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Opinions on Number Six Cologne
Posted: Sat Nov 25, 2006 12:17 pm
I just bought a bottle of Caswell-Massey's Number Six Cologne. Out of the bottle it has a citrus top note with some spiciness underneath. The citrus fades almost immediately upon application and it settles into a very dry scent that I can't put my finger on. A couple of reviewers on basenotes.com say it is vetiver but others disagree. I haven't sampled any vetiver frangraces so I can't say. Anyone here have an opinion?
(Edited Subject line so as not to confuse Bargepole)
Posted: Sat Nov 25, 2006 2:35 pm
I think it varies from fellow to fellow, Brett. On me, the citrus note lasts a little longer. After that, the bergamot and rosemary are a little more pronounced. Perhaps it's the rosemary you're smelling. While I tend not to wear verbena or lime in the cold months, I still use Number Six because of those other notes. They keep it from smelling tropical, at least to my nose.
In any event, did you like it?
Posted: Sat Nov 25, 2006 4:35 pm
Brett, The C-M No 6 is actually a fairly complex, blended scent, especially considering how old the basic formula likely is. The main notes I pick up are the orange, bergamont, and rosemary, but there are definately others. There's a little sandalwood in there, I think, and some subtle spicey notes. Suppossedly, there are almost 30 different scent oils in the blend. The core of this formula was brought to America from London, before the American Revolution, and shares a certain commonality with the original Imperial Leather scent that is still used for the well known Cusson's English bath soap.
Posted: Sun Nov 26, 2006 6:52 am
Honestly I'm not sure how I feel about it at this point. I don't love it, but I don't dislike it either. I do agree that, even though it has citrus notes it it, Number Six is a fine cool weather cologne. I'll probably wear it a couple of days this week and see if I can't pick up some of notes that you and Gordon pointed out.
Posted: Sun Nov 26, 2006 9:58 am
I'll be interested to hear your thoughts at the end of the trial run, Brett. Be aware that, as a traditional cologne, Number Six does not have great persistence. It's better than some, but will probably peter out before the end of the day.
Posted: Tue Nov 28, 2006 7:08 pm
I find it lasts very well for a cologne of its type (i.e., citrus dominant), probably in part because it has a bit of musk in the basenotes. Hard to go wrong with this one.
Posted: Wed Nov 29, 2006 7:03 am
Thread title bothered me. Number Six are fags in England.
Posted: Wed Nov 29, 2006 7:03 am
Bargepole wrote:Thread title bothered me. Number Six are fags in England.
Oh, and just to clear things up, "fags" are cigarettes in England.
Posted: Wed Nov 29, 2006 8:24 am
I've worn Number Six a couple more times and it is starting to grow on me. I do detect bergamot after dry down but not rosemary. At any rate, it is a subtle fragrance that doesn't seem to illicit many comments. My wife will almost always say something if I put on a different fragrance but she has remained silent on Number Six. That probably means she doesn't notice it which is not necessarily a bad thing (right Gordon?)
Posted: Wed Nov 29, 2006 9:52 am
Righto, Brett! Or she does vaguely notice it, but it doesn't grab her by the throat and shake her ( which, afterall is somewhat rude ).
Michael, We can't help it. Caswell-Massey No 6 was around before there WERE any cigarettes....even in the Near East.
Re: Opinions on Number Six Cologne
Posted: Sat Dec 02, 2006 9:46 pm
Brett G wrote:I just bought a bottle of Caswell-Massey's Number Six Cologne. Out of the bottle it has a citrus top note with some spiciness underneath. The citrus fades almost immediately upon application and it settles into a very dry scent that I can't put my finger on. A couple of reviewers on basenotes.com say it is vetiver but others disagree. I haven't sampled any vetiver frangraces so I can't say. Anyone here have an opinion?:D
To me it's a combo of citrus and musk (as Lavente noted). It used to be my absolute favorite, and I still love to smell it in the bottle, but after many years away from it I purchased it again awhile ago and I couldn't stand it on me. I don't know but it just smelled like rotten grapefruit
This has happened to me (and to others I know) where the way we perceive certain scents just seems to change over time?
Posted: Sun Dec 03, 2006 7:06 am
Rotten grapefruit? Boy, I sure hope you didn't ruin Number Six for me. You know what they say about the power of suggestion....
Posted: Sun Dec 03, 2006 10:14 am
Hmm, I've never detected any rotten grapefruit in No. 6, but noses do vary!
By the way, gents who like the scent of Number Six, and like a balm that's denser than Harris' old aftershave milk, will probably enjoy the Number Six balm. It's very clean smelling, and the scent is not very persistent, so you can use it in conjunction with just about any cologne.
Posted: Sun Dec 03, 2006 2:05 pm
Bob, I agree, and their Lime balm ain't bad either.
Posted: Sun Dec 03, 2006 2:44 pm
The #6 Talc was at my local Marshalls for $5.99