Ahh, aftershave. I go through so many shaving creams and soaps that I sometimes neglect the roots of this website. A long time ago I ordered a sampler pack of aftershaves from WM. Newmann & Co. Primarily I was interested in their bay rum scent, of course. But the rest of these samples sat on a shelf. And sat they did as I went through a myriad of other products, so that I could provide you, the reader, with one man’s opinion of them. Well today I reached for that ziplock back of samples and pulled out another: WM. Newmann & Co. – Signature 1907 Aftershave.
So today I had a great shave with only a couple nicks on my neck that I admit came from careless impatience. You see, I have this band of sideways growth on my lower neck that can get hacked if I go too fast against the grain. Today I learned that lesson…. again….
Anyway, I am really happy with the tools I used today. I used my Weber DLC razor loaded with a Gilette 7 O’Clock SharpEdge blade. My shave cream was Taconic’s Bay Rum Shaving Cream, which smells and performs awesomely. One of the best non-tallow creams I have in my arsenal. I also regularly use a Razorock Alum Stick directly after each shave, to help soothe the skin and also to help stop the small nicks from bleeding.
Then I grabbed the small sample vial of 1907. I was expecting a bit of a bracing jolt, as this is an alcohol-based aftershave, but I quickly realized that there wasn’t one. It went on rather mild! And then I remembered why. WM. Newmann & Co put some amazing ingredients in their products. They list their key ingredients on their website: organic aloe, witch hazel, slippery elm bark, marshmallow root, chickweed, kosher veggie glycerin, green tea, blue-green algae, nettle, milk thistle, black willow bark, and tea tree oil. Ummm… Hello? Did you catch all that? All I can tell you is that this stuff and your face will have a relationship that would make any madly-in-love couple jealous. It felt awesome going onto my slightly chewed up face, and still feels awesome now as my face feels very nicely moisturized.
The scent is cologne-ish. A woody sandalwood base with fruity top notes and spicy middle notes. It’s a really bright lingering scent with a good deal of masculinity. I’m not into modern cologne-type scents, but this one smells really nice as I carry on in my day. It’s not too strong, but also not too light, wafting into my awareness every once in a while. Smelling it from the vial I was worried it would be too strong a fragrance, but it really opens up once you put it on and smells wonderful.
I’m really happy with 1907 and if you’re interested, I suggest you order some or at least try a sample. At the time of this printing, a sample of all of their scents is available for $2 plus shipping!