09-11-2016, 06:19 AM
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  • nikos.a
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Aqua Velva is one of my favorite after shave lotions. I really like the scent, it has great skin properties too. It leaves the skin really smooth. It's a lotion I could use almost exclusively but I enjoy variety. An affordable widely available product that I really enjoy using. The only negative I can think of is that it lasts about 30 minutes on me, but it's an after shave not a EdT or a Cologne.

The versions I've tried are the American and the European. I slightly prefer the American, I think it's a bit cooler. Another difference that doesn't affect the properties of the lotion is the color, the American version has a deeper blue color. The shatter-proof bottle has a nice shape and a vintage look that I really like. The glass bottle of the European is also nice. I believe the scents of these two are pretty similar.
A version I haven't tried, but I will buy it soon, and read great things about, is the Spanish.

Do you detect any differences between the versions of Aqua Velva? If so, which one do you prefer?

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 09-14-2016, 04:56 PM
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I look forward to seeing what everyone has to say because I've been eyeing the Euro Aqua Velva for the last few days. I used my grandfather aqua velva this past weekend and was very pleased with it and how it performed; it lasted on me for what seemed like well over an hour and a few hours after that I could still faintly smell it on my hands.

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 09-14-2016, 06:41 PM
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I am interested in all the differences too.

I use it almost daily. The US version is all I've ever tried.

I will even go so far as to mix some with other aftershave in various proportions. I like the alcohol in it and the feedback from the sting if I have any irritation. 

Scent doesn't last long for me.

I have a vintage bottle I got off eBay earlier this year I've yet to open. Might crack at it soon.

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I have a spray bottle from Italian Barber or Mama Bear's that I pour my Aqua Velva into. I have a certain number of squirts I use and it keeps it from spilling everywhere and leaving blue spots on the sink. Lol.

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 09-15-2016, 10:32 AM
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In Canada we have 4 different versions:
- Ice Sport - kind of like floid blue with leather and citrus
- Ice Blue - pretty sweet, not sure if I can compare it to anything
- Original Sport - this one is green and smells like the old green bottled polo edt
- Musk - this one is orange and smells terrible to my nose

What do the American and European ones smell like?

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 09-15-2016, 11:46 AM
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They are different versions of Ice Blue. The same with the Spanish.

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 09-22-2016, 03:10 AM
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Here is the Spanish version. The glass bottle is pretty awesome, it has a very nice vintage look that I like. The scent is identical to the European I think, but I have to use it to confirm that.

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 09-22-2016, 05:20 AM
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Yes, the spanish version is the same than the european, only different bottle.

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 09-22-2016, 06:29 AM
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(09-15-2016, 10:32 AM)Nuki Man Wrote: - Ice Sport - kind of like floid blue with leather and citrus


Ice Sport is my favorite! Smells a little like Cool Water to me Biggrin

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 09-23-2016, 08:57 AM
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I love Aqua Velva ... Whenever I use it, I wonder why I ever use anything else? 

Never tried other versions of the blue, but I do have a small bottle of Ice Sport from many years ago .. I didn't realize it could still be had, so i'll have to pick some up!  Great stuff!

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 09-28-2016, 07:53 AM
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That vintage barbers above is the BEST AV I have used and I have used the European versions, US and vintage US -- that large bottle is more freezing and just smells amazing! I grabbed two bottles and use it almost daily! Love AV!!!

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 09-28-2016, 08:55 AM
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I have the AV ice blue. Great stuff! I added a couple menthol crystals to kick it up a notch. Use it weekly.

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 09-28-2016, 09:35 AM
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I just got a bottle of the AV Musk (usa) and it smell pretty good and the scent stayed on me for what seemed like more than a few hours. I don't think it smells as good as the regular blue version but it does smell like AV still

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 10-02-2016, 06:14 PM
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I recently purchased the Spanish AV, and love it. It's not as harsh, or bracing as I expected it to be, and reading the ingredient list, I'm surprised at some of the healing properties in it. I've read that the Spanish/European versions of AV is not as bracing and strong as the US versions. I haven't had the chance to try the US version of AV, but I'd like to try the Musk version.

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 11-30-2017, 01:39 PM
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  • nikos.a
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Lately I am using the Aqua Velva more often than any other lotion. I really like the scent, it's very pleasant. It always reminds me of my first days in this hobby. A true classic. It does the job really well. It's dirty cheap and can be found easily. What else do I need? Wink

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