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    Default Ultimate barbershop fragrance?

    We all know Rive Gauche and there is the lesser known Helmut Lang EDC but which one is your favorite barbershop scent? Is it between those two or are there other uncompromising barbershop style fragrances? By barbershop I mean traditional American style barbershop not European/Mediterranean barbershop.

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    My favorite remains Rive Gauche

    I still have to experience though many more scents in the style of Old Spice, Canoe etc.

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    Rive Gauche is the typical American barbershop style scent. Antico Caruso is European

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    Rive Gauche. Azzaro PH, Italian Cypress, Z-14 Wasnt there a recent thread about this ?

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    Tabac Original Cologne. Look no further. It's THE perfect barbershop fragrance. High quality, extremely potent, complex, and amazingly inexpensive to boot. I love the 10 oz bottle, shaped like a bowling pin. A must for any well-rounded collection.

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    Another one for Rive Gauche and Azzaro Pour Homme.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nersh View Post
    wasnt there a recent thread about this ?

    Yes!!!

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    I tried CdG Dover Street Market in the store the other day, and it struck me as quite barbershoppy. I need a sample to get a better idea of it, but that was my initial impression and I thought it was great.

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    Brut ( in glass bottle with the medallion ) very similar to Rive gauche.

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    XXL by Daniel Hechter

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    I don't get what people mean by barbershop fragrance, The barbershop i go to has no smell at all.

    I have smelled old spice original - deodorant , is that the smell you are referring to?

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    I get an upscale barbershop vibe from Sartorial.
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    Vintage Paco Rabanne ( 1973)

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    Quote Originally Posted by DAX View Post
    I don't get what people mean by barbershop fragrance, The barbershop i go to has no smell at all.

    I have smelled old spice original - deodorant , is that the smell you are referring to?
    In decades past and not so much now when you went into a old style barbershop. After a cut they used to slap a fragrance on your face and also you could have a shave with a old style razor. That smell is what is referred to as a Barbershop fragrance.

    It smelled just like Rive Gauche though some Barbers used different fragrances, the vibe is the same.

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    I will quote Pollux (from another thread on Barbershop frags):

    Quote Originally Posted by Pollux View Post
    It is somehow complicated. If by "Barbershop" you mean aromatic fougeres, the list includes Canoe, Pinaud's Clubman, Avon's Wild Country and YSL's Rive Gauche. I would include Brut, but this one has mint in the top notes, so it is, somehow, a different kind of scent. Still, all these share the same structure, albeit their quality differs markedly (I enjoy all of them, though). Azzaro as well as Paco Rabanne are classified as aromatic fougeres, but they do not have anything to do with the ones mentioned.

    If by the term you mean "talcum powder" notes, British Sterling, Royal Copenhagen, Fragonard's Zizanie and Guerlain's Habit Rouge have marked powdery notes. Again, quality differs: if you are an old-fashioned man disliking the idea of sillage and longevity, you will find British Sterling and Zizanie to your tastes, strong top notes morphing into discrete mid and base notes without longevity; if looking for complexity, don't think it twice, Habit Rouge is the one to choose. Others of the kind mentioned as powdery which I did not have the chance of trying are Casswell Massey's Jockey Club and Prada (look at Stew's suggestion). JPG's Le Male is classified as such, but IMHO, it is two strong to be classified as classy and refined.

    Now, the term could be understood as manly / conservative scents. Those coming to mind are Pierre Cardin pour Homme and Guerlain's Heritage. As per reviews made by Base Noters, Creed's Bois du Portugal and De Nicolai's New York are described as somehow analogous to the ones I either own or tried. Of course, in terms of quality, Cardin's falls short compared to Heritage.

    And, finally, if looking for flowery and powdery scents, The Baron and Caron's Le Troisiemme Homme are good examples of this approach. Caron's Pour Un Homme revolves around lavender, so it can be classified as classy too.

    But which one would you choose if you had to pick one? What is the ultimate American style oldschool barbershop fragrance?

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    Rive Gauche - Tres Bien

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    Truefitt & Hill's Grafton

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    Quote Originally Posted by Riley View Post
    Truefitt & Hill's Grafton
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    Tom Ford Italian Cypress

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    The aftershave! of Paco Rabanne is for me even more barbershoppy than the edt. Love that fresh smell!
    Also I might add the Edc of Tabac Original!

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    Default Re: Ultimate barbershop fragrance?

    My personal favorite:

    Antico Caruso
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    Inspired by the scent and atmosphere of a classic, old fashioned barbershop: white tiled floors and leather chairs; rich, creamy soaps and brisk herbal tonics; the buzz of good-natured conversation. A vibrant citrus note mingles with the subtle sweetness of almond on a warm base of wood. The result is clean, but in a comforting and luxurious way— not at all astringent or antiseptic. Antico Caruso brings to mind the good manners and relaxed pace of an earlier time, but has an ease and minimalism that keeps it wearable and modern.


    Antico Caruso Notes
    Citrus, almond, sandalwood

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    At this point of my experience, whatever has geranium, lavander and musk.

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    I but sampled Invasion Barbare and won't pretend to know its nuances but damn that was one clean smell. For me, its pricepoint would have me feeling a dirty guilt so I have to say Sonoma Scent Studio's Egyptian Musk oil. Think: those times when a white starchy crisp 100% broadcloth cotton shirt is in order.

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    Murray and Lanman's Florida Water


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    Pinaud's Clubman

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    Default Re: Ultimate barbershop fragrance?

    Quote Originally Posted by vanvog View Post
    But which one would you choose if you had to pick one? What is the ultimate American style oldschool barbershop fragrance?
    American and old styled: from my experience, Canoe, and Pinaud's Clubman, with their flaws (quality. namely). From Base Noter's comments, for I have not tried it but have it in my whishlist, Casswell Masey's Jockey Club. Maybe others with more experience than me in niche scents can guide you in a better fashion, but I think these are staples...

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    Quote Originally Posted by calero View Post


    Murray and Lanman's Florida Water

    This one is somthing I should be getting sooner or later... I wonder it is a Summer scent, am I right?

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    Default Re: Ultimate barbershop fragrance?

    Re-read OP; perhaps Azzaro pH or Paco Rabanne pH are better choices. Clubman is good too and probably actually used in many barbershops... I remember seeing it in plenty of country club locker rooms. It and 4711.

    Are there no old school barbers in our midst?

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