I love Lagerfeld Classic EDT, but it's not quite perfect. The only complaint I have with it is that at times, in the opening and middle stages, it can smell unbalanced and rough. The aldehydic and flowery top and middle notes sometimes are abrasive, and can disrupt the smoothness of the overall fragrance.
With the aftershave, all of Lagerfeld Classic's rough edges are gone. The aftershave is a beautifully smooth, perfectly balanced oriental scent. The aldehydes, opoponax and florals all blend perfectly together, unlike in the EDT. The aftershave also has a mossier smell, which I like.
In fact, the aftershave, to me, smells like the earlier version of Lagerfeld I used to own years ago. I'm talking about when it used to be called "Lagerfeld Cologne", and had art deco styled lettering on the bottle. The aftershave has that older version's richness and better sense of balance, even if it's weaker and not as long lasting. It is, after all, just an aftershave.
If you used to like Lagerfeld Cologne and aren't wild about Lagerfeld Classic EDT, give the aftershave a try. Personally, I don't find the difference between the two to be significant enough to care, and I'm perfectly happy with today's EDT, but some people aren't. If you're one of those people, even if you might be disappointed with the aftershave's strength, I think you'll find it to be a nice blast from the past. It's Lagerfeld perfected.
MY RATING: 10/10
Fragrance House: Karl Lagerfeld