Some current favorites with 'old fashioned vibe' -

    Some current favorites with 'old fashioned vibe' -

    post #1 of 28
    Thread Starter 
    Hi everyone, I have been thinking about some of my favorites that are actually modern but have the old-style. Some are sort of obscure so bear with me. I find samples at TPC and then they are hard to get FB. But it's worth it if you are smitten. One that comes to mind in that category is I Profumi Firenze - Tulipano Negro (the black tulip) It is sooo old school. Has anyone else run across this one? Gorgeous. I'm thinking of an FB, but you have to get it directly from an Italian co. using a bank draught. What a pain.

    Also - The Party in Manhattan. I just have a decant of this one as it is pricey. A great chypre in the style of Guerlain's Djedi. I just bought the lotion from Luckyscent to use with Djedi. I hope it is a good mix.
    post #2 of 28
    Thread Starter 
    Acqua di Parma Profumo - When I first tried this (vintage) I thought this was my holy grail. It is just about perfect in every way. Does anybody else want to rant on about this one? A beautiful chypre. Just smooth and lush. the new version is very good, not as much moss, but quite lovely, too.

    I'm forgetting a bunch, I'll come back with others, but you all can help me think of more.
    post #3 of 28
    Hmmm. . . I think of OJ Tolu as old-style. Also PdN Sacrebleu. I'm sure there are more in my collection but none are coming to mind at the moment.

    I have been curious about The Party in Manhattan, but the I Profumi scents I tried did not do it for me; I have never tried their Tulipano Negro, though.
    post #4 of 28
    Hi everyone! I'd consider Gold and Dia [Amouage] as "old-fashioned" fragrances in that they are sophisticated scents that blend together really well - and are very floral and powdery - I love those 2.
    post #5 of 28
    I'm so glad you brought this up, Kumquat. Thanks!

    The two that I know of aren't niche (is that okay?) - Agent Provocateur and Hermes Rouge, and I adore both of them. I was actually surprised by the Hermes - I got it early in 2001, but I had no idea that it was a recent release. I was even a bit miffed at myself for not discovering it sooner, completely assuming it had been around since the 80s.

    I really haven't had very much experience with modern, and especially niche fragrances. And when I'm browsing, I always seem to be searching for something that reminds me of my old favorites, probably because most have been discontinued and are almost irreplaceable. I'm finding the task of picking a few samples out of the seemingly infinite number to be overwhelming, so this discussion can really point me in the right direction.

    I've jotted down what y'all have already mentioned, and I'm eager to see what everyone else has to add.
    post #6 of 28
    Thread Starter 
    Evangeline, I think there are no wrong answers, so fire away! Hermes Rouge certainly has that old world depth, sort of a musky rose, isn't it? I think it may have a lot in common with Lyric for Women. And ,yes, thanks for reminding us of the great Amouage frags, Classics Lover. They really do have the old world thing going on, don't they? Especially Gold & Jubilation 25. I'm not familiar with Dia. I need to check & see if I have a sample of it.
    post #7 of 28
    Thread Starter 
    Tolu is another rose that is in the same category as Lyric, wouldn't you say? Sacrebleu, too, is certainly rich enough. I'm not sure which older frag it reminds me of. What about you Leesee, does it remind you of anything in particular? It's a odd duck for me. I don't love it, but I appreciate it.
    Below are two of my favorite unknown perfumes & where to purchase. I have never had a problem with this co. although some have. It is a little bit of a cheapo discount place, but they have some good stuff, like this!
    http://www.perfumenetwork.com/brands...ean-patou.html http://www.perfumenetwork.com/brands...ean-patou.html you won't be sorry. These are both golden magic in a bottle.
    post #8 of 28
    I consider SacreBleu (both the regular & the intense versions) to be classical in nature. Odalisque was on the list, too, until Parfums de Nicolai changed it. And Chergui is done in the tradtional style. I love Chergui and hope that it doesn't change.
    post #9 of 28
    Thread Starter 
    I was wearing Madini perfume oil- Alma de Alma yesterday & it is very close to Miss Dior, but just a little fresher & greener. It is really fun to wear as it is very perky.
    Anyway, some others you may like to try (all are deep, classic in feel) : Ambargris, Henna, Chipre, Maderas de Oriente, Tulipe. http://madini.com/products/complete_listing.htm
    post #10 of 28
    My experience as an "old lady" perfume wearer started 15 years ago when a young man at work said my perfume was the same as his mothers! (Lentheric Panache) and I still love it inspite of its "department store" price. I have purchased Je Reviens a number of times and only realised it was an old lady perfume when someone wrote these words in an article " a strong smell of Je Reviens wafting from a mature woman at the David Jones (up market department store) counter."

