There's a sharpness to the EdC that is more muted in the extrait, but my extrait sample was probably decades younger than theEdC, which was old enough to have a ground glass stopper, so there may have been some degradation over time.
Chamade minis of the extrait show up regularly on ebay at willy varying prices, should you care to sniff for yourself (;
It's fantastic. I honestly find the old edc (actually, every formulation in every vintage - I even like the current offerings) a wonderful version of Chamade and of course, being one of the original formulations, very true ...I suppose the edc is just a bit softer than the parfum, maybe with more bright aldehydes. But for the best of both worlds, I usually wear the edc layered with a few drops of parfum or edp, just to cover all my bases. ;)
Guerlain's fragrances in the edc concentration are fantastic. Yes, the edc is an accurate rep of the extrait, but it's not just a question of progressive dilution. The edc of Chamade, as with every other Guerlain that I had the pleasure to smell in this form, has a character of its own that is related to and merged with the "true" nature of the extrait, but is distinct on its own merits. The sharper top notes take center stage and the deeper notes are at murmuring level. This makes it possible to layer the edc with other forms of the fragrance without overpowering. Or, it makes it possible to pour and splash a complex, serious scent like Chamade with liberality. I knew women who wore Chamade as their signature scent, and in hot weather would wear only the edc plus whatever bath products that came in it. It was a way to maintain continuity while bowing to the demands of the weather and temperature.
Civilized. Elegant. Those are the words that describe those big bottles of edc-strength old Guerlains.
^^ Of course we're all going to have varying perceptions of things, but that's the second time someone has mentioned a "sharpness" in the edc that I don't get at all. I find the vintage edc to be the roundest and least sharp formulation, next to the parfum. To my nose, the edt is the sharpest and greenest with the most "sparkly" aldehydes, and the edp is the most deeply floral with the most "polleny" of all the Chamade signatures. At any rate - I'll say it again - all the formulations are wonderful, and they all work well together. If you really love it, I really don't think you can go wrong by collecting each of them.
I agree that the EDC is the softest version I've tried. I love all the formulations, but this one is a bit better for casual wear, warm weather, or generally when I don't want something too loud. I find it pretty true to the extrait but it's less dense and transitions more quickly to the woody base. Personally I find there's less sharp greenness at the beginning, but different people will perceive different things as "sharp."