Originally Posted by scenteur7
Can anyone tell me how different Arome 3 is from Arome 3 Tradition?
[blue]I guess I qualify as "anyone", so I'll give it a try.
IMO *Arome 3 Tradition* differs significantly from *Arome 3* to be considered an entirely different fragrance. Whereas, *Arome 3* is an Aromatic Fougère, *Arome 3 Tradition* is more of an Oriental Fougère with a balsamic chypre base. The lavender on top and throughout the drydown is sharper than it is in *Arome 3* and is blended with citrus with a slight touch of fruitiness (the latter two elements are not present in *Arome 3s* top notes). The middle notes are spicy floral blend (no spice in *Arome 3*), and the basenotes are vetiver, gaiac wood, amber, and melded with that characteristic DOrsay balsamic chypre accord. *Arome 3 Tradition* is definitely not musky in the drydown, and overall it has a higher, sharper aromatic pitch than *Arome 3* and is, of course, given the chypre element, more on the powdery side in the drydown. Like all DOrsays it is masterfully blended, and, like all DOrsays, this one also gives one a sense that its a fragrance from a bygone era despite the fact that it was created in 1998. Finally, I just noticed that the pyramid for *Arome 3* in the Basenotes directory is incorrectly listed; it's really the pyramid for *Arome 3 Tradition*.