Review: Krampert’s Finest Bay Rum Aftershave

I was lucky enough to get a full size bottle of Krampert’s Finest Bay Rum Aftershave as a PIF a little while back, and would like to share my experience with it.

The short version: If you like bay rum, get hold of a bottle of Krampert’s Finest. If you don’t like bay rum, a bottle of Krampert’s Finest will likely change your opinion – so get hold of one.

The longer version? Well, if you insist…

Krampert’s Finest is – if you’re to believe his website, and I see no reason not to – the result of a man being unsatisfied with the available aftershaves and wanting to make something better. I would say Krampert have more than succeeded; this is a damn nice aftershave.

The scent is hard to describe… partly cause I’m not terrible familiar with what Bay Rum is “supposed” to smell like. It smells different than my Col Conk Bay Rum shaving soap, which is my only other exposure to Bay Rum.  It is however a very nice scent, perhaps slightly old fashioned but not in a bad way – more like a Porsche 911 is an old fashioned car… perhaps a better term is “classic”.

The scent also triggers some recollection on my part – like a memory I can’t quite pin down. Not a bad memory, mind you, but still.. wish I could pin it down. Oh well, I’m on a tangent.

The customs note affixed to the package stated it was a moisturizer, and Krampert’s Finest do a great job of moisturizing my face after my shave – it works so well I have caught myself using it even if I haven’t shaved. It also does a good job of sealing and healing any minor nicks I might have inflicted on myself while shaving.

The aftershave also seems to have a curious ability I can’t quite explain; the scent seems to linger longer those days I want it to. Perhaps it’s just me noticing it more, perhaps I unconsciously puts more on, or perhaps it is magic. I honestly don’t care – it works.

Actually, those two last words there can be used to summarize Krampert’s Finest: It works.

It works better than the other – honestly limited – selection of aftershaves I’ve tried. Smells better too… so go get hold of a bottle. It is just that good.

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