Looking for alternatives to replace Fine American Blend out of principle

Discussion in 'Preshave and Aftershave' started by Paul6506, Aug 12, 2017 at 11:44 AM.

  1. Paul6506

    Paul6506 Well-Known Member

    OK....Fine AB aftershave has been a staple but to hike the price 30% has me looking to find an alternative even if it's just out of principle.....
    Post what you think fits the scent profile of AB. Go!
     
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  2. Terry Williams

    Terry Williams Well-Known Member

  3. Col C

    Col C Well-Known Member

    I use American Blend as well. Of the 40 or so soaps that I now have in the inventory - I would say Tabac (see below) has many of the same scent notes. Similar to the various Fine soaps, Tabac is also a very hard soap and produces an excellent/slick lather. It comes in a very nice porcelain container. Tabac is more expensive than Fine by about $10 (if you buy the soap with the container included). But it will last a very long time due to the hardness of the soap. It is a great value.
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  4. Terry Williams

    Terry Williams Well-Known Member

    Sorry, I haven't used Fine's soaps. I was thinking of their aftershaves. I have used Tabac and I love it for the lather. The scent is pretty powdery, though. Is that true of Fine AB?
     
  5. Col C

    Col C Well-Known Member

    Fine is less "powdery" but (at least to my nose) has some of the same scent notes. Scent is so subjective and sometimes it is difficult to describe what any one soap smells like. We're all a bit different when it comes to what we like. But I agree Tabac makes some of the best lather of all my soaps.
     
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  6. stingraysrock

    stingraysrock PIF'd away his custom title

    Is there anything in the TSD scent line that is similar? I know nothing about the Fine scent lines.
     
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  7. PLAla

    PLAla Bit Shy of a Full Puck

    I don't think so. I'd get some if there were.
     
  8. PLAla

    PLAla Bit Shy of a Full Puck

    Fine American Blend is based on Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche. I have heard Van Yulay's La Rive is a good match but haven't personally smelled it. RazoRock's American Barber is also supposed to be similar to Fine American Blend. There are probably others, and I bet someone could do pretty well by offering a lower priced, high quality Rive Gauche scent to compete with Fine since their prices are going up.
     
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  9. gwsmallwood

    gwsmallwood Well-Known Member

    Razorock American Barber
    PAA CaD
     
  10. Paul Turner

    Paul Turner outside the quote(s) now

    That's right, the CaD is now only $4 more than Fine. Could be 4 well-spent Washingtons.
     
  11. Straight razor dandy

    Straight razor dandy Stuck cleaning the house himself PERMANENTLY

    I will also suggest Phoenix artisan accoutrements CaD.

    P.S. I am not sure if that is the only soap you use, but I believe Stirling soaps to be the best value out there (price vs. quality). I would heavily recommend trying them if you haven't already.
     
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  12. Queen of Blades

    Queen of Blades Mistress of Mischief Staff Member

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    *Thread Cleaned Up*

    This thread is about alternatives to Fine American Blend aftershave.
    If you wish to discuss the price hike please see the price hike thread.
     
  13. Paul6506

    Paul6506 Well-Known Member

    Thank you. :)
     
  14. RaZorBurn123

    RaZorBurn123 waiting hardily...............

    I think RazoRock would be a great alternative for any and all of your aftershave needs.
     
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  15. RetLEO-07

    RetLEO-07 likes his penguin deep fried, with pink sparkles

    +1

    Canoe by Dana. By me it's available at the fleamarket or I have seen it at CVS.
     
  16. Paul Turner

    Paul Turner outside the quote(s) now

    At MY CVS, I see Clubman but not Canoe.
     
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  17. RetLEO-07

    RetLEO-07 likes his penguin deep fried, with pink sparkles

    Gotta go over to the high end A/S display by perfume
     
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  18. Paul Turner

    Paul Turner outside the quote(s) now

    ah ok.....right in there with the British Sterlings, Kenneth Coles, etc....
     
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  19. cmorris357

    cmorris357 catching flies.........

    You can buy boatloads (is that a pun?) of Canoe at Walmart during the Christmas season, which for them should start any day now. They also typically have Stetson, English Leather, and British Sterling.
     
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  20. Paul Turner

    Paul Turner outside the quote(s) now

    Yes, that is a pun. :)
     
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