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I tried 1000 early in my perfume journey. It was the modern EDT, and I found it quite perplexing. After reading about the possible demise of this classic, I went looking for a vintage to try. So many people seemed to find it interesting and I had to know what I was missing
I was fortunate enough to find this lovely, pristine Eau de 1000, in its lovely velveteen presentation box. The looks alone make it worth having, even right down to the 'tortoise shell' cap on the bottle.
What strikes me immediately, as it has with almost every comparison of vintage vs modern, is the balance and harmony of the vintage. The modern EDT I tried was harsh, with the dominant note being the eucalyptus. Here in Australia, we use eucalyptus to clear blocked noses when we get colds. I've never looked upon it as a particularly pretty fragrance note, and it struck me the same way as the medicinal note many people find in L'Heure Bleu.
The vintage begins with a strong eucalyptus note that recedes into the background and you are left with much prettier floral heart notes.
I still consider 1000 to be sufficiently unusual to become an acquired taste, a little like L'Heure Bleu.
Just an aside - I have Edwardian Bouquet by Floris which has a similar style of unusual ingredients. It is reminiscent of 1000, only a little more unisex and woodier/dryer. If you are a great fan of 1000, it may be worthwhile giving Edwardian Bouquet a try. The name is decidedly inappropriate, giving the impression of some kind of sumptuous flower bouquet. Nothing could be further from the reality.