03-14-2019, 10:15 AM
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Over the years, I've enjoyed high end aftershaves.  I've also enjoyed artisan aftershaves, often in combination with the matching artisan soap.  However, I have an affinity for the basic, inexpensive, blue barbershop aftershave splashes.  There are many days when I don't use a fragrance, and just want a splash of a refreshing, alcohol based aftershave with a light scent.  The blue barbershop aftershaves fit the bill for me.  I use big splashes of them, so I go through them faster than one might imagine.

Aqua Velva Ice Blue and Floid Blue are probably the most iconic of the blue barbershop aftershaves.  Epsilon Blue is, for me, close to Floid Blue.  However, I've managed to end up with six different blue barbershop aftershaves.   They're different enough that I enjoy them all.  However, when I go through all these I expect to stick with just Epsilon Blue.

What blue barbershop aftershaves do you like?

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 03-14-2019, 10:24 AM
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  • nikos.a
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I've not tried many "Blue" aftershaves, but AV is a favorite.

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 03-14-2019, 11:27 AM
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  • chazt
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Nice collection you’ve got there, Ricardo. Did you consider buying Ravi’s Floids?

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 03-14-2019, 11:36 AM
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  • eengler
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Nice assortment Ricardo! I need to give "Blue" a try.

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 03-14-2019, 01:50 PM
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Very nice variety there! I am on the fence about Epsilon Blue though. How close is it to Floid Blue...close enough to beat out AV as the current Floid replacement? I loved that Floid "baby powder" smell on a hot, humid summer morning. I just felt refreshed, AV isn't quite that. I had to start limiting my aftershaves to one of each "type". It got a little out of control for a while so if I go Epsilon, the AV's days are numbered.

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 03-14-2019, 02:05 PM
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(03-14-2019, 01:50 PM)stoutreader Wrote: Very nice variety there! I am on the fence about Epsilon Blue though. How close is it to Floid Blue...close enough to beat out AV as the current Floid replacement? I loved that Floid "baby powder" smell on a hot, humid summer morning. I just felt refreshed, AV isn't quite that. I had to start limiting my aftershaves to one of each "type". It got a little out of control for a while so if I go Epsilon, the AV's days are numbered.

Tim, the only way you'll know whether you prefer AV or Epsilon Blue is to try the Epsilon.  I can tell you the Epsilon is a close Floid clone.  If you like the powdery scent of Floid, it's likely you'll like Epsilon.  Go through a bottle of Epsilon, then decide.

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 03-14-2019, 02:57 PM
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Ricardo, that is a very sensible suggestion. I was looking around online and found samples are available at a reasonable cost. Duplicate the shave two days in a row, same razor, blade, brush, and soap, and then use some of the precious Floid one day and the Epsilon the next. And with the sample I am not doubling up on the blue aftershaves, though the AV is getting pretty low....

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 03-14-2019, 03:06 PM
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Aqua Velva is my favorite of the blues.

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 03-15-2019, 02:47 AM
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Lookin' "Blue" Ricardo. Great collection of scents.

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 03-15-2019, 05:19 AM
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(03-14-2019, 10:15 AM)TheLegalRazor Wrote: Over the years, I've enjoyed high end aftershaves.  I've also enjoyed artisan aftershaves, often in combination with the matching artisan soap.  However, I have an affinity for the basic, inexpensive, blue barbershop aftershave splashes.  There are many days when I don't use a fragrance, and just want a splash of a refreshing, alcohol based aftershave with a light scent.  The blue barbershop aftershaves fit the bill for me.  I use big splashes of them, so I go through them faster than one might imagine.

Aqua Velva Ice Blue and Floid Blue are probably the most iconic of the blue barbershop aftershaves.  Epsilon Blue is, for me, close to Floid Blue.  However, I've managed to end up with six different blue barbershop aftershaves.   They're different enough that I enjoy them all.  However, when I go through all these I expect to stick with just Epsilon Blue.

What blue barbershop aftershaves do you like?

Pardon a noob question but are these close enough in scent profile to make "blue barbershop" a genre?
Not saying they aren't. I've used the odd blue aftershave through the decades but I never really pondered their likeness.

Nice collection by the way.

