Originally Posted by Thomas
Oh, ebay. How you hurt us so at times. This bottle worries me for a number of reasons: First, the juice is dark. I don't recall many SMN being that dark, so you're either looking at an authentic bottle with ersatz juice, or it's turned. Whether it's a matter of just the topnotes or the whole juice is something only you can determine by wearing. For instance - I bought a bottle of Signoricci that was a dark yellow (normally it's quite pale). The opening was pretty manky but eventually it wore off and things got decent enough. Still threw the bottle away. Second, the seller knows nothing about it and is selling it as-is. Generally you're not going to get assurances of quality in these cases, but it's a not-uncommon ruse for a seller to buy an empty vintage bottle and refill it with something else and sell it under the veil of "I-just-found-this". Normally this happens with vintage Chanels, Guerlains, and perhaps Piguets among others. Santa Maria Novella being a trendy line, I wouldn't be surprised to see this as well, and it's especially easy to get away with if the bottle isn't part of the current line-up. The ruse goes like this: "I just came across this at an estate sale, what a find! No I didn't try it. It looks vintage. No, it's not part of the current line-up, so no one really knows what it's supposed to smell like. It might have turned a bit, but it's vintage so of course it will smell different. Anyway, good luck, hope it works out for you." For reference, here's a recent review, note the color of the juice.
Mmm, thanks a lot. Some thoughts: Generally I do stay away from ebay with fragrance as i know its loaded with fakes and such. I figured this was a pretty niche company/scent so less likely to be faked, but then again as you said it could either be real bottle, fake juice, or real bottle with baggage... I'll be on the lookout for that refill scam, although probably just avoid ebay in general intead. I emailed the seller for more info/details "out of curiosity"about where it came from... Note - I asked a store here (noor) what they thought and the guy said that the darker metallic green label and darker yellow liquid is a slighly older generation taht they were selling up until about 2-3 years ago until a new label and color came in. Still, it may have gone bad or whatever. Anyway, I figured for around $50 it's a bit of a risk but could be fun. I do have a sample that I can compare it to just incase. anyway, thanks for the feedback, I geuss I'll see when it arrives!
Originally Posted by Rambo
^Thomas has it. I'd stay away from the D&G. And not only because its D&G.
ha, thanks. I know it's completely mainstream and overdone but I actually quite like the frag. It's reasonably priced, with good sillage and longevity, so in my books a winner.
Originally Posted by Rambo
Go for or have samples to swap. I think many would be interested but I don't know how many are sample hoarders like we are. ... How would we set it up?
I'm up for something like this, though as you mentioned I have a somewhat limited collection (5-10 bottles of fairly mainstream stuff plus about 10-15 samples of more niche stuff that I may have just smelled and never used - along the lines of boss, versace, joop, bvlgari, etc and then l'artisan, penhaligons, creed, etc)... otherwise I'm open to buying samples off my "wishlist" or recommendations from y'all. As for logistics... I've been getting empty spray bottles from sephora, but could buy some online for decants. It's probably easier to just do swaps then payment systems. Today: Givenchy Pi... I'm not really getting the overly "vanilla" vibe... sort of smells like a warmed up Le Male to me. Something almost metallic/synthetic. Pretty much faded away within 3 or so hours. Pleasant, but not a "YES" sort of buy for me... cool bottle though. maybe worth buying an almost empty one just to have that in teh collection (ok, now this is starting to sound like an addiction)