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Bay Rum?


What is Bay Rum?

You've probably already guessed (or already knew) that Bay Rum is not a beverage.  It was originally an aftershave tonic that was produced through the distillation of leaves from the West Indies Bay Tree (pimenta racemosa) in rum.  Any number of complimentary ingredients would be added to the solution, such as citrus peels, cinnamon sticks, and a variety of other spices and herbs.  The basic formula dates back 300 years, and was a common scent in barbershops until the mid 20th century.

Fortunately, a resurgence in the practice of wet shaving has renewed interest in this classic fragrance.  It is in response to this interest that Gilbert Henry Bay Rum Aftershave Balm was developed.  The purpose of our balm is to capture the fragrant characterstics of traditional Bay Rum, while providing a more soothing alternative to traditional alcohol-based aftershaves.

Why does it smell like cloves?!

Some wet shavers search high and low for a bay rum that doesn't smell like cloves.  The truth of the matter, however, is that Eugenol (the chemical that gives cloves their distinct fragrance) is also present in high concentrations in the oil of pimenta racemosa.  Without it, bay rum would not have its characteristic spicy scent.



Learn more about Gilbert Henry Bay Rum Afterhsave Balm.