It's funny how sometimes the most vivid aspect of a memory can be one of the simplest. I was very young when the only grandfather I've known passed away. I can't tell you about any of the conversations we had, but I remember that my own father always seemed to be laughing when he was around. I picture a very dry sense of humor, cracking jokes and leaving my dad in stitches. I remember fishing! He had a house near the ocean, and we would motor out and we'd hang hand lines off the side of the boat. He always had his pipe. My grandfather had a den downstairs with a small TV, and his chair... The fragrance of that pipe, that den, is what I remember more vividly than anything. Right or wrong... to my memory... "Old Sport" is that fragrance. Old Sport is not a tobacco scent per se, but it will remind you of one. Tonka is a wonderful fragrance with a complexity of notes that will remind you of a very sweet tobacco. For me, it brings me back to one of the most vivid memories I have of my gramps.
- Scent Strength: Medium
- Top: Almond
- Middle: Myrrh
- Base: Tonka, Vanilla
Shave Soap Ingredients
- Base: Aon (Firm)
- Stearic Acid, Water, Beef Tallow, Duck Fat, Potassium Hydroxide, Kokum Butter, Castor Oil, Sodium Hydroxide, Shea Butter, Vegetable Glycerin, Coconut Milk, Kaolin Clay, Lanolin, Tocopheral, Fragrance, Tussah Silk
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This was my first purchase of MM shaving soap and have nothing but the highest praise for Bill and his team of artisans. First; the creamy lather, consistency, cushion, glide & sustain are second to none. Second; the scent of Old Sport brought me back to the very moment my Dad brought me to Henry’s Barbershop on the first day of school summer vacation around 1970. Others have come close, but Old Sport put me in Henry’s barber chair - 1st chair closest to the window, next to the bubble gum always stocked with chiclets. Bill, you nailed it. Thank you.
I'm not a pipe smoker, but my father was for a time and I loved the smell of the pipe smoke. I've tried other tobacco scents and they seem to focus on the smell of tobacco leaf and not necessarily the fragrant pipe smoke. This scent captures what I recall as many of the notes from the pipe smoke without being overwhelming. The soap's performance was outstanding as usual.
I will start by saying this base took a little more trial and error than the regular base. The water requirements were a bit different and it took some experimenting to get right. That is the closest thing to a negative and may not be an issue for others. The smell is now one of my favorites. It is deep and rich despite the seemingly limited ingredient list. It was a very warm and masculine scent without being edgy or spicy. The words that come to mind are mature, dependable, and confident. It quickly became one of my favorites. It also became one of my wife's favorites. She loved getting close to smell the scent. It works well for any occasion short of a black tie affair. From a job interview to date night, Sunday morning church, or just hanging out with friends on a Saturday afternoon the scent is appropriate. It is relaxed enough to be widely acceptable, but deep and warm enough to still get respect from executives. (I had a department chair ask me what I was wearing.)
The Old Sport scent description is spot on. It does not contain tobacco, but the scent reminds you of a pipe tobacco. it is quite inviting. The Kodiak base is not the top performing base available, but it is close enough to the top to give a superb shave. I count is among my elite soaps.