What is Bay Rum?
Bay Rum, a subtly scented skin tonic, which originated in the West Indies in the 18th Century. Made from the distillation of rum, itself a byproduct of sugar cane, and the oil extract from the leaf of the native Bay Tree (Pimenta racemosa), a member of the myrtle family (Myrtaceae). The fragrant phenolic essential oils derived from the distillation has been used in the manufacture of soaps, and colognes for centuries. The name "Bay Rum" derives from the practice of boiling the bay leaves in white rum and water. Bay Rum became a most popular body lotion among men of distinction in 18th Century Europe, from whence it spread to North America. It continues to be a favorite among refined gentlemen to this day (Samuel Clemens and Ernest Hemingway are among the notables, of whom it was said to be aficionados of bay rum). Proprietary bay rum lotions are produced in several West Indian republics, as well as by American and Continental European fragrance companies. But the choicest of bay rum lotions comes from Dominica, "The Nature Island of the Caribbean", where a masterful blending of the purest of cane alcohol and the fragrant phenolic essential oil derived from the West Indian bay tree leaf has produced the highest quality traditional West Indian bay rum. Made by hand in small batches, Dominica Bay Rum contains no artificial dyes, fragrances, or synthetic enhancer's of any kind. This natural skin care product is given the highest of rankings by bay rum aficionados. A generous topical application leaves skin feeling clean, cool, smooth, and pleasantly scented with the classical fragrance of bay rum.
The many uses of Dominica Bay Rum include: a stimulating and refreshing lotion applied freely after bath, shower, sauna or spa to lightly scent the body; a soapless, non-drying cosmetic cleanser to clean and tighten pores; a massage lotion to relieve fatigued and sore muscles after hard work, exercise, and other athletic activity; an after shave lotion to cool and soothe skin irritated by the razor; an antiseptic first aid for insect bites, minor cuts, scrapes, sunburn and windburn; a tonic to cleanse and invigorate the scalp; a foot massage lotion to relieve tenderness and cold in the feet, and to promote circulation; a pedicure preparation; and a lotion to perfume bath water. Its liberal application leaves skin feeling vibrant and alive, and its light, natural aroma is crisp, clean, cool, and comforting--like a cool gentle breeze off the clear Caribbean sea.
Dominica Bay Rum has been imported exclusively by California-Antilles Trading since l984. For quality and authenticity, use Dominica Bay Rum from "The Nature Island of the Caribbean." See for yourelf. No other is comparable!
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