I love the Clubman line, probably more for the classic nostalgic feeling all of their products somehow manage to create, than for the quality of their products – which is equally effective. When my bottle of Clubman Virgin Island Bay Rum arrived in the mail I was excited by the label which has a somewhat different look to my other bottles from Clubman – the ship sailing off, the crescent moon, and the confirmation that the Bay Rum you are about to experience truly is “As refreshing as an island breeze.” Who doesn’t want to experience this? The fact that it comes in a plastic bottle is slightly disappointing, otherwise the packaging is great. Then I opened the bottle and was equally excited by the bay rum scent that seemed to have a slightly different than I expected. It was looking like it was going to be another enjoyable month of shaving until…
I used the after shave for the first time. I was a bit concerned, perhaps disappointed is a better way to put it, when I was greeted with an intense burning all over my face after applying the after shave for the first time. So much so that I had to wipe the after shave off my face with a wet cloth. Just to be clear, I expect some burning when using an alcohol based after shave, but I didn’t expect the “Flammable” warning on the back of the bottle to be referring to my face.
After a couple of days of not using the Clubman Virgin Island Bay Rum I decided to give it another go. After all, I could have just had a really bad shaving session the first time around. I have never had as much doubt and hesitation before applying any product to my face as I did with my second application of this after shave. Using a little less liquid than the first time I splashed it on expecting the worse, but happily, the only burning I experienced is what one would expect to feel from an after shave. So what happen the first time around? Not sure really, but my guess is a bad shaving session and I definitely used too much the first time.
Having got over the trauma of my first application, I was able to focus on performance and scent. If you have used any other Clubman products you can expect the same experience. It doesn’t leave your face feeling dry – an impressive feat for an alcohol based product. Of course it does a great job in repairing all your nicks and leaving your face feeling refreshed.
The Bay Rum’s fresh scent wakes you up and provides a great start to the day. As I mentioned earlier it has a different take on the bay rum – there is a complexity of scent that compliment each other nicely. Initially there is a woodsy scent that is quickly overtaken with a spiciness dominated by cinnamon and cloves. If you concentrate long enough you might notice some vanilla, a hint of pepper, maybe even some nutmeg. No reason why someone would want to be surrounded by this all day.
Of course there are more natural bay rum aftershave products out there that will probably be kinder to your skin. So if you are not too concerned about the chemicals*, the Clubman Virgin Island Bay Rum aftershave provides a great experience at a great price.
*A side note – funny perhaps. When I was researching some of the chemicals in the bay rum I came across this quote about the Benzyl Benzoate: “Benzyl benzoate is irritant to the skin.” Maybe it’s best to not research what you find in some products.