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Perfume of the Art?

Best Old Spice ad ever -- "Your grandfather wore Old Spice. If he hadn't, you wouldn't be here."

Actually, my grandfather did wear Old Spice, so when we needed an aftershave to appear in Lost Things when the characters needed to find an immediate and acceptable substitute for Perfume of the Art in a magical ritual, it was going to be Old Spice. Only a problem! Old Spice is actually not quite old enough! Old Spice dates from 1934, not 1929, and so alas, the characters could not use Old Spice to anoint a miter saw in a magical ritual.

Instead, they use Musgo Real, which yes, is still available.

Sometimes you wind up with the oddest research!


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Apr. 11th, 2012 04:28 pm (UTC)
My grandfather wore Old Spice, too. It caused some cognitive/ovarian dissonance with the Isaiah Mustafa commercials, let me tell you.
Apr. 11th, 2012 05:28 pm (UTC)
Hee! Me too!
Apr. 11th, 2012 05:59 pm (UTC)
So we all know what Old Spice smells like, but anyone know what Musgo Real smells like?
Apr. 11th, 2012 06:35 pm (UTC)
It has some patchouli and vetiver, lavender, geranium and spice. It's actually light despite the patchouli and vetiver, though. Definitley masculine.
Apr. 11th, 2012 08:45 pm (UTC)
Very much so! I chose it for the character who owns it, Mitch -- it's very much his taste, definitely masculine, not heavy or seductive, but with that bottom note of patchouli that is just a little exotic. That's Mitch -- he seems so normal and "wholesome." Unless you really know him!
Apr. 11th, 2012 07:45 pm (UTC)
What atriel said! Very masculine. It's a little less top-notey than a lot of current male fragrances? I like it.
Apr. 11th, 2012 08:00 pm (UTC)
unfortunately naming the scents used doesn't help me...my husband doesn't wear anything and I don't wear much either so I don't have any 'smell memories' of the scents just by name. My dad had a bottle of Old Spice,so I have a 'smell memory' of it altho I don't recall him ever actually wearing it, I just used to smell the bottle,lol.
So is it 'woodsy'? 'green'? Or is it strong and musky like "Opium"(which I despise)
Apr. 13th, 2012 09:51 am (UTC)
No, it's not strong, but I'd say it's slightly spicy and a little green, kind of deep and subtle.
Apr. 11th, 2012 06:24 pm (UTC)
How about Guerlain's "Mouchoir pour Homme", which existed since 1904? Or Caron's Tabac Blond (1919)? Or that old classic you've already encountered in your Napoleonic adventures, Jean-Marie Farina cologne? Or one of the English ones, from Floris, Trumper's, Creed or Penhaligon's?
Apr. 11th, 2012 07:50 pm (UTC)
Sadly, it has to be something available in medium priced American stores in the Rockies! Not that Mitch wouldn't buy something nicer, more expensive, and harder to get, but he's not exactly living in a metropolis in Colorado Springs in 1929. Musgo Real was more widely available because Valentino had endorsed it, making it THE male department store brand for a few years here! Personally I think he'd like Mouchoir pour Homme, but I doubt he can find it. (Perhaps he picked some up in Paris at the end of the book!)
Apr. 11th, 2012 09:34 pm (UTC)
You know, when you come to Pais I have to take you to a special Napoleonic Scent Tour. There's a small shop between Madeleine and Place Vendôme which sells brands of that era - Rancé, Parfums d'Empire, L.T. Piver and more. And they're wonderful!
Apr. 11th, 2012 09:34 pm (UTC)
Apr. 13th, 2012 09:36 am (UTC)
The amount I would love to do that can't be measured! But I have Expectations! I am going to have a sale large enough that I will indeed come descend on you for research purposes! :)
Apr. 11th, 2012 06:26 pm (UTC)
My first thought, when you said "Old Spice" wasn't old enough, was "Bay Rum". Which has been around since the middle of the 19th century.
Apr. 11th, 2012 08:37 pm (UTC)
Bay Rum would work too! A more piratey feel to a magical ritual, but that could be to the good!
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