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Review: WM. Neumann – 1911 Aftershave

WM. Neumann - 1911 Aftershave

WM. Neumann – 1911 Aftershave

I so enjoyed their 1907 aftershave, that I decided to go back-to-back to try out WM. Neumann’s 1911 Aftershave.

This has all the same ingredients as the 1907 version, with lots of organic, moisturizing, skin-friendly ingredients.  So what I said in the last review hold for this item as well.  It goes on really nicely, especially when you were a bit brash with your shave-work, as I was today.  I used a brand new Personna Medical Prep blade in my Weber DLC safety razor.  I also shaved with Tabac soap, which I am loving more and more each time I use it.  So I can safely say, with that entire lineup, and the very skin-friendly 1911 aftershave, my face feels super smooth and moisturized, and smells really good.

1911 smells as close to those modern-day colognes at the department store.  I say “modern-day” because one of the best aspects of WM. Neumann’s products is that they come from the scribblings of a turn-of-the-last-century apothecary, who happens to go by the same name.  He developed a number of fragrances and that notebook of scribblings became the founding of this company.  And 1911 was their signature fragrance.

The scent feels high-class.  As the company website will attest, it’s a burst of “crisp citruses blended with the rich woody essence of sandalwood, rosewood, cardamom, nutmeg, vanilla, and spices”.  The woody notes stand out the strongest and really bring this into that modern-day cologne feel.  As I sit here a half hour after application, I am beginning to pick up more and more of those other scents that are mentioned.  It is indeed rounding out nicely into a spicy fragrance with a hint of sweet behind it.  But overall this is a very unique and masculine scent that will go great both during the day and also at night.

Review: WM. Newmann & Co. – Signature 1907 Aftershave

WM. Newmann & Co. - Signature 1907 Aftershave

WM. Newmann & Co. – Signature 1907 Aftershave

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!

Review: WM. Neumann & Co. – Lime & Mint Rum Aftershave

WM. Neumann & Co - Lime & Mint Rum Aftershave

WM. Neumann & Co – Lime & Mint Rum Aftershave

WM. Neumann & Co. are an awesome company for shaving products.  They are the quintessential “old-timey” type of company, whose roots trace directly to the early-1900’s  dusty apothecary type of place where you would get your snake oils and candy sticks.  The recipes of their products come right out of WM. Neumann’s own notes, which were handed down through the family.

The Lime & Mint scent sounded intriguing to me so after today’s shave, which was a little rushed, admittedly, I knew I’d be in for a treat.

They say on their own website “it stings like the dickens”.  Yes, it does, but its not too bad.  The combination of the sting and the smell are kind of like that dual sensation thing that pleases your soul.  Like the sweet vs salty of a chocolate covered pretzel.  It was a sensation that totally wakes you up.

The lime is a darker lime scent.  Definitely lime, but a dusty, manly lime.  And the mint is really intriguing here adding a certain twang to the lime scent, and adding to the good-morning-ness of this aftershave.  And as I am going on here, the smell is getting more and more delicious.

This, as in all of their products, is loaded with natural ingredients that are great for your skin.  Stuff to sooth irritation and moisturize.  Astringents and nourishing ingredients too.  And tea tree oil to fight bacteria and stop and infections on the parts where you were sloppy with the razor.

I’m a bay rum kind of guy, so I can’t say this would be an everyday aftershave for me.  And if I was feeling lime, I’d probably grab a bay rum & lime combo first.  That being said, if you are a fan of lime, you do have to give this a shot.  It stands apart, and is a top-notch quality product.

Review: WM. Neumann & Co – Bay Rum Aftershave

WM Neumann & Co - Bay Rum Aftershave

WM Neumann & Co – Bay Rum Aftershave

Ahh, it is so good to be reviewing a bay rum aftershave again.  And I’ve got a real good one here for you today.  And this one takes us back to the turn-of-the-previous-century apothecary scene.  WM. Neumann & Co. are all about bring the past into today.  They are a modern artisan company based off of the founder’s great-grandfather’s fragrance notebook.  He spent his time developing fragrances, aftershaves, shave soaps, and more back in his old apothecary in Detroit around the early 1900’s and the notebook with the recipes passed down in the family and have been resurrected in these fine products.

I ordered a sampler of their aftershaves, and I am already impressed.  The first one up today is what is obviously my favorite scent, bay rum.

I had an ok shave today.  Not sure I was happy with my shaving cream, but I’m going to give it a shot again tomorrow.  Anyway, it left me bbs, but a little irritated.

So, the aftershave.  As advertised on their website, this aftershave goes on with a good bit of alcohol bite.  But this bite numbs over pretty quickly, as some of the ingredients take over.  Speaking of ingredients, it would be hard to find an aftershave with this many skin-loving ingredients in it.  Organic Aloe, witch hazel, slippery elm back, marshmallow root, and chickweed to sooth and calm irritated skin.  Hello.  So that razor burn I was expecting quickly soothed over.  And it doesn’t end there.  There are natural ingredients to hydrate the skin (like glycerin), some to nourish the skin (like blue-green algae), some to heal the skin (like nettle and milt thistle), and some to fight bacteria (like tea tree oil).  Really?  I mean really?  And you thought aftershave was supposed to be alcohol and fragrance….

Speaking of fragrance, for a bay rum, this is a great one.  It’s more on the spicy side of bay rum.  The exact blend of fragrances is a family-held secret, but I sense some orangey-citrus top notes, a definite strong bay presence in the middle, along with some cinnamon and maybe a woody presense as well.  It’s a fantastic spicy, dark, manly blend that left my face and hands smelling awesome.  This stuff is the real deal, a recipe going back over 100 years.

I cannot say enough good things about WM. Neumann & Co’s Bay Rum Aftershave, and I’m really excited to try the other scents I received in my sampler pack.  They also have some shaving soaps (hello bay rum!) that I am definitely going to be trying soon.

(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.)