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Review: Barberry Coast Bay Rum Aftershave

Barberry Coast Bay Rum Aftershave

Barberry Coast Bay Rum Aftershave

Ahoy!!!  Well now, it’s certainly been a while!  I bet you all thought my imaginary ship ran aground somewhere off the coast of the Bimini Islands, and that I had now accepted my fate of living in paradise with a constant supply of sun, drinks served in coconuts, and bikini-clad beauties who just love the smell of bay rum.  Well, have I got news for you!  None of that happened.  Because I’m a fake pirate.

What did happen was that I fell in love with a new aftershave:  Barberry Coast Bay Rum Aftershave.  Heard of it?  You have now!  This summer, I used it almost every day.  And for someone who has as immense a collection of bay rums as I do, that’s saying something.  I just can’t find anything wrong about this stuff.  Seriously.

So let’s just dive into the scent, shall we?  As BC says, “each bottle is handcrafted with the finest and purest ingredients”:  allspice, vanilla, bay leaves, cinnamon, clove, and orange.  I know.  I know there are some of you out there that just do not like clove.  If this is a no-go for you, I can understand the sentiment, but just read the rest of this paragraph.  It really doesn’t smell like clove, like, at all.  What I get when I splash this on is a blast of bay rum and orange.  It’s a super warm citrusy scent that has some sweet and spice to it, thanks to the vanilla and —touch— of cinnamon.  The clove seriously blends right into the bay rum note, making it hold out a little longer than bay normally holds for.  The scent is also light and not overpowering.  Almost exactly as strong as it needs to be, with no stingyness for your shaving mistakes.

The other ingredients are water, alcohol, and glycerin.  That’s it.  Just enough alcohol to get by, and enough glycerin to prevent your face from drying out.  My face feels awesome after splashing it on.  And also there are no sulphates, parabens, dyes, toxins, or anything else.  Just the good stuff!

If you like the citrusy side of bay rums, especially if you have a love for orange scents, you really should try this stuff out.  I’m not kidding when I say it’s one of my favorites.

Barberry Coast Bay Rum is available at Amazon, and also Barberry Coast’s website!

Review: BebeLush Bay Rum Shaving Soap (plus a discount!)

BebeLush - Bay Rum Shaving Soap

BebeLush – Bay Rum Shaving Soap

I’ll say it again:  I am a lucky guy.  I used to shave in the shower with a vibrating cartridge razor and no shaving cream.  Yup.  Just used the natural oils on my face and rinsed.  I also used to get a lot of pimples and irritation, and also hated shaving.  Yeah.  I used to be that guy.  Then luckily I stumbled upon traditional shaving and now I can’t wait to shave.  And oh man did I have a good shave today (and yesterday actually).  For the past couple days I have had the distinct pleasure of shaving with BebeLush’s Bay Rum Shaving soap.

Let’s talk scent, as this is a bay rum.  I’ve been saying it for a while in reviews of bay rum products that the “bay rum” scent is kind of a conduit to a soap maker’s soul.  What does that soap maker think bay rum smells like?  Should it be citrus-heavy, and if so, what citrus?  Should it be spicy?  Are we going to use clove?  How about sweet/spicy bottom notes like vanilla, or cinnamon?  So many ways to interpret bay rum and so many people like different things that bay rum really lets us know a lot about the maker…

Well the good folks behind BebeLush are orangetastic!  There are three scent profiles in their Bay Rum:  Pimenta Racemosa (bay), Five Fold Sweet Orange (oh yes), and clove.  I know I have readers who don’t like clove, but just hear me out.

This soap smells overly of a sweet/spicy orange scent.  And just under the orange hood lies a perfectly balanced blend of the bay and clove scents.  They are almost imperceptible under that deliciously dark orange scent that you would never know they were there, however you would definitely notice if they went missing.  And you would be sad about it, because this trifecta smells awesome.  From the second you open the tin to the moment you walk out of your shave cave.  While this does lean more towards a spicy orange than your traditional bay rum, it still smells great and if you’re a bay rum and/or a citrus fan you’ll absolutely love it.

