12-26-2015, 10:49 AM
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Looking for HIGH quality shaving soap or cream that smells like YSL Rive Gauche PH ?

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 12-26-2015, 10:56 AM
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The only one I'm familiar with is Italian Barber L'Americano shaving soap. I know Razorock also made a limited run of the Fine American Blend collaboration soap, and I'm assuming this new IB soap is similar.

I'm guessing neither of these meets your criteria. You could always use a neutral smelling soap, and use the YSL a/s lotion afterward.


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 12-26-2015, 11:18 AM
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LeBelle Soaps-Barbershop

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 12-26-2015, 01:58 PM
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(12-26-2015, 10:56 AM)Watson15 Wrote: The only one I'm familiar with is Italian Barber L'Americano shaving soap. I know Razorock also made a limited run of the Fine American Blend collaboration soap, and I'm assuming this new IB soap is similar.

I'm guessing neither of these meets your criteria. You could always use a neutral smelling soap, and use the YSL a/s lotion afterward.


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I already own the RazoRock Fine soap. Great soap (for the price especially), great scent, but not even close to the great YSL Rive Gauche scent, which in my humble opinion is the best barbershop scent I have ever smelled even better than Invasion Barbere, which is a niche fragrance priced at $300 for 50 ml.

I paid $38 for my 125 ml YSL Rive Gauche, the old tin can from 5-6 years ago.

I bought 3 x 125 ml & 2 x 75 ml back then, now only have 2 x 125 ml and 1 x 75 ml left, since it's one of my absolute favourite work scents in the fall and spring.

I will try my best to persuade Cold River Soap Works Larry and Barrister & Mann and Caties Bubbles to reproduce/clone this scent in their soaps.

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 12-26-2015, 02:00 PM
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(12-26-2015, 11:18 AM)ddk13 Wrote: LeBelle Soaps-Barbershop

Don't know that brand. Do you find it VERY close to Rive Gauche ?

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 12-26-2015, 06:18 PM
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The IB Americano is in the same vein

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 12-26-2015, 06:41 PM
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(12-26-2015, 02:00 PM)CHSeifert Wrote:
(12-26-2015, 11:18 AM)ddk13 Wrote: LeBelle Soaps-Barbershop

Don't know that brand. Do you find it VERY close to Rive Gauche ?

I have their Milione shaving soap.  When I got it they sent me a sample of Barbershop and when I took a whiff I knew exactly what it smelled like (Rive Gauche).  I get a very good lather on par with all the good soaps I own including CB, CRSW, Sapone Di Paolo, B&M etc.

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 12-27-2015, 09:53 AM
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I've always felt that Catie's Bubbles LTV smells like Rive Gauche.

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 12-29-2015, 12:44 AM
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(12-27-2015, 09:53 AM)Steelman Wrote: I've always felt that Catie's Bubbles LTV smells like Rive Gauche.

I have been in the scent & fragrance game since I was 15 years old, so I know VERY well that scents are highly subjective, and what one nose perceives, another nose will most likely not perceive or simply not be able to smell.

I own La Terre Verte, and I do find it to be a great scent, but to my nose, it has very little in common with Rive Gauche.

I get earthy notes in LTV, notes I simply don't get from Rive Gauche. La Terre verte means green earth in french, notes not present in Rive Gauche, a clean barbershop fragrance based on Lavender, anise, bergamot, rosemary and vetiver.

When I read the artisane founder of Barrister & Mann's condemnation of Rive Gauche, I instantly knew B&M Will will never create this scent in one of his soaps.

It's perfectly okay to make fun of Tom Ford and YSL for creating a simple barbershop scent, but the way he describes it is like he is ridiculing YSL and Tom Ford for creating the IMHO perfect barbershop scent, and B&M Will puts a negative mark on himself, his brand and IMHO also stamps his tolerance level regarding the creation of fragrances in a negative & juvenile way. 

My guess is that Will is not even 30 years old. His nose does not seem to be trained yet, evidence is in the way he bashes basic scents, even when they are elevated to new higher levels. Young noses in the fragrance game behaves in the same way. Trust me, I know.

Bashing simple scents, trying to be TOO advanced and only appreciating the daring darker scents - just like Barrister & Mann scents are. But they all seem very rough edged, not elegant IMHO.
You can create a daring scent, that is BOTH rough AND elegant, just needs a skilled perfumer to do so ;-)

I own in excess of 400 fragrances and own quite a few daring ones, but I also still enjoy the basic easy to wear fragrances and when someone perfects a simple fragrance like the barbershop scent and elevates it to a new level, I can certainly find the room and space to appreciate such a fragrance.

I can only feel sorry for the guys who do not have the mind and nose to appreciate the art of perfecting the simple perfumes and elevating them to a new level.

Sure I enjoy my Amoauge Interlude Man and Nasamatto Black Afghano, but YSL Rive Gauche is an example of a scent, where the base is very basic, but the scent elevates the simple to a degree, where both the John Doe's and the fragrance snobs ought to bow in the dust to show the appreciation of scent as an artform.

YMMV

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 12-29-2015, 05:33 AM
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LTV reminds me of Pen's Sartorial.

