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Review: Ogallala – Bay Rum, Sage & Cedar Aftershave

Ogallala - Bay Rum, Sage & Cedar Aftershave

Ogallala – Bay Rum, Sage & Cedar Aftershave

Well, my initial sampler of 20+ bay rums has been run through, and I am left feeling a little sad.  Because I feel that the sampler had some of the best of the best.  So now I am left to wander the wilderness of aftershaves and soaps, looking for things to write about.  And you know what?  I haven’t even cracked the surface.

That said, I had ordered a sampler pack direct from Ogallala of all of their bay rums.  I did it because that 20+ sampler pack was nice, however at .03oz per sample, I only got one application, and I couldn’t be 100% sure that the scents were truly representative of their product.  Most of these products had natural ingredients, and you know how they always tell you to “shake well” before using.

So Ogallala’s sampler comes loaded.  5 bottles of their best products.  And each sample bottle contains a full 2oz of the product.  2oz doesn’t sound like a lot, but it’s just over 66 of those small vials in each bottle!  So yeah, thats a lot!  If you are interested in trying Ogallala’s products, definitely get the sampler direct from them.  You will not be let down, I assure you.

Alright!  On to the review!  So this is one of the Ogallala products that was not in the BC sampler I had.  I wish it was, because it’s a very unique scent, and I really like it.

Ogallala’s Bay Rum with Sage & Cedar goes on like all the other Ogallala aftershaves, nice and warm.  It’s a very smooth and soothing experience.  I did feel like this one had a little more burn than the other Ogallalas I have tried, however I am going to again note that the others I tried came in .03oz vials, and thus I may have not gotten the appropriate mix of ingredients.  But I digress.

As for the smell.  The Sage & Cedar experience is 100% unique from all other bay rums I have tried.  This one has that base of bay rum to it, but the stars are the sage and cedar, who sing a marvelous duet on your face and in your nose.  It’s a smoky, woody, incense kind of smell.

I happen to love the smell of a burning sage stick.  And this product captures that deep aroma and balances it with the woody cedar smell.  And the best part is that every once in a while, I catch that sweet bay rum underneath it all, letting me know it’s part of the mix too.

This one was a really pleasant surprise, with some relatively good staying power.  Oh, and needless to say, (but I will because it’s deserved), Ogallala gets very high praise for including witch hazel in the mix, adding to it’s moisturizing properties and leaving my face feeling fantastic.

Review: Ogallala – Double Strength Bay Rum Cologne

Ogallala - Double Strength Bay Rum Cologne

Ogallala – Double Strength Bay Rum Cologne

Alright I saved Ogallala’s Double Strength Bay Rum Cologne to be my last Ogallala bay rum to try.  A few days ago I fell completely in love with Ogallala’s Sandalwood offering, so this had some big shoes to fill.  But it did not disappoint.

Every Ogallala product I have tried goes on smooth and somewhat warm.  And each one lets you know about your rough shaving spots in a sultry kind of way.  Like the way Barry White’s voice hits your ear.  Well the double strength is not that sultry.  It’s got a good deal of bite to it.  I would think it was made specifically for those of you out there that like a good kick in the neck when you’re done shaving.

The scent is absolutely wonderful.  Ogallala really does know how to blend those fragrances.
As this is a cologne, it should have a stronger scent than the regular aftershaves.  Up front, and for a little while, yes the scent is strong and awesome.  Wonderful mix of bay rum with clove, which helps round out the faint rough edges of bay rum oil, and helps extend the scent.

I can’t say anything bad about this cologne, nor the Ogallala brand.  Fantastic stuff that I will be ordering more of.

(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.)

Review: Ogallala – Bay Rum & Sandalwood Aftershave Cologne

Ogallala - Bay Rum & Sandalwood Aftershave Cologne

Ogallala – Bay Rum & Sandalwood Aftershave Cologne

It’s almost not fair.  Alright, let me start over.

I’ve been away from the bay rum diaries for a few days, and I’ve come back with a new contender here today.  I’ve also been going through a sampler of shaving creams, and their scents leave me disappointed, which has made me a little sad because the brand is a long-standing brand, and I really wanted to like their shave creams, but I just don’t.  That, however, is another diary.  This entry is about what happened after my shave today.

You know how sometimes some things come together, and it’s just … right?  Yeah.  Ogallala Bay Rum with Sandalwood just did that to me.  I don’t care what anyone says, and I know to each their own, but holy cow this is the best stuff I have put on my face yet.

Ok, sting-wise, this AS, like all the ones from Ogallala I have already tried, goes on real smooth.  Smooth smooth smooth.  And the burn is so subtle, you’ll think the water you rinsed with after your shave was harsher.  Well maybe not, but that last sentence was fun to write.

