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by Bargepole
Sun Mar 17, 2013 1:58 pm
Forum: Shaving Creams & Hard Soaps
Topic: Trumpers Rose Shave Cream
Replies: 19
Views: 2820

Love them all... the Truefitt & Hill one is pretty good, too, as was the (no longer around) Coates. Haven't tried the D R Harris. I shall stroll past their shop on Monday and, who knows, I may find myself drawn in YET AGAIN. Damn.
by Bargepole
Tue Mar 12, 2013 2:44 pm
Forum: Shaving Creams & Hard Soaps
Topic: A couple of Fern treasures, Houbigant & Pens
Replies: 36
Views: 3604

Has the GFT Violets formula changed that much, Michael? It's still one of my favorite creams. Yes, it has. I am VERY BITTER about it. Not that they had much choice (the damned EU decided the ionones that gave it its unique violet fragrance might also give someone, somewhere, a bit of a rash if they...
by Bargepole
Tue Mar 12, 2013 2:39 pm
Forum: Colognes & Aftershaves
Topic: Pinaud Clubman
Replies: 40
Views: 4873

I don't know the Lime, but I agree re the original Old Spice and the Clubman -- timeless classics, as good or better than "designer" stuff sold at 10 or 20x the price... (I'm pretty keen on the Clubman Special Reserve, too, come to think of it. If they ever stopped making Knize Ten, I'd know where t...
by Bargepole
Mon Mar 11, 2013 5:20 am
Forum: Shaving Creams & Hard Soaps
Topic: A couple of Fern treasures, Houbigant & Pens
Replies: 36
Views: 3604

Heart Note = Clover...? Who'd have thought it? Shaved with the stuff - the original tallow - this very morning *smirk*. Still. It won't last. I only have six pucks left. (The only thing I ever stockpiled and I am very glad I did. Wish I'd stockpiled Trumper Violet shaving cream BASTARDS BASTARDS tho...
by Bargepole
Sun Feb 17, 2013 6:14 am
Forum: Colognes & Aftershaves
Topic: Acqua di Parma Intensa Oud
Replies: 9
Views: 4070

Curious thing for Acqua di Parma to do -- but then since they were bought by LVMH they've [usual rant]. They are perhaps a bit late to the oudh party, though. It's been rising flavour of the month since at least 2008. Not surprisingly: it's an unfamiliar note, something new, to the Western nose, and...
by Bargepole
Sun Jan 06, 2013 1:52 pm
Forum: Colognes & Aftershaves
Topic: I need help to find places that ships !
Replies: 4
Views: 1510

Your sense of smell isn't going. Very few fragrances are the same as they once were. (1) Cheap accountants cutting costs with inferior materials and (2) health freaks banning materials in case someone gets a rash.

Clubman's pretty much unchanged. Few others are.
by Bargepole
Sun Nov 25, 2012 12:02 pm
Forum: Colognes & Aftershaves
Topic: My Favorite Cologne
Replies: 10
Views: 2875

RazorRamone wrote:Not sure of the reformulation date with New York.
Not sure quite when. Within the last couple of years. Shame.
by Bargepole
Thu Nov 08, 2012 11:14 am
Forum: Colognes & Aftershaves
Topic: Off the Beaten Path
Replies: 18
Views: 3424

Nice list, Sam. I didn't notice any grunting... 8)

A heads-up on Patricia de Nicoläi's New York: it's fallen victim to IFRA and the rest of the oh-so-sensitive industry gobshite. Even Miss Nicoläi couldn't save it. Damn. But there it is.
by Bargepole
Mon Nov 05, 2012 3:33 pm
Forum: The Gentlemen's Parlor
Topic: Kav Says Hello
Replies: 30
Views: 3127

Ah, KAV. The only man here to whom I accord superiority in almost instantaneous thread-drift even when it's a thread one started oneself. I hope he's off writing a book. The guy has The Knack. Give him my regards.
by Bargepole
Mon Nov 05, 2012 3:31 pm
Forum: Colognes & Aftershaves
Topic: Anyone got thoughts on these? Bargepole?
Replies: 30
Views: 6136

Sam wrote:The Absolue is the winner of this bunch
Hate to say I told you so... actually, no. Can that. I exult in saying I told you so. Did I tell you so? I'm too tired to check. Wear it in good health. I'm going to take a squirt right now.
by Bargepole
Mon Nov 05, 2012 3:29 pm
Forum: Colognes & Aftershaves
Topic: My Favorite Cologne
Replies: 10
Views: 2875

