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    Is the current woods of Windsor....good enough for a full bottle ( aka long lasting richer Fragrance ) or its a blink & you miss affair.... ?
    My bottle was purchased from Amazon last June and I get a solid 4-6 hours from it; good performace x 3-4 hours then a skin scent for the remaining couple of hours. I own the vintage as well and this one wasn't ravaged by reformulation.

    I'm not sure if it was reformulated after I bought my most recent bottle, but if I had to guess, I'd say it's the same. Definitely a very nice, barbershop-clean, yet slightly spicey (due to the use of clove) fragrance; thumbs-up in my book and good bang for the buck.
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    I'm surprised the re-issue of Houbigant Fougere Royale has not been mentioned. If you sample and wish to pursue, bottles can be had on eBay for like, Damn, 40% of retail!

    A rather ominous signal, no? Whatever. I paid full retail when it came out and have no regrets.
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    Default Re: Classic Barbershop Smell without smelling like old man...possible?

    I'm really sorry for hijacking this thread but I really do have to ask: What does a 'barbershop' smell like? I have seen this term a couple of times but I have no idea what this means.

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    Default Re: Classic Barbershop Smell without smelling like old man...possible?

    Quote Originally Posted by Metallingus View Post
    I'm really sorry for hijacking this thread but I really do have to ask: What does a 'barbershop' smell like? I have seen this term a couple of times but I have no idea what this means.
    Personally, the answer to your question was answered by a fellow BNer checkmate:

    Quote Originally Posted by checkmate View Post
    Truth be told, the ultimate barbershop scent is Pinaud Clubman. Dated? Maybe. Classic barbershop? 100%! This can be bought at most pharmacies for about $7.
    The Pinaub Clubman talcum powder........ I have received at barbershops after a haircut my entire life. I also use the aftershave sparingly....as my wife thinks i smell like old man.....hence this thread
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    Metallingus

    to add to what Ivan was saying. You're too young to know. In the past, most traditional barbershops tended to use similarly scented products (shaving creams, talcum powder, etc), the typical scent was a fougere or a light musk: slightly soapy, clean, a touch powdery, bittersweet, musky, and often spiked with lavender.

    In the same way, older guys like us might use terms like face powder/lipstick/suntan to refer to the scents each of these products had.

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    Hi Ivan and cacio

    I must say I am not familiar with Pinaud Clubman, and I have never noticed any sort of smell at the barbershops I've been to... that may be because the barbershops here in Singapore are different from the ones from where you guys are from. Even in the one I visit while in England I have not discerned any noticeable smell. I do recall some sort of talcum powder being used after my haircuts, but that was when I was very young. I also don't use any aftershave...

    However, cacio's description of the scent does sound very tempting! I see Azzaro Pour Homme and Rive Gauche being recommended on this thread a lot, I will look out for these two in the future.
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    Default Classic Barbershop Smell without smelling like old man...possible?

    Invasion Barbare, A Taste of Heaven, Geranium pour Monsieur, Infusion D'Homme, Dior Homme Cologne, Clockwork Roads, Prada Amber...

    Btw... There are certainly fragrance that are reminiscent of old men, just like brown polyester pants.

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    Quote Originally Posted by checkmate View Post
    My bottle was purchased from Amazon last June and I get a solid 4-6 hours from it; good performace x 3-4 hours then a skin scent for the remaining couple of hours. I own the vintage as well and this one wasn't ravaged by reformulation.

    I'm not sure if it was reformulated after I bought my most recent bottle, but if I had to guess, I'd say it's the same. Definitely a very nice, barbershop-clean, yet slightly spicey (due to the use of clove) fragrance; thumbs-up in my book and good bang for the buck.
    Thanks for your detailed reply ....I see this being advertised in my country by one of the online retail stores....so am tempted to pull the trigger but don't want to be burdened by another of those scents quite prevalent nowadays ...which are blink & you miss affairs.....so your impressions have certainly helped ....thanks again
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    In answer to Metallingus,
    Quote Originally Posted by Metallingus View Post
    I'm really sorry for hijacking this thread but I really do have to ask: What does a 'barbershop' smell like? I have seen this term a couple of times but I have no idea what this means.
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    Quote Originally Posted by the_good_life View Post
    I think it refers to classic turn-of-the century ingredients for men's toilet waters, as they have been listed: fresh lavender-citrus tops, soapy clove/herbal heart, powdery drydown. But memory also plays a role, as do references to traditional shaving/grooming products.

    I find CSP Barbier des Iles hyper-barbershoppy, but also on the list: Rive Gauche, Crown Imperial, Dominguez' Vetiver hombre, C&S Frankincense&Myrrh, a boatload of Trumpers (e.g. GFT)
    'Barbershop' fragrances generally belong to the olfactory group of 'fougere'. You'll find that many of the fragrances referenced will contain these or similar elements. Sometimes the clove/herbal combo will be star anise/coumarin (Rive Gauche), thyme/cardamom/ginger (Invasion Barbare), clary sage/coumarin (Fougere Royale), to give some concrete examples.
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    i use to enjoy "Patchouli Intense by Nicolaï" as a barbershop fragrance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bon et Copieux View Post
    In answer to Metallingus,

    This:


    'Barbershop' fragrances generally belong to the olfactory group of 'fougere'. You'll find that many of the fragrances referenced will contain these or similar elements. Sometimes the clove/herbal combo will be star anise/coumarin (Rive Gauche), thyme/cardamom/ginger (Invasion Barbare), clary sage/coumarin (Fougere Royale), to give some concrete examples.
    Hi Bon et Copieux

    Thanks for answering my question! I don't believe I've ever smelled a fougere scent before (or maybe I have and I just didn't know it at the time). I will be looking out for one, if only to see if I like it or not.

