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Classic Aftershaves, Timeless vs Old?

Updated on April 11, 2013

Classic Aftershaves or Outdated?

While there are nearly seemingly endless aftershaves offered in todayâs market, classic aftershaves have always had a special place in many of menâs hearts.

Classic Aftershaves are often referred to as âold man aftershavesâ by most young men and women, perhaps due to their fathers or grandfathers wearing them at one point or another. While everyone is entitled to their own opinion, it seems quite misguided to categorize scents based on age and not based on what you think smells good or bad.

For older men as well as younger men such as myself, these classic aftershaves are a great source for both elegant, and masculine fragrances, originally worn by some of the most tough, hard working, sophisticated, and classy men of previous generations.

Old Spice After Shave Lotion Original
Old Spice After Shave Lotion Original

Old Spice After Shave Lotion (Original)

Perhaps the most classic and influential aftershave in America, Old Spice would likely be the aftershave of choice for Mad Men's Don Draper.

While there is also a version of this called "Old Spice Classic" the Old Spice Original which is made by Shulton in India seems to be closer to the original formula, and while it is slightly more expensive, it is worth every penny.

This as simple of an Aftershave as they come, a combination of water, alcohol, and fragrance, but boy what a fragrance. The Old Spice Original carries notes of Spices, Orange, Lemon, Cinnamon, Vanilla, and Musk among others.

Vintage Old Spice Commercial From 1960

Aqua Velva Classic Ice Blue
Aqua Velva Classic Ice Blue

Aqua Velva Classic Ice Blue

Aqua Velva has been making a comeback lately after unjustifiable negative connotations thanks to customers who basically drowned themselves with their products to a distasteful point.

The Aqua Velva Classic Ice Blue provides a delightful cooling sensation perfect for those hot summer days.It gives just enough alcohol burn to let you know the quality of your shave, and then the menthol completely cools down any hint of burning, from both alcohol and razor burns.

Most importantly, if done tastefully, the Aqua Velva Ice Blue provides a classic American scent, with simple hints of menthol, leather and musk, so often identified with the old school hard working American.

The Aqua Velva's Classic Ice Blue Aftershave comes at ridiculously low price for almost

twice the amount of regular aftershaves, making it an extremely economical purchase.

Classic Aqua Velva Commercial Combined With Cartoons - 1960

Tabac Original By Maurer & Wirtz After Shave Splash
Tabac Original By Maurer & Wirtz After Shave Splash

Tabac Original By Maurer & Wirtz After Shave Splash

Despite being alcohol based, the Tabac Aftershave Splash is surprisingly considerate when it comes to any burning sensation, especially for a splash type aftershave. The sensation it gives is quite unique, since most aftershaves pride themselves as cooling down, with this one you experience warming up which might be just what the doctor ordered during the cold winter.

The fragrance of the Tabac Aftershave Splash is what’s considered most unique about it, with hints of oak moss, citrus and pepper, you will find a fascinating combo between a leathery and floral scent. This fragrance is known as one of the most masculine in the aftershave world, but perhaps too intense for some. The fragrance is dominant, and takes over any other scents, so make sure you digg it.

Tabac Original Commercial, Simple But Effective (Airport)

Clubman Pinaud Virgin Island Bay Rum
Clubman Pinaud Virgin Island Bay Rum

Clubman Pinaud Virgin Island Bay Rum

Clubman's Pinaud Bay Rum is a definite classic aftershave. The first thing you notice about this product is the serious burning it gives when applied, which later turns into a warming sensation, making it both a great antiseptic and a winter aftershave, but it's definitely not for the timid.

Of course, more than anything, what makes this aftershave so popular is its fragrance. It could be described as a combination of cinnamon, cloves, and bay tree oil. These also contribute to the warm sensation it delivers.

Like most of Clubman's line of products, the Pinaud Bay Rum is offered at an

incredible price for more than triple the regular amount of most products.

Honorable Mentions

There are plenty of other Classic Aftershaves worth mentioning, if you feel like exploring further these will come in handy.

  • - Mennen Skin Bracer Original After Shave
  • - Aramis For Men After Shave
  • - Royall Lime After Shave Lotion / Cologne
  • - English Leather After Shave
  • - Brut After Shave Lotion
  • - Lucky Tiger After Shave And Face Tonic
  • - Old Spice Classic

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