So, the vintage L'Heure Bleue
bug has bitten you Stroll, eh? Great!
I still remember when I first bought (blind) a bottle of vintage LHB Eau de Cologne and splashed some on at my home desk, in front of the computer. I spent the next few minutes, literally standing still, inhaling my sillage...a bit frozen. It was achingly beautiful juice and it immediately 'clicked'. I remember smiling from ear-to-ear.
I have tested vintage EdC, new EdT, vintage PdT, new EdP and new parfum. Of those, I have (and recommend) you get the vintage Eau de Cologne
or the vintage Parfum de Toilette (or EdP). Preferably from the 1960's. How can you tell if it's from the '60's? The box! It will look like this mini Mitsouko
extrait box (with the white box / black squiggly lines): http://i187.photobucket.com/albums/x...t/IMG_1553.jpg
. If you cannot find a box/bottle that old (it's not easy, believe me - when they go on sale, they get snatched up - fast!) then get one of those gold boxes from the 1980's, like this: http://cgi.ebay.com/GUERLAIN-PARIS-L...item5d27e696cd
Personally, I detest the EdT version of LhB (vintage, new, etc) - it is just too, too powdery and it seems to just radiate a clashing of notes, as if there is static on a radio station and the melody gets all full of white noise.
One more thing: Be mindful that LhB does not always age gracefully. Many times when you see old bottles of it, you will notice that the juice has turned a very dark brown. This could be a sign that the fragrance is totally fine, but in other cases it is a sign that the top notes have turned a bit. This was the case with my Eau de Cologne. BUT...and here is the kicker: even though the top notes faded I could still enjoy the middle and base notes and I did enjoy it thoroughly.
In fact, if you ask me what my very favorite version of LhB is, I would have to answer: vintage Eau de Cologne. It has everything I love about the scent (bread-like iris, thick and deep middle-eastern spices, woods, Guerlainade-in-spades) - all in an easy-to-splash transparency
that makes it almost impossible to over apply. Unlike the fantastic PdT, which if you aren't careful, one-too-many sprays can really be TOO much, the EdC is the perfect combination of everything I like about LhB without everything that I don't.
Sorry to ramble...but as you can see, I am a big fan of L'Heure Bleue
. This is something that Tania Sanchez and I have in common.