You really should try Clubman as I suggested in the other thread. It, IMO, is the closest to a traditional American barbershop scent.It sounds like Shannon's will be next after I've finished the two Barbershop Soaps I have. I'm a big fan of her Haymarket Vetiver.
Op, you are correct.
The problem = “barbershop” is not an official/classic scent accord. Therefore, nobody agrees on how it should smell.
In my opinion, a classic fougere like clubman or brut smells like a barbershop.
In my experience, items labeled “barbershop” end up loosely smelling like really cheap barbasol clones. Some are okay. Some are awful.
Then you get 50 people with 50 opinions of what a barbershop smells like. Everything from floid blue to proraso green to cella red to speick to old spice to bay rums to lime sec to aqua Velva. Etc.
Razorock has that scent in an aftershave called "American Barber" which is their version of YSL Rive Gauche. I think it's one of the better RR aftershaves of those I've tried. A little goes a long way with that one....To my nose, the black is the first scent I've tried that really reminds me of a barbershop.
I can attest that American Barber by Razor Rock is the real deal, the soap and the aftershave, top freaking notch!
To me barbershop is one smell and one smell only, Proraso Green, end of story
Depends on the barbershop. Clubman reminds me the most of barbershops when growing up, but I haven't found a decent soap with the same scent.
When you guys refer to "Clubman" are you referring to the notorious Lilac Vegetal or just the whole Clubman line altogether? When I search Clubman I see lots of products -- after shave, lotion, cologne, etc. with various scents -- Vanilla, Musk, Citrus Musk, etc Where should I start if I never experienced the old barbershops myself and I want to get the real experience?