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 12-31-2015, 06:55 PM
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Claus, I am not saying they smell the same, but I use Rive Gauche after shaving with Pre de Provence.  And for an aftershave I use Aqua Velva Ice Blue.  Works for me, anyway.

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 01-01-2016, 08:25 PM
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It seems to me that Will writes all his fragrance reviews in a way meant to have a bit of humor to them and to take a clear position. I think this style of writing is fairly common among product reviews-- you just don't see it from manufacturers/vendors. It's easy to see how one person could view this as honest or refreshing while another could view it as juvenile or off-putting. That said, I haven't read anything where he disparages those who like a scent he doesn't like.

On the subject of fragrance preferences, I agree that many rising people in this world tend to overrate darker, complex scents versus simple ones. On the other hand, I seem to remember Will expressing a like for Proraso Red and Agua Lavanda Puig, among other straightforward scents, and the Latha line is fairly simple as well.

Personally, I sometimes find a perfumer/soapmaker's mission to create something truly original at odds with what consumers want. A lot of great scents (like Rive Gauche) seem to be either unexplored by good soapmakers or poorly executed.


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 01-01-2016, 09:04 PM
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Well you guys have my interest piqued now. I must acquire this YSL Rive Gauche which you speak of


~Royce

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 01-01-2016, 09:30 PM
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(12-26-2015, 02:00 PM)CHSeifert Wrote:
(12-26-2015, 11:18 AM)ddk13 Wrote: LeBelle Soaps-Barbershop

Don't know that brand. Do you find it VERY close to Rive Gauche ?

Claus - Have you ever tried Strop Shoppe barbershop? I am not a fan of too many barbershop scents, but that one is superb. I have Fine American Blend and for me Strop Shoppe is much nicer. I haven't ever smelled Rive Gauche so don't know how to compare.

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 01-01-2016, 11:57 PM
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(01-01-2016, 09:30 PM)Hobbyist Wrote:
(12-26-2015, 02:00 PM)CHSeifert Wrote:
(12-26-2015, 11:18 AM)ddk13 Wrote: LeBelle Soaps-Barbershop

Don't know that brand. Do you find it VERY close to Rive Gauche ?

Claus - Have you ever tried Strop Shoppe barbershop? I am not a fan of too many barbershop scents, but that one is superb. I have Fine American Blend and for me Strop Shoppe is much nicer. I haven't ever smelled Rive Gauche so don't know how to compare.


Strop Shoppe barbershop is a great soap but smells nothing like Rive Gauche

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 01-02-2016, 12:02 AM
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(01-01-2016, 11:57 PM)nudge101 Wrote:
(01-01-2016, 09:30 PM)Hobbyist Wrote:
(12-26-2015, 02:00 PM)CHSeifert Wrote: Don't know that brand. Do you find it VERY close to Rive Gauche ?

Claus - Have you ever tried Strop Shoppe barbershop? I am not a fan of too many barbershop scents, but that one is superb. I have Fine American Blend and for me Strop Shoppe is much nicer. I haven't ever smelled Rive Gauche so don't know how to compare.


Strop Shoppe barbershop is a great soap but smells nothing like Rive Gauche

Thanks. I need to check out Rive Gauche I guess and see what all the hype is about. It sounds like a nice scent.

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 01-02-2016, 08:27 AM
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(01-01-2016, 09:30 PM)Hobbyist Wrote:
(12-26-2015, 02:00 PM)CHSeifert Wrote:
(12-26-2015, 11:18 AM)ddk13 Wrote: LeBelle Soaps-Barbershop

Don't know that brand. Do you find it VERY close to Rive Gauche ?

Claus - Have you ever tried Strop Shoppe barbershop? I am not a fan of too many barbershop scents, but that one is superb. I have Fine American Blend and for me Strop Shoppe is much nicer. I haven't ever smelled Rive Gauche so don't know how to compare.

Will try that later, Joe.

Thanks, my friend.

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 01-02-2016, 08:33 AM
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(12-31-2015, 06:55 PM)john parker Wrote: Claus, I am not saying they smell the same, but I use Rive Gauche after shaving with Pre de Provence.  And for an aftershave I use Aqua Velva Ice Blue.  Works for me, anyway.

Have tried to get my hands on pre de provence soaps for a year now. 
Last night I bought some soaps online at Maggards, Caties Bubbles LPV was finally in stock - but Pre de provence unfortunately AGAIN was out of stock  Sad

I did use the PDP soap 6-8 years ago, but did not feel the scent was that close to Rive Gauche thoug, perhaps they have reformulated PDP since then.......you never know

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 01-02-2016, 08:36 AM
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(01-01-2016, 09:04 PM)DudeAbides Wrote: Well you guys have my interest piqued now. I must acquire this YSL Rive Gauche which you speak of


~Royce

If you like basic barbershop scents, Rive Gauche will definitely be a step up from that.....

Mind you Rive Gauche has been reformulated twice.

The reformulated can version is less strong and only last 5-6 hours on my skin, while the old can version lasts 10-12 hours

The newer version in the glass bottle is actually okay, and seems to last almost like he older first version did.
But it's far more expensive to buy, than the can versions.

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 01-02-2016, 09:17 AM
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Good to know. Thanks Claus


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