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Going old school today with Cacharel pour l'homme.
Amazing how a scent can help you travel in time smile.gif
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Si! Its waiting for me back at casa de Rambo.

Excelente!
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Originally Posted by 1969 View Post

Anyone have thoughts about 'vintage' perfumes from ebay? I've been looking for a non-concentree version on Chanel PM and this is about all I've found.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/CHANEL-POUR-MONSIEUR-EDT-SPLASH-3-4-OZ-100-ML-VINTAGE-/120667390921?pt=fragrance&hash=item1c185643c9
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I don't think that's vintage. I have a bottle of the new stuff and the bottle of vintage. The new stuff is pale green like the juice in that bottle, and the vintage stuff is a rich golden color. Resident Pour Monsieur expert Thomas can chime in with his thoughts.

Yep, the green juice is recent production - how far back is tough to pin down. Some reports have it changing in 2005, others say 1996. The bottle looks like it has the splash cap, which I thought was unusual for US production, unless this is export that somehow made its way stateside. I wish they'd also pictured the box. It might be okay, but likely not as good as the gold-colored scent.

In general I am leery of buying vintage scents off ebay, particularly if they're Chanel or old Guerlain/Patou/etc. Too many stories of people buying old bottles, filling with whatever, and then disavowing knowledge of how it's supposed to smell. Or putting a new cord/seal on the bottle. They get away with it when no one knows what the scent was supposed to smell like and people tend to give the benefit of the doubt anyway.
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Thanks guys.I should probably learn to live with the concentree. I don't hate it, it just smells cheap imo until its had a few hours to settle down.
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Personally, I like the reforumlated Pour Monsieur fine. It's not as good as the vintage, especially in the base notes, but I like it a lot more than the Concentree stuff, which is really a different scent altogether.
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I agree that if you're just wanting the non Concentree Chanel then don't worry about the age.
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Reflection Man
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Originally Posted by Baron View Post

Personally, I like the reforumlated Pour Monsieur fine. It's not as good as the vintage, especially in the base notes, but I like it a lot more than the Concentree stuff, which is really a different scent altogether.
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I agree that if you're just wanting the non Concentree Chanel then don't worry about the age.

Yeah, we all get worked up about reformulations, though in most cases they are decent enough approximations that for an uninitiated or new customer, they're fine. If you never had the original Mitsouko, you'd be totally fine with the current EdP and enjoy the hell out of it (IMHO). Or, you'd not smell the new stuff and not buy it, but then smell the old and buy it; they're close enough that if you hate one, you'll hate the other.

The exception is "reinterpretations," which are completely different scents (Concentree, as baron notes, the red-boxed L'interdit, Gardenia (Chanel), several other Chanel EdPs, etc.)

The only two reformulations that I think defy my "Buy one/buy the other" rule are Diorissimo and Givenchy Gentleman. The new stuff is simply gutted, with none of the richness or depth of the original. I think you could (and I did) be ambivalent about both GG and Diorissimo if you had the new, but then fall in love with the original.
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I've never smelled any version of Tabac Blonde, but I remember Tania Sanchez giving the reformulation 1 star in the book and expressing extreme disappointment with what was lost.
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I've never smelled any version of Tabac Blonde, but I remember Tania Sanchez giving the reformulation 1 star in the book and expressing extreme disappointment with what was lost.

I remember, too, but I also can't remember if they were reviewing the EdT/EdP or the extrait. Historically, TB was only an "urn" fragrance available at the Caron stores in NYC and Paris in extrait form. Then, in the early/mid 2000's (IIRC), they released an EdT/EdP more widely... though IIRC it was an entirely different fragrance and unanimously hated.

I never tried the EdT/EdP, but I have the extrait from the NYC boutique fountain... and it's still nice and foul, nice and saxe-de-mousssssaaaay.
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I know the edt of Tabac Blond, which is unwearable.

I switched into TF Noir for the evening. There's a thread on BN about the greatest fragrance disappointments of the year. TF Noir looks like the top choice by a large margin.
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BN is funny about that. I think that any time a niche player releases something down-market, they flip out.

Were I Tom Ford, I'd release Noir as a general-distribution scent, and then the same scent in a fancy bottle at 3x the price, and watch the reviews come in.

oh...today - Antaeus.
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Pre-shower: AnOther 13. This is another one I'm just not going to come around to.
SOTD: MPG George Sand.
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ADP - Colonia Assoluta for the day.

Now, for the evening, I'm wearing L'Instant de Guerlain pH.
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Santa Maria Novella Russa today.
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Apres l'Ondee again today. I'm struck by a similarity to the floral component of Knize Ten, though I may be misremembering. I think I've used up my decant of Ten so I won't be able to really compare until I get a new bottle.
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