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    Default Castle Forbes line - opinions?

    Apparently in the same league of Geo Trumper, Taylors of Old Bond Street and similar "classic" grooming/shaving-related brands. As many of those it seems way more recent than it claims, but aside from that (and the hilarious marketing stuff about perfumes being made in a castle or something like that), anyone tried any of these? How do you like them? I'd be interested in hearing about Forbes of Forbes, in particular.
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    Hi Colin. They are made in Scotland but I tried them in Milan! Ha! They are actually made in a castle. Aristo's have to make a living somehow these days you know! You are right about the mens grooming range context. I liked them. I only tried them briefly but as I remember they are "clean" compositions, and by that I don't mean generic "clean fragrance" at all. I mean the compositions are clean and clear, quite sparkling, good. I tried the Fougere in particular and I really liked it and that was among the clamour of Esxence. Sorry I can't remember the name of that one just now and I need to dash....I'm going to check them out again so I will get back to you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Foustie View Post
    Hi Colin. They are made in Scotland but I tried them in Milan! Ha! They are actually made in a castle. Aristo's have to make a living somehow these days you know! You are right about the mens grooming range context. I liked them. I only tried them briefly but as I remember they are "clean" compositions, and by that I don'mean generic "clean fragrance" at all. I mean the compositions are clean and clear, quite sparkling, good. I tried the Fougere in particular and I really liked it and that was among the clamour of Esxence. Sorry I can't remember the name of that one just now and I need to dash....I'm going to check them out again so I will get back to you.
    Great, thanks! Must apologise for my skeptical sarcasm then, ahah. It's fascinating they manufacture them there!
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    I have never smelled the perfumes, but the shaving cream line is about as good as it gets. Too bad they are so darn pricey. I guess that grand castle real estate makes for some relatively high overhead costs.
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    I tried Lonach and found it hideous. I agree with Harwitz's review in the directory.
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    I've tried Gentleman's Cologne. Didn't make much of an impression on me. Smells like dozens of others.
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    Quote Originally Posted by drseid View Post
    I have never smelled the perfumes, but the shaving cream line is about as good as it gets. Too bad they are so darn pricey. I guess that grand castle real estate makes for some relatively high overhead costs.
    Agree - this is where the reputation comes from - the shaving soap/cream is in general held by the wet shaving community to be about the best (in terms of performance) - scent is secondary.
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    Hi guys. I'm back. Yes, 1445 was the one that I paid most attention to, and I did really like it. It's a Fougere, and YES, before y'all jump on, it's a modern fougere, of course it is. It is ferny, grassy aromatic, traditionally masculine. Now, OK, I have to admit that I am a real sucker for Traditional Cologne and Fougere's anyway, but I remember really enjoying it and thinking that I must buy a bottle and that it would be a lovely gift for the men in the family. It would be great in your bathroom, or sportsbag. It's not at all expensive at about £50 for 100 mls.

    Colin, on the brand and the story. Personally I'm not too keen on the "monarch of the glen" style marketing image but then I'm not the target demographic. and I do see why it suits the brand identity. AND, it's based on reality. It's not a ploy. If you are interested, the current Castle is not an ancient Castle. It is still called a castle but it's actually a big old chunky, very handsome country house in the Baronial style, from the 1800's, on a really beautiful highland estate. I don't know if it's open to the public because as far as I am aware the family still live there, the boss is the Chieftain of the clan Forbes. They are real people, just like you and me, they are not the product of a marketing team. These big old castles and estates need really imaginative management and hard work to keep them going.

    You have reminded me to try the fragrances again. I'll come back when I do.

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    the best is 1445 IMO
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    I have and like Gentlemen's Cologne. Very good quality, not particularly original, but very good none the less. Eau de Parfum strength. Bracing and masculine, beautiful packaging. Perfect office scent, IMO.
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    I tried them a while back. Like the other traditional UK lines, their stuff is not spectacular, but rather attempts to be quality aftershave-like fragrances for the conservative man (think Trumper's, the Floris masculines, and Murdock). Personally, I enjoy that kind of thing, but I can't recall the individual fragrances clearly enough to offer impressions.

    On the other hand, as noted above, their shaving cream is etched into my brain as one of the very finest on the market. Wonderful stuff.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marais View Post
    I tried Lonach and found it hideous...
    I love Lonach, and have enjoyed it for quite a while. Subtle it is not, but certainly not strident or screechy.

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    very very poor

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    Quote Originally Posted by hedonist222 View Post
    very very poor

    worse than designer
    +1 !

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    Tried a spritz the other day. I agree!
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    Quote Originally Posted by NeoXerxes View Post

    On the other hand, as noted above, their shaving cream is etched into my brain as one of the very finest on the market. Wonderful stuff.
    This sounds like something worth trying.
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    I should add that the vast majority of men's shaving cologne lines were terrible. I took a pilgrimage, guided by our dear Danny1967, and we smelled every single one.
    They all smelled diluted, poor quality and simply abandoned.
    I guess im unaffected but I wonder how those elderly gents who've used those brands for decades feel now?
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    Quote Originally Posted by hedonist222 View Post

    worse than designer
    Lol, in my book that sounds almost like a virtue these days.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hednic View Post
    This sounds like something worth trying.
    Oh it is. Probably my favorite cream. I really want to try the Acqua di Parma cream in a tub though.

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    They make excellent shaving cream/croap. The lime and lavender will both always be a part of my shaving den.
    Have yet to sniff their fragrances....
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    Soory for starting this 2 years later Colin.
    I have tried Neroli 2 weeks ago and i liked it very much. It crosses my mind to buy a bottle of it.
    Very clean, very good quality.




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