I've been constantly reading reviews and posts etc, and I keep hearing about how vintage is better, etc, and the dreaded R-word, reformulation. I have even read comments of people in here whining about fragrances that are not even 10 years old already being reformulated. How do they know I have no idea, it seems most people around here has bionic noses.
I still wanted to try vintage versions of some of my favorites, so I bought from ebay vintage eau de colognes of chanel no 5, no 19 and no 22, all from different sellers, all in mint, unopened condition. I opened the three of them and while they did smell different to their modern counterparts, it was also pretty obvious that all three were totally rancid. And how can they not be? They are almost 40 years old, when a perfume of the best quality has a shelf-life of barely 5 years under the best conditions.
I think I have been led by commentators in here but I think they don't even know what they are talking about or what they want. I read the other day on this very forum looking for information on chanel's Une Fleur and one poster said that it only takes for a perfume to be rare and discontinued for her to doll out several hundred dollars, nevermind if the perfume in question was actually good in the first place.
I'm sure many will lambast me and disagree, but buying vintage is a waste. NOTHING can stand the changes of time unless they are in a sealed, oxygen free temperature controlled container. The second it's opened, the second it comes in contact with oxygen, oxidation begins, in other words, aging. You can keep it cool, closed, out of light, NO PERFUME is EVER GOING TO REMAIN UNDAMAGED if it's older than 10 years, period, unless it's in an Osmotheque, and you should see the freezing conditions under which they are kept.
So I've learned my lesson, no more vintage for me ever again, and you need to face the truth: ONCE A PERFUME IS REFORMULATED, IT IS LOST FOREVER.