11-04-2016, 08:24 PM
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There is no doubt in my mind that one of the attractions of old school shaving is getting the “vibe” of a barbershop. Whether it’s based on an early childhood memory or even a romantic notion of what a barbershop should smell like is almost irrelevant. It’s like a racial memory.

But there must be a hundred variations of a “barbershop” scent in shaving creams & soaps. It seems like neither shavers nor artisans/brands can agree on just what individual smells make up a barbershop scent, other than it’s made up of several individual notes. So let’s try an experiment. Based on a number of conversations I’ve had with both other shavers and cream/soap artisans recently, I’ve created a list of individual scent elements that commonly come up when discussing barbershop scents.

Pick the top 3-5 scent notes you think belong to a barbershop at THIS GOOGLE FORMS LINK.

I understand responses may be dependent on region and/or culture so I’m hoping to get several different profiles and then look at products that meet those profiles. So a shaver in Seattle might go for product X while one in Miami (or London...or Amsterdam) might go for product Y.  Give me some time to analyze the data and I'll post my results here and on Sharpologist.

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 11-04-2016, 08:28 PM
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It has to contain talcum powder and may be a bit of lavender.

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 11-05-2016, 08:58 AM
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  • Nero
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For me, an oakmoss/fougere scent.

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 11-05-2016, 09:35 AM
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Lavender
Oak moss
Bergamot

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 11-05-2016, 12:20 PM
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bergamot then something like lilac vegetal aftershave.

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 11-05-2016, 12:31 PM
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  • chazt
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I don't know scents per se, but product wise Pinaud Clubman is the quitessential scent memory from my youth. I grew up in NYC.

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 11-05-2016, 12:37 PM
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  • nikos.a
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Lavender
Fougere
Lemon

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 11-05-2016, 12:51 PM
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Mantic, my first Barbershop scent was Mike's Natural which is a mixture of bergamot, basil, oakmoss, and patchouli.  Similar to the ingredient list of Maggard's London Barbershop.  

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 11-05-2016, 04:15 PM
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(11-05-2016, 12:51 PM)redrako Wrote: Mantic, my first Barbershop scent was Mike's Natural which is a mixture of bergamot, basil, oakmoss, and patchouli.  Similar to the ingredient list of Maggard's London Barbershop.  

Lavender, rosemary, bergamot, oakmoss, and a bit of lime or vetiver.  Dr. Jon's is, to my nose, a near-perfect blend. Seville by B&M is a close second. 

I don't like Mike's version, and I don't think patchouli should be one of the scent notes.

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 11-06-2016, 05:48 AM
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1.st: Lavender
2.nd: Oakmoss
3.rd: Bergamot/citrus note
4.th: Fougere

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 11-06-2016, 07:24 AM
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To me a barbershop scent has to have that powdery note to it.

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 11-06-2016, 05:10 PM
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1) Ozone from tired electric trimmers
2) Hydraulic grease from barber chair
3) Barbacide

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 11-06-2016, 07:09 PM
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Lit Cigars & Clubman Talc.


~Royce

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 11-07-2016, 06:43 AM
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(11-06-2016, 05:10 PM)ColdRiverSoap Wrote: 1) Ozone from tired electric trimmers
2) Hydraulic grease from barber chair
3) Barbacide

The above with the following. The scent of talc, with some Osage, Clubman, Vitalis, and Hess Rose Hair Oil.

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