Taylor's No.74 Original

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Taylor's No.74 Original

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Gentlemen,
I'm referring to the lurid green stuff, rather than the bright yellow Victorian Limes version. The latter is the best example I know of how a scent can be simulated in a fashion that improves on the original - any other citrus is short-lived and this pseudo-citrus both fools our noses very well and lasts and lasts. It needs no further discussion here. The green stuff is a little more awkward to love. Opening a new bottle reminds one of urinal cakes, which is not guaranteed to gain popularity. But once the bottle has aired, it is a warm soapy lilac that is quite pleasant, and not at all forward. By accident, I have discovered one of those scent combinations that is far more than the sum of the parts.
As you may know, I have the peculiar habit of using Trumper's Eucris hairdressing as an aftershave balm. It smells of violets (sort of). Use this and then apply Taylor's No74 Green Goop. By God, sir! It's great! Loved by all who have encountered it on me. Try this combination if you can!

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Chris...I find the Taylor #74 to be a very interesting scent that evolves as the day goes on. I agree about the initial scent being a bit odd but I really like how the scent progresses.
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Lurid? I saw the greenman today in our rainsoaked hillsides and in the incessant sirens heard Herne the hunter.My #74 bottle is close to finishing. For once I have a backup in my closet. It looks more british racing green in that refuge's twilight.
I will try your combination.
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If one would do the final 'layering' using "Hammam Bouquet" with this combo..........
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Good grief, Fitch! No, no....too over the top. I can see Chris' combination though. Doesn't get more old school, Old Bond Street, than that I don't imagine. Anyway, glad that you got an opportunity to try it as it is one of the true British classics that's still available.
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I wonder if this would work if Ajaccio Violets were substituted for the Eucris hair dressing?
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There's one way to find out.
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Post by joe mcclaine »

I wear this - usually applied using a cold damp face-cloth with #74 sprinkled on it.

Wife always says it smells 'fresh' which would be because she smells it after 10 minutes.

As it goes on I think it smells 'stuffy' and reminds me of lipstick and compacts.

I had thought about getting Trumper's Violet soap or cream to go with it but it goes well enough with my Harris Lavender and Almond soaps.
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Vinny, Yeah, some philistine over at Basenotes keeps harping that it smells like a 'whore's handbag'.....but he is mistaken ( never mind how I know that )....and mean spirited. BUT, as I've cautioned members here before, and as has been pointed out in this thread; Royal Yacht/No 74 IS unusual by today's standards and needs to be allowed to dry down and to be worn several times, before one can rightfully make a judgement on it. When I used to have it around, I only wore it occasionally, but when I was in the mood for it it was just the thing. FWIW, my wife never said anything negative about it....nor tried to purloin any.
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One only needs experience a Andy Gump long unserviced on a hot summer day after standing crosslegged in a long line to truly appreciate urinal cakes.
I wonder about people's professions who mention old lady handbags. I replied to that review. One can only hope people have minds as open as their sinus. I tried it on mere whim and fancy. Everyone has a first kiss. Everyone can tell you how wonderfull it is, but the kiss itself is your's alone.
As Gordon emphasizes it is different, from another time as I learned with no little wonder and delight. Nobody knows what ancient egyptian sounded like, or what a 'wine red sea' really means.
Every worked article of gold is said to have a tiny bit of pharoah's gold mixed in down the ages. I liked to think my cutter touched a bit of saltwater Oddyseus' black galley once did. #74 has it's heritage. I need another bottle for spring.
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Post by fallingwickets »

not that i have any benchmark to measure it against but from start to finish the 74 is quite the enjoyment.......thanks to all for talking about it and making us aware

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Post by i_shaved_something »

I've been wearing this recently, great stuff.
Reminds me of what 'Lilac Vegetal' SHOULD smell like and what they are shooting for. :)
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Post by F.W. Fitch »

bernards66 wrote:Good grief, Fitch! No, no....too over the top.


Of course it would be. That's why I had in mind the Hammam being applied to the hosiery. Yes, the other being too top heavy....








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Further thoughts..
I do have a vintage bottle of Yardley's 'violet' oil for the hair (one of the finest violet scents I've experienced) that would be just the compliment with everything discussed.
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Fitch, Jeez!....Yardley Violet hairdressing? That's quite a find. Very Duke of Windsor. Kudos to you!
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Correct me if I am wrong, though is the "green stuff" aftershave whereas the "yellow stuff" cologne?
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TOBS #74 GREEN is an AS. TOBS # 74 lime is available AS and cologne.
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KAV wrote:TOBS #74 GREEN is an AS. TOBS # 74 lime is available AS and cologne.
Are you sure? My 74 Original is marked as a cologne, in fact I was wondering if an aftershave version is offered. Is yours branded as an 'aftershave' on the label?
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jtpca wrote:Correct me if I am wrong, though is the "green stuff" aftershave whereas the "yellow stuff" cologne?
Not sure what strengths are available, but in general:
green = original
yellow = limes

Very similar bottles and names, but completely different scents.
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Rob, et. al., Both the Original and the Lime is offered as both an A/S and as a cologne. Regarding the Original, I always felt that the A/S version was strong enough...but that's just me, of course.
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Taylor
of Old Bond Street
COLLECTION

74
original
aftershave

So says the two bottles I've bought from Phil fairly recently. I use it as an aftershave and have a slow drydown with lingering traces until I am ready
to reach for a cologne on my way to mingle in the finest social circles.
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