People have demanded a Long Lasting Aftershave/Cologne take on Sun Down and I have delivered! Great all day projection with that classic aftershave feel protection!
Scent Profile: Talc, Oakmoss, Lemon, Petitgrain, Bergamot, Lavender, Rose, Animalic Musk, Clary Sage, Vetiver & Sandalwood.
Excerpt From Sun Up Ad (1963)
"Sun Upmanship That’s the name of the game.
George goes around smelling like flowers in bloom. You go around with the manly scent of Sun Up after-shave. YOU get the girl. Gillette didn’t pick flowers to find this new scent. We’re not perfume people. We captured only the manlier, muskier, spicier scents of nature. And we came up with the scent that you wear like a man...like a man who’s one up on the other guy."
["Sorry George, My Grandmother Just Flew In"]
Sun Down is my take on a very classic, special aftershave splash from the 60's (63-69), Gillette's Sun Up ! I have been working on this scent for almost a year now with much trial and error...mostly error...but finally success, which was well worth the effort!
I really can't say it better than their classic ad, but I'll try.
Some have compared this scent to James Bond and what he'd wear, others relate it to that classic, working man scent! I subscribe to the latter scent description myself, in fact I find it very close to Aqua Velva...at least in the same club. Let me clarify, close to AV at first sniff, but during the course of the day and initial dry down it's own unique character shines through. In short, "Sun Up" was truly a perfect name for the stuff! If the 60’s had a “smelltrack”, there’s no doubt this would be it for the everyday man on the street...and such an interesting time in our history (usa).
I am actually at a loss as to why this was ever discontinued after only a 6 year run. I mean, even the bottle was super cool; shapely with a cool bakelite cap...classy!
Now for the scent:
Talc, Oakmoss, Lemon, Petitgrain, Bergamot, Lavender, Rose, Animalic Musk, Clary Sage, Vetiver & Sandalwood. I have also added a refreshing burst of menthol to the splash giving it that bright, cooling, classic feel!
Ingredients: ALCOHOL, LAVENDER HYDROSOL, ALOE, GLYCERIN, ESSENTIAL/ FRAGRANCE OIL, HEDIONE, KUKUI OIL, LIQUID SILK, ALUM, MENTHOL
External Use Only, Discontinue Use if Irritation Occurs
Handmade In Arizona, USA
There isn't much I can say outside of I love this scent and this staying power. I always get compliments when I wear it. PAA does it again!
I have several bottles of the original Gillette Sun Up and really love the scent. It's easily my favorite aftershave and my wife loves it, too. My supply is dwindling, however, so I was excited at a possible source of a replacement.
So what do I think of Sun Down? My opinion is mixed. It has a stronger, longer lasting scent than Sun Up. It has a nice bit of burn and seems to condition my face well. My wife likes it, too. However the menthol content tends to make my eyes water when I apply it to my face. Also the scent has a certain sweet quality to it that the original does not have (original ads for Sun Up bragged about not being sweet or flowery, including the tag line "How Sweet It Isn't"). I'm not a scent expert by a long-shot, so I can't identify what the sweet part is, but I don't really care for it.
I'll continue to use Sun Down, but would really like the menthol toned down a bit, and the sweet scent taken out as well.
This is the third PAA aftershave I've tried and it's right in line with the other two. Very strong, masculine scent. Initial burn fades but lingers a bit--love it! My face feels very smooth and supple afterwards. The scent lasts quite a while, too, which is probably why it's marketed as both an aftershave and a cologne. Really, really good stuff.