Will the real Old Spice please stand up!

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I have in my possession 4 of the major players of Old Spice aftershave lotion as well as vintage Old Spice Cologne (a stronger scent of the original, not part of this test).
From left to right:
1. Old Spice "Original" (from India), plastic bottle (Shulton)
2. Old Spice "Classic" (from USA), plastic bottle (P&G)
3. Old Spice "Original" (from Germany), glass bottle (P&G)
4. Old Spice '70s vintage (from USA), glass bottle (Shulton, NJ)

Test 1: I had a sniff direct from each bottle.
Result 1: To my nose, the closest to the vintage original was the OS from India.

Test 2: I put a drop of each onto a square of tissue and let sit for 5 minutes then did another sniff test.
Result 2: To me and my 2 daughters, the closest to the vintage original was the OS from India.

Test 3: Let the tissues sit for an hour then did another sniff test.
Result 3: To me and my 2 daughters and SWMBO, the closest to the vintage original was the OS from India. My eldest daughter went so far as to say that the EU & US versions "smelled fake".

Test 4: Let the tissues sit for 3 hours (longevity test) then did another sniff test.
Result 4:
1. Old Spice "Original": Scent still noticeable
2. Old Spice "Classic": Scent nearly faded completely
3. Old Spice "Original": Scent still vibrant (scent had shifted slightly, harsher)
4. Old Spice '70s vintage: Scent still noticeable

A chromatograph comparison was done here: http://badgerandblade.com/vb/showthread.php/279212-Will-the-real-quot-Old-Spice-quot-please-stand-up

So, to my family, it looks like the OS from Shulton/India is the best match for the vintage stuff. I'll bring the stash to work and repeat the tests with the ladies and gents in the office.
 
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Anybody want a bottle of the Indian Original Old Spice - red plastic bottle 100ml about £6 plus UK postage? I will have one available in a few weeks, assuming it survives the journey. Done - taken up.
 
Re: RE: Will the real Old Spice please stand up!

Nishy said:
Our supplier provides us with number three from Germany so I'm guessing this is the common saleable old spice on the high street
That's hilarious considering for the European market that it's made, bottled and packaged in Seaton Delaval, near Whitley Bay (you'll detect that neither name us desperately Teutonic) ;)
 
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Most odd.

The bottle of Old Spice I'm using and loving, is a 150 ml bottle from an Amazon Vendor (amazon vouchers for christmas). It's the same creamy colour as the two right hand bottles in the picture, but it's got a white stopper.

For what it's worth the fragrance is good for a solid 12 hours with just the standard drop splashed into the palm of my hand before applying to my face :)
 
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