#21
Though it's not quite a true bay rum (since it uses Kentucky Bourbon), Derby City Chop Shop Small Batch Aftershave easily wins this slot for me. Face feel is excellent and the scent is lovely.

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#22

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I'm one of those guys that enjoys the smell of clove..gives it a nice spice note to the overall scent.

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#23
I really like bay rum. It's been around since the 1600's when stinky Caribbean sailors first discovered the smelled better when they rubbed themselves down with bay leaves, then later figured out you could get the scent easier after soaking it in rum. Essentially it is pirate perfume.

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#24
(05-08-2016, 10:58 PM)Uzi Wrote: I really like bay rum. It's been around since the  1600's when stinky Caribbean sailors first discovered the smelled better when they rubbed themselves down with bay leaves, then later figured out you could get the scent easier after soaking it in rum.  Essentially it is pirate perfume.

This may be the reason, why the scent is somewhat challenging for me to like

I do enjoy spicy scents, woody notes, oudy scents, tobacco notes - but it all has to still smell pleasant to me and my nose.

Bay Rum reminds me more like something I would smell in kitchen, while cooking and now I know why - I did not know what Bay leafs meant in Danish, but after your post, I looked it up and Bay leafs, while smelling wonderful in certain dishes, I would not enjoy smelling bay leaf on myself.

The same with curry and paprika - I love these spices in foods, but smelling of it - no way.

I also love rum, especially dark rum, and I do have a couple of fragrances that have a rum note in them, but rum combined with bay leaf - no wonder the pirates had to smell really stinky when out on the sea for months, so I figure Bay Rum would be an upgrade to such guys......but I'm not so sure it would be an upgrade on how I smell, even after 3-4 days without taking a bath...sorry guys Big Grin
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#25

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Bay leaves used in Bay Rum scents are not the same as you use in your kitchen. Small point, but important difference.

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(This post was last modified: 05-09-2016, 02:04 AM by CHSeifert.)
(05-09-2016, 12:14 AM)primotenore Wrote: Bay leaves used in Bay Rum scents are not the same as you use in your kitchen. Small point, but important difference.

What is the difference between the two Bay leafs ?
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#27

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Cooperstown, NY, USA
(05-07-2016, 11:18 PM)CHSeifert Wrote: While I consider my nose well educated and have sniffed fragrance since I was 15 years old, Bay rum is still a challenge for me to enjoy.

I do like Barrister & Mann Bay Rum shaving soap, but not sniffed directly from the container, but while used during the shave, the scent is lovely.

Will says the scent should be clove-less, but I still get clove from it.

You're smelling the eugenol, which is present in both West Indie Bay and clove oil. If you were to smell them side by side (clove and bay, I mean), you'd smell an immediate difference. I promise there's not a drop of clove in my Bay Rum. Smile

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#28

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(05-09-2016, 02:04 AM)CHSeifert Wrote:
(05-09-2016, 12:14 AM)primotenore Wrote: Bay leaves used in Bay Rum scents are not the same as you use in your kitchen. Small point, but important difference.

What is the difference between the two Bay leafs ?

Cooking bay, referred to as Bay Laurel or Noble Bay, is an entirely separate plant (in fact, a separate family) from the bay found in Bay Rum, which is West Indie Bay. West Indie Bay is actually far more closely related to allspice. Apart from the name and a somewhat similar odor character, the plants are entirely separate.

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#29

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Far better explained than I could have done. Thank you.

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#30
(This post was last modified: 05-09-2016, 02:59 AM by CHSeifert.)
Will give my Barrister & Mann Bay Rum shaving soap another try this upcoming week and report back with my findings here Cool

BTW has anyone tried DR Harris Bay Rum after shave splash ?
Is it good for a Bay Rum fan ?
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