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    Default Classiest and refined 'Barbershop' fragrances?

    Greetings Basenoters,

    SylinLA got me thinking about barbershop scents after reading about Antico Caruso. I do love Rive Gauche and would like to try some top end scents of this nature. Antico Caruso certainly looks like I need to sample.

    Could some of you please give your thoughts on the classiest, richest and refined barber frags? Something that could be worn with a suit- something that oozes class?

    Your thoughts are greatly appreciated,

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    depends on the barbershop :P

    Here's a good thread to read:
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    Tabac Original does an amazing job channeling the past.

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    Douro by Penhaligons.

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    MDCI Invasion Barbare
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    Azzaro PH.

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    Default Re: Classiest and refined 'Barbershop' fragrances?

    Well obviously Antico Caruso has a European "barbershop" vibe.

    Koala, I know nothing of the barbering traditions down under. I know that in North America, Pinaud Clubman and Brut are two infamous barber type scents.

    I would suggest several of the Penhaligons:

    Sartorial, English Fern and Racquets and Duro as noted by hedonist above. Racquets the most barbershoppy to me.

    Certainly, Rive Gauche

    Oddly, Luca Turin considers Le Male to be somewhat barbershop. Perhaps if worn in moderation?

    Have only done brief test of Invasion Barbare, but it it is very clean I gather and has a following.

    To me Sartorial oozes the most class. I wear that with a suit. But to me, the classier a scent oozes, the further it kind of gets away from "barbershop" imo. i.e. The barbershop style scents of my youth and knowledge are classic and good, but not elegant per se.

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    Truefitt & Hill Grafton (very green, herbal, Irish Spring vibe) It puts me right into the barber chair.

    As well, Boucheron Pour Homme has always struck me as a barbershop frag. It's got that great lemon scent to it. Very classy. Always feels like I have just left the barbershop when I wear this one.
    Last edited by Riley; 5th July 2011 at 05:37 AM.

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    +1 Antico Caruso

    To me 1725 from Histoires de Parfums might also qualify.

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    Caron's Third Man is a great candidate, along with 1725. I'd recommend Canoe if the ingredients were better.
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    I always think of Rive Gauche PH when I think of barbershop scents.

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    The Baron
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    Eucris and Sartorial are among my favourite in this genre being the former a super classic composition from 1912 and the latter a modern revisitation of the barbershop "theme".


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    Maybe not the most refined barbershop fragrance but my current favourite is Royal Copenhagen.

    I just love all that powder!

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    Default Re: Classiest and refined 'Barbershop' fragrances?

    Quote Originally Posted by StylinLA View Post
    ..to me, the classier a scent oozes, the further it kind of gets away from "barbershop" imo. i.e. The barbershop style scents of my youth and knowledge are classic and good, but not elegant per se.
    Excellent point. Perhaps what we're really after is the 'fuss-free yet immaculately-groomed' vibe.

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    Tom Ford Italian Cypress

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    May not be classy, but Fred Hayman's Touch for Men is Brut in a tuxedo.
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    Another one for Rive Gauche, I just wish they did a lime version of it.

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    Great suggestions guys. I'm going hunting now. Satorial looks good and if only Antico Caruso was cheaper!!!

    I appreciate your time replying to this!!!
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    Default Re: Classiest and refined 'Barbershop' fragrances?

    Rive Gauche

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jack Hunter View Post
    Another one for Rive Gauche, I just wish they did a lime version of it.
    You know what? I like the sound of that.

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    Azzaro PH

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    Absolutely,

    Rive gauche
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    T & H Grafton
    Italian Cypress

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    Paco Rabanne PH

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    Loewe para Hombre

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    +1 for Rive Gauche
    +1 for 1725
    I can already hear the uproar, but I think Kouros is barber shop-y. THIS IS MY PERSONAL OPINION, FOLKS.
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    Default Re: Classiest and refined 'Barbershop' fragrances?

    Quote Originally Posted by lionheart View Post
    +1 for Rive Gauche
    +1 for 1725
    I can already hear the uproar, but I think Kouros is barber shop-y. THIS IS MY PERSONAL OPINION, FOLKS.
    Well, there is something about Kouros that evokes a barbershop for you. It isn't an absolute term at all. In fact, it's probably very reliant on the barbershops you went to or go to. Antico Caruso I love, and it's supposed to be barbershop, but growing up in Detroit, I never smelled anything at a barber like that. I'm guessing European or Italian barbers use more more almond based shaving creams and talcs.

    For me, Pinaud Clubman talc was always dusted on my neck after a haircut.

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    I can't believe noone's recommended Habit Rouge by Guerlain. The classiest barbershop fragrance I know. That is, the vintage Eau de Cologne formula.
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    Bois du Portugal, at least to me

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