Yes, way back when it was new and so was I. Haven't smelt it since then but I recall it was at odds with the rather sportily suggestive bottle, which conjured kipper-tie chaps, E-Types and obliging gels in white patent knee-boots, hot pants and far, far too much eye makeup. In the bottle lurked an i...
by Bargepole
Mon Nov 05, 2012 3:19 pm
Forum: Colognes & Aftershaves
Topic: L'Instant de Guerlain Extreme
Replies: 9
Views: 3109

bargepole, if you pop back in, I am thinking it is one of these (the regular L'instant or the Extreme version) or Tauer's L'air. Thoughts? Very different beasts, Sam. L'Instant & the Extrème version are both sophisticated, beautifully-designed almost-gourmands, saved from the Yum Yum Club by a dryn...
by Bargepole
Wed Oct 17, 2012 2:59 pm
Forum: Colognes & Aftershaves
Topic: L'Instant de Guerlain Extreme
Replies: 9
Views: 3109

Very fine composition. The dryout is notably cacao but without excessive sweetness. I think it (and it's older brother l'Instant) are a couple of the best masculines of recent years. I wear it often and with a certain sadness as I had met several times the main hand on the tiller, the exquisite -- b...
by Bargepole
Tue Oct 09, 2012 6:46 am
Forum: Colognes & Aftershaves
Topic: Anyone got thoughts on these? Bargepole?
Replies: 30
Views: 6136

Sam wrote:Wearing back to black today then. Not a big vanilla guy. Coromandel is about all I can handle. Barge any comment on staying power and projection of the absolue vs the cologne in the Soir?
The Absolue lasts longer, with a deeper note, but both are pretty durable.
by Bargepole
Sun Oct 07, 2012 2:03 am
Forum: Colognes & Aftershaves
Topic: Anyone got thoughts on these? Bargepole?
Replies: 30
Views: 6136

P.S. Back to Black is pretty damn amazing, too. What Tom Ford's Tobacco Vanille could have been if it had kept its nerve and not fallen off the tightrope between old-fashioned masculinity and metrosexual oopsie-la.
by Bargepole
Sat Oct 06, 2012 3:55 pm
Forum: Colognes & Aftershaves
Topic: Anyone got thoughts on these? Bargepole?
Replies: 30
Views: 6136

Dear Mr. Bargepole wanders in and out of our realm here as you know...very unpredicable as to when he might show up. Gordon Like a sort of Poltergeist or revenant, you mean? Hmmm... I shall have to practice my soughing in the breeze though diaphanous is probably beyond me. Without a moment's hesita...
by Bargepole
Fri Sep 28, 2012 3:22 am
Forum: Shaving Brushes
Topic: Are super badger brushes better to lather hard soaps with...
Replies: 29
Views: 7953

My own feeling is that the short-brush-with-backbone-for-soaps thing is about mistaking what's going on. The short dense stiff brush will pick up more soap in the first place, which makes it look richer, quicker. "Wow" we think, "This is going really well, and I've only just started lathering!" But ...
by Bargepole
Fri Sep 07, 2012 10:42 am
Forum: The Gentlemen's Parlor
Topic: Let The Construction Begin - Oh Dear, What Have We Done?
Replies: 71
Views: 6137

jww wrote: For those interested, here's a link to the photo I tweeted yesterday morning after the demolition work was done on the porch.

http://yfrog.com/h09tcprj
*Shrieks* But it's PERFECT! Don't change a THING.

8)
by Bargepole
Fri Sep 07, 2012 10:38 am
Forum: Colognes & Aftershaves
Topic: Finally pulled the trigger on Sartorial
Replies: 2
Views: 1381

I like the "two different scents" comment of your sister. She's spot on. That strange steamy, slightly hissy opening dissipates fast to something not unlike old Brut (if old Brut had had a bit more class). I found Sartorial really grew on me. Wearing it at the moment, indeed.
by Bargepole
Tue Sep 04, 2012 2:16 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Have You Shaved Someone Else?
Replies: 16
Views: 2869

Shaved someone else? Well of course I have. I remember the first time; we were in Paris and--

Oh. You mean another guy?

No.

And definitely no film at eleven, either.

8)