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BB 1818 replacement

Posted: Sat Sep 08, 2018 9:08 am
by WestEgg
Hello Gents,

I am just about done with my remaining bottle of 1818, pre-reformulation, pre-“right sizing”. Needless to say, I will not be purchasing what they are now offering. This was my everyday work scent so I am now in search of a replacement as close to the original as possible at a similar price point ($50-60 or so for 6 oz by my recollection). My preference would be to wear Floris Santal every day, but that just doesn't fit in the budget.

Any suggestions would be much appreciated and hopefully a help to others in the same situation.



Re: BB 1818 replacement

Posted: Sat Sep 08, 2018 10:31 am
by adhoc
Isn't TOBS Sandalwood quite similar to 1818? I haven't smelled 1818 yet but thats what Ive read - nevertheless TOBS make a really good cologne.

Re: BB 1818 replacement

Posted: Tue Oct 09, 2018 5:46 pm
by JoeDizzy
Paul Sebastian cologne is similar and bit sweeter

Re: BB 1818 replacement

Posted: Wed Oct 10, 2018 6:44 pm
by EL Alamein
Expand the budget and buy the Floris Santal is my only recommendation.

1818 is quite unique and I've never smelled anything like it. If it's gone then it's gone.

Sometimes there is no alternative.


Re: BB 1818 replacement

Posted: Thu Oct 11, 2018 7:52 am
by brothers
A quick ebay check shows several listings for Floris Santal that come pretty close to your posted budget limitations.

Re: BB 1818 replacement

Posted: Tue Apr 23, 2019 11:42 am
by TRBeck
I agree that it's quite unique. There's a talc note in it that isn't powdery in exactly the same way as some old-fashioned floral-musk. It almost smells like warm lather, if that makes sense. Taylor Sandalwood has a similar vibe but is not identical in scent. It might be as close as you could come in an affordable daily wear scent. I like Floris Santal, too, and it has some close neighbors in Trumper Sandalwood, ST Dupont Signature Pour Homme (discontinued), and (less so) Chanel Egoiste, none of which is available at a comparable price.

Edited to Add: Have you ever sniffed Dunhill for Men (the 1934 original)? It might be the most similar thing out there, and it can be had for about 30 bucks on the bay of fleas. It has some leathery notes, a bit of wood, a touch of spice, and that talc powder thing without much floral. Might be worth a try.

Re: BB 1818 replacement

Posted: Sat Apr 27, 2019 5:05 pm
by RazorRamone
I am a fan of 1818 too.

I own most of the aforementioned suggestions. To my nose, none are close since 1818 is a sweeter bay rum inspired cologne.

It’s has been many years since owning my suggestions, but I recall Calvin Klein Obsession and Vera Wang for Men having a similar vibe to them although I do not recall bay rum being the focus.

Given the reformulation of fragrances, these colognes today may be closer to smelling like window washer fluid than a cologne. :D