As some of you may have figured out, I’m a Bay Rum addict. I just can’t get enough of it. This morning I’m feeling the itch, so I’m reaching for the Phoenix Artisan Accoutrements Bay Rum shaving soap and aftershave/cologne pairing. I’ve had the soap for a little while, but recently picked up the aftershave/cologne and am excited for the pair. My face is feeling pretty healthy this morning and in need of a close shave. Let’s shave.
Preparation: Hot shower
Razor: Phoenix Artisan Accoutrements Name Taker Open Comb Safety Razor
Blade: Polsilver Super Iridium Razor Blade
Soap: Phoenix Artisan Accoutrements Bay Rum Shaving Soap
Brush: Plisson La Maison du Barbier Synthetic
Finish: Phoenix Artisan Accoutrements Bay Rum Aftershave/Cologne
That was a close, spicy shave. My appreciation grows for the Plisson La Maison du Barbier synthetic brush. While it can certainly be characterized as very soft and lacking stiffness, it performs quite well. Loading with the damp brush off of the dry Phoenix Bay Rum shaving soap was quick and simple. After about 10 seconds of swirling, I had plenty of pasty build-up between the fibers and a dense, creamy puck lather on the edge of the soap container. I applied the chunky Phoenix Bay Rum puck lather to my freshly showered face, and then coated it quickly with a couple paintbrush-style strokes of the Plisson La Maison du Barbier brush. The brush fans out readily and excels at this type of use. After a few dips of the brush into the hot tap water reserve and about a minute of good swirling, I had whipped-up a rich and slick Phoenix Bay Rum face lather. The Plisson La Maison du Barbier brush has such a soft face feel that I didn’t want to stop.
I completed my usual three pass shave, one pass with the whisker growth, then two subsequent passes across the stubble patter in opposing directions. The Pheonix Bay Rum lather performed quite well providing a very slick barrier for the Phoenix Artisan Accoutrements Name Taker to glide over. The PAA Name Taker Open Comb is a close shaving razor that is on the aggressive side. Paired with the exquisitely sharp and smooth Polsilver Super Iridium blade, it gave a very close shave. I’m usually not too keen on a big, bulky handle, but the PAA Name Taker handle actually felt nimble and firm in hand. I enjoyed the extra weight and just let the razor glide on it’s own. After a final tough-up, I had a very close shave. Throughout the shave, I felt a bit of a tingle from the Phoenix Bay Rum lather, likely due to the spice oils used. It was not unpleasant, but merely a change from some other soaps I’ve tried. After the final rinse, my facial skin felt quite soft and supple, a great post-shave feel.
The scent of Phoenix Bay rum is rather complex using a blend of 10 essential oils. Off the puck, Phoenix Bay Rum smells spicy. I could pick up cinnamon and maybe allspice. As I built the lather, the fragrance grew to include a healthy West Indie bay leaf aroma intermixed with unique hints of earthy patchouli and citrus. This made for a richer bay rum experience than I’ve had in the past without any sweetness. The scent strength is moderate as the aroma lasted through the shave and lingered a bit after the final rinse.
I finished this shave off with Phoenix Artisan Accoutrements Bay Rum aftershave/cologne. As you might assume, it’s the perfect compliment to their shaving soap. Upon initial application, I felt a warming alcohol sting that grew to a slow burn lasting for about a minute. After the soothing burn faded, the spicy and earthy Phoenix Bay Rum aroma filled the air and my nostrils. A little goes a long way. My skin felt a bit tacky at this point, but as the aftershave dried, my face became soft and tight. Phoenix Bay Rum gave a unique experience that I enjoyed, and I will be returning to with frequency.
Closeness – 4
Irritation – 5
Wounds – 4
Overall – 4.33 A great, spicy bay rum shave!
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