Alright, let’s cut to the chase.  This combo of scents was magic to me.  But to be fair, this is almost not a bay rum scent.  But here is what it is.  It goes on with two main fragrances that blend perfectly, sandalwood and bay rum.  Boom.  Right there on your face.  And it’s got this subtly-sweet undertone that is really hard to detect, almost like essence of delicious.  My eyes literally (and I know what literally means) opened wide as the scent hit my brain.  And here’s my best guess at the magic.  As the bay rum fades away (bay rum oil usually fades the fastest), you are left with the woody mix of sandalwood and maybe cinnamon, but the sweet factor begins to reveal itself as vanilla, a long lasting scent, that hung around for a while.

I’m no expert at smells, and I might be mis-identifying some of these specific fragrances in the mix, but this about as close as I can describe it.  I used to wear strictly vanilla scented cologne a long time ago and I feel that I can sense memories of those days wafting around these smells in my nose.  So this was a wonderful experience to me.  I am really really glad to have saved it for one of the last few scents in this bay rum sampler pack.

Again, this is a little off the bay rum path, and may not be for those who don’t like a little sweetness in their AS.  As for me, I will be damned sure to have a bottle of this stuff in my shave cave.  For me, it’s liquid awesome.

Try it out yourself… Order a bottle of Ogallala Bay Rum & Sandalwood Aftershave at Amazon.com!

(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.)

Review: Ogallala – Bay Rum, Limes & Peppercorn Aftershave

Ogallala Bay Rum, Limes, & Peppercorn Aftershave

Ogallala Bay Rum, Limes, & Peppercorn Aftershave

Alright, after having tried yesterdays Layrite Bay Rum, I decided to go back to Ogallala and try one of their alternate Bay Rums that contains other scents in it.  I reached for the one I thought I might really like, and I was right.  I do love the smell of lime.  In fact, one of the first aftershaves I tried after starting to shave with a safety razor was Geo F. Trumpers Extract of Limes Skin Food, and I really do like it.  But this is not about Trumpers, this is about Ogallala.  But here’s what is interesting.  Trumper’s lime is a straight up lime smell.  It smells like you stuck your head in a basket of freshly cut limes.  Deliciously sweet and… limey.

The smell of Ogallala’s Bay Rum with Limes & Peppercorn is nothing short of wonderful.  Its a very warm and soft smell.  Very similar to Ogallala’s original Bay Rum scent, but definitely not dominated by cloves.  In fact, I am finding it difficult to pinpoint exactly what is dominating the scent.  It’s not clove or lime, and it’s not peppercorns either.  And I’ll tell you what, I love it that I can’t find a dominant note.  I think it might be a really perfect balance of sweet and spice.  I want to say it has a woody note, but without any kind of woody nomenclature, I shouldn’t say it.  (But it does have a woody note)…

As with the original bay rum, there is no major burn with this aftershave, but rather a subdued burn, one that lets you know where you went too far with the razor, but not like you just poured rubbing alcohol on an open wound.  And in fact, due to a careless moment with my straight razor, I did manage to nick myself pretty good on the chin, and was anticipating a pretty serious talking to from the aftershave.  Thankfully, Ogallala’s Bay Rum with Limes & Peppercorn has a great bedside manner.  The burn was present but nowhere near what I was bracing for.

I really love the scent, but I also wish it lasted longer.

(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.)

Review: Ogallala – Bay Rum Aftershave

Ogallala - Bay Rum Aftershave

Ogallala – Bay Rum Aftershave

It was reading reviews for all the bay rums out there, especially the Ogallala line, that initially inspired me to seek out the bay rum sampler that I received a few days ago.  I had read there were all these different brands and varieties, and that all of them had so many different qualities to them that it was debatable which one or ones were the best.  At the end of the day, your milage may vary, as they say in almost every post on the straight razor forums.

I was really excited about trying out this brand, and all the different types of bay rum they offer.  But I figured it best to try the original bay rum scent first before trying the other types, just to be sure I have an idea of what Ogallala is about.

That said, the experience was, once again, quite different from all the other bay rums I have tried.  Ogallala Bay Rum Aftershave goes on nice and cool, with a bit of burn to give you feedback on your shave.  What I like about the burn is that it’s not the kind of burn that feels like a mountain lion is tearing up your neck, but a rather warm, subdued burn.  Just a nice soothing “Hey, I think you put just a bit too much pressure on that spot my friend” kind of feeling, spoken in a Barry White voice.

The scent, it seems, is dominated by clove, but backed up by bay rum and cinnamon.  It stays strong for a very short while after being applied, and then settles down into a spicy bouquet that wafts into your nose every once in a while.

Overall it was a nice aftershave with a subtle burn, with a really warm cinnamon-clove balance in the mix.  Personally I love this fragrance.  I also love the moisturizing abilities it has, leaving my skin feeling wonderful to the touch.

Im really happy, and can’t wait to try more from Ogallala, the vials of which await me further on down the line.

(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.)