Good afternoon chappies. Today, I was the happy recipient of a package from Charles at Superlather. Contained therein were six nice sized decants of aftershave splashes I have been wanting to try for years but was afraid to purchase blind for fear of just not liking some of them. The list contains Irisch Moos, Floid of the Spanish persuasion. Both mild and Vigoroso. Italian Floid and Floid Blue. Alt Innsbruck rounded out the splashes. There was also a decant of Irisch Moos edt but we will limit this post to the a/s splashes. While I have not used them of course, I did give each one a healthy sniff from the bottle. I tried to work my way from what I thought would be the weakest to the strongest based on forum reviews. So with that in mind here is how they struck me in the sampler jars.
Irisch Moos. While I don't quite get the in your face of an Irish Spring like others do, I can see why it elicits that scent memory. It hit me as one of those old school/clean/favourite janitorial cleaner smell-as-a-lad-in-school/fresh sort of scent that really wouldn't offend anyone. I like it a lot. It does not hit me as some sort of pretentious wannabe "cool dude" scent. Much more of an old reliable sort of thing. I suspect I will like this one a lot if it agrees with my skin chemistry.
The Floids. Interesting. To hear some tell it, the menthol fairly leaps to your nose with these splashes. I barely smelled it in the bottles. Heck, I didn't really pick it up with any of the decants out of the bottles. Mayhaps it just doesn't open up till you apply it. That will tell the story I am sure. So far, I like the scent of the Spanish version best. Kind of sweet but not overly so and mild to the nose. The Italian version was VERY sweet to my nose out of the bottle. Almost cloyingly so. And the powder was quite noticeable. We will have to see about this one. Floid Blue was, to put it bluntly, like smelling a milder version of Aqua Velva Ice Blue. I actually like it better than Aqua Velva since that one's scent is a bit much for me. I was a bit surprised but shouldn't have been. These ice/blue type a/s splashes have been around in one form or anther for nearly eight decades. All of these will be tried and I wonder if I will be surprised at what I really like and dislike after the trial?
Alt Innsbruck. Ah, now we are talking. As far as scent, this was far and away my favourite of the bunch. I don't exactly know what "tobacco" is supposed to smell like in a cologne but if this is what drives the bottle note in Alt Innsbruck, I like it. A LOT. This was also the only decant where I sort of picked up the menthol note in the sniff but it was not heavy. At least not to the point that I pick it up out of an Aqua Velva bottle. I hope it does not numb me up like some menthol splashes do since I love the scent.
I very much look forward to trying these splashes over the next week or so. You can bet that on the morrow I will give you a first experience with Irisch Moos shave stick and aftershave splash. I have wanted to try this combination for some time now. Here we go!