This page leads you to some miscellaneous information about Old Spice stuff. Below are some frequently asked questions.  Follow the navigation buttons to the left for more interesting stuff!  The Product List page is especially useful if you are looking for information for a specific Old Spice product ID.

Where does the "Old Spice" name come from?
The fragrances for both men and women were based on a spice jug Schultz’s mother had in her home, heavily scented with rose petals and clove.  These jugs were used to “deodorize” the home, much like scented air fresheners today.   In the Schultz household (the company was founded by William Lightfoot Schultz) this was referred to as the “old spice jug” and, according to an interview with Schultz’s son in the early 1990s, the name “Old Spice” came from the name of the jug and the fragrance it held.

Where does the name Shulton come from?
I have two documented sources for this that are not quite identical, but are very consistent.  The September 1953 issue of Modern Packaging Magazine states: "The Shulton business is a family affair, the name actually being a contraction of the founder's name "Schultz" and "son." In an interview with George Schultz, son of founder William Lightfoot Schultz, he states, "...So back in the early years about 1934 we needed a better name than William Schultz or W. L. Schultz.  So we sat around at home one night and picked something that was reminiscent of the name similar and yet was short and seemed sort of modern and that's how we just claimed the name Shulton."

What is the classical tune that is played on the Old Spice "surfing" commercial ?
It is Carmina Burana by Carl Orff.

Where can I buy Blue Stratos?
Blue Stratos was introduced by Shulton in the early 1980s, but is no longer part of the Procter and Gamble product line.  It is  now owned and distributed by Parfums Bleu, 11 Castle Hill, Maidenhead, Berks SL6 4AA, England.  Fax: +44 1628 777 288 Tel: +44 1628777 188

Who wrote the Old Spice Jingle?
The Old Spice jingle was written by a man named Ginger Johnson who wrote a number of very successful advertising jingles, including several for Coca-Cola. 

When did Old Spice go overseas?
By 1943 Old Spice was known wherever American military men were stationed in World War II, and foreign distributors began asking for merchandise.   The Foreign Department was established, and an international sales manager was hired to plan for post-war markets.  In 1946, Mexico became the first international subsidiary, and in 1948 the Canada operation began.  Over the next 40 years, Shulton had a presence throughout the world.

How do I tell the age of my Old Spice Item?
Please refer to the various items pages in this website for dates of many items.  The Packaging page offers guidance based on the graphics of an Old Spice original package.

How many different ships were used by Old Spice?
See the Ships page for more detail including the evolution of the ships' designs.

Who made the mugs and bottles for Old Spice?
The first glass mugs and bottles were made by the Wheaton Glass Company in New Jersey.  The shift to glass was brought about by a combination of increasing demand and lack of uniformity in pottery bottles.  Only glass original mugs and bottles were manufactured by the A.E. Hull Pottery Company in Crooksville, Ohio.  As demand for Old Spice grew after the war, the irregularities of the pottery bottles were causing leaks and other quality control issues.  In the 1940s,   Shulton approached the Wheaton Glass Company in Millville, New Jersey.  Wheaton developed a proprietary formula called "pottery glass" to closely resemble the look and feel of the original pottery products.  View some from images from the Wheaton Glass Company.

What do the numbers mean on the bottom of the glass mugs?
The numbers are mold or cavity identifiers used by the manufacturer, Wheaton Glass Company, and have little to do with Old Spice itself.  These numbers were used by Wheaton to assist with quality control since they identified where in the glass mold each mug came from.

Why are some of the Pottery Mugs different sizes? old spice collectibles
I attribute this to differences in suppliers.  It appears that the mugs became smaller over time, but some meticulous collectors are noting differences of sixteenths of an inch in mug dimensions.  Variances of this magnitude, I attribute to the overall quality of the pottery production process.

Why are there little ribs on the sides near the bottom of the inside of some mugs?
These ribs were added to the earliest glass mugs around the early 1950s to hold the soap in place.  As the soap wore down from use, it could spin in the bottom of the mug while working up lather with a brush.

Where can I buy new soap for my mug?
The only way to get Old Spice mug soap is to buy an old mug with the soap still in it!  Mugs have not been produced since 1992 and the soap went away about the same time.