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(This post was last modified: 04-29-2016, 02:46 PM by grim.)
I’m not all that much interested in aftershaves/colognes. Simple stuff is fine with me. When I started to look seriously at shaving creams/soaps, I looked at some Bay Rums,  tried some (both soaps and AS), and mostly did not like them.  Most were way too sweet – This was not the Bay Rum I remember.  

Many years ago, I stumbled upon Royall Lyme. If you have never been to Bermuda, and can, do yourself a favor and go. There is nothing quite like it.  I had never thought much about “lime”. Old Spice, Brut, Aqua Velva, etc were in the supermarkets of the time.  I bought some anyway. Bay Rum I knew. Old Spice I knew.   Recently when I was thinking about Bay Rum and thought “oh yeah”, Royall Lyme. Lyme came out in 1960 in New York.  Spice, Musk, and Bay Rum afterwards. The newbies are  Mandarin, Rugby, and Vetiver, which are from the 21st century. So I ordered some of the originals.  

I never really understand their “lotion” idea. One is a lotion, another an EDT, another a Cologne. Some are made in New York now, some still on the island.  So, I decided to get some Bay Rum hoping it was as I remember, and not this overly sweet stuff they sell today and pass off as Bay Rum. And then I figured – get the rest too, but no Mandarin or Vetiver - didn’t want them.  

I always liked the boxes. Inside is a bunch of writing telling the story. The seal on top is quaint. Two are “lotions”, one cologne, and one an EDT. On the back are the pictures of the primary component, the West Indies Lime, Bay Leaves, and a Deer. The whole package is quaint. The labels on the bottles aren't even lined up exactly right. I don't think they ever were.

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Bermuda architecture is much, much different than the US, pastel colored houses with white roofs to catch rain water because there is no fresh water

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So what do they smell like? Just as a I remember, a fresh West Indies Lime, Muske, as the cologne seems strong, and Bay Rhum is how I remember Bay Rhum should be. I’m glad I remembered them. Rugby? No opinion, it smells to me like all modern colognes. I like the simple stuff. And oh yeah, Bermuda houses look just like that, light colored pastels on limestone in classic cottage shapes with all white roofs, all built to withstand hurricanes. Pretty cool.

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Royall Bay Rhum is one of my go to Bay Rums - I like it a lot. The bottle is cool as well.
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(04-29-2016, 05:35 PM)Marko Wrote: Royall Bay Rhum is one of my go to Bay Rums - I like it a lot.  The bottle is cool as well.
Mark

Likewise...  they've also just recently released Vetiver Noir- in fact, Gareth at TheHandleBar has it in stock.

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(04-29-2016, 05:35 PM)Marko Wrote: Royall Bay Rhum is one of my go to Bay Rums - I like it a lot. The bottle is cool as well.
Mark

I particularly like the menthol in it. It adds a chill to a very warm/spicy fragrance.

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On the Royall web-site the fragrances (for the most part) are sold in 2 oz Lotion/Splash, 4 oz Natural Spray, and an 8 oz Lotion/Splash.  Aside from the Spray bottle having an atomizer in leu of a splash top; is it the same product in all three bottles just in different sized bottles?  Or more specifically, does the Natural Spray last longer (higher concentration) than the splashes?  Thanks!
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(This post was last modified: 04-29-2016, 09:28 PM by grim.)
(04-29-2016, 08:49 PM)racerx1 Wrote: On the Royall web-site the fragrances (for the most part) are sold in 2 oz Lotion/Splash, 4 oz Natural Spray, and an 8 oz Lotion/Splash.  Aside from the Spray bottle having an atomizer in leu of a splash top; is it the same product in all three bottles just in different sized bottles?  Or more specifically, does the Natural Spray last longer (higher concentration) than the splashes?  Thanks!

Its confusing. Each scent is a different thing. For lotion think AS. For example, for lyme, regardless of size, think AS. 4oz comes with the regular screw on top and an atomizer. Rugby says on it EDT. I think Natural Spray just mean an atomizer. Bay rum, Spyce, and Mandarin are AS. Muske is a cologne and to my nose is stronger. Bottom line, natural spray means atomize. They are all AS except Muske is cologne and Rugby is EDT as marked on the bottle. BTW MSRP prices are way out of line. They can be found much cheaper.

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(04-29-2016, 09:25 PM)grim Wrote:
(04-29-2016, 08:49 PM)racerx1 Wrote: On the Royall web-site the fragrances (for the most part) are sold in 2 oz Lotion/Splash, 4 oz Natural Spray, and an 8 oz Lotion/Splash.  Aside from the Spray bottle having an atomizer in leu of a splash top; is it the same product in all three bottles just in different sized bottles?  Or more specifically, does the Natural Spray last longer (higher concentration) than the splashes?  Thanks!

Its confusing. Each scent is a different thing. For lotion think AS. For example, for lyme, regardless of size, think AS. 4oz comes with the regular screw on top and an atomizer. Rugby says on it EDT. I think Natural Spray just mean an atomizer. Bay rum, Spyce, and Mandarin are AS. Muske is a cologne and to my nose is stronger. Bottom line, natural spray means atomize. They are all AS except Muske is cologne and Rugby is EDT as marked on the bottle. BTW MSRP prices are way out of line. They can be found much cheaper.

Thanks for the prompt reply! The Vetiver Noir interests me the most, but the Google gods are failing me as I can't find any place that sells it for less than MSRP. Still looking...
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I see. Its probably too new for Amazon. $55 for 4 oz is high. 4 oz Vetiver is $27.25.

Give it some time, it will eventually show up on Amazon.
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My fave bay rum


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Thanks for the comments grim! I enjoyed the read Smile.


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