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A new Bay Rum

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A good shave using a previously used Astra Keramik blade in the red-tipped Super Speed. I got a fine lather from the Prairie Creations tallow & lanolin based soap, thanks in part to the Rooney Style 2. Three passes, a splash of the new (to me) Bay Rum, and I’m good to go. This bay rum is made locally, up in Bonny Doon. I like it so far: great fragrance. I got it here.

Written by LeisureGuy

25 February 2011 at 9:23 am

Posted in Shaving

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  1. Been eyeing the Meehan’s for a while, but I’ve read it’s a cologne, not an AS; Did it burn like the dickens?


    25 February 2011 at 2:54 pm

  2. It did indeed—enough so that I looked at the (used) blade I had put into the razor with some skepticism and discarded it. The other explanation could be too much alcohol in the mix. It probably can be tamed by applying it to a wet face. Note this info from Wikipedia:

    The concentration by percent/volume of perfume oil is as follows:

    * Perfume extract (Extrait): 15-40% (IFRA: typical 20%) aromatic compounds

    * Eau de Parfum (EdP), Parfum de Toilette (PdT): 10-20% (typical ~15%) aromatic compounds. Sometimes listed as “eau de perfume” or “millésime”.

    * Eau de Toilette (EdT): 5-15% (typical ~10%) aromatic compounds

    * Eau de Cologne (EdC): Chypre citrus type perfumes with 3-8% (typical ~5%) aromatic compounds

    * Splash and After shave: 1-3% aromatic compounds

    Perfume oils are often diluted with a solvent, though this is not always the case, and its necessity is disputed. By far the most common solvent for perfume oil dilution is ethanol or a mixture of ethanol and water. Perfume has a mixture of about 10-20% perfume oils mixed with alcohol (acting as a diffusing agent delivering the fragrant odor) and a trace of water. Colognes have about 3-5% perfume oil mixed with 80-90% alcohol with about 5 to 15 percent water in the mix. Originally, eau de cologne was a mixture of citrus oils from such fruits as lemons, oranges, tangerines, limes, and grapefruits. These were combined with such substances as lavender and neroli (orange-flower oil). Toilet water has the least amount of perfume oil mixture among the three main liquid “perfumery” categories. It has only about 2 to 8 percent of some type of perfume oil and 60-80% alcohol dispersant with water making up the difference. Toilet waters are a less concentrated form of these above types of alcohol based perfumes. Traditionally cologne is usually made of citrus oils and fragrances, while toilet waters are not limited to this specification.

    An alternative to applying it to a wet face is to try diluting it in a little water. I would work with a small sample, and worked out the best degree of dilution that way. Just a thought.


    25 February 2011 at 3:04 pm

  3. I’d be interested in reading the recent correspondence urging wider use of the slant bar…can you furnish a reference? Couldn’t find anything about it through “Search” on your blog.


    26 February 2011 at 5:29 am

  4. It was not on the blog, but offline. Basically, the idea is this: If you use a slant bar one time a week, is it worth it? I do like a slant bar, so for me the answer is “yes,” but then I got to thinking: it is just a razor, just the cutting action is slightly different, so why not use it daily? So I’ve been making more frequent use of it. However, I also enjoy variety, so I can’t quite bring myself to use it daily, day after day. Still, I can use it more, and in fact set it out last night for use today.


    26 February 2011 at 6:09 am

  5. I’ll often mix a favorite frag with some aloe gel or Nivea (basically) unscented aftershave… That might be just the ticket for the Meehan’s. I know you have a number of Bay R(h)ums – how might you rank this one, among your stable?


    28 February 2011 at 5:18 pm

  6. My first (pre-sting) impression was quite positive: it seemed to be more sprightly, somehow—as, indeed, proved to be the case. Tomorrow I already plan to try splashing it on a wet face instead of dry. (I was going to do that today, but wanted to use the Irisch Moos shave stick, and that dictated the aftershave.)


    28 February 2011 at 6:16 pm

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