Monday, January 23, 2012

C.O. Bigelow Barber Elixir Green

C.O. Bigelow has a series of fragrances called the “Barber Elixir” line, which are very reasonably priced - $20 U.S. for a 2.5 oz. bottle.  When you also consider that Bigelow had a pretty upscale, retro-chic image back in the 1990s, it’s hard to resist dropping $20 on a bottle without smelling it first.  Don’t do it.

As most of you know, I love green scents, so seeing something called “Barber Elixir Green” was extremely enticing.  Unfortunately the cool packaging can’t rescue what is a hideous ripoff of Polo Blue, a mediocre scent in itself.  What you have here is a nasty, one-note astringent citrus fragrance with no redeeming qualities.   It’s nothing but a vinegary assault of bergamot, with some unidentifiable synthetic smelling wood note sloshing around in there somewhere. 

The brutal sourness of the fragrance is astonishingly atrocious.  There are no herbal or green notes anywhere to be smelled.  The word “Green” in the name must only be there because the bottle is green, as if you needed to be told that the bottle is green.

Barber Elixir Green is nothing more than a bad ripoff of a mediocre fragrance.  Yay.

MY RATING:  1/10

Fragrance House:  C.O. Bigelow

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