    I believe violets is another classic older style - and I love my Les Meteorites in spite of that!
    post #11 of 28
    Thread Starter 
    So I'm curious if anyone has tried The Party in Manhattan. What did you think? Some on the Scent of the Day really hated it. I will say, I thought it was too skanky the first time I tried it, but that was pre-Hormone replacement for me. I found out I had no hormones in me at all! Hence the excruciating migraines. I went on the hormone patch and now my perfumes smell much better and truer to form (according to most reviews).
    post #12 of 28
    Hey, kumquat. Guerlain's Attrape Couer has long struck me as having an old fashioned vibe. I love your original question b/c I had been thinking of it myself.

    MDCI's Enlevement au Serail also has a groovy old fashioned vibe to it. It reminds me of Kay Francis, the beautiful and sultry actress who hit her stride on the silver screen in the '30s.

    Miller Harris's Noix de Tubereuse also has a classic vibe. It reminds me a lot of L'Origan.

    Great question.
    post #13 of 28
    Thread Starter 
    Yes, Noix de Tubereuse is really a throwback fragrance. It has such a cool take on that flower. It evokes the color blue-violet for me and no other tuberose frag does that. Usually it is a sunny/pastel yellow or pinkish note (I'm synesthetic) for me. It gives a creaminess & mystery to that flower that I find very intriguing.
    post #14 of 28
    How about Bal a Versailles? I keep reading that it's an "old lady" smell, but I have heard the same about my beloved "L'Heure Bleue" and "Shalimar".
    I don't care - I love old fashioned perfumes.
    Caron's have been reformulated, but Bellodgia and Royal Bain are still lovely.
    (And yes; old fashioned!)
    post #15 of 28
    I'd say that the latest La Prairie Scent called "LIfe Threads Platinum" has a very classic, old-fashioned feel about it.
    Les Parfums Frédéric Malle also carry some lovely examples like "En passant" or Iris Poudre. Richard Fraysse's work for Caron (Lady Caron) also emanates some old-fashioned vibes, I think.
    post #16 of 28
    I think Fith Avenue counts also Dia, Gold, Parfum Sacre , Nuit de Noel, Jicky , Fantasia de Fleurs ...and I love them all .
    post #17 of 28
    Parfum Sacré reads very much as perfumery in the classical style to my nose, as does the aforementioned Agent Provocateur, Mona di Orio Carnation, Knowing and the sort-of-vintage but still comparatively contemporary Aromatics Elixir, off the top of my head. Obviously, I like big rose chypres!
    post #18 of 28

    11/11/09 at 10:22am

    kumquat said:



    Hi everyone, I have been thinking about some of my favorites that are actually modern but have the old-style. Some are sort of obscure so bear with me. I find samples at TPC and then they are hard to get FB. But it's worth it if you are smitten. One that comes to mind in that category is I Profumi Firenze - Tulipano Negro (the black tulip) It is sooo old school. Has anyone else run across this one? Gorgeous. I'm thinking of an FB, but you have to get it directly from an Italian co. using a bank draught. What a pain.

    Also - The Party in Manhattan. I just have a decant of this one as it is pricey. A great chypre in the style of Guerlain's Djedi. I just bought the lotion from Luckyscent to use with Djedi. I hope it is a good mix.

    11/11/09 at 10:23am

    kumquat said:



    Acqua di Parma Profumo - When I first tried this (vintage) I thought this was my holy grail. It is just about perfect in every way. Does anybody else want to rant on about this one? A beautiful chypre. Just smooth and lush. the new version is very good, not as much moss, but quite lovely, too.

    I'm forgetting a bunch, I'll come back with others, but you all can help me think of more.

    11/11/09 at 3:08pm

    Leesee said:



    Hmmm. . . I think of OJ Tolu as old-style. Also PdN Sacrebleu. I'm sure there are more in my collection but none are coming to mind at the moment.

    I have been curious about The Party in Manhattan, but the I Profumi scents I tried did not do it for me; I have never tried their Tulipano Negro, though.

    11/12/09 at 5:01am

    Classics Lover said:



    Hi everyone! I'd consider Gold and Dia [Amouage] as "old-fashioned" fragrances in that they are sophisticated scents that blend together really well - and are very floral and powdery - I love those 2.

    11/12/09 at 7:07am

    Evangeline said:



    I'm so glad you brought this up, Kumquat. Thanks!

    The two that I know of aren't niche (is that okay?) - Agent Provocateur and Hermes Rouge, and I adore both of them. I was actually surprised by the Hermes - I got it early in 2001, but I had no idea that it was a recent release. I was even a bit miffed at myself for not discovering it sooner, completely assuming it had been around since the 80s.

    I really haven't had very much experience with modern, and especially niche fragrances. And when I'm browsing, I always seem to be searching for something that reminds me of my old favorites, probably because most have been discontinued and are almost irreplaceable. I'm finding the task of picking a few samples out of the seemingly infinite number to be overwhelming, so this discussion can really point me in the right direction.

    I've jotted down what y'all have already mentioned, and I'm eager to see what everyone else has to add.

