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Barrister and Mann Bay Rum Artisan Shaving Soap, 4oz Excelsior Base

15 reviews
$15.99
SKU BM-SOAP-BAYRUM
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Way back in the glory days of salty sea dogs, sailors used rum tinctures of West Indie bay and spices as disinfectants, fragrances, deodorants, and aftershaves. Over time, many famous fragrance and shaving houses adopted the custom and offered their own versions of the classic scent, which proved to be extremely popular with barbers as well.

Barrister and Mann® is proud to offer our own version of a classic Bay Rum. Dispensing with the modern custom of using large amounts of clove, we instead blend real black strap rum with West Indie bay, sweet orange, cinnamon, and benzoin (a vanilla-like resin). Our Bay Rum is a warm, masculine classic, a piece of history, and a favorite for winter, but is well-suited for any time of year.

Net wt. 4 oz, Made in the USA

Excelsior is the official name for a soap base that we've been developing for the better part of 10 months, a project so top secret that, for quite some time, only two people on Earth even knew that it existed. It was eventually released to a handful of testers as Development Code: Purple Possum, and, while there were officially ten development iterations, the actual number was closer to fifty or so.

It had previously occurred to me that there were quite a few people unhappy with our transition to the Glissant base, people for whom the so-called "White Label" formula (our original design) worked extraordinarily well. It had further occurred to me that the best thing for everyone would be to take all of the advances that we've made in the past 5+ years, everything we've learned from the subsequent development of the Tre Citta vegan base, the Black Label base, the Glissant base, and the Barrister's Reserve® base, and incorporate that information back into a design heavily informed by my original research and formulation style. The end result of the experiment is a base that strongly resembles my original White Label formula in many respects, but which is not possessed of the shortcomings of that design, namely its sensitivity to hard water and somewhat gummy consistency.

Many of you will ask, "What's the difference between Excelsior and Glissant? What about Excelsior and Barrister's Reserve®? Excelsior is firmer than Glissant OR Barrister's Reserve and less finicky to lather than the latter. It produces a denser, slicker, more buttery lather than Glissant and is more conditioning and dramatically less drying. However, unlike Barrister's Reserve®, Excelsior DOES contain lanolin, so those with a sensitivity will want to avoid trying it out.

Overall, Excelsior represents a significant upgrade over the performance of Glissant and will last considerably longer because it's a much harder product. It produces lather similar to that of Barrister's Reserve®, but does not exhibit the gooey, stringy characteristics of its softer cousin. Those who love the lather they get from Barrister's Reserve® soaps but who find the soap difficult to work with will very likely enjoy the performance of Excelsior a great deal.

Ingredients: Aqua, Glycerin, Potassium Stearate, Potassium Tallowate, Sodium Stearate, Sodium Tallowate, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Milk, Potassium Kokum Butterate, Methyl Gluceth-10, Xanthan Gum, Sucrose Cocoate, Potassium Ricinoleate, Sodium Kokum Butterate, Allantoin, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Lanolin, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Oil, Sodium Lauroyl Oat Amino Acids, Fragrance, Sodium Ricinoleate, Tetrasodium EDTA, Tocopheryl Acetate

 

 

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S
11/18/2020
ScentReviewer
Customer review

Unfortunately most of those reviews do not clearly explain how the scent is. Here an accurate description: mostly clove (the claim is bay), ok maybe bay, pinch of cinnamon and that is it. not much. very strong and flat. if u like the clove buds smell (smell like xmas) ok, otherwise look elsewhere. Unfortunately many reviews out there are really not accurate about the smells.

S
11/18/2020
ScentReviewer
Customer review

Unfortunately most of those reviews do not clearly explain how the scent is. Here an accurate description: mostly clove (the claim is bay), ok maybe bay, pinch of cinnamon and that is it. not much. very strong and flat. if u like the clove buds smell (smell like xmas) ok, otherwise look elsewhere. Unfortunately many reviews out there are really not accurate about the smells.

MN
07/12/2019
Mark N.
Customer review

Great soap. The right texture for skin. Keeps a nice lather during the shave and helps keep the skin moisturized after the shave. I will use the soap again.

M
12/03/2017
Michael
Customer review

I have always loved Barrister & Mann products, but this was a disappointment to me. This soap is very slick and cushioning, but that is where the appreciation ended for me. The scent does NOT resemble bay rum, it smells like orange peel and cloves. The soap is also very picky about its water content, the amount has to be just right or the lather fails. When compared to other offerings...it just doesn't make the cut. B&M's "Reserve" series soaps are outstanding, but this soap should go back to the drawing board.

C
11/21/2017
ced.dtux
Customer review

The perfomance is outstanding, and the scent is wonderful : a very good bay rum, sweet (orange), warm and spicy (but not too "clovy"). Perfect.