I tried all the CW colognes, but this was the only one that worked well on me.
It seems I am enamored of old-fashioned barber-shop scents. In that line, this is one of the most venerable, and, unlike my dear Pinaud scents, still made by the same company with the same formula. At about $35 for 3oz, it's perceptibly well-made.
Because of the high quality, the rather floral smell suggests 19th century dandyism with (for modern noses) perhaps a touch of gender dysphoria. The ideal accompaniment to a ramble in St. James' Park with the Earl of Rochester.
Personally, this is the price range I am at ease with, and the quality I require for formal occasions. Long-lasting, well-perceptible without imposing itself, this after-shave is, though not astonishing, truly flawless.
Another interesting old-fashioned scent from Caswell-Massey. Jockey Club goes on with a floral smell, a mix of rose and jasmine made a bit fusty by a shot of talcum powder. It ends up settling fairly quickly into a lilac smell. But it's not that modern lilac that shows up in aquatic florals - instead it's quite dirty, smelling of wood and, well, dirt. It's not unpleasant, and the dirty aspects, along with the barbershoppy powder, actually make it more masculine than you'd expect from an upfront floral. It eventually dries down to gold musk, that smell of old French soap that's simultaneously clean and animalic.
I think Jockey Club deserves a thumbs up, but if you're willing to try women's scents, there are much better powdery musky florals out there (Joy and No. 5 spring to mind as obvious benchmarks, distant relatives that don't smell much like Jockey Club but that fit the same basic bill).
It might have been JFK favorite scent but JC CM is awful regardless.
The opening is so tart that fries my nostrils, the heart sucks big time and the base is a powdery mess. According to its notes, it is a perfume I should have loved, but I don't.
I like barbershop style perfumes, but this one IMO must have been the scent that Sweeny Todd, the demon barber of Fleet Street, used.
Sillage and longevity are deficient, but that is a virtue on this mess.
Reputedly JFK's cologne. Jockey Club is like comfort food... it evokes fond memories that are probably disproportionate to its actual quality. Its talc smell is clean and fresh.
Here is a very powdery, very warm, extremely long lasting and powerful scent. Jockey Club is history in a bottle. This scent has a very textured history, from being worn and loved by politicians, actors and musicians to being used in Hoodoo ceremonies as a good luck, prosperity and gambling potion. Jockey Club is one that I hope never goes out of production. It's old school in the best sense of the term. If you want something fresh and modern, you have definitely come to the wrong place. This scent is so retro (1840) that it is almost avant-garde.
18th January, 2011 (last edited: 24th January, 2011)