Royall Lyme by Royall Lyme of Bermuda
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Royall Lyme is a perfume by Royall Lyme of Bermuda for men and was released in 1957. The scent is citrusy-fresh. It is still in production.

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Fragrance Notes

Top Notes Top NotesLime, Citric notes
Heart Notes Heart NotesClove
Base Notes Base NotesGeranium

Ratings

Scent

7.1 (29 Ratings)

Longevity

4.7 (19 Ratings)

Sillage

5.4 (16 Ratings)

Bottle

6.8 (17 Ratings)
Submitted by Muenchner, last update on 13.06.2019.
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ApiciusApicius 7 years ago

„A Barber Shop Secret”


Which fragrance would you recommend if you were asked for a very special gentleman's cologne for summer – classy, citric, old-fashioned and a bit off-the-beaten-track?...
SilverfireSilverfire 6 years ago

„Gone Before You Finish Reading This”


Ok, ok, it doesn't REALLY last five seconds, but at three hours, Royall Lyme ranks right down there with John Varvitos in its lack of duration....
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Silverfire

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Gone Before You Finish Reading This
Ok, ok, it doesn't REALLY last five seconds, but at three hours, Royall Lyme ranks right down there with John Varvitos in its lack of duration. What's even more disappointing is that the lime you get isn't captivating -- it's a weak, watered down, non-tart lime that exists only in the top notes. It's quickly drowned by the black pepper onslaught, which is oddly mated to shaving cream. There's something spicy in that mix, too. The overall effect is something like a skin bracer followed by the shave, and it's an aggressive, retro sensation. (That may be enjoyable or offensive depending on your perspective.) In its first hour, the lime mellows out the pepper somewhat, and the silage vanishes from two feet to skin scent. In two more hours, Royall Lyme has vanished without a trace.

I really don't know what to make of this scent, being my first lime scent. I was intrigued by smelling like something sour and sweet and perhaps my expectations were set too high. It seems that the lime is just a "note of the month" to throw into the Royall Lyme of Bermuda's basic manly retro mix. If you like this company's approach (Apicus summed it up best below), they do it better in Royal Musk; if you're really craving the lime, just buy some Old Spice and drink a few margaritas!
2.5 8.0/10
Apicius

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A Barber Shop Secret
Which fragrance would you recommend if you were asked for a very special gentleman's cologne for summer – classy, citric, old-fashioned and a bit off-the-beaten-track?

This would be one of my choices – it is one of those simple but good things from the past that one should not miss.

Royall Lyme puts aside any orange or neroli notes that are used so often in classic Eau de Colognes. In accordance to its naming, the focus is very much on the bitter aspects of lime or lime peel. These tart aspects go a relatively long way, and they are sustained beyond the fading of the sour part of the citric note. Only a very slight hint of clove supports the masculine character of this fragrance. The denounced geranium may spend some volume but is hardly detectable as such.

So far, nothing to write home about, but there must be a little secret that they did not publish in the fragrance notes. The classy, wonderfully old-fashioned barber-shop appeal of Royall Lime must come from something that is not so popular nowadays. I believe there are aldehydes in it. I sense the volume and the iridescence that these synthetic notes can provide. In case of Royall Lyme, the presumed aldehydes are not buttery (like in Chanel No.5), but rather fresh and relatively lean.

And that's the point: we know aldehydes from some very opulent and complex gent's colognes of the past. They are fascinating but demanding. IMHO, they can limit the wearability of a fragrance. A more recent example – maybe the only one - of such a reckless use of aldehydes is the very recommendable relaunched Russisch Leder by Farina Gegenüber. If my presumption about aldehydes is correct, then we get the best of them in Royall Lyme – but without any unwelcome opulence or “butter” note.

As an Eau de Cologne, Royall Lyme has a short longevity. It starts fading right after the first splash, and after two hours, you will presumably find only traces of it on your skin. It is meant as a short refreshment, and it does the trick. All of the Royall fragrances come in a beautifully glass flacon. It is a splash bottle, and splashing it over one's chest is a good use one can make of it. However, with respect to today's customs, you can replace the stopper with the included pump sprayer.

At Royall, they try to achieve a very "masculine" image for their company, with alleged sponsorship of rugby clubs. Supporting such a rough sport might tell something about the general character of the fragrances. Indeed, their Spyce and Bay Rhum hurt quite a bit but no worries about Lyme – it is a nice guy!

The Royall fragrances are all reasonably priced so if you cannot find samples a blind buy may be justifiable.

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