Speik & Fine American Blend

#1
Recently I've been trying to find a nice classic 'barber shop' alcohol based splash and have tried out these two. Both very different beasts to my mind, Speik being very kind to the skin but I sometimes find the fragrance to be a bit antiseptic, very fresh but antiseptic all the same. It's not strong or overpowering and I'll probably keep the bottle for shaves I'm feeling a little rough around the edges!
The Fine American Blend I much prefer the scent of and is almost what I'm trying to find. I like the performance too so does anyone have any recommendations for what I might try next?
I did also try out Floid (spanish I think it was) but the fragrance really isn't for me - there was an initial hit of something that I just couldn't get along with.
 
#8
Will check that out too. Someone mentioned Cella to me but I've not heard of that either, any experience with it at all?
Not personally, I've heard it doesn't smell like the soap which is almond/marzipan scented. Another brain wave for 'barbershop' would be along the lines of Floid's splashes. Can be picked up pretty cheaply and smell powdery/citrus. I'd assume an acquired taste but well received on here. Though I've never tried it, Floid Black is meant to be the 'best smelling' of the bunch, though the Suave and Mentolado Vigoroso are both great in my opinion.
 
#9
As others have mention, Fine Platinum is ‘The One’ to go for next. It’s based on Creed’s Aventus and it’s a very close match. Wickhams Classic 24 is also based on Aventus but I’ve only tried a sample of the soap.

I’ve tried a couple of Razorock splashes which were OK but I think the Fine splashes are a step up from them.
 
#10
Barbershop scent is a very broad subject and very controversial,
I suggest that you have a go with Blue Aftershaves, personally they remind me barbershops but that is my opinion. Mostly they are inexpensive and refreshing, My suggestions would be: Aqua Velva (try getting the American version from ebay), Lucky Tiger Aspen, Lustray Blue Spice, Myrsol Blue(great aftershave but scent doesn't last long), Floid Blue(quite costly and the scent doesn't last long).
Also Mennen Skinbracer which is not a blue in colour but I think it is very barbershopy scent with and a wonderful aftershave.
 
#12
You're right and maybe barbershop was the wrong description but I honestly don't know of a better term. I meant a fresh scent, almost soapy perhaps. Imperial leather was always a favourite and I've seen a couple of other 'leather' aftershaves that might go on the list.
Really appreciate the help, thanks
I understand what you mean; The Blue aftershaves that I mentioned in my first post are high on alcohol content, most of them contains Menthol and inexpensive so they are designed to be used plenty, they are refreshing and cooling. The only disadvantage of these aftershaves the scent won't last long, approximately 3 maximum depending your skin. Mennen skinbracer and proraso green are very cooling and refreshing as well.
I like leather scent and I have few vintage imperial leather aftershaves, the closest scent is English Leather and I think it is a great aftershave, addition to English Leather you can get Geo f. Trumpers Spanish Leather which is a great scent but very costly, I am not a big fan of Wickham's Russian Leather which is supposed to be a tribute to Imperial Leather if I am not wrong.
 
#13
Small update on this - I've now tried the Speik 'active' and found that a real delight to use. Not the classic barbershop scent at all but a really nice fresh smell and with Speiks great skin conditioning. Also got a few sachet samples of other products with it so will give the shave cream a try very soon :)
 
#14
Small update on this - I've now tried the Speik 'active' and found that a real delight to use. Not the classic barbershop scent at all but a really nice fresh smell and with Speiks great skin conditioning. Also got a few sachet samples of other products with it so will give the shave cream a try very soon :)
Spieck Men Active is my only after shave - don't see any need to change. I'm on the verge of buying 3 more bottles, though am wondering if I should be trying out Lucky Tiger as that seems to have a similar "good for the skin" vibe.
 
#17
The Cella is very nice. Doesn't smell of almonds at all. Just very fresh with a hint of powder. For the price it's not at all bad.
That’s a real shame, as the almond/marzipan aspect is what I like most from soaps like Cella. Although, not sure it would be a great aftershave smell.
I love my Stirling Almond soap, as even better than Cella.


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