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 03-15-2019, 11:19 AM
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Booster's and European AV

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 03-15-2019, 11:47 AM
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(03-15-2019, 11:19 AM)SteelTown Wrote: Booster's and European AV

Thanks for mentioning the European AV.  We have an interesting thread, started by Nikos, on the various AV versions.

http://shavenook.com/showthread.php?tid=44021

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 03-15-2019, 11:48 AM
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(03-15-2019, 11:19 AM)SteelTown Wrote: Booster's and European AV
Americans prefer the European and Europeans prefer the American AV.

We are not satisfied with anything in this hobby!

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 03-15-2019, 11:55 AM
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(03-15-2019, 11:47 AM)TheLegalRazor Wrote:
(03-15-2019, 11:19 AM)SteelTown Wrote: Booster's and European AV

Thanks for mentioning the European AV.  We have an interesting thread, started by Nikos, on the various AV versions.

http://shavenook.com/showthread.php?tid=44021
Ricardo, you reminded me to upload a few photos from my archive with all the versions I have together. You can see the differences. Scents are almost identical. The differences are minimal in my honest opinion.

(If the resolution is not that good, I blame Tapatalk for this )

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 03-15-2019, 11:57 AM
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At various times I have owned both Floid Blue and B&M Cool (never owned/tried Epsilon).

I prefer the Cool version, although I found after awhile I fatigued of the blue scent in general.

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 03-15-2019, 01:02 PM
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(03-15-2019, 11:55 AM)nikos.a Wrote:
(03-15-2019, 11:47 AM)TheLegalRazor Wrote:
(03-15-2019, 11:19 AM)SteelTown Wrote: Booster's and European AV

Thanks for mentioning the European AV.  We have an interesting thread, started by Nikos, on the various AV versions.

http://shavenook.com/showthread.php?tid=44021
Ricardo, you reminded me to upload a few photos from my archive with all the versions I have together. You can see the differences. Scents are almost identical. The differences are minimal in my honest opinion.

(If the resolution is not that good, I blame Tapatalk for this )


I stand corrected. From your thread the version I like is the Spanish version. I find it a has less of a powder scent.


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 03-15-2019, 01:05 PM
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(03-15-2019, 01:02 PM)SteelTown Wrote:
(03-15-2019, 11:55 AM)nikos.a Wrote:
(03-15-2019, 11:47 AM)TheLegalRazor Wrote: Thanks for mentioning the European AV.  We have an interesting thread, started by Nikos, on the various AV versions.

http://shavenook.com/showthread.php?tid=44021
Ricardo, you reminded me to upload a few photos from my archive with all the versions I have together. You can see the differences. Scents are almost identical. The differences are minimal in my honest opinion.

(If the resolution is not that good, I blame Tapatalk for this )


I stand corrected. From your thread the version I like is the Spanish version. I find it a has less of a powder scent.


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My friend, the European and the Spanish is the same AV actually. Only the bottle differs.

So there are two versions of the Ice Blue.

You were correct from the beginning.

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 03-16-2019, 02:27 PM
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(03-14-2019, 11:27 AM)chazt Wrote: Nice collection you’ve got there, Ricardo. Did you consider buying Ravi’s Floids?

Charlie, I did consider Ravi's Floid.  The price was very fair, particularly when one considers that they've sold for over $100 on ebay.  However, I find the Epsilon Blue, which I can get from BullGoose for $23, to be comparable enough to Floid that I don't see a need to pay the higher Floid price.  By the way, Floid is a 400ml bottle and Epsilon Blue is 500ml.

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 03-16-2019, 02:37 PM
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(03-15-2019, 05:19 AM)RazorSteve Wrote: Pardon a noob question but are these close enough in scent profile to make "blue barbershop" a genre?
Not saying they aren't. I've used the odd blue aftershave through the decades but I never really pondered their likeness.

Nice collection by the way.

That's a good question.  There is no standard definition of a barbershop scent or a barbershop aftershave.  To me, if it has alcohol, menthol and a powdery scent, comes in a large bottle, and is blue, I'm inclined to call it a barbershop aftershave.  I learned about the Lustray Blue Spice and the Lucky Tiger Aspen because they were used at a Miami barbershop where I occasionally get shaves.  According to vendors, Floid, Figaro and Booster can also be found in barbershops abroad.  I wish AV was available in a 400ml bottle.

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 03-16-2019, 03:05 PM
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I’m often an outlier, but I find Floid Vigoroso much closer in scent and performance to Floid Blue than Aqua Velva is. AV and Blue are the same color, but very different to my nose.

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