Old Spice

Old Spice is an American brand of male grooming products encompassing deodorants and antiperspirants, shampoos, body washes, and soaps. It is manufactured by Procter & Gamble.

Old Spice
Product typeMen's grooming products
OwnerProcter & Gamble
CountryUnited States
IntroducedJune 19, 1937 (1937-06-19) (as Early American Old Spice)
Previous ownersShulton Company

Old Spice was launched as Early American Old Spice by William Lightfoot Schultz's soap and toiletries company, Shulton Inc., in 1937. It was first targeted to women, with the men's product being released before Christmas at the end of 1937.[1] Old Spice now sells male grooming products including antiperspirant/deodorant sticks and body wash.


Old Spice products were originally manufactured by the Shulton Company. The Shulton Company was founded in 1934 by William Lightfoot Schultz. Schultz was inspired by his mother's potpourri and as a result, the first Old Spice product in 1937 was a woman's scent called Early American Old Spice. The product was received well, and therefore followed with Old Spice for men in 1938.[2]

The men's products included shaving soap and aftershave lotion, marketed with a nautical theme. Sailing ships in particular were used for the brand's packaging. The original ships used on the packaging were the Grand Turk and the Friendship. Other ships used on Old Spice packaging include the John Wesley, Salem, Birmingham, Maria Teresa, Propontis, Recovery, Sooloo, Star of the West, Constitution, Java, United States, and Hamilton.

In the 1970s, Old Spice shifted from being a shaving brand to a fragrance brand by introducing signature scents like Old Spice Burley.[3]

In June 1990, Procter & Gamble purchased the Old Spice fragrances, skin care and antiperspirant & deodorant brands from the Shulton Company.[4] Throughout the 2000s, Procter & Gamble introduced many forms of deodorant, body washes, and body sprays in several scents under the Old Spice name.

In early 2008, the original Old Spice scent was repackaged as "Classic Scent", both in the after shave and cologne versions. The white glass bottles gave way to plastic, and the gray stoppers to red. Old Spice Classic shower gel was sold using the slogan "The original. If your grandfather hadn't worn it, you wouldn't exist.”

In January 2016, Procter & Gamble changed the scent of its Old Spice Classic After Shave. According to the product's website, under ratings & reviews, the change was made in order to "comply with new regulations".[5]


Old Spice's buoy-shaped bottle cologne is available in its original scent as well as newer Pure Sport. In 2006, Old Spice introduced a fragrance, OS Signature, which won the magazine FHM 's 2006 Grooming Award for Best Sporty Fragrance. Old Spice Red Zone products include a "Scratch-and-sniff" version of the Signature fragrance. Old Spice launched the Hardest Working Collection in 2016 with antiperspirants and body washes, offering the best protection and performance yet from the company.[6]

In 2014, Old Spice expanded its product line-up to men's hair care with the introduction of shampoos, two-in-one shampoo and conditioners and styling products.[7] These products included:

  • Gel
  • Putty
  • Pomade
  • Paste
  • Wax

As of 2019, Old Spice has seven main lines of grooming products and each line features a variety of products and scents:

  • Classic Collection (scents include Classic and Fresh)
  • Wild Collection (scents include Bearglove, Dragonblast, Hawkridge, Krakengård, Wolfthorn, and Yetifrost)
  • Fresher Collection (scents include Amber, Citron, Deep Sea, Denali, Fiji, Timber, Tundra, Volcano, and Wilderness)
  • Red Zone Collection (scents include Aqua Reef, After Hours, Champion, Live Wire, Pure Sport, and Swagger)
  • Red Collection (scents include Ambassador, Captain, Desperado, and Nomad)
  • High Endurance Collection (scents include Fresh, Original, and Pure Sport)
  • Hardest Working Collection (scents include Extra Fresh, Fresher Fiji, Lasting Legend, Pure Sport Plus, Steel Courage, Stronger Swagger, and Tougher Timber)
  • Walmart Exclusives and others (scents include 80th Anniversary Limited Edition, Blast Off, Guitar Solo, and Midnight Run)


In the 1970s and 80s, Old Spice ad campaigns in the United Kingdom and Ireland featured a man on a surfboard accompanied by the strains of composer Carl Orff's O Fortuna from Carmina Burana, with the tagline "Old Spice - The Mark Of A Man."[8]

An advertising campaign developed by Wieden + Kennedy in 2010 featuring Isaiah Mustafa became popular after the first advertisement, titled The Man Your Man Could Smell Like, went viral.[9][2] Following this campaign, Old Spice introduced Fabio Lanzoni to challenge Isaiah Mustafa for the Old Spice Guy title in an online advertising campaign.

After the success of "The Man Your Man Could Smell Like", Old Spice released, "The Response Campaign". Over the course of two and a half days, the brand filmed one hundred and eighty-six videos featuring Isaiah Mustafa engaging in conversation with fans and celebrities. The campaign earned over 40 million views after the first week, was viewed more times than President Obama's 2008 acceptance speech, and led to Old Spice securing the spot of #1 all-time most viewed branded channel on YouTube.

Old Spice has partnered with the NFL and featured football stars including: Ray Lewis, Greg Jennings and Wes Welker in various TV and digital campaigns. In 2012, former NFL player Terry Crews was featured in the brand's viral hit “Muscle Music”. The interactive video allowed people to make music through different musical instruments rigged to corresponding muscles on Terry's body.[10]

In 2013, Old Spice launched a series of TV commercials in India titled "Mantastic Man" starring supermodel and actor Milind Soman.

The commercial “Momsong” went viral in 2014 as a part of the brand's Smellcome to Manhood campaign.[11]

The Make a Smellmitment commercials with Isaiah Mustafa and Terry Crews debuted in 2015, promoting Timber (or Swagger) and Bearglove.

In early 2016, Old Spice introduced a new brand character, the Legendary Man, with two TV commercials “Rocket Car” and “Whale” to launch the Hardest Working Collection.[12] Old Spice also launched a series of digital infomercials with Canadian actor Steven Ogg. In Early in 2016, the brand introduced two additional Old Spice characters, actors Thomas Beaudoin and Alberto Cardenas, in an advertising campaigns for the Red Zone product collection.[13]

Old Spice also sponsored many cars throughout the NASCAR world from 2004 to 2010. Old Spice first sponsored Ricky Craven at Talladega in 2004 then moved to Tony Stewart in Busch Races with Joe Gibbs Racing and Kevin Harvick Incorporated. In 2009, they followed Stewart when he formed his own team and car number 14 car for 2009 and 2010 with a win at Watkins Glen. Old Spice returned to NASCAR in 2019 to sponsor Corey LaJoie and Go Fas Racing's 32 car for the 2019 Daytona 500. The car had a unique design in which Corey LaJoie's face was designed on the hood of the car. The team finished 18th in that race.[14]

Old Spice was also featured as the sponsor of actor John C. Reilly’s character, Cal Naughton Jr. in the 2006 comedy Talladega Nights.


Old Spice has accumulated 37 awards as of 2016 at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity. Most notably, the brand was awarded two Gold Cannes Lions for Creative Effectiveness for “The Man Your Man Could Smell Like” in 2011 and “Smellcome to Manhood” in 2016.


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