    11/12/09 at 10:05am

    kumquat said:



    Evangeline, I think there are no wrong answers, so fire away! Hermes Rouge certainly has that old world depth, sort of a musky rose, isn't it? I think it may have a lot in common with Lyric for Women. And ,yes, thanks for reminding us of the great Amouage frags, Classics Lover. They really do have the old world thing going on, don't they? Especially Gold & Jubilation 25. I'm not familiar with Dia. I need to check & see if I have a sample of it.

    11/12/09 at 10:10am

    kumquat said:



    Tolu is another rose that is in the same category as Lyric, wouldn't you say? Sacrebleu, too, is certainly rich enough. I'm not sure which older frag it reminds me of. What about you Leesee, does it remind you of anything in particular? It's a odd duck for me. I don't love it, but I appreciate it.
    Below are two of my favorite unknown perfumes & where to purchase. I have never had a problem with this co. although some have. It is a little bit of a cheapo discount place, but they have some good stuff, like this!
    http://www.perfumenetwork.com/brands...ean-patou.html http://www.perfumenetwork.com/brands...ean-patou.html you won't be sorry. These are both golden magic in a bottle.

    11/14/09 at 9:09am

    vintage*red said:



    I consider SacreBleu (both the regular & the intense versions) to be classical in nature. Odalisque was on the list, too, until Parfums de Nicolai changed it. And Chergui is done in the tradtional style. I love Chergui and hope that it doesn't change.

    11/14/09 at 10:08am

    kumquat said:



    I was wearing Madini perfume oil- Alma de Alma yesterday & it is very close to Miss Dior, but just a little fresher & greener. It is really fun to wear as it is very perky.
    Anyway, some others you may like to try (all are deep, classic in feel) : Ambargris, Henna, Chipre, Maderas de Oriente, Tulipe. http://madini.com/products/complete_listing.htm

    11/17/09 at 9:43pm

    WidgeryWinks said:



    My experience as an "old lady" perfume wearer started 15 years ago when a young man at work said my perfume was the same as his mothers! (Lentheric Panache) and I still love it inspite of its "department store" price. I have purchased Je Reviens a number of times and only realised it was an old lady perfume when someone wrote these words in an article " a strong smell of Je Reviens wafting from a mature woman at the David Jones (up market department store) counter."

    I believe violets is another classic older style - and I love my Les Meteorites in spite of that!

    11/25/09 at 10:41am

    kumquat said:



    So I'm curious if anyone has tried The Party in Manhattan. What did you think? Some on the Scent of the Day really hated it. I will say, I thought it was too skanky the first time I tried it, but that was pre-Hormone replacement for me. I found out I had no hormones in me at all! Hence the excruciating migraines. I went on the hormone patch and now my perfumes smell much better and truer to form (according to most reviews).

    11/28/09 at 7:22pm

    VintageVogue said:



    Hey, kumquat. Guerlain's Attrape Couer has long struck me as having an old fashioned vibe. I love your original question b/c I had been thinking of it myself.

    MDCI's Enlevement au Serail also has a groovy old fashioned vibe to it. It reminds me of Kay Francis, the beautiful and sultry actress who hit her stride on the silver screen in the '30s.

    Miller Harris's Noix de Tubereuse also has a classic vibe. It reminds me a lot of L'Origan.

    Great question.

    11/29/09 at 8:30am

    kumquat said:



    Yes, Noix de Tubereuse is really a throwback fragrance. It has such a cool take on that flower. It evokes the color blue-violet for me and no other tuberose frag does that. Usually it is a sunny/pastel yellow or pinkish note (I'm synesthetic) for me. It gives a creaminess & mystery to that flower that I find very intriguing.

    2/19/10 at 7:22am

    Madame du Barry said:



    How about Bal a Versailles? I keep reading that it's an "old lady" smell, but I have heard the same about my beloved "L'Heure Bleue" and "Shalimar".
    I don't care - I love old fashioned perfumes.
    Caron's have been reformulated, but Bellodgia and Royal Bain are still lovely.
    (And yes; old fashioned!)

    2/19/10 at 12:21pm

    Guest said:



    I'd say that the latest La Prairie Scent called "LIfe Threads Platinum" has a very classic, old-fashioned feel about it.
    Les Parfums Frédéric Malle also carry some lovely examples like "En passant" or Iris Poudre. Richard Fraysse's work for Caron (Lady Caron) also emanates some old-fashioned vibes, I think.

    3/3/10 at 10:13am

    Valerie said:



    I think Fith Avenue counts also Dia, Gold, Parfum Sacre , Nuit de Noel, Jicky , Fantasia de Fleurs ...and I love them all .

    3/15/10 at 3:51pm

    Pimpinett said:



    Parfum Sacré reads very much as perfumery in the classical style to my nose, as does the aforementioned Agent Provocateur, Mona di Orio Carnation, Knowing and the sort-of-vintage but still comparatively contemporary Aromatics Elixir, off the top of my head. Obviously, I like big rose chypres!