02-13-2022, 08:30 AM
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  • Bax
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There oughta be a list, spectrum, or index of some kind that clarifies the strength of fragrance in soaps and creams.  I've got a beloved bride who is very sensitive to fragrances.  When I try a new shaving product, she's the bellwether I use to determine whether it goes into the PIF box or if I can keep using it.  By and large, most shaving lotions/soaps/splashes/balms are too stinky for me to keep, because she starts gagging and leaves the room.  So out they go.  There are some that I really like and don't think they're strong at all, but when her eyes get puffy and her nose runs, I have to think twice.  *I* don't like UNscented, but *she* can't deal with strong scents.  I've only found one that is acceptable so far, and it's a Tea Tree Oil afershave balm from Proraso.  But there oughta be a category of "Faint Scent" products.  I've wasted a lot of money on products I can only use once before I have to toss 'em or give 'em away.  How in blazes can a shaver determine - BEFORE buying - how strong the scent will be?   A teeny Olfactory Strength Index number (maybe from 1 to 10) on the label of these products would sure help!
Harumph!
  :-(
- Bax

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 02-13-2022, 09:52 AM
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It's the reason that I hoard so much vintage Williams, a quick rinse and a splash of witch hazel or Aqua Velva, and no perfume afterglow. I'm the one that's easily offended, not my wife. She's tough enough to handle it lol.

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 02-13-2022, 11:56 AM
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  • Chappy
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Chart would be nice but scents are so subjective.  Unscented shave soap or an aftershave she can tolerate maybe?

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 02-13-2022, 12:24 PM
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  • Steve56
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Such a list would be of limited value I think. Scent strengths vary from batch to batch, and even within a batch as scent oils are difficult to mix perfectly homogenous especially in large batches of soap/cream. Also, scent strength tends to lessen with time, so how old a soap is may make more difference than the original scent intensity.

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 02-13-2022, 04:14 PM
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  • chazt
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For a lightly scented aftershave splash, I recommend D.R. Harris Arlington. There’s also Fine Accoutrements’ Snake Bite which is unscented but coolish and tingly.

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 02-14-2022, 06:56 AM
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  • Bax
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Interesting inputs.
I'll pick 'em up Arlington/Snake Bite and give 'em a try. 
Snake Bite sounds like a good summertime splash.
Williams should be easy to find.
I'll use Steve's insight with some of my "too powerful" aftershave balms, and will just let 'em sit a while under the sink gather dust while they "age" a bit.  Maybe this year's Xmas gifts will be usable by NEXT Xmas...
  :-)
Thanks, fellers!
- Bax

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 02-18-2022, 10:52 AM
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  • Steve56
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If your balms are to powerfully scented, try using half the amount and a few drops of water in your palm. It will take a little longer for it to dry down, but many times it works.

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 02-20-2022, 05:04 PM
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  • Mouser
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(02-13-2022, 04:14 PM)chazt Wrote: For a lightly scented aftershave splash, I recommend D.R. Harris Arlington. There’s also Fine Accoutrements’ Snake Bite which is unscented but coolish and tingly.

All of the DR scents in all forms are lightly  scented. Too light for me. I love Windsor but its just not "there" enough.  I like the scents I like to be more pronounced.

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 02-20-2022, 07:41 PM
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(02-20-2022, 05:04 PM)Mouser Wrote:
(02-13-2022, 04:14 PM)chazt Wrote: For a lightly scented aftershave splash, I recommend D.R. Harris Arlington. There’s also Fine Accoutrements’ Snake Bite which is unscented but coolish and tingly.

All of the DR scents in all forms are lightly  scented. Too light for me. I love Windsor but its just not "there" enough.  I like the scents I like to be more pronounced.

Cheers

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 02-22-2022, 06:39 AM
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  • MaxP
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Fortunately there are MANY shave soaps available.

Selfishly...just keep buying and trying. Those that don't make the cut with your sweetheart can either be listed on the BST or PIFd (to me?)

Happy Shaves.

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 02-22-2022, 06:58 AM
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  • chazt
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(02-18-2022, 10:52 AM)Steve56 Wrote: If your balms are to powerfully scented, try using half the amount and a few drops of water in your palm. It will take a little longer for it to dry down, but many times it works.

Signs011

I suppose you can also rinse your face with cold water after you apply the product. That should cut the scent a bit.

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 02-22-2022, 08:25 AM
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  • Bax
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Tried the "watered down" approach this morning.  Seemed to work ok, but it DID take a long time for my face to dry off.  I could have used a towel, but then the moisturizer would have been gone, too.  I'll keep experimenting.  Thanks for the tips!
  :-)
- Bax

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