Yes, it started out as a mouth wash in 1929. Yes, rumor has it sailors drank it for alcohol in WW2. And yes, sadly, it now comes in plastic bottles. Aqua Velva needs no introduction, itís a classic. Launched as an aftershave in 1935 by Williams, AV has had a few owners over the years and is now marketed by Combe Inc., who, on Feburary 1st 2010 switched to plastic bottles. A sad day for all. Used liberally by Pete Rose, Dick Butkus the Lone Ranger, Tonto and maybe even Silver, who knows? If itís available in your area this is definitely an aftershave you should have in your stable.
Although not a seasonal scent I find the menthol in AV makes is more appealing during the hotter months. Since it is alcohol based you may get some sting if youíve been a little rough but the menthol quickly overwhelms the burn and the glycerin keeps your skin soft.
The scent is clean, fresh and masculine. On me if fades in about an hour so. There is little danger of offending anyone and personally Iíve never had a complaint.
Basenotes lists the scent as follows:
Top Notes: Bergamot, Lavender, Peppermint, Petitgrain, Lemon
Middle Notes: Clary Sage, Jasmin, Vetiver, Sandal, Cedarwood
Base Notes: Labdanum, Musk, Amber, Moss, Leather
As with all aftershaves the scent is very subjective. Overall I find the scent, menthol and skin condition to be very good. One of my favorite summer splashes. Considering the cost this is a great buy. If you havenít tried it I recommend doing so immediately. I you have it wear it.
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Ingredients: SD Alcohol 40-B, Water, Glycerin, Fragrance, Menthol, Benzophenone 1, Ext. Violet 2, Blue 1