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    Question Does Rive Gauche Actually Smell Like Barbasol?

    Hello, fellow BN'ers. I know RG is compared to shaving cream a lot, most notably Barbasol. Does it really smells just like Barbasol? The original Barbasol is the only shaving cream that I really like the smell of. Although generic, it doesn't smell like any other shaving cream. More importantly, I have never smelled a fragrance that smells identical to Barbasol, though I have smelled many that smell like shaving cream in ways. Like Paco Rabanne pour Homme.

    Sorry to be repetitive, I just wanna know, because I may blind buy it online. If somebody has some original Barbasol, and RG and would like to compare them side by side, that'd help tremendously. Thanks guys, and Happy Holiday's!

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    Default Re: Does Rive Gauche Actually Smell Like Barbasol?

    Very similar. Rive Gauche is my 2nd favorite "shaving cream" scent, behind Roger & Gallet's OPEN.

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    Default Re: Does Rive Gauche Actually Smell Like Barbasol?

    It absolutely does. It's not a bad blind buy either because it is relatively inexpensive.

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    I don't know how Barbasol smells like but RG (which I love) has a dominant Star Anise note throughout top-heart-base. So if that is how Barbasol smells like than the answer is yes.
    You should blind buy it anyways - its awesome .

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    Default Re: Does Rive Gauche Actually Smell Like Barbasol?

    I don't know how you could tell they smell the same since RG is about 100 times as strong. Barbasol is OK, but RG is too much. Don't blind buy; you may like it, but then again, you may have the opposite reaction (as I do).

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    Default Re: Does Rive Gauche Actually Smell Like Barbasol?

    personally i see small resemblance like you can smell them being similar, but its not VERY similar.

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    Default Re: Does Rive Gauche Actually Smell Like Barbasol?

    Not just Barbasol, but I immediately associate the scent of Rive Gauche PH with the smell of various mid-range and even high-end male grooming and/or shaving products, from various eras and manufacturers, I guess this may all be due to the soapy/barbershop/shaving cream note

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    Doesn't smell like Barbasol to me.

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    Default Re: Does Rive Gauche Actually Smell Like Barbasol?

    I can understand the resemblance people make to Barbasol, but Rive Gauche is more like a classic fougčre along the lines of Canoe or Azzaro, with a prominent patchouli note and it's a bit more "modern" smelling.
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    Default Re: Does Rive Gauche Actually Smell Like Barbasol?

    RG smells a lot like Barbasol to my nose.

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    Default Re: Does Rive Gauche Actually Smell Like Barbasol?

    I actually bought a can of Barbasol in 2009 to confirm the comparison. It is true. They smell alike. However, while the common association that one would make with RGpH is Barbasol, RGpH has other things going on so it is rightly referenced with Canoe and Azzaro (also fougeres)
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    Default Re: Does Rive Gauche Actually Smell Like Barbasol?

    Very much so...I think it's somewhat similar to Azzaro PH as well (to a lesser degree)

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    Yes it does. I layer them fairly frequently. Buy both, enjoy.

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    Default Re: Does Rive Gauche Actually Smell Like Barbasol?

    It's a lot stronger than Barbasol, but the scents are similar. The top notes aren't the same, but the drydown is spot on.

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    Default Re: Does Rive Gauche Actually Smell Like Barbasol?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ken_Russell View Post
    Not just Barbasol, but I immediately associate the scent of Rive Gauche PH with the smell of various mid-range and even high-end male grooming and/or shaving products, from various eras and manufacturers, I guess this may all be due to the soapy/barbershop/shaving cream note
    Totally agree

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    Unfortunately, I tossed my Barbisol can after I switched to electric shaving. I was more reminded of vintage Brut myself, but I can't really remember the smell of Barbisol so well. I recall you saying you hated Safari because of the eucalyptis note. So, hard to say. Maybe you'd still like RG, but I have a hard time seeing someone loving RG and hating Safari.But I don't believe Safari has the eucalyliptis note, so for a classic shaving cream smell, you should be alright I guess.

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    Default Re: Does Rive Gauche Actually Smell Like Barbasol?

    i have no idea what barbasol smells like but i find rive gauche gag-inducingly horrible.

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    I`ve never shaved with Barbasol, but my Nivea For Men Hypoallergenic shaving foam (white can) smells alike RGPH YSL.
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    And I like to layer them.
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    Default Re: Does Rive Gauche Actually Smell Like Barbasol?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ken_Russell View Post
    Not just Barbasol, but I immediately associate the scent of Rive Gauche PH with the smell of various mid-range and even high-end male grooming and/or shaving products, from various eras and manufacturers, I guess this may all be due to the soapy/barbershop/shaving cream note
    +1, with the added bonus of more complexity, depth, and of course, longevity. There's more than a little Iso E Super in RG, but unlike many other fragrances in which Iso E Super is prominent, It seems to actually work for me in RG.
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    Default Re: Does Rive Gauche Actually Smell Like Barbasol?

    RGPH is not only a barbershop style fragrance. Its drydown is fantastic,expecially in summer, and you can't stop to smell your self.
    Not the same effect in winter, imo.
    Buy it blind without problems.

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    Default Re: Does Rive Gauche Actually Smell Like Barbasol?

    Quote Originally Posted by paolo74 View Post
    RGPH is not only a barbershop style fragrance. Its drydown is fantastic,expecially in summer, and you can't stop to smell your self.
    Not the same effect in winter, imo.
    Buy it blind without problems.
    I like it more on cold rainy days! It's always good.

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    There is a similarity, however saying Rive Gauche smells like shave cream is not doing the frag justice.
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    Default Re: Does Rive Gauche Actually Smell Like Barbasol?

    I don't think Barbasol smells like Rive Gauche Pour Homme, but my dryer sure smells good right now.

    When y'all say it smells like RGPH, do you mean back before they took all the alcohol out of it? Cuz I read online somewhere that this stuff gets ink stains out, because of several alcohols present. I should have checked the ingredients *before* I bought, because the only solvent I see in there is 'butane.' The rest is mostly sodium laurel sulfate.

    Smells good. But not RGPH. I *do* like RGPH but in very small doses because to me, it is intensely soapy, and has a lot of projection. Barbasol, not so much. Unless you put your head in a dryer full of it.
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    Default Re: Does Rive Gauche Actually Smell Like Barbasol?

    The whole shaving cream fable is just another cargo on the hype-train.

    Seriously, this smells nothing like shaving cream.

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    Smells like barbesol to me.
    Is the juice worth the squeeze?

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    Default Re: Does Rive Gauche Actually Smell Like Barbasol?

    Quote Originally Posted by Scentologist View Post
    Smells like barbesol to me.
    Having always read that about Rive Gauche is what has kept me from wanting to try it.

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    I blind bought Rive Gauche several months ago. Smells very much like Barbasol to me. Not a fan. Smelling like this seems to be desired by many many Basenoters, but I hardly ever wear it, and when I do, I find it more cloying each time. Not my cup of tea. Or can of cream.
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    Default Re: Does Rive Gauche Actually Smell Like Barbasol?

    back when ads had more than 10 words

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    Default Re: Does Rive Gauche Actually Smell Like Barbasol?

    No. Has barbasol vibe initially but to me turns anise and nutty.

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    No, not to me.

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    Default Re: Does Rive Gauche Actually Smell Like Barbasol?

    smells like the talkum powder the barber used to put on my neck when i was
    a kid after my hair cut.

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