Scent Pleasantness: 9
Scent Strength (balance): 10
Prior to discovering the world of classic wet shaving, I would have classified myself as a typical male shaver who purchased all his shaving needs at the pharmacy or big box store. So my only exposure to different scents was essentially limited to what Gillette and the other shaving big boys decided was best for me. I bring this up because I have been using a Bay Rum shave cream for the last week or so and I can’t help but think of how much I enjoy it and if it wasn’t for my entry into wet shaving, I may have never experienced it. Which of course makes me think of how unfortunate it is that the Bay Rum scent (along with many others) is really limited to a small portion of shavers out there because of the hold the big boys have on shelf space.
The good news is that you found this article, and if you have yet to try a Bay Rum shave cream, the Elvado West Indies Bay Rum offering is a great place to start. Offering a great all around product.
My first experience with Elvado’s products was a couple of weeks ago with their Almond Shave Stick, which I really enjoyed. I can say that their Bay Rum offers the same excellence when it comes to the efficacy of their lather and overall final results. This isn’t really surprising because all of their “Shaving Soap Base is the same regardless of fragrance” (I contacted the guys over at Elvado for more information). Which of course is a real positive because if you are happy with one soap you are bound to be happy with the next – at least for performance.
As I mentioned above I really enjoy the Bay Rum scent and the Elvado offering has a slightly different take – as you would expect – but it is right up there with some of the best that I have used. A big thing for me when it comes to a soap’s fragrance is how well it is balanced, I don’t want the fragrance to be overpowering, nor do I want to struggle to find a scent. I would have to say that this soap has it just right. There is just the right amount of spiciness, a lovely hint of lime, and an overall sense of freshness to the soap that remains throughout your shave.
It’s worth mentioning that all of Elvado’s offerings are certified vegan products and free from animal testing. I’m not sure if this information would turn some people away from the Elvado line, if it does, you shouldn’t let it. The soap is a quality product that provides a great experience. You can find more information on their website or check out Amazon.