No, it wasn't spoiled.
We opened it. Kumquat shared this honor with me.
It was a tense moment--the little black thread, the actual cutting, the point of no return.
And then... The stopper was stuck. Couldn't budge it. Firmly affixed to the bottle. What to do?
Well, she had a great idea. Turn the bottle upside down and go have tea.
VoilÃ*, the stopper came out, and we had access to the juice, the real, the vintage Apege.
First whiff--aldehydes, and then a mellow blend of too-many-to-count florals, so very womanly. This was a perfume in the day that women weren't afraid to be grown-ups. It impressed me that today people might be tempted to call this an "old lady perfume." But do you see how attitudes have changed? It smelled like the same, heady perfume back then, too. Why do women want to smell like girls? If this is "old lady" I say, bring it on.
Boy, va-va-va-voom. I drove home with my nose dangerously buried in my arm, sniffing, sniffing, and not being able to pick out any individual notes, just a cascade of florals.
Notes of the original Arpege are indolic white florals, jasmine, rose, musk, and sandalwood. ( If anyone knows more, specifically, please post them. )
It was rich and blended, after all that time stewing in the bottle, and so very classic and perfumy. The 1993 remake contains:bergamot, aldehydes, peach, orange blossom, honeysuckle, iris; rose, jasmine, ylang-ylang, coriander, mimosa, tuberose, Parma violet, geranium; sandalwood, vetiver, patchouli, vanilla, musk.
At the end I smelled...osmanthus. And, I know, I know, there is no osmanthus in there. Maybe it was a peach note working with the florals. Anyway it sure was a treat. Thanks kumquat, you champion e-bayer.