Our version of Caribbean Bay Rum is slightly reminiscent of Pirates, Sailors and Islanders of old……
Although considered a man's fragrance, because our Caribbean Rum is lighter than most versions, some woman enjoy this spicy scent too.
As with all of our soaps, this bar is hard, with a creamy, bubbly lather.
Little History on the "Bay Rum" Fragrance
To eliminate or mask the smell acquired while working on a ship at sea for months on end, Pirates and Sailors of the 16th Century would rub the West Indies bay leaf all over themselves, which would deposit it's essential oil on their skin.
While elsewhere, some plantation slaves discovered that molasses, a by-product of sugar, grown by local farmers could be fermented into a sweet alcoholic beverage. Brewers on the islands took the slaves’ crude recipe, distilled it, and made it much stronger, creating the rum we know today.
Back to the pirates and sailors.....Instead of rubbing his body with the leaves, to extract their essential oils and make an easy-to-apply cologne, some sailor used the Rum to steep the bay leaves.
And Bay Rum was born.
Islanders took this basic recipe and began adding touches of their own by mixing in cloves, citrus rind, and cinnamon.