I made the mistake of running out of my favorite aftershave. I have been using nothing but captains choice for the past several months. This may be boring by some peoples standards but, I love the stuff. I had just finished shaving then reached for the after shave. EMPTY!!! How could I let this happen. This led me to delve into some vintage stuff I purchased in a group buy a long time ago. I tried Geurlain vetiver, Givenchy gentleman and Geurlain habit rouge. Of these three the habit rouge was my favorite. The geurlain vetiver didn't smell quite like vetiver to me. It had quite a bit of menthol in it and did cool the face well. The drydown transformed into something that wasn't pleasing to my olfactory senses. Not a fan of it.
A few days passed and I ended up running to CVS pharmacy to pick up a few things. I had to get a prescription filled so I browsed the aisles while I waited for it to be filled. Then I saw it. CLUBMAN. I have been wanting to try this stuff for awhile now so I picked it up. There was a really good looking pharmacy tech working this particular day and she gave me a bit of a confused look when I placed it on the counter. I didn't let this discourage me. I made some small talk and ended up asking for a phone number which I did not receive. Apparently she wasn't a fan of clubman because I know it couldn't have been me. She probably had bad taste anyway.
I got back home and had a good shave. I opened up the clubman and was immediately let down. This stuff smells somewhat floral and very powdery. I didn't sense any citrus or spice at all which is what intrigued me to begin with. Based on the product description it has citrus in it somewhere. I applied some anyway even though I didn't like it initially. It does have an alcohol burn but only slightly. The sting is fleeting and doesn't last long. The scent is another story. It has longevity and I could detect it throughout the rest of the evening. I also couldn't get the scent off my hands after washing them a few times. As time passed the powder smell grew as the other notes faded out.
Later in the evening I had gone out and had some drinks with friends and associates from work. A few of us ended up back at my place including the pharmacy tech I had spoken to earlier in the day. She is an undergraduate pharmaceutical student at the same university I attended. It just so happens she frequents the same watering holes that I do as well. We were engaged in a close proximity conversation when she said, You smell........ Then a pause came. I laughed at her and asked her to finish her sentence. What do I smell like? I asked. Then it came.... YOU SMELL LIKE A OLD MAN. I laughed at this and silently agreed with her. I also got a couple un-solicited comments from other females over the course of the evening and none of them were exactly complimentary. The scent of clubman is not the best for the under 35 crowd, at least in my opinion. The evening did end in success and I did get that phone number after all.
The Sun seemed to come up earlier than usual the following morning. I stumbled my way to the bathroom still a bit boozy from last nights exploits. Then it hit me smack in the face. Clubman has taken over my bathroom. I'm not sure if she or I were the one responsible for the empty bottle of clubman laying on the hardwood floor. Somehow in the middle of the night, the contents of the bottle had escaped. I must not have secured the top as I left the bathroom earlier in the day. This was the most nauseating and overpowering scent I have ever smelled in my bathroom and that is saying alot considering what goes on in there. I had to air it out with the windows open for the rest of the day before I could bear to go in there.
In conclusion, I now have a strong dislike for clubman. It does have it's appeal to people and a strong user base. If you enjoy it then more power to you. I just can't stand the stuff. I may revisit it in another 25yrs or so to see if it grows on me. Sorry for the long winded rant. I haven't posted on here in awhile and just wanted to share my experiences. Have a good one gents. If you cant be good, be good at it.