Atomic Age Bay Rum Artisan Shave Soap & Aftershave - The Way Bay Rum was meant to be! - Phoenix Artisan Accoutrements
  • Atomic Age Bay Rum Artisan Shave Soap & Aftershave - The Way Bay Rum was meant to be! - Phoenix Artisan Accoutrements

Atomic Age Bay Rum Artisan Shave Soap & Aftershave - The Way Bay Rum was meant to be!

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Atomic Age Bay Rum - It's About Evolution

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Just a few things that make Atomic a very different Kind of Bay Rum

• Zero Clove (Find out why below)

• 5 Years in development 

• Charred Oak Barrel Aged

• Scent Notes Blended to Balance

Made with West Indian Bay Hydrosol

• Made w/ Face Saving Ingredients:

• Hedione Seaweed Extract, Liquid Silk, Aloe Vera & Alum

    "When you tell everybody that you don't like bay rum and Douglas Smythe makes a liar out of you...this stuff is killer!" ~ Kenny Comeaux

    Atomic Age Bay Rum has been over 5 years in the making, possibly 15-20 if you take into consideration my years prior being a Bay Rum wearer and connoisseur!

     "But why another bay rum Doug?"

    You pose a good question. My answer, I don't think anyone has really delivered yet when it comes to a deep, complex and smooth rendition of Bay Rum. Most fall short and come off cloying too me, sometimes almost "punched in the schnauz" metallic as if it were just clumsily tossed together and rushed to market. Yet we settled...why?

    While it's certainly true West Indian Bay on it's own, already smells swell, it just has so much untapped scent potential that really needs to be worked and tweaked into a harmonious blend...to just ignore this is a disservice and a crime. Being the star of the show, Bay needs a good cast of supporting actors to lift it up and diffuse some of it's rougher qualities, like any good perfume or performer! 

    [Introducing the supporting cast: Select West Indian Herbs, Spices & Citrus Notes suspended in a harmonious golden ratio.]

    My mission; Create the BEST Bay Rum on the planet...lofty I know and possibly a tad dramatic, But I DID IT! I kid you not, I actually believe Atomic Age Bay Rum is the last Bay Rum people will ever buy.

    "Dude, I am totally loving your soaps right now... But the mind blower is the Atomic Age Bay Rum!!!! Best bay rum EVER, and I have everyone’s bay rum!!!! I’ll be placing a big order for matching splashes as soon as it is released!!!" ~Steve Platts

    To test this theory I picked out a few testers that were, in their own words, Bay Rum Haters. Typically I would have no use for people like this, I mean...how can anyone hate Bay Rum? It's like Summer in a bottle or Liquid Paradise...Christmas on Pirate Island even! But in this case, I needed them. If I could turn these guys into Bay Rum lovers, I would have succeeded in what I set out to do! 

    Mind you, I chose Bay Rum Lovers as well and damn if I did not make Uber Believers out of both groups!

    ...But I'm getting ahead of myself.

    Not sure how many of you know this, but I lived in Central America for 4 years. I literally lived in a hammock on the edge of the rain forrest on the beach (for real). I didn't know the language, I didn't know anyone there, just saved up a few thousand dollars and left seeking adventure. I might add, my friends and family thought I might be having a breakdown of some sort, lol.

    At the time I was doing really well, had a great apartment/bachelor pad, had a groovy cat named Max, had a swell job and was in two pretty successful bands...but I needed this and off I went with tent and hammock in tow!

    It was truly another world, a whole other planet! I was pretty much taken in by the "local" artisans, thus gaining much needed gringo street cred. I use parenthesis because these artisans traveled all around Central & South America setting up their blankets or foldable tables worth of handcrafted wares to sell to tourists.

    Having an in with the artisans and no time limit, I got to see many things a lot of tourist traveling through don't often get a chance to. One of the things that was memorable was working on a pineapple farm, believe it or not! I was totally blown away by the fact that a plant would only yield just one pineapple! This hardly seemed like a sustainable crop...but I do love a good pineapple.

    Then there was the SUGARCANE!

    I had a few Swedish friends that worked on a farm where cane was grown and processed. The whole lay out looked like Jurassic Park and the juicing machines looked to be fresh out of the industrial revolution...oh man, the noise of those machines! But that was just the beginning of my journey into the history and traditional process of Rum Making.

    You see, this farm or "finca" was especially set up for rum makers in Nicaragua where this sweet juice and molasses was to be shipped. [Fun Fact: They have such an abundance of molasses in Costa Rica its actually sprayed on the dirt roads to keep the dust down!]

    ...Moving on.

    Being a non citizen in Costa Rica I had to leave the country every 90 days for at least 3 days in order for my visa to renew, so I would make the trek every 3 months to either Panama or Nicaragua. I love Panama but Nicaragua was magical, especially the Island of Ometepe...but that's another story for another time. I will say it has a very Scooby Doo mystery type vibe about the place...but I digress.

