It is potentially the most bashed aftershave out there. It seems very polarizing - you either love it or...as seems more commonly, hate it. I am even starting to wonder if there is some correlation between people who love/hate Arko..and how they feel about The Veg. Launched in 1880 it must obviously be doing something right as it's still readily available even today. Many people know its famous origins in that Pinaud served as the perfumer for the court of Napoleon III where he created his first aftershave - Lilac Vegetal - for the Hungarian calvalry. Fewer people may know that this after shave can claim to have inspired poetry such as Wallace Stevens' when he writes, in Harmonium in 1923; "To what good, in the alleys of the lilacs, O caliper, do you scratch your buttocks And tell the divine ingenue, your companion, That this bloom is the bloom of soap And this fragrance the fragrance of vegetal?" Robert Wilson later writes, about this poem; ""I would like to posit the theory that the source of these terms and associations stem from Stevens’ getting a haircut. I can recall as a child seeing an astringent called “Lilac Vegetal” on barbers’ shelves. The unusual name of the label always stuck with me, but I never came across the term vegetal again until I read Stevens’ poem. Could he have recalled this label in writing a poem invoking the fragrance of lilacs? Could the “bloom of soap” be a figurative transformation of shaving lather? A most intriguing mystery." Me - I am a strong proponent of this fine offering. It does have a sort of 'odd' scent in the bottle but once applied it morphs into a very robust, 'greenhouse-like'-scent. Not sweet nor complex it knows what it is and you're the kind of man that is brave enough to raise up and appreciate it. I've sported it myself in a number of my SOTD photos; ..and always proudly so Now, I'm even considering picking up an older vintage. Offerings like these are rather common; $13 will get you this antique glass bottle with still some original Veg in it So, let's hear it for The Veg!