To say that the Pinaud brand and its Clubman line of fine men’s toiletries have staying power is an understatement. After all, men have been using the products since 1810 when Edouard Pinaud, a perfumer, opened a shop in Paris. The house of Ed Pinaud, as it was called, sold perfumes, shaving soaps, creams, ace and complexion powders and dozens of other beauty and grooming products. Pinaud’s specialties included the Eau de Quinine, a fragrance for hair, as well as perfumes by the name of Violette Reine, Brise embaumee Violette, Boquet de Foscarina, Genet d’Or and Marie Louise. Pinaud also served as the perfumer for the court of Napoleon III and created his first aftershave, Lilac Vegetal for the Hungarian calvalry. He later launched his Clubman line of products, commissioning an artist to create the trademark dapper Frenchman for the labels.
During the pharmaceutical era of the early 1900’s, Pinaud’s products gained popularity around the world. Under the direction of the company’s new owner Victor Klotz, more that 150,000 bottles of Eau de Quinine were sold monthly. The United States, Canada, Mexico and Cuba all proved to be successful markets for the products. American International Industries, Los Angeles, California, acquired the brand and its Clubman line almost 30 years ago.
Today, Clubman offers a wide range of men’s grooming products. A popular seller, the Clubman Moustache kit includes a tube of wax and a custom moustache comb/brush. Clubman’s Styptic Pencil stops bleeding from razor nicks quickly while Clubman’s Nick Relief contains aloe and vitamin E for sting-free treatment. Rich emollients and botanical ingredients are combined in Clubman’s Shaving Gel, which softens facial hair and lubricates the skin.
Clubman offers a variety of hair care products as well. The lines shampoo, styling gel and hairsprays are designed specifically for men’s needs. And for the ladies? We offer products specifically for women, which includes Blue Waltz fragrance. The company has even formulated its own Baby Hair Lotion designed specifically for babies fine hair.
Today’s Clubman colognes and aftershaves exude scents of lime, citrus, rum, musk, and vanilla. But old standbys like Lilac Vegetal After Shave Lotion and Eau De Quinine cologne still hold their own in the marketplace. Bob Hope was a lifelong fan of the products, as are Kirk Douglas and Donald Trump, which proves that quality never goes out of style.
– Meredith Towbin