Most useful things already have been written about this aftershave/cologne. It is and old barbershop smell indeed and to me it smells like a mix of Brut Original and Canoe edt but better and fresher than both! A must have for ever fragrance lover as this is excellent and lasting stuff in a cheap big bottle (177ml). This can be used both as aftershave or cologne as it is way stronger than current aftershave releases and lasts easily for hours! Good old school stuff! Rating: 7.5/10
Clubman by Pinaud
Rated #291 in Fragrances
Pinaud is practically unknown here in the UK so there are no childhood short-back-and-sides associations to colour my appreciation. A powdery fougere with lemony topnotes and a vanillic musky base. Straight out of the plastic bottle it smells a bit, well, plasticky; this largely (but not completely) wears off within 15 minutes or so. The use of lavender reminds me of Rive Gauche and the powdery citrus, Racquets Formula, placing it firmly within the barbershop genre. A very clean-cut and traditional scent. Longevity is very good, so although labelled 'aftershave', you can smell fancy all day. For under £10 a bottle (doubtless double the U.S. cost), it's good value, although I do prefer the two I mentioned earlier, which are a notch or three above in the quality stakes (with prices to match). Thumb wavering between up and neutral.
I love this scent and have used this "retro" classic barber shop frag for decades. It is manly, mature, fresh. And is dirt cheap.
You unscrew the cap, smell, and the first thing that crosses your mind is Mad Men.You see a barber shop pole, Playboys and Popular Mechanics lined up in the waiting area, lots of old gents getting snipped, perhaps a straight razor shave and a row of barber chairs. You forget that perm chemicals and ghastly nail polish ever existed. You suddenly erase the word "salon" from your vocabulary and enter manhood. You regret ever watching "Shampoo" and suddenly have newfound respect for "Scent of a Woman". You wanna get a tailor-made suit and light up a Montecristo. OOOOhh, haaaa!!! Find it hard to believe that I spent fortunes on lots of useless 'guy/male' scents and this inexpensive drug store purchase beat them all. Great retro scent . A must have for all MEN over 35.
Used to love it, and it's still a great basic aftershave, but once you've tried the more high end stuff, it tough to go back. I find it almost obnoxiously strong now.
Cloying and vile. Yes, its a trip down memory lane, but when I look back on it, I couldn't wait to leave the barber shop when I was a kid. I hated getting my hair cut, with those stupid crewcuts and flattops and butch wax. I never entered a barbershop again when I reached 19 years old, and proceeded to grow my hair past my shoulders, and never looked back. But getting back to this stuff, it smells cheap, and that retro smell doesn't get out of my head. I flushed it down the toilet.
Clubman is nostalgia in a bottle. Anyone who grew up going to a barber shop as opposed to the Hair Cuttery/Sport Cuts immediately recognizes this scent. To the young'uns, this is what the place where you got your hair cut smelled like, not perm chemicals and nail polish remover. Clubman is a basic fougere, untainted by time or trends. Powdery herbal/florals sit on a base of oakmoss/treemoss, very simple and linear. Splash on a little (note - little: do not overapply the Clubman or you will be That Guy) in the morning after your shave, and it will ghost about you pleasantly for the rest of the day. It's fresh, it's clean, it's a little old fashioned, it's sporty before "sport" fragrances. Geranium, lemongrass, and a touch of lavender with a solid moss foundation. Available in most US drugstores, or on the web from purveyors of men's toiletries. Throw on a bowling shirt, slap on some Clubman, mix yourself a whiskey highball, put on your Panama hat, go sit by the pool, and pretend it's 1959.
This scent requires an almost ascetic, scientific level of restraint (think drops vs. even shots or generous dabs). Pretend to be a cheapskate barber, not so bad, nice. But even then, the Perpetual Nowness of this stuff can be "too much" in its constancy (at least for me) however faint or subtle the outcome. Believe me I get the appeal of this stuff but do not share that particular enthusiasm. For those who seek an actual barbershop scent used in actual barbershops look no further. I much prefer Canoe and Brut or Wild Country. Overapply this stuff, you don't smell clean but creepy. " Next!"
Bought this at local drug store after reading all about it and I am not at all disappointed. Clubman is definitely a classic and after a good shave leaves you feeling like a million bucks! The nostalgic barbershop scent that is clean and fresh. I luv it. Went and bought wetshaving kit just to experience the full thing. Got the talc too! Will definitely keep in rotation, specially for the weekends when I have the leisure to enjoy a good wetshave. At about $7 for a 6oz bottle, this is a must have.
Purchased this with every other cheap drug store fragrance the pharmacy had. In the ingredients Oakmoss extract is listed; Oakmoss definitively stands out in the forefront as a smooth saltiness alongside a lightly sweet powdery note. A soft citrus and bergamot orange pokes threw the stuffiness of the former notes. I'm impressed they still use an Oakmoss extract in such a low cost fragrance! Smells like a well shaved gentlemen with money from a generation long gone.
Clubman by Pinaud
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