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Bootlegger's Aftershave Reviews



Now that I have compiled all the ingredients and commenced blending, I will regularly be posting Bootlegger's Aftershave reviews on this thread. Acquiring the ingredients and transporting to my home in Western Australia has been an 18 month exercise, due to travel restrictions, the existing ban on airfreight for alcohol-based products (unless you pay a small fortune for a special licence), and the scarcity of some products for the very reasons above.

My thanks to @OkieStubble for your encouragement to post the reviews, and to the members of the B&B community who assisted in the development of the blends.

First cab off the rank will be the Original Bay Rum.
 
Review - Bootlegger's Original Bay Rum




Background

Bootlegger's Aftershaves are a product of the good members of the Badger and Blade Forum community, with the initiative spearheaded by @OkieStubble, who I am delighted to see has joined our Aussie Forum (Paste and Cut).
The Bootlegger's concept is to blend together a combination of drug-store aftershaves to produce a derivative product, hopefully with synergy such the blend results in a final product that is superior to the sum of its parts.

Recipe
  • 1 part Pinaud Clubman Virgin Island Bay Rum
  • 1 part Master Bay Rum
  • 1 part Superior 70 Alcoholado Bay Rum
Scent and Performance

It seems clear to me that much thought went into this blend. The Pinaud Clubman Virgin Island Bay Rum has a very robust scent, with cloves and spices doing the heavy hitting. Conversely, the Master and Superior 70 Bay Rums are fresher and lighter, with the Master having a slight sweetness, and the Superior 70 having a very pure bay leaf note. This results in a very satisfying blend that is versatile and can be used in warmer weather, whilst remaining faithful to the Bay Rum genre. I would rate the scent of this blend as having medium longevity as an aftershave splash.

The blending philosophy carries through with face feel and performance. The Pinaud Clubman Virgin Island Bay Rum is again robust, giving a resounding sting upon application, but can be a little drying. The Superior 70, whilst high in alcohol, seems to have a mitigating effect, and this is further enhanced by the Master Bay Rum, which contains substantial glycerin. On its own, I find the glycerin in the Master Bay Rum a little cloying, but the Bootlegger's blend thins this out, such that there is an initiative feeling of lubricity, which immediately dissipates leaving no residual stickiness. Nicely done indeed.

Summary

Outstanding work from @OkieStubble and the assisting B&B community members. The Bootlegger's Original Bay Rum blend satisfies the Bootlegger's prime directive - a product that is superior to the sum of its parts. The scent is beautifully balanced, and the face feel is refreshing, whilst having a moisturising effect without any residual sticky feeling. It has shot to the top of my Bay Rum aftershave list as equal favourite alongside DR Harris.
 
Review - Bootlegger's Perfecto Virginia



Bootlegger's Aftershaves are a product of the good members of the Badger and Blade Forum community, with the initiative spearheaded by @OkieStubble, who I am delighted to see has joined our Aussie Forum.
The Bootlegger's concept is to blend together a combination of drug-store aftershaves to produce a derivative product, hopefully with synergy such that the blend results in a final product that is superior to the sum of its parts.

Recipe
  • 1 part Master Bay Rum
  • 1 part Superior 70 Alcoholado Bay Rum
  • 1 part Vitos Colonia Tobacco
Note: Vitos have recently changed their bottle and label, but there is no mistaking the colour and scent.

Scent and Performance

As noted in the Bootlegger's Original Bay Rum review, the Master and Superior 70 Bay Rums are fresh and light styles, with the Master having a slight sweetness, and the Superior 70 having a very pure bay leaf note. The addition of the Vitos Tobacco gives the scent depth and warmth, with a touch of sweetness. It is a very masculine scent with a touch of sophistication, with the Bay Rum notes interplaying well with the Tobacco notes. Again, this is a very versatile blend that can easily be used in warm weather. I would rate the scent of this blend as having medium-high longevity as an aftershave splash.

The face feel and performance is very good. It has a refreshing rather than savage sting upon application, and the glycerin in the Master Bay Rum provides a nice moisturising effect upon dry down.

Summary

I knew I would like this blend, as I already am a fan of the Vitos Tobacco splash. Bootlegger's Perfecto Virginia has become my equal favourite Bootlegger's blend alongside El Dorado.
It makes me think of holidays, which can't be a bad thing! Outstanding work from @OkieStubble and the assisting B&B community members. You've kicked another goal with this one, Rob :thumbup: .
 
Just saw this! :a14: Well done, @Norman Gunston!

edit: The Clubman SR and Vanilla appear to be in Myrsol bottles ... :a39:

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Well spotted, Sir! They seem to benefit from being in glass rather than plastic. I have also done some Bootlegger's Blends using Myrsol bottles - they are just so damn cool. I attach a photo showing the flipside of the Myrsol Bottle featured in the review above.

 
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Great review @Norman Gunston Of the lighter tobacco version of Bootlegger's Perfecto Virginia. It's rare to see a Perfecto review since the Vito's is impossible to come by here. But if anyone can get access to it, It is well worth the trouble.

Looking forward to your review of the darker tobacco version in the Perfecto Maduro. :)
 
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