Phoenix Artisan Accoutrements - Formula CK-6 Shaving Soap - Porthos
Description from PAA:
Scent Profile: Dry Woods/Leathery/Classical/Masculine. A Chypre masterpiece.
Top notes: of Artemisia (wormwood), Aldehydes, Bergamot, Gardenia, Green Note, Cinnamon, Cumin. Middle notes: of Clary Sage, Patchouli, Orris, Vetiver, Sandal. Base notes: of Leather, Oakmoss, Castoreum, Amber, Musk.
Porthos is an homage to one of the most classic masculine scents of all time. Born out of the 1960's but timeless in depth and shape. I remember the first time I caught a whiff of this stuff. (do you?)
It was the mid 1980's and my family and I were staying in my uncle's cabin for a fall weekend. He met us up there to give us the key. Before he took off however, he had my brother and I help him bring some logs inside and stack the rest on the porch. Working next to him is when I "caught it", Aramis. It's unmistakable, infectious, mysterious and Iconic. I truly believe everyone remembers exactly where they where when they smelled this mystery for the first time! The whole experience burned the fragrance forever on to my brain. The scent notes seem to work or reinforce a "smell track" for that weekend; Crisp Fall Air, Fresh Cut Wood, Leather...Rugged and Classy all at the same time.
As a collector of vintage aftershaves I happened to stumble upon an old bottle of Clint by Avon, opened it up and BOOM, whipped back to the cabin with my uncle and brother...what the heck? I'm certain my uncle wore Aramis but this bottle of Clint, straight out of the 70's had me questioning my memory. This was before I knew that Avon had built an aftershave empire out of Duping other popular scents of the time!
Sure enough, Clint is almost a dead-ringer for Aramis! Now that my scent palate has matured and become more colorful and dare I say more sophisticated, I recognize just subtle differences in the two. Clint possess just a hint more leather but at the end of the day is much closer than even the modern version of Aramis! [So if you ever find a bottle of Clint in an antique shop, GRAB IT!]
Not sure when, my guess is early 2000's, they changed the formula. The new stuff just doesn't smell the same nor compare. There can be a number of reasons for this, and this seems to be "business as usual" for a lot of "classic frags"... I have learned to accept it, it's just a pity, the kids will never know what we've lost!
That said, I made it my personal mission to reboot the original scent. I'm taking us all back to the cabin in style, Buckle up!
As for the label, it represents the process of perfuming, which is truly a time machine of some sort or another. You need only to put together a lot of odds an ends when blending. Notes that your mind tells you never to combine, but the nose trumps the mind in this matter, a leap of faith! Once the "building" of this strange machine is complete, you should have a vehicle that will take you back to that time and place with just a quick sniff and you're there. [Note: This entire sales page was written under the influence of Porthos.]
Soap Ingredients: Potassium Stearate, Glycerin, Potassium Cocoate, Aqua, Potassium Kokumate, Sodium Lactate, Potassium Shea Butterate, Potassium Castorate, Sodium Stearate, Potassium Cocoa Butterate, Potassium Avocadoate, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Theobroma Grandiflorum (Capuacu) Butter, Astrocaryum (Murumuru) Seed Butter, Platonia Insignis (Bacuri) Seed Butter, Parfum [Fragrance]
External Use Only, Discontinue Use if Irritation Occurs
Handmade In Arizona, USA