Originally Posted by Baron
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.
Originally Posted by HORNS
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.