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Lilac Vegetal (1880)
by Pinaud


Lilac Vegetal information

Year of Launch1880
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 51 votes)

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Parent CompanyAmerican International Beauty Group

About Lilac Vegetal

Lilac Vegetal is a masculine fragrance by Pinaud. The scent was launched in 1880

Lilac Vegetal fragrance notes

Reviews of Lilac Vegetal

I will admit that this fragrance is weird, but in a good way. Lilac Vegetal is an old-fashioned barbershop aftershave that smells like rotting lettuce when whiffed straight from the bottle. However, upon application the rotting lettuce scent unfolds into an intoxicating, powdery lilac scent. This really is a one-of-a-kind scent that I highly recommend.
02nd August, 2017
I bought this after having read a lot about it on wet shaving forums. It's deemed a classic barbershop scent, and relished by many. I am not one of those who relish it. It is a overpowering scent redolent of sweet licorice and cat urine, and in a bad way. That's the description my wife gave the microsecond she smelled it on me, and I could not disagree.
Upon application, I immediately got a migraine headache that did not go away until I washed, and that took vigorous scrubbing.
It's really bad.
11th April, 2015
Oviatt Show all reviews
United States
I am at heart a traditionalist and love the idea of Pinaud fragrances. Some of them I even like. Lilac Vegetal is not one of them. To start with, I do not care for gourmand fragrances and I hate vegetal fragrances (Yatagan, I forgive you for the celery because you are so great.....). Oh, and lilacs are my least favorite flower. So, if I am predisposed to dislike this scent, why am I even reviewing it? Because it is everywhere! In every men's club locker room, every golf club locker room, there are shelves of the stuff and the fellows splash it on with abandon and carry it out into the world with them. Not my idea of how a gentleman should smell. The scent itself smells sour, synthetic and like you forgot to pour out old vase water. Not my cup of tea by a long shot!
05th February, 2015
This is so much a part of my childhood that I have to give it a "thumbs up". My great-uncle was a barber and I was required to visit his shop every two weeks. This scent was applied liberally each time my haircut ended! Hated it then but now it takes me back to a different era. Thanks for the memories.
That being said, I understand why almost everyone's first impression is neutral at best. It is the lingerings that makke it the fine product that it is and I hope it NEVER goes away!
02nd July, 2014
I'm not sure whether I sampled the Eau de Cat Piss version or the Extrait de Cat Piss version, but whichever it was, I must say that I have not sampled a less pleasant version, excepting the one produced by an actual live cat.

There is a certain attraction about Pinaud fragrances: They have been in your consciousness as long as you have been going to barbershops and they are priced infinitesimally higher than an empty bottle, a box and gas to get it to the store. Combining those facts makes one wonder what underpins this barbershop empire. Having now experienced LV, I surmise that its longevity arises almost exclusively from the miserly frugality of barbers, with some sales arising from morbid curiosity.

I might actually recommend LV for the purpose of discovering just how poorly and repulsively it is possible to handle an animalic scent. Heuristic purposes aside however, I recommend avoiding this horror at all costs.
23rd June, 2014
I know that "like" is a broad term on a variable scale that most people make on an individual basis according to their own tastes and preferences. Having stated that, I "like" most of the Edouard Pinaud Clubman line of various fragrance after shave lotions...with a couple standouts I like more than others.

But I'm struggling with this one...I'm trying really hard to "like" the Lilac Vegetal...I really am...but there's something about the potent, sickeningly-sweet lilac and/or rose-type floral fragrance that instantly jams my nostrils when taking whiffs from the plastic bottle or splashing it on that has a distinct funereal air to it, which isn't a pleasant scent to me at all.

It also exhibits a dominant and sharp-edged, over-saturated wet green woods mid-note that tends to sour even more on dry-down that I'm kinda have a tough time getting past. It's really rather off-putting.

I really, REALLY want to like this Pinaud Clubman Lilac Vegetal...but I can't...I just can't.

And that bums me out.

01st March, 2014

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