If you love the smell of Old Spice but wish it were stronger and longer lasting, you've come to the right place. PS Fine Cologne is a hugely underrated powdery and spicy oriental from 1979, and is one of the best powerhouse fragrances from the Seventies.
For the first hour or so, PS is basically Old Spice with mind-blowing power. This is STRONG. You do not want to overspray PS. It's a great scent, but if you do that, you're going to regret it. The mushroom clouds of sillage you will unleash are sure to piss off everyone around you, including yourself, and you will be gagging on the unrelenting smell of PS Fine Cologne. The smell will not go away, even after scrubbing your skin with steel wool, meaning you'll have to suffer through your mistake for the next 24 hours. So go easy on this - four spritzes, max.
PS is one of the best blended fragrances I've ever worn. It's one of those scents that makes me take a deep breath and smile after I put it on, it's so comfortable to wear. I'm not a fan of sweet orientals generally, but what lights my fire with this one is the way it uses spicy, woody and oakmoss notes. These notes never come center stage, but are there to counteract and balance out all the brutal sweetness. They give a strong aromatic quality to what would otherwise have been a sweet, syrupy slog. A fragrance with this much amber, tonka bean, benzoin, vanilla and myrrh could be sickening, but PS isn't cloyingly sweet, thanks to the oakmoss and woody notes.
What's interesting is how PS changes its tune after a couple of hours of wearing it. Despite its crushing strength, PS' Old Spice-like smell for the first couple hours smells relatively well-mannered and almost formal, like a cologne you would wear at a black tie dinner, wearing a tuxedo. After an hour or two, though, things start to change. That's when the aromatics start to kick in, and PS begins to resemble the hairy chested fougere powerhouses of its era like Paco Rabanne and Brut; it's like PS left the ballroom in time to head over to Studio 54. For the remainder of its life on your skin, PS remains the medallion wearing disco freak, pummeling everyone on the dance floor with its pounding sillage.
People seem to love or hate this scent, and I think part of that is due to its cheap price and hideous bottle. The other thing that I'm sure turns some people off is its heavy powderiness and its frightening strength. If you love strong scents, however, don't let any of this stop you from getting a bottle of this. This is one of the all-time great power fragrances.
MY RATING: 9/10
Fragrance House: Paul Sebastian