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Beauty Nostalgia: Reminiscing With…Kiehl’s Since 1851′s Chris Salgardo

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Beauty Nostalgia is a weekly column on Beauty Counter in which we ask influencers, tastemakers, and some of our favorite industry experts to wax poetic on the sticks, salves, and sprays that helped shape who they are today.

The Pro: Chris Salgardo, president of Kiehl’s Since 1851

The Product: “I have a very distinct memory of being six years old and first smelling Old Spice cologne, which is what my uncle wore. He always smelled amazing and I can still picture him with the cream white bottle and metal top. It has this warm, spicy, amber undertone that really lingers with such a nice dry-down. Of course, that’s not how I described the cologne when I was six! Back then, it was just a manly scent to me. My uncle was a tough guy; he was 6’3″ and a jack-of-all-trades. He was an outdoorsman, taking me camping and fishing, and he loved to box, which I did too, for a number of years. Out of all the men in my family, my uncle was the only one I remember wearing fragrance. My father never did. When I tried on the cologne, I applied it very sparingly—I just slapped my cheeks a little with it, and that’s it. As a teen, I wore Ralph Lauren Polo in high school, then I got into Chanel Antaeus, and in the nineties, I discovered Kiehl’s Musk Essence Oil. That, too, has a warm, spicy scent in the same family as Old Spice. Even though I didn’t wear Old Spice as an adult, it brings back so many memories. And it must have had an impact because I have an anchor tattoo on my arm, and I do love cable-knit sweaters!”

Photo: Courtesy of Old Spice

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