Well, I bought a vintage bottle of Corday Toujours Moi Cologne Fraiche, 3.9 oz. Oh, am I disappointed...It appeared to be an unused, full bottle with little or no evaporation. I guess it wasn't stored carefully because the juice smells like dust and vinegar. Sour, none of the spicy sweetness that I was expecting.
Taolady, I know your history with Corday from reading your review of Toujours Moi. Did you know that Max Factor made this product for a time? I have a bottle of the Max Factor version of Toujours Moi edc spray, 2 oz. Boy, is it wonderful!! I love it so much and was expecting the Corday item to be as nice or nicer. Oh well, that's the way the cookie crumbles when buying vintage and/or used... I don't like to think that I was intentionally ripped off, but can't rule it out.
Wishing you all a Happy New Year and good luck finding special vintage scents!
I just bought a full, unused Toujours Moi bath oil, and it's fabulous, it smells absolutely divine, so i feel your pain, and relate to it completely with regards to buying vintage. Yesterday i received a 2.0 oz bottle of Nettie Rosenstein Creme De Parfum Tianne, still had cellophane on the box, and little caps sealing the bottle, however, major evaporation, there was maybe 20% remaining, and it stank. I tried it on, and it smells like old tealeaves, on the verge of going mouldy. Not entirely unpleasant, but not what i had hoped for. The bottle however, is beautiful, with gold embossing on the label.
Some you win, some you lose. Happy to say, i won today
Did you give it some time? I bought a 1940s half-full bottle of Je Reviens on ebay, and was very disappointed when I realized that it had gone rancid. I left it on my skin for a while, though, and as soon as the top notes disappeared, I was left with a beautiful mossy floral dry scent. Definitely worth the wait.
I did try it on, put some on my wrists, and neck, and i got the "tea leaves on the verge of going mouldy" which, as i said, was not entirely unpleasant, but later on in the day, i could get some kind of floral, maybe a little wood, but it lacked robustness, and strength, and i wasn't able to separate or distinguish any notes really. I'll keep on trying with this though, whilst hoping to encounter another bottle on my vintage journey. Hopefully i'll discover one, with less evaporation. I'm having fun though, i find it all very exciting ahen the packages get delivered.
I know what you mean! Collecting vintage scents can definitely become addictive. I won't let myself spend too much on any one bottle, though, because it's so hard to know whether the scent will be any good. I've discovered some really lovely fragrances shopping on ebay--some are now my favorites, like the vintage Cotys (Emeraude, L'Origan, and L'Aimant.) The vintage versions are so beautiful.
Thanks for your tip on Lorigan, St. Louis, i got 2 bottles off ebay, cheap, and i love them!!
Toujours Moi has been literally ruined over the last couple of years. When Dana first took it over in the mid 1990s from Max Factor it was slightly reformulated but still smelled marvelous. A couple of years ago Dana moved production from the U.S. to the "People's Republic of China" to take advantage of slave labor and cheap, synthetic ingredients and now it smells like a store brand air freshener. The color is like weak coffee instead of the golden amber it was for years. Clearly they know what they have done because all boxes containing the bottles of Toujours Moi are now sealed in cellophane. When Dana made and packaged the scent here in America from quality European ingredients it was in a box not sealed with cellophane because they had nothing to hide. I have bought up several bottle of the "good stuff" after finding out what a sacrilege had been committed against one of the finest perfumes on earth. These corporations understand one thing and one thing only: money. If sales of so called "Toujours Moi" drop like I think they already have and stay that way for a few years maybe the "bean counters" and "corporate executives" at Dana will decide "Hmm if we want to make money we better go back to the old formula and use quality ingredients from Europe and manufacture and bottle it right here in the U.S.A.". The current "formulation" is a horrible, wretched travesty.
As you might guess from my name, Toujours Moi was one of my signature scents when I was young. After a 25-year hiatus, I am coming back to the world of scent, and one of my first purchases was a mini Corday Toujours Moi, which is wonderful and makes me want a whole bottle (the gilded one with the money plant dripping down it). I also have a vintage Dana version, not quite as nice but still very good, probably from the 70s or 80s. By now I've bought probably 30 fragrances off the 'Bay, and not one has been "turned". I'm sure if I keep going the odds may go against me, but only good luck so far. Sorry to hear about your experience!
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