    It was in Nicaragua where I was lucky enough to tour some distilleries and hear the history...what a rabbit hole of Awesome for this gringo to stumble upon.

    Geesh, this sales page is turning into a slight memoir...I may have to Cliff Note it.

    Well, what I'm getting at is RUM. I fell in love with rum in Central America. I thought I understood this golden elixir before I entered the jungle, but I did not. Real Rum is like medicine and should not be mixed or blended with anything, there's no need to when it's made right! I felt an immediate affinity for the stuff, partly do to the fact that I like a good drink, but also because Bay Rum was my signature scent.

    Back home in the US some people actually thought I naturally smelled like bay rum, I wish...but that's how much of Bay Rum was interwoven with the very fabric of my being. At my old job fellow workers would know I was on the scene before they even saw me...it was the Bay Rum wafting in first as if I held the door for it.

    So just to be crystal clear, I love Bay Rum. I always have, I read as much as I could about the stuff, wrote many a blog on it and even made a few How To tutorials on this little olfactory wonder...which also has many a medicinal benefit too I should add!

    If I was going to create the BEST Bay Rum I was going to need to tap into all that I had learned over the years. I was going to need to approach this challenge differently than others...and so it began.

    Clove, What Clove?

    First thing I needed to do was take clove out of the recipe. There is Absolutely NO REASON for clove to be in a Bay Rum aftershave. For one, the stuff will burn the hell out of your skin, some fellas react worse than others. Two, the West Indian Bay and Clove are cousins from the same family and possess so many similar traits. So much so, most folks assume they are smelling clove when they are just smelling part of the West Indian bay leaf profile.

    In researching why clove was so often used I was brought back to rum making. In traditional Spiced Rum, clove as well as many other spices were/are used. Naturally, when combining Bay and Rum in early traditional recipes clove would end up in the blend by default...it was infused the rum that was used! Rum that was meant to be quaffed and consumed, not splashed on freshly shaven skin. So for that, you will find zero clove in Atomic Age Bay Rum.

    Up To The Task w/ a Cask?

    Next was the maturing process. Typically I mature or age my aftershave/colognes in glass for 4-6 weeks (sometimes longer!). This is all well and good but I really wanted to explore using charred oak barrel casks. There's a reason why the best rum is fermented in Oak Casks rather than not so great rums fermented in Stainless Steel or other vessels...barrels are not cheap, but on an alchemical level, worth their weight in gold!

    You see, The tannic influences of the charred oak wood adds subtle notes of vanilla, coconut, peach and even clove...without the clove! Making this switch added a whole new level of depth and presence, if you will. There really is an amazing difference when compared next to a bay rum matured in simply glass...two very dramatically different animals. 

    Why Dilute The Magic?

    Next is my addition of West Indian Bay Hydrosol or Flower Water. Hydrosol is a byproduct of the distillation process of procuring Bay Essential oil (Pimenta Racemosa). This is all done by small batch in my lab by me to ensure purity and quality. I chose to use the hydrosol rather than just plain distilled water as is done with all other bay rum aftershaves and colognes. It's tough to just rush through this process in words so I created a short behind the scenes video especially for you, my dear reader. 


    Then there is the skin food! As with all Phoenix Shaving & Crown King Aftershave/Cologne I use nothing but the best, face saving ingredients. Such as, Seaweed Extract, Liquid Silk, Vegetable Glycerin, Aloe Vera...and then there's Hedione, you're welcome!

    Seaweed Extract:

    Seaweed Extract is rich in vitamins and minerals and helps to soothe, soften and condition skin. It also protects and maintains skin’s natural balance. Seaweed Extract has a soothing marine botanical that relieves irritation caused by the environment. 

    Vegetable Glycerin

    Glycerin is an ingredient that can be found in many beauty products because of its moisture locking properties. Apart from moisturizing, it also has cleansing, lubricating and soothing properties.

     Liquid Silk

    Silk amino acids, also known as silk protein or sericin, are the jelly like proteins that bind the tiny fibers in silk. They are used to help prevent dehydration of the skin and help strengthen hair. They come from the silk worm, which aren’t actually worms but caterpillars despite their name. 

    Liquid Silk provides excellent moisturizing and conditioning qualities. Liquid Silk can give the skin a very soft, smooth velvety feel when used in things like lotions and hand creams.


    Needless to say I am ecstatic about the release of Atomic Age Bay Rum! Atomic is both timeless and masculine, elegant and smooth, sophisticated without being pretentious, bold but exotically alluring and mellow.

    In short, Atomic Age Bay Rum is the fruit of my own private, calculated study in Bay Rum crafting and I could not be more proud to add another chapter to the long sailing history of Bay Rum!

    Experience the difference, experience the future, experience Bay Rum the way it was meant to be, Atomic Age Bay Rum!

