If I had to sum up Buckingham in two words, it would be "Victorian soap." To my nose, this is what the essence of old Buckingham is. The opening is a dry, realistic lemon tempered by dusky cypress and juniper notes. The middle is a bit of a spicy fougere that is soapy--not modern soap--but something a distinguished old relative might used. Finally, the base dries down to a light musk that is pleasant, but brief. Certainly smells like it is out of 1880 like most Crown perfumes. No thrills and no frills.
Alas, Buckingham was reformulated (into Crown Fougere more or less) and ultimately discontinued. Despite being one of the first to meets its fate at the hands of the Clive Christian chopping block, some genuine bottles are to found.
If some know-it-all twat comes along blabbering on about how this or that perfume smells "totally like old man" you give him a good sprayful of Buckingham straight in his face - that'll teach him. Because Buckingham, my boy, smelled old back in bloody 1900. Scent of choice for conservative detractors of Jicky and all those new-fangled French baubles. Stolid fougère with potpourri florals and green notes, cypress in particular, that all just seem to enforce the mustiness. It basically smells like hand soap used to, but rarely does anymore (it's fruity aquatic now mostly, isn't it). Thus, the ultimate, accurately rendered, blast from the past. Consider that Creed's Cypres Musc, an angular traditionary scent in its own right, actually smells like a streamlined, pared-down Art Deco version of this dusty brocade, which is recommended for Victorianites only. I do enjoy it around the house occasionally, in moderate dosage, but would not think of exposing the public to it, also since it absolutely requires a soundtrack of Elgar or Holst blasting on your stereo (or rather, grammophone).
27th February, 2013 (last edited: 01st March, 2013)
This is a pleasant scent, fairly old-school in style (soapy, balsamic, spicy). It opens with a very nice lemony-citrus blast and resinous notes. Pine and juniper provide a fresh, bright aspect; and cypress gives it a slightly dusky quality. There are some spices here, not very pronounced but certainly apparent. They give a masculine, barbershop feel to the scent. The oakmoss gets a bit soapy as it often does in old scents. The drydown is aromatic and balsamic, a bit substantial but not oppressive.
05th August, 2009 (last edited: 13th March, 2013)
I can neither find the rotting greens or the musty and fusty. What I do find with this cologne is a fougere like quality that is very pleasant. Yes, the house note is there but playing a very good game with the fougere notes. I like it. I like it very much.
The opening: musty, fusty, almost rank and rotting greens. The development: still musty, fusty - in many of their scents, almost a Crown 'house-note'? - but rather more pleasant as it mellows on the skin.