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    MFK Masculine Pluriel is still my hands down favorite of the genre!
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    Sartorial and Rive Gauche for the win.

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    Default Re: Classic Barbershop Smell without smelling like old man...possible?

    Versace L'Homme:
    Wearing this today and it is absolutely fantastic to me. The dry down is amazing - very, very nice. Many will say it is for older/mature guys but I'd say that this is a masculine scent and a man of any age could appreciate this. It really clicks with me.

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    This was asked a few years ago and the definitive answer is the same- the wonderful and rare Davidoff Relax! Nothing compares in this specific category. btw- "Classic Barbershop smell" and not smelling like an old man is contradictory.
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    Have you tried Habit Rouge by Guerlain? If not, please do.
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    Ivan, Good morning. I too have been on this quest. I have been my own personal barber for 24 years, and I love the clean barber shop feel. I have tried nearly everything possible, and although I recommend and like a few of them more than others, only one is my go to at the moment. That is Frank No. 2. Los Angeles. This fragrance for me is everything I have ever wanted. Clean barber feel? Yes. Sexy? Yes. Masculine? Yes. Modern? Yes. Compliments? Yes. And the way I feel when I wear it, is the reason i reach for it and none others when selecting my scent on haircut days. This stuff is killer.
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    As mentioned by others...Sartorial is excellent. I even bought it for the 14 year old son of a friend of mine, with a razor and aftershave...since he will need a shave soon enough.

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    Just throwing this out there but if you use hair products Nostalgic Handmade makes some unorthodox pomades that have a barbershop scent. I use it everyday and they have that classic barbershop smell, and it's not overpowering but definitely there throughout the day.
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    I do not want to steal the thread but hopefully it might bring some more nuances to it.

    I am interested in barbershop but the ones I have tried so far is either too "mature" or not enjoyable for me. Still, I do have a scent in my head I want to find in barbershops.
    If I don't like Penhaligons - Sartorial or ADP - Colonia Essenza, am I doomed to not like barbershop fragrances? Can Rive Gauche still be worth a shot, or Invasion Barbare?

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    Default Re: Classic Barbershop Smell without smelling like old man...possible?

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    Can Rive Gauche still be worth a shot, or Invasion Barbare?
    IMO absolutely. Give them a try.
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    Another one that's not yet been mentioned is Antico Caruso by Profumum Roma.

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    Default Re: Classic Barbershop Smell without smelling like old man...possible?

    Sure - these two have recently captured my interest:

    Arquiste EL - a modern take on an 80's classic - very nice.

    Xerjoff Fiero - the vintage version, at least - the current one sounds like it's more citrus-centered, less barbershop-y. The vintage one has a nice retro vibe, not dated, just a timeless classic feel, like a great gentleman cologne.

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    And a big shout-out to Aqua di Parma Colonia Essenza - absolutely awesome take on neroli, in a classic barbershop way - outstanding!! Same goes for longevity, it's probably the longest lasting neroli out there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by H_West View Post
    I do not want to steal the thread but hopefully it might bring some more nuances to it.

    I am interested in barbershop but the ones I have tried so far is either too "mature" or not enjoyable for me. Still, I do have a scent in my head I want to find in barbershops.
    If I don't like Penhaligons - Sartorial or ADP - Colonia Essenza, am I doomed to not like barbershop fragrances? Can Rive Gauche still be worth a shot, or Invasion Barbare?
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    Great suggestion. Sampled this at Sephora a while back. Future purchase for sure!
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    Default Re: Classic Barbershop Smell without smelling like old man...possible?

    Have you tried Dior Eau Sauvage or Serge Lutens Gris Clair?

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    Default Re: Classic Barbershop Smell without smelling like old man...possible?

    I'm going to throw in two that I think are in this style but haven't been mentioned. I'm fairly new to this so some might not agree that these are "barbershop" at all.

    Lalique Homme
    Mont Blanc Presence

    They are both new additions to my collection and have the feel of barbershop without feeling too dated. You can also find them for really reasonable prices online.

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    I'm aware that I am quite late to the discussion here. I read about these kinds of disagreements on badger & blade all the time. A gent will be happy with a classic scent, but his partner thinks it's too mature at best, or disgusting at worse.

    These are opinions of association, a bias we are all guilty of. There is nothing inherently elderly about any fragrance. And associations can be modified in a person's mind. I think a lot of the time, the solution is simply a matter of fragrance literacy and familiarity. I'll use an example of such a bias from my own life. I used to think Heavy Metal music was for 80's teenagers and angry delinquent boys. I had associations from movies, the radio or people I had known. But when I sat down and listened to complete albums, the lyrics, and the history of that music, my associations completely changed. I am now a huge metal fan, simply because I sat down and tried to get to know it for myself.

    I am curious to know where the matter stands in 2019. Did the SO come around, warm up to Pinaud and Canoe and all the others? I think if my wife had a problem with Hai Karate and Aramis and ask that I didn't wear it, i would grow pretty resentful. These classics connect you to the past and change your perspective, especially about yourself. Being discouraged from it would be hard to swallow. My good friend's wife does the same thing as your SO.

    So I sympathize with you. Btw, Montblanc Presence is just the ticket for you. It is reminiscent of Rive Gauche but an additional step modernized. It's old school while still feeling current. It should cost about $20 as well. I've wore it for years.




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