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    Out of all the English Houses, which one produces the best barbershop scent?

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    Default Re: Recommend a good "English Barbershop" fragrance

    Truefit and Hills Grafton gets pretty good marks.
    Penhaligons Racquest my favorite.

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    Default Re: Recommend a good "English Barbershop" fragrance

    I tend to think almost all good fougeres qualify as barbershop scents. And the best English fougere I've ever smelled is Geo F. Trumper's Wild Fern. It is probably the best pure fougere on the planet. It has a wonderful green smell, unlike any other fougere I've ever smelled.

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    Default Re: Recommend a good "English Barbershop" fragrance

    Perhaps Ralph Lauren's Safari for Men. This one gives me that sort of gentleman's vibe. Sorry...while this isn't an English fragrance, it's the best I could do!
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    Default Re: Recommend a good "English Barbershop" fragrance

    D R Harris Arlington is my favorite.

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    I also like D.R. Harris Arlington; however, its current formulation is that of an eau de cologne (light citrus, herbs, florals, and a little musk). I like Creed Royal Scottish Lavender as a good English barbershop scent though its French and quite expensive too. It has all the hallmarks of something that would have been popular in (at least our contemporary conception) Victorian England: creamy but bracing lavender, bergamot, ambergris (real many claim), musk, and clove. Get a sample if you can.

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    Default Re: Recommend a good "English Barbershop" fragrance

    Bond No. 9 - Central Park smells like luxurious shaving cream to me...

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    Trumper Eu Du Cologne

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    Racquets Formula from Penhaligons *****

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    How about Trumper's Astor? Soapy pine and slightly sweet woods. Of course Wild Fern or Crown Fougère or Penhaligon's English Fern are great as well, and I'd second Racquets and Arlington. The C&S's may qualify, too: Citrus Paradisi, F&M (vintage, please) and of course, No. 88.
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    I would have to recommend Trumper's Wellington fragrance but most of their range could also fit the bill as they are all barbershop scents.

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    As StylinLA says, T&H Grafton is the most (and I think best) barbershoppy trad English one. Taylors Shave Shop, Mr Taylor's, Mr Sydney's and Eton College are all variations on the barbershop frag theme and pretty good.

    Moving away from English, Grigio La Perla, Floid and Proraso are very good and typical trad barbershop frags.

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    Yardley's Lavender ?

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    Default Re: Recommend a good "English Barbershop" fragrance

    Hm, Burberry for Man (the old London one)
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    How 'bout Pashana? I got a bottle Monday. To me, it smells a lot like Tabac, which I got the previous week.
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    Default Re: Recommend a good "English Barbershop" fragrance

    zero longevity but very much British Barber scent

    Geo F Trumpers Limes of West Indies

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    D R Harris Arlington

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    I don't really think the Penhaligon's are barbershop fragrances as such. Distinguished, yes, certainly Racquets Formula fits that bill, but a bit too up market for the barbershop genre.

    I love the Trumpers range (except Spanish Leather which I think is awful), particularly the Sandalwood Cologne.

    However, for the down the line gentleman's barbershop feel I think Shaving Shop by Taylor of Old Bond Street is great, but better than that is their Sandalwood Cologne. The opening is a little harsh, but it's worth it for the drydown which is beautiful, a combination of sandalwood and rose. It takes time to reach that though which is unusual for a barbershop fragrance, as they generally tend to have quite a high alcohol content which burns off the top notes and heart notes quickly. Their Sandalwood Cologne has quite a long evolution and the end game is well worth waiting for.
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    Default Re: Recommend a good "English Barbershop" fragrance

    I like Trumpers quite a lot

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    Trumpers, D.R. Harris and Truefitt & Hill all make some nice "traditional" scents.

    You might also try Asprey Purple Water, which is a long-lasting eau de Cologne. Very refreshing.
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    not from england but paco rabanne ph is a nice barbershop smell

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    Default Re: Recommend a good "English Barbershop" fragrance

    Many of the Penhaligons fit into barbershop I think. Douro, Racquets, Castile.

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    Can Habit Rouge EDT be considered "barbershoppy" because of the citrus? Or is anything French out of the question? (A rather burly and Gallic ghost had me add the last question.)
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    Default Re: Recommend a good "English Barbershop" fragrance

    I truly second above all Taylors of Old Bond Street

    but most of the Penhaligons, Floris, Trumper, Hugh Parsons and Yardley male frags offer this very particular "English Barbershop" sensation

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    I don't get barbershop from some of these: Castile? No. 88? Anything from Floris? I think people frequently make a barbershop association based on the origins and marketing of some of these companies.

    Truthfully, the classic English barbershop scent would probably be Eau de Quinine, in which case you've got Trumper's or Trumper's. Fougere is another possibility, and then you've got a bunch of good suggestions, most notably Grafton, English Fern, and Wild Fern. I concur with the suggestions for some of the older Trumper fragrances (Astor, Wellington) which are literally barbershop scents. Ultimately, though, I think in terms of price and type, the 4 Taylor scents mentioned by great_badir are probably the most barbershoppish.

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    Default Re: Recommend a good "English Barbershop" fragrance

    What about Clubman/Pinaud? Those, to me, are very barbershoppy-type frags. And, although they're quite inexpensive they seem to be found in the majority of men's lockerrooms at ritzy country clubs (at least where I'm from).

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    Default Re: Recommend a good "English Barbershop" fragrance

    Quote Originally Posted by sirsmellzalot View Post
    What about Clubman/Pinaud? Those, to me, are very barbershoppy-type frags. And, although they're quite inexpensive they seem to be found in the majority of men's lockerrooms at ritzy country clubs (at least where I'm from).
    My theory is that the Pinaud Clubman is the ultimate American and Canadian barbershop scent. I know it was in use when I was a kid. They make both the AS and a talcum powder that was always dusted on my neck after a trim.

    I think British barbershop scents tend to be a bit different. More floral perhaps? A lot of very green scents too. I don't know if they have a low priced equivalent to Clubman. Rather, it seems there are a number of scents, mostly pricier than Clubman, that most people equate with British barbershop.
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