The lather is no less stellar.  This stuff whips up super easily into a really great lather.  This lather is not as tacky as some lathers I have tried recently, but it is also no lemon meringue either.  I have bowl-lathered and face-lathered, both with a boar brush (Semogue SOC cherry wood) and a badger brush (Simpsons Duke II), and have gotten excellent results each time.  The lather is slick, thick, and cushiony, all while being light and non-tacky.  And it really lasts too, I had plenty of excellent lather still left after a full three-pass shave.  No irritation, no weepers, and it left me with a damn fine shave.

The ingredients list is also highly deserving of some mention as it is loaded with stuff that loves your face:  another trifecta of shea butter, mango butter, and cocoa butter.  And its colored naturally with chlorophyll.  Really a unique soap that lathers up far easier and better than you might expect.

And oh yeah, that discount!  As if all of this wasn’t good enough (and it is!), the folks at BebeLush have provided the readers of this review with a huge discount (one third) off the full retail price of their bay rum soap.  Just follow THIS LINK for instructions on how to redeem your discount.  Now you have absolutely no excuse.

  • Scent – 4.5
  • Lather Performance – 4.5
  • Lather Life – 4.5
  • Overall – 4.5

Review: Mike’s Natural Soaps – Orange, Cedarwood, & Black Pepper Shave Stick

Mike's Natural Soap - Orange, Cedarwood, & Black Pepper Shave Stick

Mike’s Natural Soap – Orange, Cedarwood, & Black Pepper Shave Stick

Alright, I was really excited today to try my first shave stick!  So glad that Mike’s Natural Soaps is my first shave stick candidate, and with a really delicious scent as well.

So I did my normal routine, which was to warm up my shave brush in warm water while I showered.  Today I was using what has become my go-to setup, which is the Weber DLC with a Personna Medical Prep blade.  Today’s shave was my fourth shave with this blade.  I’m new to the Medical Prep blades.  I typically get 3-4 shaves from a Feather, but with these PMP blades, I’m getting 7 per blade before I feel them losing their effectiveness.  I’m also using a Simpson pure badger brush.  (My Duke 2 best badger is on the way!)

Anyway, yes, I toweled off and rinsed my face with hot water.  I grabbed the white tube with the silver label and dipped the soap part into the water as well to help lube it up.  I started applying it to my face.  It did feel a little dry and sticky.  So I kept dipping the soap in water.  Also I felt my scruff was pulling a good amount of soap from the stick, and that also was a part of why it was sticky.  Like rubbing it over sandpaper.

Anyway, I grabbed my brush, which was still soaking, and left a good amount of water on it.  I feel this was a little bit of a mistake, because the lather exploded as I brushed, but it was a little too wet.  Next time I use this shave stick, I will definitely start with a less-wet brush.  I should have known, I mean you can always add water.  Doh!

The smell of this soap is absolutely fantastic.  It tickled the nose of this bay rum lover.  As advertised, it’s dominated by orange.  But it’s a dark, spicy orange.  You could even say it’s closer to an orange zest.  Like that smell in the air when you peel an orange, that really crisp scent.  The cedarwood and black pepper also come into play, adding to the darker notes of the scent.

When applying lather for the second pass, I felt that the lather was a little dry, and needing some water.  I dipped the tip of my brush in water and face lathered again, but found the lather a little thin.

For the third pass, I felt I had to re-use the stick on my face, which is one definite benefit of using a shave stick.  If you ever fall short on lather, you can always re-apply.  I don’t want to give Mike an unfair shake here.  This is my first time with a stick and I’m sure with more practice I can lather this stuff better, just like I did with the same soap but in the tin.

As for moisturizing, this stuff has tons of stuff in it that does just that.  It is a tallow soap, boosted with vegetable glycerin and a whole host of butters and oils to go on smooth and help that razor glide along.  I did three passes (with the grain, across the grain, against the grain) and didn’t have a single nick.  The perfect shave.