09-10-2015, 06:01 PM
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  • bullgoose
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I just found out the hard way that Taylor of Old Bond Street has discontinued many of their aftershaves and colognes and replaced them with a Hybrid -stronger than an aftershave but weaker than a cologne. I ordered aftershaves (Victorian Limes, St. James) and instead received what they call "Fragrances".  The box looks exactly the same as the cologne box and the aftershave box...a recipe for disaster!!

This is going to create a mess and in the end, nobody is going to be happy. Those that like aftershaves will find them too strong and those who like cologne will find them too weak. <sigh>

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 09-10-2015, 06:04 PM
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  • Agravic
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Blech.

Aftershave or EdC: one or the other!

I don't subscribe to this hybrid nonsense purveyed by some.

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 09-10-2015, 06:07 PM
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(09-10-2015, 06:04 PM)Agravic Wrote: Blech.

Aftershave or EdC: one or the other!

I don't subscribe to this hybrid nonsense purveyed by some.

Exactly. I can see people applying it like a splash and then being "that guy" on the elevator.

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 09-11-2015, 02:24 AM
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We can only hope that in time they will realise the error of their way and go back, much like Coke did with their re-formulation.

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 09-11-2015, 12:17 PM
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This is part of an unfortunate trend of many manufacturers constantly trying to make something new, when the "old" remains just fine.  I am not sure what the objective is, other than to entice people to buy something new and different.   

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 09-11-2015, 12:32 PM
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(09-10-2015, 06:07 PM)bullgoose Wrote:
(09-10-2015, 06:04 PM)Agravic Wrote: Blech.

Aftershave or EdC: one or the other!

I don't subscribe to this hybrid nonsense purveyed by some.

Exactly. I can see people applying it like a splash and then being "that guy" on the elevator.

Ha I still remember the old beer commercial " too much cologne wearer guy" that commercial alone has kept me from wearing too much fragrance. ..

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 09-11-2015, 02:02 PM
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(09-10-2015, 06:07 PM)bullgoose Wrote:
(09-10-2015, 06:04 PM)Agravic Wrote: Blech.

Aftershave or EdC: one or the other!

I don't subscribe to this hybrid nonsense purveyed by some.

Exactly. I can see people applying it like a splash and then being "that guy" on the elevator.
That's funny.

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 09-11-2015, 02:15 PM
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Phil, do you have remaining stock of the old AS and cologne?

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 09-11-2015, 05:24 PM
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Apparently TOBS only did this with a few scents -St. James, Victorian Limes and No. 74 Original. They also completely discontinued the Shave Shop line. Who know what is coming down the pike?

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 09-11-2015, 11:52 PM
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(09-11-2015, 05:24 PM)bullgoose Wrote: Apparently TOBS only did this with a few scents -St. James, Victorian Limes and No. 74 Original. They also completely discontinued the Shave Shop line. Who know what is coming down the pike?

Let's hope it's a test that they'll shut down. One of the benefits of the big companies as opposed to artisans is consistency and reliability. You know they'll make the same stuff year after year. Until they don't.

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 09-12-2015, 03:02 AM
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Im quite pleased that they have done this with the St James and Victorian Limes, as I would like a stronger projection from both of these. To be fair I own all their aftershaves but no EDT so even though im excited to try the new product it may well be already catered for. Price will be the sticking point and I also agree that a new line of fragrances would have been more innovative.

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 09-12-2015, 04:12 AM
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I may be the only one but I like the idea.  I always find most as to weak but don't want a strong cologne.

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 09-13-2015, 12:53 PM
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The scots are pushing independance.The republicans abolision of ther monarchy and house of lords. TOBS buggers my #74. what's next;driving on the right?

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 09-13-2015, 09:42 PM
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I love the scents but they quality of the aftershaves have been hit or miss, eton college was great imo but Jeremy's street my favorite scent was sticky feeling disappointing now which made me stop buying tobs aftershaves

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 09-13-2015, 11:48 PM
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(09-13-2015, 09:42 PM)trophybuck135 Wrote: I love the scents but they quality of the aftershaves have been hit or miss, eton college was great imo but Jeremy's street my favorite scent was sticky feeling disappointing now which made me stop buying tobs aftershaves
I believe Jermyn Street is alcohol free, i think this causes higher viscosity and thus a sticky feeling.

One issue with their aftershaves not sure if already mentioned, but their packaging is weak, bottle tops often bubble with rust and often leak. On the plus side I have emailed TOBS who have sent me a replacement for free.

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 09-18-2015, 01:55 PM
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NOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!! Phil you are saying they messed with the classic No. 74?  Aftershave Cologne or both?   Please Phil, say it ain't so???

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 09-18-2015, 02:24 PM
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(09-13-2015, 12:53 PM)kav Wrote: The scots are pushing independance.The republicans abolision of ther monarchy and house of lords. TOBS buggers my #74. what's next;driving on the right?

This post is so British that my water now tastes of bergamot and Darjeeling black.

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 09-22-2015, 02:13 PM
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Is this trend unique to TOBS, or have others followed suit? Personally, I agree that this "hybrid" is the worst of both worlds, but if there is one thing that I know about wetshavers, it is that they are a diverse group of consumers! This may be precisely what some guys want.

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 09-22-2015, 06:07 PM
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I'm with Phil, never been a fan of colognes anyway.  Homogenizing the two is just cheap, & I'd warrant that the new improved stuff won't cost half.  And to camo the boxes?  I've tried a couple times to find some love for TOBS, probably won't anymore.    Maybe QEII will lift their Royal Warrant, if they had one,

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 10-31-2015, 08:51 PM
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(09-11-2015, 05:24 PM)bullgoose Wrote: Apparently TOBS only did this with a few scents -St. James, Victorian Limes and No. 74 Original. They also completely discontinued the Shave Shop line. Who know what is coming down the pike?
The Shave Shop discontinuation was in the works last year, and I told them (visiting the London location) that it was a bad decision. Then I picked up the SS aftershave balm but am "afraid" to open it yet.

The news about "fragrance", while not including my favorite of Eton College, is disappointing. Can we add distilled water and/or alcohol to dilute the scent? Like was said above, if you splash on a fragrance like an AS it would be overpowering.

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