04-18-2013, 02:49 AM
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Can someone recommend a good cream/soap that has a nice masculine scent without being too floral and perfumy? I've tried TOBS Eton, and St. James, not thrilled with either. Thanks.

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 04-18-2013, 03:24 AM
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Mike's Natural soaps have a clean,realistic scent to them (he uses some of the best Essential Oils) - I personally love the lime,Hungarian Lavender (not feminine in any way), and the Orange and Cedarwood.

Strop Shoppe has some masculine scents, but I would not describe them as modern.

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 04-18-2013, 04:14 AM
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(04-18-2013, 03:24 AM)david1201 Wrote: Mike's Natural soaps have a clean,realistic scent to them (he uses some of the best Essential Oils) - I personally love the lime,Hungarian Lavender (not feminine in any way), and the Orange and Cedarwood.

Strop Shoppe has some masculine scents, but I would not describe them as modern.

Thank you, I've been to Mike's website, maybe I'll pull the trigger. 'Modern' is probably a clumsy description, I love old barbershop smells, just without the flowery perfume.

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 04-18-2013, 05:30 AM
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Mike's orange/cedar wood/black pepper is a nice, masculine scent, citrus, woods, and spice (obviously) without a hint of floral or powder. If you're looking into Mike's, that's kind of his "flagship" scent, and it fits the bill I think.

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 04-18-2013, 06:00 AM
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Have you smelled Jermyn Street? That's a modern fougere. I don't find it flowery at all.

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 04-18-2013, 06:11 AM
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I recently tried Mystic Water's Adirondack Jack and really enjoyed it. I don't know about modern, but it has a nice earthy fragrance, not floral at all.

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 04-18-2013, 06:20 AM
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(04-18-2013, 06:00 AM)jpipes3 Wrote: Have you smelled Jermyn Street? That's a modern fougere. I don't find it flowery at all.

I've had my eye on Jermyn, the ingredients looked promising, but after St. James I was leery. That might be the ticket, love TOBS coconut, and to a lesser degree, sandalwood. Thanks.

(04-18-2013, 06:11 AM)taborcarn Wrote: I recently tried Mystic Water's Adirondack Jack and really enjoyed it. I don't know about modern, but it has a nice earthy fragrance, not floral at all.

Mystic is across the river in Maryland, cool(I'm in Leesburg, VA)definitely have to check that out..

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 04-18-2013, 06:44 AM
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Not sure what you mean by "perfumy", but I was blown away by Harris Windsor. I now have the Soap, Cream, Aftershave, and the EDT is on its way.

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 04-18-2013, 08:21 AM
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Mike's and Mystic Water both have some great scents that you would enjoy as the others have mentioned. Good luck.

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 04-18-2013, 08:49 AM
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DR Harris Marlborough. It may be too manly.

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 04-18-2013, 08:53 AM
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A few comments... If you love ToOBS coconut, (I do as well)... you'll certainly love Mike's coconut. They're not similar scent-wise, but both nice in their own way. ToOBS is lighter, more laid back, and very fresh. I'd almost say more refined... but that's not really an accurate way to put it. Mike's by contrast is a bigger, bolder, more in your face, almost real coconut scent. You might want to take a bite out of it... but I say almost real, because it has the slightest hint of Play-Doh in the mix. I don't know how else to put it. Not off-putting at all though... if I had to choose between the two, I couldn't say which I'd prefer. Put a gun to my head, and I'd choose Mike's.

Speick cream, and Musgo Real (original) - should be on your short list. Neither is floral or perfumey. Quite the opposite. I couldn't describe them.

I don't like any soap or cream that could be described as perfumey or floral. Now this is a tough one because there are some perfume and floral scents I do like... just not on me. Jermyn Street is one of those scents that strike me that way. One sniff of the tub and I traded mine away. Never even tried it.

DR Harris Arlington.... definitely excellent.

Sorry to ramble.

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 04-18-2013, 03:45 PM
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So we have a Windsor, a Marlborough, and an Arlington. RobE, thanks for your comments, your reaction to Jermyn was identical to mine with St.James, my first thought was "grandma." Never good in this capacity. Thanks to all, think I'll check out a Harris, some samples from Mike's, and samples from Mystic. Really want to check out Jermyn, but I fear it falls somewhere in the Eton and St.James neighborhood.

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 04-18-2013, 04:10 PM
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Mikes Barbershop should be right up your alley. You could check out The Strop Shoppe Black Tie too.

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 04-18-2013, 04:30 PM
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I change my vote to Windsor. That's a good call.

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 04-18-2013, 04:55 PM
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Speick cream (in a tube), has a nice peppery scent. For some strange reason it's priced ridiculously low. There are sooo many truly fine products to try... but it would be a mistake to not include this in your next purchase. Re: Jermyn Street... you might think grandma with this one too. Good luck. Smile

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 04-18-2013, 04:58 PM
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I've been using St James now for a few weeks with a straight razor. I use it as a preshave face lathering and then once I'm set up as a main lather with a brush. Find that it needs to be on the wet side but works very well for me.

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 04-18-2013, 05:05 PM
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(04-18-2013, 03:45 PM)Macko Wrote: Really want to check out Jermyn, but I fear it falls somewhere in the Eton and St.James neighborhood.
You can probably get a sample of Jermyn from Garry's Sample Shop or The Wet Shaving Sample Shoppe (I think the latter is run by someone on here), which could save you from buying a whole tub of a scent that you end up not liking.

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 04-19-2013, 04:37 PM
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Mike's Pine & Cedarwood

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 04-20-2013, 08:50 AM
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Castle Forbes Lime, AOS Ocean Kelp, AOS Sandalwood, CF Ceaderwood and sandalwood.

You could get some Various samples from
here: http://shavenook.com/thread-the-wet-shav...ple-shoppe

Good guy good service.

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 04-20-2013, 09:55 AM
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Reading with interest.

Thanks for the link to the sample shop!

Jason

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