Old Spice Original Vs Classic (Ingredients, Fragrance, & Performance)

Old Spice is easily one of the most popular brands for men. One of the reasons Old Spice was able to achieve such popularity was through the enthralling scent that it has. In this article we are going to compare Old Spice Original and Classic scents to help you figure out which one is right for you. 

Old Spice Original was the original scent formulated and used by William Shultz in 1937. In 2008 Procter and Gamble changed the name of the original scent to Old Spice Classic, likely altering the ingredients and fragrance. Today, Old Spice Original is not officially sold within the US but can be found through various importers online.

So, Old Spice Original seems like it would be the better choice, but there are many ways to compare the two. The availability, packaging, and scent all play a large role in choosing between one or the other. Let’s put both scents head-to-head to see which one is truly superior. 

What’s the difference between Old Spice Original and Old Spice Classic?

Old Spice Original and Classic both have some key differences that are important to take into consideration when choosing which one to buy. In this section we will go into more detail about what the key differences are.


In 2008, the Original aftershave was repackaged as the “Classic” scent, but only in the US. In EU countries, the Original aftershave has stayed the same. 

The Original aftershave is still readily available to US consumers through Amazon and is imported in from the UK. The Classic aftershave is also available to US consumers through Amazon, but it’s availability seems to be diminishing while the price continues to climb.  

So, it’s safe to say that in terms of availability, Old Spice Original is the way to go as it is more likely to always be available at a good price. If you like the idea of getting the Classic scent instead, then you still have that option but at a slightly higher price point. 


Old Spice Original and Classic are like one another, but there are a few key differences. The main differences between the two aftershave bottles are the label design and color of the bottle. 

With the packaging for Old Spice Classic, you get a more “vintage” look and feel. It also has a more yellow-brownish color (although sometimes it comes as plain white) which is perhaps more reminiscent of what Old Spice was in its early days of creation. 

With the packaging for Old Spice Original, you get a more modern look and feel to the label. It only comes in a plain white bottle with a red stopper, and the label is nearly identical to its Classic counterpart. 


Now for arguably the most important part – the scent. Based on reviews for both Original and Classic scents as well as my personal opinion, the Original scent is superior for a few reasons. 

Both Original and Classic have scents of vanilla, cinnamon, citrus, and cedarwood, but the Classic version seems less noticeable and fades quicker after application. 

It’s important to take into consideration that if you only ever tried the Classic version, then you will most likely be happy with it. The Original version smells and feels like more of an upgrade to the Classic version after comparing them together. 

When choosing between the two, it really comes down to personal preference. You may be someone who prefers a more subtle, fading scent that Old Spice Classic provides, or perhaps you prefer the bolder more prominent scent of the Original. 

The history of Old Spice Original and Classic

In 1934, a man by the name of William Lightfoot Schultz saw an opportunity when he became aware of emerging popularity in colonial-style American furniture. Shultz wanted to create a shaving product for women that would be reminiscent of the old colonial days of America and set out to create Old Spice. 

In 1937, the first Old Spice product was released and marketed towards women. After its immediate rise in popularity, the marketing was shifted towards men in 1938. 

Throughout the following decades, Old Spice stayed true to it’s nautical theme and experimented with various different ships to use on their label. These days, you can even find authentic, sealed bottles of the original Old Spice product labeled as ‘New Old Stock’ if you really want to experience the past.

Note that although aftershave doesn’t really expire, it is likely that the fragrance has broken down some inside the bottle.

In 1990, Old Spice was purchased by Procter & Gamble. They began to expand their reach into new territories of fragrance products and released deodorants, skin care products, body sprays, and body washes. 

In 2008, Original Old Spice scent was changed to “Classic” scent, but only in the United States. Note that there is no reliable source claiming that the product also had upgraded ingredients, although it is likely that happened.

Here’s an old photo of the original inspiration for the Old Spice packaging. 

Old Spice Original

Old Spice Original is the repackaged version of “classic” and is made in the UK. It is also usually seen as the superior product in terms of quality. Let’s break it down into more detail.

What does Old Spice Original smell like?

Old Spice Original is described first and foremost as having a warm spicy scent. Following that are hints of vanilla, cinnamon, cedar, orange, lemon, and amber. 

Old Spice Original is made from an abundance of scents, and that’s why it smells so good! If you want to get a better idea of what it smells like, then I suggest heading into your local store and seeing if it’s right for you.

Where can you buy Old Spice Original?

Old Spice Original is more readily available in the US than the Classic version. My favorite place to buy shaving products is Amazon since they always have a competitive price. Here is a link to where you can buy Old Spice Original aftershave

Other than Amazon, most stores, supermarkets, and pharmacies will carry Old Spice Original. Check out Walmart, CVS, Walgreens, Target, etc. These stores should all have what you are looking for. 

Available Products

Old Spice Original comes in a variety of different options for your everyday use. The products provided in this scent are aftershave, cologne, deodorant, and body wash. Let’s go more into detail on each one.


Old Spice Original aftershave is one of my favorites from the product line. You can find this aftershave readily available for about $17, and the reviews are always very positive. 


Old Spice only offers two options for cologne, and both are not branded as “Original” scent but rather are just called “Classic”. You can find the Classic cologne spray for about $27. The reviews describe it as having a strong scent and lasting a long time. 


Old Spice Original deodorant is marketed as the “high endurance” deodorant. The best deal is the pack of 3 for $15 on Amazon. The mostly positive reviews describe it as lasting all day and successfully covering up body odor. 

Body Wash

Finding Old Spice Original body wash is a bit tricky as the true Original product is a bit hard to come by and is on the pricier side. Again, like the deodorant, it’s marketed as “high endurance” and is available on Amazon for $20. The positive reviews describe it as smelling clean and fresh.

Old Spice Classic

Old Spice Classic is the product that started it all. It’s the classic and vintage scent of true Old Spice. Old Spice Classic is what most of their products were named before repackaging into the Original version to appease US consumers. Let’s go into more detail on it. 

What does Old Spice Classic smell like?

Based upon research, Old Spice Classic does differ slightly from the Original. The scent of the Classic version is described as still having a warm spicy scent first, then added notes of citrus. 

The difference comes in the scent of spicy clove and a scent that’s best described as creamy woods. There’s a truly vintage scent to Old Spice Classic that you will have to smell and compare it against the Original side-by-side to get a grasp of the differences. 

Where can you buy Old Spice Classic?

Like the Original, Old Spice Classic products are most readily available on Amazon, but you shouldn’t have much trouble finding some of them in your local store as well. 

Available Products

Some specific products of the Classic line may be more difficult to come by in local stores like the aftershave, but most of the other products like cologne, deodorant, and body wash are widely available to US consumers. 


Old Spice Classic aftershave is available on Amazon for $20 and the positive reviews describe it as a crisp and clean feel with a delightful masculine scent. 


Old Spice only offers two colognes in their product line which are both the Classic scent. The Classic cologne spray only comes in a pack of 3 and is available through Amazon for $27. The reviews describe it as having a strong scent that sticks around for a long time.


The Classic deodorant is available on Amazon for $13 and the best value is the pack of 2. The positive reviews describe it as having that vintage Old Spice scent and notes that it can be difficult to find in stores. 

Body Wash

The Classic body wash is available through Amazon for $18 and the best value is the 2 pack. The positive reviews describe the scent of citrus, clove, and the vintage Old Spice smell that’s difficult to find elsewhere.