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Aubrey Organics "Spice Island" Aftershave Splash

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Price

Compared to other aftershaves, the price seems very fair. Sure, you could get a bottle of Skin Bracer or Acqua Velva for less than half the price, but this is much better quality.

Quality

Quality is very good. Natural ingredients, some healing ingredients, and EOs for scent. Of the 3 Aubrey aftershaves I've tried, this one seems to have the longest lasting scent and probably a higher concentration of EOs.

Here are the ingredients:

Alcohol denat., aqua, hamamelis virginiana (witch hazel) water, aloe barbadensis (aloe) leaf juice*, glycerin, pimenta racemosa (bay rum) leaf oil, pogostemon cablin (patchouli) leaf oil, piper nigrum (black pepper) seed oil, myristica fragrans (nutmeg) kernel oil, vetiveria zizanioides (vetiver) oil, panax ginseng root extract.
*Organic / Biologique


Fights Razor Burn

Didn't rate for this category because I didn't have razor burn when I used it.

Cooling Sensation

This isn't a cooling or mentholated AS, so no rating for this category either.

Scent

This is my favorite scent in the AO men's line. The scent is described as a mix of Bay Rum and Vetiver. I suppose that's about right, but there are some other things going on. It's not a purist Bay Rum, but I'll take this any day over the synthetic or overly clovey Bay Rums out there. The vetiver is there but it's not too strong. The bay oil component seems sufficient in this one. There is a medicinal undertone because of the ginseng in there, but it mellows quickly on application. I found the scent stuck around for a little over an hour, maybe 1.5 hours. I couldn't really smell it after that. Here, I think the strength of the scent is just right.

Efficacy

It gets the job done and has some extra healing ingredients. It doesn't irritate my face or dry it out too much. Be sure to shake up this stuff vigorously before using it. If you look carefully, you can actually see little bits of oil floating on top in the liquid.

Moisturizing

I'm not sure how moisturizing this is because there is alcohol in it and it is not a balm. I will say my face feels significantly less tight just after using it compared to other alcohol splashes. I still prefer to follow up with a good moisturizer or balm though. My guess is the alcohol content is very low on this one, maybe 20-30% or so.

No Alcohol Burn

There is some sting, but it is very, very mild and fleeting.


Overall, this is a good product at a good price that is well worth trying. Of the three Aubrey splashes, this one is definitely my favorite.

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Pros: Great Bay Rum/Patchouli scent with good longevity
Cons: A bit more pricey than the usual drugstore AS's
PRICE- roughly $10 for 4 oz
QUALITY - good ingredients,some even organic, and well made
FIGHTS RAZOR BURN - N/A as I haven't had any to try this on
COOLING SENSATION - it's a bay rum, so a bit of heat is appropriate, but this is no Pinaud Virgin Island Bay Rum by any stretch! Cooling is from alcohol evaporation only - no menthol here
SCENT - complex, bay rum/patchouli/vetiver :thumbup1:
EFFICACY - works well for me
MOISTURIZING - aloe, witch hazel, and glycerin make it quite soothing
NO ALCOHOL BURN - alcohol is the first ingredient, but it's well-buffered. Hey, it's a bay rum, embrace the burn! (...what little there is...)

A very well-made and effective product. This is the only scent of the Aubrey Organics line that I have tried, so I can't comment about where this sits relative to the others. It is soothing and effective, and has a really complex, spicey, bay rum/patchouli/vetiver scent that I enjoy quite a bit and is fairly long-legged: I can still catch whiffs of it 4 or 5 hours later. The use of aloe and witch hazel makes this very skin-friendly, though it has a small bit of bite upon initial application. It even comes in a glass bottle with a reducer built into the neck, which seems to be a more and more rare thing these days. This AS uses quite a few essential oils which tend to separate out over time, so I would suggest a good shake before every application to re-incorporate them.

One other thing that I want to mention is that, contrary to the OP, I find that the predominent note after the bay rum burns off during the drydown is patchouli, and I really don't get much of a vetiver note at all. The patchouli is not overpowering, but you will notice it wafting up throughout the next few hours - not a bad thing for me, but YMMV. Consequently, I would suggest this AS for casual settings - I don't think I would wear it in an office, for example. For those of us who lived through the '60s, the patchouli note has connotations of "dirty hippie" that might be inappropriate to some in a formal setting. Due to the rather long legs of this AS, you will probably have to find a complimentary cologne (or go without) to avoid clashing.

Aubrey Organics Spice Island AS can be picked up at your local Whole Foods (EDIT: Whole Foods seems to not be carrying this product anymore [as of 9/4/12]. However, it can be special ordered from them) , and is probably available at other health food stores as well. Overall, a very nice take on bay rum which uses quality ingredients, is kind to your skin, and with a patchouli/vetiver twist that makes it different and longer lasting.
Price
4.00 star(s)
Scent
4.00 star(s)
Quality
4.00 star(s)
Efficacy
4.00 star(s)
Moisturizing
3.00 star(s)
No Alcohol Burn
2.00 star(s)
Cooling Sensation
1.00 star(s)
Fights Razor Burn
0.00 star(s)

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