Bay Rum Cologne

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Bay Rum is a traditional Caribbean recipe used to soothe the skin after shaving and as a cologne. In 1838, sailors discovered that bay leaves combined with rum created a pleasant fragrance and a natural deodorant. Yoggiebear uses high-quality Jamaican white rum and spices like bay leaf, anise, cinnamon, and cardamom to create Bay Rum cologne, which is filtered after an eight-week steeping period, resulting in an amber-colored, pleasant cologne that quickly closes pores.

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Bay Rum is a traditional recipe that was used to soothe the skin after shaving and could also be used as a cologne. Its history begins in the Caribbean.

Back in 1838, before regular bathing became common practice, people tended to have a strong odor. Men who spent months at sea would often develop a putrid smell on their vessels. However, an inventive sailor discovered that using the leaves of bay trees found in the West Indies helped combat this unpleasant bodily stench. This use of bay leaves as a natural deodorant began to catch on, and sailors embraced it.

As the sailors sought to improve this natural deodorant, they found that rum could more efficiently extract the oils from the bay leaves than simply rubbing the leaves on their skin. The addition of rum gave the deodorant a new fragrance, resulting in the creation of the Bay Rum scent. The sailors loved it so much that they started steeping bay leaves in rum and using the resulting liquid as men’s cologne.

In Wellington, Yoggiebear begins the process using high-quality Jamaican white rum and steeping spices such as bay leaf, anise, cinnamon, and cardamom in it. After an eight-week period, the filtration process begins, resulting in an amber-colored, pleasant cologne that quickly closes pores.

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Bay Leaf extract, Jamaican white rum, Lime essential oil, Selected herbs & spices

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Beard Oils:

Place 2-3 drops of oil on your palm and rub palms together then massage the oil into the beard for a glossy healthy healthy-looking beard that smells great.

Beard Balms:

Using your fingernail, scrape a thumbnail size (for a full beard) amount of balm and rub between your palms to warm the balm. Massage the warm balm into the beard until evenly distributed and the beard has a healthy shine.

Moustache Waxes:

Using your thumb nail, scrape a pea size amount of wax and rub between your thumb and forefinger to warm the balm. Massage the warm wax into the moustache until evenly distributed and shape the moustache as desired.

The wax may feel gritty initially, this is normal and disappears once warmed.

Shave Oils:

Ensure the area to be shaved is warm. Place 2-3 drops of oil on your palm and rub palms together then massage the oil into the area to be shaved. Shave as normal. The oil can also be used as a lubricant under your normal shaving cream or soap.

Shaving Soaps:

Ensure the area to be shaved is warm. With your wet brush in one hand and your soap in your bowl or other hand, you’re ready to rumble. Run that brush onto the soap, finding your own rhythm—swirling it clockwise, counterclockwise, twisting and twirling, dabbing, etc.

The amount of swirling and time needed will vary depending on your brush and your soap. The goal is to get a good amount of soap into the wet bristles. This is called loading the brush. A well-loaded brush will have bristles that clump together.

Beard and Body Washes:

Splash warm water on the beard or skin to be washed. Pump once into your palm and rub palms together then apply to the beard or skin area. Massage the wash into the area to provide a luxurious lather. Rinse with warm water.

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