06-14-2017, 04:58 PM
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I've read from a few different places that people like the smell of mens barber shops. I too like the smell of mens barber shops very much. Especially old-fashioned mens barber shops. My question is what exactly constitutes these "smells"?

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 06-14-2017, 08:24 PM
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Talc, shave cream, cheap aftershave.

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 06-14-2017, 09:13 PM
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  • bullgoose
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(06-14-2017, 08:24 PM)TexBilly Wrote: Talc, shave cream, cheap aftershave.

Don't forget the hair tonic. Cool

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 06-14-2017, 09:16 PM
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(06-14-2017, 09:13 PM)bullgoose Wrote:
(06-14-2017, 08:24 PM)TexBilly Wrote: Talc, shave cream, cheap aftershave.

Don't forget the hair tonic. Cool
Yep, good reminder, Phil.

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 06-14-2017, 11:40 PM
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(06-14-2017, 09:16 PM)TexBilly Wrote:
(06-14-2017, 09:13 PM)bullgoose Wrote:
(06-14-2017, 08:24 PM)TexBilly Wrote: Talc, shave cream, cheap aftershave.

Don't forget the hair tonic. Cool
Yep, good reminder, Phil.

In the summertime, sans air conditioning, sweat and other select body odors.

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 06-14-2017, 11:46 PM
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(06-14-2017, 04:58 PM)punchy Wrote: I've read from a few different places that people like the smell of mens barber shops. I too like the smell of mens barber shops very much. Especially old-fashioned mens barber shops. My question is what exactly constitutes these "smells"?

Thank you

If you are talking about historical scents found in soaps, creams, powders, etc., I would say it varies by country, regions...

If you are talking about contemporary scents, with the advent of the ever increasing artisans making soaps, creams, aftershaves, etc., it's just plain open season....

Disclaimer: This is just my personal take and experience on the subject......

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 06-15-2017, 03:25 AM
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Bay rum, talc, Williams shave soap, Pinaud aftershave, dust ( from sweeping floors), hair tonic. Ahh, the memories........

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 06-15-2017, 04:09 AM
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Pinaud Clubman talcum powder, stale tobacco, old leather.

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 06-15-2017, 07:22 AM
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Never understood the barbershop soap scent description as they really have nothing to do with the actual scent profile or even products used within a barbershop.

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 06-15-2017, 09:12 AM
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The classic barbershop scent is a fougere in the English style. Penhaligon's English Fern & GFT's Wild Fern are the fine fragrance equivalent of the classic barbershop scent.

Broken down, it's a rose/geranium, oakmoss, powder, & sandalwood blend.

As for actual barbershops, talc is the powder note. The rest is the aftershaves they use. Don't think barbicide has a smell away from the jar if any. I wouldn't be surprised if they just run around spritzing a barbershop like scent around their shop to give it the smell they want.

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 06-23-2017, 09:00 AM
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Grease & Floid + Lea Profesional Shaving Cream + Floid Blue hair tonic + Varon Dandy + Talc Powder + Tobacco + Sports Press /Small talk +Saturday morning scent...

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 06-23-2017, 01:01 PM
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The barbershop I go to smells like cheap aftershave (Masters mostly) and shave cream from a Lather King hot lather machine.

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 06-23-2017, 07:52 PM
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I think of Pinaud, Vitalis, Osage Rub, Jeris, Murray & Lanman Florida Water, and talcum powder with strong doses of Pinaud and talcum powder. 

Ohhh...and the oil used for the clippers.

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 06-24-2017, 05:41 AM
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Sadly my barbershop smells of the aerosol deodorant/fragrant sprays commonly worn today. I look forward to the aftershave they use as it's the only pleasing scent I get out of the deal (the brand unknown to me the scent is a citrus/eucalyptus/mint).

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 06-24-2017, 06:21 AM
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Growing up in Baltimore when it was still very much an ethnic neighborhood city and getting to go with my dad (insurance ) as he visited his clients in the different areas it really varied.  The Russian and Polish and Germantown smell was Tabac.  Little Italy was menthol and eucalyptus. Around the hotels at Mount Vernon Place it was Clubman.  Around Pimlico (Jewish neighborhood) it was Rosewater, particularly during Passover.

In the Hunt Valley it was acceptable to just smell like horse sweat and the stable.

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 06-24-2017, 07:35 AM
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  • evnpar
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I started going to a traditional barber shop in the 50's, and the scent that stood out was bay rum and talc. I sometimes go to a small traditional barber shop in my area, and the scent is somewhat similar to Mike's Barber Shop. However, I now mostly go to a salon, as I can schedule an appointment every 6 weeks in the early evening after work, and with an attractive, highly skilled young woman who pampers me. Unfortunately, the scent is a combination of women's products. I would love to visit one of the traditional barber shops in London.

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 06-24-2017, 03:11 PM
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(06-24-2017, 06:21 AM)jar Wrote: Growing up in Baltimore when it was still very much an ethnic neighborhood city and getting to go with my dad (insurance ) as he visited his clients in the different areas it really varied.  The Russian and Polish and Germantown smell was Tabac.  Little Italy was menthol and eucalyptus. Around the hotels at Mount Vernon Place it was Clubman.  Around Pimlico (Jewish neighborhood) it was Rosewater, particularly during Passover.

In the Hunt Valley it was acceptable to just smell like horse sweat and the stable.

Very interesting insights on cultural geography, using barber shop scent as a media.  Thanks!

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 06-24-2017, 10:52 PM
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(06-14-2017, 09:13 PM)bullgoose Wrote:
(06-14-2017, 08:24 PM)TexBilly Wrote: Talc, shave cream, cheap aftershave.

Don't forget the hair tonic. Cool

Oh yeah!! the tonic!  ....like what kind?  Lucky Tiger???


Man, men's 'traditional style' barber shops are just exploding every where.  Here in L.A. its been an established growing trend since; I'm gonna say, 2000??/ maybe 2001??

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 06-25-2017, 07:04 AM
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I need to get out to L.A , sadly I have never seen California.

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 06-25-2017, 12:16 PM
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(06-25-2017, 07:04 AM)ultra~nova Wrote: I need to get out to L.A , sadly I have never seen California.

I got to live in LA during the late 60s, topless everything and the San Diego minskirt (AkA a belt) and at the time the smell of the eucalyptus trees reminded me of Little Italy barbershops.

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