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Goodbye, Original Samsara :(

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I have to say I'm extremely disappointed with the new version of Samsara- it's not the same scent at all!

I fell completely in love a couple years ago with the partial bottle of the original EDT version, which I swapped with a kind fellow basenoter. I loved it! Everybody who smelled me loved it! Even strangers and folks I'd just met commented on it. I felt I had found my holy grail.

But then I ordered the new version, and it's only the faintest interpretation of the scent I have loved so much. I can't say what's different, but it's SO different; it's lost much of its character and body and natural fullness. It is like a new "diet" version of a cherished family recipe, sweetened with aspartame where sugar should be.

I am just so sad and only hope that I can get my hands on the vintage version at a reasonable price. What a shame to discontinue such a breathtakingly beautiful scent, one of my absolute favorites. (But not anymore).


  1. KarmaLee's Avatar
    I am so sorry to hear this! Samsara is on my to-buy list. I guess now i will do what I have been doing and brave the mad world of ebay for a vintage dangerous. I hope you find a vintage supply!
  2. misscasey's Avatar
    Thanks KarmaLee. I found a used bottle of the original version at a great price on Ebay- and yes, it's the same scent I first fell in love with. It has a gold cap, whereas my first vintage bottle had a red cap- but I couldn't find another red cap anywhere. But it's definitely the same stuff. Yayyyyyy!

    PS: My experience with Ebay has been pretty positive for the most part. Just be careful. And good luck! :P
  3. KarmaLee's Avatar
    I am so glad you got the same juice. I have been dabbling in ebay and got some gorgeous vintage chanel 5 and a bit of vintage shalimar. Both so gorgeous I am almost ready to only invest in vintages. But no, I love many types and kinds. But there is just something that happens in my nose and my deep in my bones when I smell one of the old classics. A hit of quality, of depth and complexity, that I just find missing in so many even great new ones. Maybe it is the nearly-impossible to find naturals?

    I found a tiny vintage sample of Samsara at an antique store this week. It makes me just swoon. Now, I must buy a larger bottle. Ebay is my friend! Glad you reminded me to go after some!
  4. Wee Scottish Scent Lover's Avatar
    When did they change the formula of Samsara? It used to be my darling mum's favourite, and for that reason, I don't think I could bear to have it, as I would just be far too upset every time I smelled it. Awful sad to hear they've changed it, though. It is a unique, classy and very beautiful scent. The perfume equivalent of angel delight!
  5. Kiliwia's Avatar
    I totally agree with you on the current Samsara, it's nothing like vintage Samsara. I really enjoyed reading your blogs. Keep writing, you are good at it!!!


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