4/8/18

Clubman Musk (Pinaud)


This is the only Clubman product left for me to review, and I've been debating whether I should bother with it since February. I would sneak splashes of this from a Walgreens when I was in high school, and it faded from memory for being the one Pinaud that was blatantly redundant. I knew every drugstore Pinaud but one (no store carried Classic Vanilla), and liked them all, but Musk was pointless. It still is.

The problem isn't that it's too musky (nothing is too musky for a wetshaver), or too sweet, or too synthetic, or too anything. The problem is that it's 99% identical to original Clubman, oakmoss and all. There is a slight tweaking to the formula that gives it a vaguely fresher citrus top accord, followed by a hair-splittingly sweeter drydown, but otherwise it's the same, with maybe one additional loud musk: Clubman with a boost kit. From the bottle, it's a little brighter than the original, and yes, it's quite good. But why buy it when it's so close to Clubman?

Most would agree with me here, and I think this particular product is only for Pinaud completists. Since buying a bottle, I've struggled to find a reason to reach for it after a shave. I'd rather wear the truly sublime Classic Vanilla instead. Skip this one, especially if you already own Clubman and Coachman.


16 comments:

  1. Hmmm..I find that I'm either completely anosmic to a lot of these synthetic musks or my nose reads them as skanky to the point of nausea. I'm guessing that the loud musk in Clubman Musk is a powdery sweet one by your description?

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    1. The original Clubman is loaded with powdery sweet musks, and CM just adds a little more, definitely of the powdery variety.

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  2. I'd say so... My nose detects no skank whatsoever in the the original Clubman, but certainly a major dose of powder, some of which has a musky smoothness. It's usually my go-to A/S when I wear Caron's Troisieme Homme (which *is* a bit skanky to me, very musky and very smoothed-out, with just a little bit of powder as well...)

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    1. I find Classic Vanilla goes best with Troisieme Homme, and Clubman vs CM shows almost no difference. All are good choices. Definitely decant Clubman into glass though, it improves it considerably.

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  3. Classic Vanilla is very tightly composed (in a good way), and develops very nicely in terms of the way it moves from a bright, wet start to a woody-talcy drydown (it has a note that strongly recalls the 'popsicle stick' of clean wood in Habit Rouge.) Unfortunately, it has something in it that provokes a mild allergic reaction for me (ISO? That is one thing that seems to get me on a regular basis...) I completely second the decanting thing, though. I use a mix of witch hazel and Clubman decanted into a glass bottle for both 3rd Man and Habit Rouge, and it's lovely.

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    1. Sorry to hear that, John, that really sucks. However I do think that the original Clubman is the best of the line. As long as you can use that one, you're golden. Have you used Nivea's balm? The one pictured here? I'm not wild about its scent, but it's a very good protectant and moisturizer. Definitely hypoallergenic.

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  4. OK, I picked that up (the Nivea balm)... What a great product! The scent seems to fall somewhere between Proraso blue -- floral-musky with anisic lavender-- and the kind of cool, fruitiness that reminds me of the parallel you drew between Aqua Velva and Bleu de Chanel. The best thing is that it is a reasonable fit with my usual A/S (Caron Pour un Homme, which tends to emphasize the fresher/lighter aspects of the EDT.) The glass bottle is a nice touch too.

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    1. Isn't it good? I really like Nivea balm, it works better than my Drakkar Noir and Cool Water balms, it works better than raw aloe (although aloe has a very high success rate with me), and it doesn't conflict with any of my EDTs. I get a sort of floral cucumber vibe from it, it's really soothing, glas you're enjoying it John!

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  5. These posts make me envious of needing to use aftershave on my whole face. I can only shave my neck, and I just use witch hazel for that. I have to use a trimmer on the rest of my face (doesn't matter which razors - whether Dorcos or Feathers -, soaps, oils, or aftershave I use, I always get bumps....my facial hair is very coarse). I know I could use aftershave just for the scent, but for whatever reason, the experience is just so much more rewarding after a clean shave than with the closest setting on a trimmer

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    1. There's one trick I know of for "prepping" my whole face for a super-close shave: water. I drink lots and lots of water for several days prior to the shave. It does two things - (1) dries out my skin to eliminate bacteria from pimples and blemishes, and (2) naturally smooths it out, allowing hair follicles to naturally elevate themselves away from skin, which makes them easier to cut. Often I get lazy and just shave without doing the hydration trick, but whenever I drink water beforehand I get better results - I also have a very coarse beard.

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    2. Thanks for the tip. I actually drink about a gallon of water a day, so that wouldn't help me much though :/

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  6. Have you reviewed "The Veg" and will you be reviewing the new Clubman entries in the aftershave field. "Gents Gin", "Whiskey Woods" and "Brandy Spice"? "Whiskey Woods" I find to be a more refined and slightly different version of "Aqua Velva Musk" with a better post shave face feel which all Clubman aftershaves offer. I get a little over two hours of longevity from it when I splash a little on my chest and arms. "Brandy Spice" is my favorite of the three.

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    1. I published a review of the Veg years ago and have since deleted it. My thoughts on it are all over the place. I feel like it should come in glass 12 oz bottles and it should be Pinaud's "flagship" aftershave. It would smell better and more realistically "vintage." It is one of the original Lilac Waters used in Edwardian barbershops. However, the current iteration is crap. I'm interested in those new Clubmans too, thanks for the reminder. Particularly interested in Gents Gin.

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  7. If you are looking for a shaving prep that matches well with Clubman and Skin Bracer, I recommend Foamy Barbershop Fresh by Gillete it's got a citrus opening on top of a great powdery fougere base. Highly recommend

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    1. Thanks for the tip, looks like a good one!

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