Now here's a real fragrance. Most people take Old Spice for granted because it costs nothing and is in every supermarket and drugstore in the U.S.. It's so easy to ignore it and just assume that Old Spice will always be with us in this country.
If you've never taken the plunge and shelled out the five or six dollars it costs to buy a bottle of this classic, then you need to do so, because you're missing out on one of the greatest men's colognes ever. Old Spice is a perfectly blended scent, because it manages to combine the sweet and the spicy seamlessly into one of the most comfortable fragrances to wear.
Old Spice is both old-school and timeless. I love its powdery backdrop that smells like barbershop talcum powder, with clean, wet smelling citrus notes up top, and woody spicy notes in the middle. It's hard to distinguish the individual smells in Old Spice, and that's a testament to how well it's blended. No one note overpowers another, and all the various ingredients fit and work together perfectly, creating a beautiful, classic scent that smells both sweet and clean.
There's been a lot of discussion about how Old Spice has been reformulated over the years, and even I have to admit that the Old Spice you buy today smells different than what I remember smelling when I was a kid. The current version (which is made by Proctor & Gamble) is a bit harsher and spicier than what I remember from 30 years ago, and it is a great deal stronger. However, despite the differences, Old Spice still smells like Old Spice, and that's what matters most. All I'd say is to apply it very lightly, because it's very strong and will smell obnoxious if it's overapplied.
It's so comforting to know that, wherever you are in this country, there's always a bottle of Old Spice nearby that you can pick up for dirt cheap, meaning there's no reason you should ever not smell like a million bucks. It's better than most fragrances that cost ten or twenty times more.
I sure as hell would rather wear Old Spice than that silly Incense Oud thing.
MY RATING: 9/10
Fragrance House: Shulton; Proctor & Gamble