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Interesting. I'm curious: May I ask politely what general line of work that might be? My understanding was that most professions permitted facial hair -- at least a mustache, if not a beard. The one exception I can think of would be the military (with the possible exception of the Navy).
I work in an oil refinery and we have to be ready to don SCBA's at any time. My vocation lies within the Fire/Rescue sector (mostly prevention) and I also have to set the example by staying on top of it. No matter how much I like to have at least a VERY short beard.
 

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Pecksniff's of England is a scent/cologne that I recently discovered. It is a pleasant fragrance, comes in different combinations of notes, and is very reasonably priced. It could be a serviceable alternative to the more expensive kinds, quite suitable for everyday wear.

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I happened upon a couple bottles of this recently. I was rushed for time, so I didn't purchase. Seeing how they were $5/bottle, I just may go back and snatch them up. They weren't in a black box, but they were definitely Pecksniff's.
 

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I work in an oil refinery and we have to be ready to don SCBA's at any time. My vocation lies within the Fire/Rescue sector (mostly prevention) and I also have to set the example by staying on top of it. No matter how much I like to have at least a VERY short beard.
Thank you. Yes, I can understand how a beard can become problematic when you need to put on the SCBA very fast! Well, when you retire from this position, you can grow a beard to make up for lost time, LOL.

Your constraint also reminds me of something that happened years ago. One of my friends liked the full beard I was wearing then and told his wife "You know, I'd like to grow a beard just like Peter. I bet it will look great on me." His wife told him, with a winsome smile, "In that case, enjoy your new apartment". Apparently she did not like beards!
 

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I happened upon a couple bottles of this recently. I was rushed for time, so I didn't purchase. Seeing how they were $5/bottle, I just may go back and snatch them up. They weren't in a black box, but they were definitely Pecksniff's.
Indeed, I think they are a good bargain at $5 a bottle, but do make sure the particular fragrance (there are several) in those bottles is to your liking before you buy them.
 

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I recently picked up what many claim to be the iconic bay rum, St John's. It is a pretty good bay rum, as these things go, but I am not sure if it quite matches your imagined fragrance.

Perfumes and fragrances change in two different ways: In your own memory, which can be fickle, and also in their composition. In the former case, the memory of your initial experience can fade or alter over time. And in the latter case, it can be because the fragrance itself degrades over time, or because the manufacturers might change the ingredients a little, or even a lot, over time.

Here is St John's. There's also a piece in Ivy Style written some months ago on this scent.

I’ve found this cologne locally and tried it today. I’ll be getting a bottle of it and the Lime of the same brand. Thanks!!
 

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I recently picked up what many claim to be the iconic bay rum, St John's. It is a pretty good bay rum, as these things go, but I am not sure if it quite matches your imagined fragrance.

Perfumes and fragrances change in two different ways: In your own memory, which can be fickle, and also in their composition. In the former case, the memory of your initial experience can fade or alter over time. And in the latter case, it can be because the fragrance itself degrades over time, or because the manufacturers might change the ingredients a little, or even a lot, over time.

Here is St John's. There's also a piece in Ivy Style written some months ago on this scent.

What's your experience with the longevity of St. John's?
 

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Clintotron:

THANKS for reminding me. The Lucky Tiger was not available so I had to order this instead:
Clubman Pinaud Virgin Island Bay Rum Cologne, 12 fl oz $17.50
It's stronger in alcohol that I would have preferred but once you apply it the alcohol smell goes away (slowly) AND in a crisis, mixed with soda or tonic ... !
 

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What's your experience with the longevity of St. John's?
There are two senses to the term longevity here: How long the fragrance will last once you put it on your face ( a matter of hours), and how long the entire bottle will retain its native fragrance (a matter of years). As for the first, a reasonable amount placed in the palm of your hand and slapped on to your cheeks should last for a few hours. As for the second, I haven't the foggiest, because I just bought my first bottle a few months ago. But I can tell you a few years from now if it still smells as it does now.
 

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Clintotron:

THANKS for reminding me. The Lucky Tiger was not available so I had to order this instead:
Clubman Pinaud Virgin Island Bay Rum Cologne, 12 fl oz $17.50
It's stronger in alcohol that I would have preferred but once you apply it the alcohol smell goes away (slowly) AND in a crisis, mixed with soda or tonic ... !
I may snag a bottle of that because I see it mentioned and hard to pass up for <$20.
 

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Clintotron:

THANKS for reminding me. The Lucky Tiger was not available so I had to order this instead:
Clubman Pinaud Virgin Island Bay Rum Cologne, 12 fl oz $17.50
It's stronger in alcohol that I would have preferred but once you apply it the alcohol smell goes away (slowly) AND in a crisis, mixed with soda or tonic ... !
Conversely, perhaps one could select a fine English gin with special botanicals and then apply that to the face in a pinch if you're stuck for bay rum...
 

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There are two senses to the term longevity here: How long the fragrance will last once you put it on your face ( a matter of hours), and how long the entire bottle will retain its native fragrance (a matter of years). As for the first, a reasonable amount placed in the palm of your hand and slapped on to your cheeks should last for a few hours. As for the second, I haven't the foggiest, because I just bought my first bottle a few months ago. But I can tell you a few years from now if it still smells as it does now.
My question was in regards to the worn longevity. I have no doubt I'll not find out about the second meaning. There isn't a chance of it lasting long enough to show any difference.
 

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You're most welcome. Do let us know what you think of each product.
I bough the Bay Rum yesterday and wore it last night. I LOVE it. The wife isn’t crazy about “the cloves”, but she didn’t say a single word after it dried down. We also didn’t spend a lot of time next to each other last evening. I can still smell it after sleeping, hitting the gym and working in the yard. It’s nowhere near the strength it was at the end of the evening, but I can still smell it when I move.
 

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I've long wanted to try the scent called Aramis, not because of its special properties, but because it is the name of one of the Musketeers.
My dear departed Mother (2014) used to buy all the men members of our family a bottle of Aramis for Christmas-I hated the smell, but didn't have the heart to tell her. I had, maybe, a half dozen unopened bottles that DW disposed of. Didn’t ask where, but hoped it was Goodwill or somewhere similar.
 

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I have to say Aramis has a very weird, overpowering smell. A little bit goes a very long way and has a real longevity to it, with a room that someone enters, that has it on, smells like it, long after that person leaves, really needs a “hazardous material” sticker, and if I offended anywhere here that wears it, well do yourself and those around you, and toss the rest!
 

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I have to say Aramis has a very weird, overpowering smell. A little bit goes a very long way and has a real longevity to it, with a room that someone enters, that has it on, smells like it, long after that person leaves, really needs a “hazardous material” sticker, and if I offended anywhere here that wears it, well do yourself and those around you, and toss the rest!
I don’t recall where I heard about it, but it was recommended, so I purchased. I’ve never had a more immediate case of buyer’s remorse. 😂 It’s currently MIA, and I hope Hurricane Laura took it (and consequently stinks). Lol
 

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Now that I have seen many negative comments about Aramis (and I since I raised the issue here), I should definitely try it out somewhere before buying it. There's no point in buying something that I, too, might dislike intensely, LOL. Then again, there are many matters in which my taste goes against that of the majority of my friends and acquaintances! We shall see.
 
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