    Aftershave Info:

    Ingredients: Alcohol, West Indian Bay Hydrosol, Essential Oils,Fragrance Oils, Hedione, Seaweed Extract, Liquid Silk, Glycerin, Aloe Vera, Alum  

    3.5 Classic Glass Flask - Orifice Reducer Top

    Artisan Shave Soap Info:

    About The Soap

    Many Have Sworn There Is Tallow In Our CK Formula!

    Our CK high butter formula is loaded with high quality ingredients giving you the closest shave and leaving your post shave skin feeling smooth and soft. Aside from the Kokum, Shea and Cocoa butters you will also find avocado oil...the ultimate cocktail of skin food! AND though it may seem as such, there is ZERO Tallow or Lanolin in this formula!

     4oz Jar - VEGAN

    Ingredients: Potassium Stearate, Glycerin, Potassium Cocoate, Aqua, Potassium Kokumate, Sodium Lactate, Potassium Shea Butterate, Potassium Castorate, Sodium Stearate, Potassium Cocoa Butterate, Potassium Avocadoate, Parfum [Fragrance]

    4.8 out of 5, based on 6 reviews
    Tim from New jersey on Feb 03, 2018
    One word. Outstanding in every category. Done
    Dusty from Athens, TN on Jan 19, 2018
    This is definitely the best bay rum I have used in my opinion. I get a rum and cola vibe from this scent and I love it! It’s not a Coca Cola scent I get, but more of a gourmet cola mixed with rum. I may be crazy but that is what comes to my mind. So if you like spiced rum with a splash of cola, then you will probably love this!
    Richard Melville from Athens, Greece on Nov 23, 2017
    Even though the scent isn't exactly my idea of Bay Rum (my idea of Bay Rum is from a quart bottle my dad bought in the 1960's from the Navy Commissary for a quarter, which I ended up finishing off in the early 1980's - Lustray Bay Rum comes close to this memory, I guess), both the soap and the after shave are awesome in their own unique right! The soap performs excellently, like all the other PAA soaps I have, and the after shave lasts a good long time. Very nice work!
    Scubis from New England on Nov 11, 2017
    Best Bay Rum to date for sure , strong good scent ,never overpowering . No redness or negative issue so far . The soap lathers and performs as it should . Will not go further , if you would like a Bay Rum soap and splash Atomic Age Bay Rum will be the best and should put all negative feedback from other bay rums everywhere away to be forgotten .. It is that good ..
    Dave from Dothan, AL on Nov 05, 2017
    Before I get into the review, I need to convey just how difficult a combination of beard and skin I truly have. My skin is a weird combination of scarred(from cartridge razors), and easily irritated because of all that canned so-called "shaving cream" I used before I awakened to true wet shaving. To make matters worse, my beard, while soft once it grows out, comes in like tungsten wire within twelve hours of shaving.

    I don't know why, but for some reason I wanted to give Atomic Age Bay Rum a grueling(for me) torture test. Because of this otherworldly combination of fetal skin and tungsten carbide whiskers, a full three-passer has generally been met with entire crops of weepers and the occasional bleeder, even on a fresh blade, but this evening, I used an Astra Superior Platinum for its third and final shave. Stepping right from the shower a mere five minutes after a sample of Stirling Spiced Apple Cider bath soap started up a low smolder on my face(I blade the clove, not Stirling) I lathered up in my Crown King scuttle and took my time applying Atomic Age Bay Rum to my face. Within thirty seconds, its diesel punk voodoo took over, not only knocking out the burn, but pleasantly soothing my skin. The voodoo continued for all three passes, reducing my articulate writer's vocabulary to incoherent grunts of pleasure, long after I rinsed and applied the matching aftershave. I only used a few drops, but even hours later, it's still there, a sweet, spicy reminder that leaves me running my hands over my face and neck in disbelief over how smooth they are.

    As I consider my shaving experience for this review, I find myself understanding exactly why Douglas Smythe created Crown King as a formula separate and distinct from the primary Phoenix line. As much as I enjoy both Stirling and Phoenix soaps, Crown King in general and Atomic Age Bay Rum in particular, have left them all in the dust. In fact, unless I find a better blade than the Astras, I'll be forced to either return to two passers, or go a good $200 or more in the hole to fill up my medicine cabinet with a sizeable chunk of the Crown King line. If you're on the fence, either due to indecision over the sheer number of Phoenix scents, or, like me, have a tough beard and sensitive skin, stop thinking, ESPECIALLY if you love a good spiced rum. Your face and neck will thank you, and that scent will put a smile on your face even on the worst days.
    Griff from California on Oct 27, 2017
    I don’t know if I would agree this is “Bay Rum done right”; I would actually say it’s Bay Rum done perfectly wrong, which is a compliment. The scent is complex and unique, and even after the description, a bit different than what I was anticipating. It says Bay Rum on the tin, after all. I actually missed the absence of clove at first, which I normally like in other offerings. But no, I really get the direction with this scent and I really like it. This may be a rare instant a favorite for me; time will tell, and it could qualify for 5 star, ha. The quality of the soap and aftershave themselves are great as always with the PAA products today. Many thanks!

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