Aqua Velva???

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Aqua Velva???

Post by gsgo » Wed Jun 25, 2008 7:10 am

Aqua Velva, an America shaving classic or is it just a "rubby dub" cocktail, does this stuff work or would you not be caught dead leaving the house?

I have been intrigued by the history of this product as well as the polarizing love/hate comments. Since getting started in DE shaving I now walk by this product in the supermarket or drug store and can't resist cracking a bottle for a wiff, for years I walked by this and kinda snickered not even giving it a glance. For the price it could easily fall into the cart, but why is there such a stigma attached to this product.

Love it/hate it? It works but smells bad, what's your take.

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Post by Scrapyard Ape » Wed Jun 25, 2008 7:45 am

gsgo wrote: but why is there such a stigma attached to this product.
Snobbery can be found everywhere.



Personally, I like Aqua Velva... both regular and musk. (not too fond of the "Ice Sport", but not everything is to everyone's liking) I also like Skin Bracer, the other commonly available AS splash. I won't weigh in on Old Spice because of the recent upheaval with the repackaging and apparent reformulation.
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Post by gsgo » Wed Jun 25, 2008 9:12 am

Greg,

Ahhh that Old Spice smell, used by both my father and a close uncle, I used to love that old glass bottle wih the little red plug. I have found the versions on the shelf not the same as I remember.

With the comments about AV over at the B&B forum and Gio's write up at R&B I just may need to sneak a bottle into the shopping cart this weekend...

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Post by jww » Wed Jun 25, 2008 10:43 am

I remember when living in Finland as a young man, I had run out of my supply of Kanøn - which was the only balm I could use at the time without breaking out into a rash. I had to resort to AV, and found it worked ok, but was brutally strong as a fragrance. I quickly wrote home for a replacement - which never showed up. I ended up moving to a Finnish product that was really good, but I can't recall the name of it. It was like a skin protector/balm kinda thing.

Anyway - AV for me reminds me of my father, but not something I was too happy with personally.
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Post by MiloFinch » Wed Jun 25, 2008 11:05 am

Nothing wrong with Aqua Velva. I love it. Along with Skin Bracer and Old Spice. I love them all. Brut too. Oh, and you can't forget the Clubman.
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Post by a-cut-above » Wed Jun 25, 2008 2:08 pm

Aqua Velva is one of my favorites. It has a classic scent and has some glycerin in it to leave my skin feeling smooth but not sticky like a balm. The scent lasts about an hour on me, a bit longer than say Booster's.
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Post by otherstar » Wed Jun 25, 2008 3:38 pm

I love Aqua Velva too. It was one of the first I used because it had a real cooling effect on my skin.
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Post by KenS » Wed Jun 25, 2008 5:54 pm

I'm a Sienna fan foremost, but some days call for something different. Today was one of those days, and Aqua Velva was what caught my eye. I've been enjoying the smell all day.
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Post by Cavman » Wed Jun 25, 2008 7:25 pm

Aqua Velva Ice Blue for me & Clubman for special ocassions.
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Post by Killian85 » Wed Jun 25, 2008 8:12 pm

I use the Iced Sport and Musk variety all the time. They do a wonderful job on my face and the scents are decent enough for every day wear.

Had seen it mentioned somewhere that the original variety also comes in a balm. I'd be curious to try that sometime.
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Post by a-cut-above » Wed Jun 25, 2008 8:19 pm

gsgo wrote:Greg,

Ahhh that Old Spice smell, used by both my father and a close uncle, I used to love that old glass bottle wih the little red plug. I have found the versions on the shelf not the same as I remember.........
Gary
Same here. Even the product in the glass bottle right before the change to plastic didn't smell the same as the stuff I remember. The scent was changed over the years, as several other posters have noted.
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Post by Mr. Spacely » Thu Jun 26, 2008 4:45 am

Cavman wrote:Aqua Velva Ice Blue for me & Clubman for special ocassions.

Both a daily splash for me- really enjoy the classics.
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Post by GA Russell » Thu Jun 26, 2008 7:49 pm

Hey Canadian league fans! I'm listening to the Opening Night game between the Stamps and the Lions on the internet, and I just heard them say that "Aqua Velva is the Official Aftershave of the Calgary Stampeders and the 2008 Grey Cup!"
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Post by rikrdo » Fri Jun 27, 2008 8:34 am

AV musk cut with Thayers Rose Petal witch hazel
is all I ever need in an after shave.

Want, however, is a different story.
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Post by AZShaver » Fri Jun 27, 2008 12:12 pm

I like to cut Skin Bracer, and Clubman the same way. It makes them much less overpowering.
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Post by alabamalawyer » Tue Jul 01, 2008 5:05 pm

Big fan of Aqua Velva. I like the way it works and the scent fades quickly on me.
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Post by paperpundit » Tue Jul 01, 2008 5:43 pm

I use Aqua Velva often...and even have it in a spray bottle to use as a cologne as well. I usually laugh a little when the gals in the office compliment me on my "clean smelling cologne."
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Post by Ten747 » Fri Jul 04, 2008 12:25 pm

It has a light fresh smell for wearing around the house..

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Post by Hoos » Fri Jul 04, 2008 1:01 pm

I'm a brand new convert to Aqua Velva (Ice Blue).

It's great. It will get regular use. Trumper's Limes is still my favorite. I've tried a few other aftershaves and didn't really care for them. AV, though, really is nice.
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Post by TRBeck » Mon Jul 07, 2008 11:00 am

I've liked Ice Blue for a while and used Ice Sport in college, but of late I've found the Musk pretty nice. A good weekend fragrance and a superb value. Cutting it with rose witch hazel...hmm...sounds like a good experiment.

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