and immediately ordered a bottle.
Here it is, a bottle made with LOVE by a man who was merely trying to re-create childhood barbershop memories. He made it with the intention of only using it himself, and came out with a product that is better than most. And it’s made with rum!! (angels sing, trumpets blast)
So I shaved. The usual, which is my Weber DLC with a Personna medical prep blade. I used QCS’s Cayman shaving cream, which gave me a great shave with almost no irritation. After the alum block, I grabbed my bottle of Krampert’s and shook it well. You see this stuff is loaded with botanicals. The color, the smell, and the texture are all a result of natural ingredients. And, by the way, in case I forgot to mention it, it’s got rum in there too.
The color is gorgeous, a nice deep amber hue that looks like it’s going to smell and feel awesome on my face.
I splashed it on, awaiting the aftershave kick, and honestly, it was pretty mild as far as sting goes. If you are looking for something that is a little smoother, this is the stuff for you. Its got some sting, but not a lot. Maybe it’s the fact that the alcohol is rum, maybe it’s just a magical quality of the blend of ingredients.
The scent is also gorgeous. It’s a deep, sensual, spicy scent. It seems to have a deep citrus, maybe orange feel, but a much darker, more seductive version of it. It’s followed by a pure bay smell, the pimenta racemosa, which is the essence of bay rum. The only downside is that bay scent is a middle note, and does not last long. So the scent does fade quicker than I would like it to…
The moisturizers are more than evident in how my face feels after the application. Even as I sit here writing this review, my face feels fantastic, well moisturized and smooth as silk.
You really do need to try this stuff. Forget about what you’re using, and have been using for years. Just go and try a bottle of this stuff. It’s really good.
Note: I said over and over that this product contains rum. According to Krampert’s website, they no longer use rum, but now use Isopropyl Alcohol, to stay cool with the government. My bottle is labeled as containing rum and not IA. Maybe they shipped me older stock, or maybe they went back to rum. Either way, the -other- ingredients are all awesome, and this review should still stand regardless of which type of alcohol is used.