The Shulton version is very different in scent and especially in longevity. I believe it switched in the early 90s but am not sure. If a bottle is marked Shulton, it is definitely “the good stuff.” I have bottles from several decades and they are amazingly similar.I know this is a really old thread but I found it at the top of the search results when I goggle searched for an answer but having some experience in perfumery I'd say it's relatively impossible that this frag has not undergone multiple reformulations, IFRA is a regulatory agency that is constantly banning or restricting ingredients for use in cosmetics:
"The IFRA standards cover hundreds of ingredients, through 174 standards, prohibiting some, restricting others and setting specifications for yet others. They don’t require anything to be on labels."
I presume anyone working on a commercial scale would want to remain in full compliance
This almost certainly has to be true. I recently bought my first bottle of the AS in a number of years and was shocked by how weak it seemed to be. I wonder what they did to it... I get it that memory can be unreliable sometimes, but I am quite sure about this.Old Spice to me is just not the same as it was. Maybe it is my 71 year old memory ........ just seems to be much lighter in scent. Regardless, it is now the least used aftershave in my cabinet.
I also have an older glass P&G bottle as well as an older US Shulton bottle. IMHO, they smell nearly identical. I also have a new plastic bottle and it is definitely different. The new Old Spice EdC in the plastic smells more like the vintage stuff than does the aftershave. Still not the same, though.I have an old glass bottle from PG that I think is around 20 years old or so, a new plastic bottle from PG, and the Indian made smaller glass bottle. Old Glass and Indian smell the same. New plastic bottle is more floral and I can tell them apart, all smell wonderful.
The new stuff, to my nose, has slightly more prominent pimento and carnation notes that are very realistic. But that could be due to the age of the older samples. Otherwise, there isn't alot of difference. There is less eugenol in the modern fragrance, but I don't really notice it. The formula was changed for the aftershave to make it less skin sensitizing.A question and a note:
1) Those that can tell a difference, would you be able to tell which was which if you didn't have them side by side? In other words, if you had one unidentified sample in front of you, would you know which it is?
2) This presumably applies only to folks around New England; Ocean State Job Lot has a "Heritage Edition" package, glass bottle, on sale right now for four bucks. Don't know if it's good or bad, or how the "Heritage" scent relates to "Original" or "Classic" but I thought I'd mention it. The bottle looks intentionally old-fashioned, with a rough serif "Old Spice" rather than a script.