my thoughts on Platinum Egoiste . . .
1. people, calm the f down - yeah it's nothing like Egoiste at all, but it was released in the early 90's, you've almost had 20 years to get over your frustrations - and it's obvious Platinum is a gem all its own. i feel like there isn't as much hate there between Gucci Ph and it PH2 brother, and it's only been maybe 3-4 years for them.
2. i don't know what it is, but Platinum Egoiste, even though i smelled its 'brothers' like Herrera, Eternity - Egoiste has still managed to kill the both of them with its longevity and sophistication - ok, the sophistication is totally due to Chanel's marketing/distribution practices probably, but i was at an Ulta today smelling Herrera and Eternity on sample strips and its almost like those houses have completely relegated them to dust collecting standbys that hold the foundation of there fragrance family. i imagine when they first came out, they weren't as weak/synthetic smelling as they are now. that being said, every bottle of PE that i have bought has the incredible/loud strength every Chanel men's frag has had pre-2004.
3. PE can still be relevant and classy nowadays - just limit yourself to 2 sprays on bare skin under a shirt and you'll be fine - seriously all you need. more than that then you become "that cologne guy"
4. PE does get old. i had a bottle from '04 to '07 that definitely was all the synthetic PE top notes once we approached '07. i bought a recent bottle in '09 and the stuff is just lush, really, compared to my old bottle. that being said, when you buy a fresh bottle, this stuff is so full bodied and noisy (again why i say only wear 2 sprays on bare skin under a shirt). sometimes 1 spray is enough . . . keep in mind this is a guy that sprays like 5 sprays of Christian Lacroix Tumulte everywhere (which for me has been one of the quietest frags i've worn).
don't buy into the hate on PE too much. its a great anytime, anywhere scent (of course that def is qualified by the amount you put on) but i have never ever had a bad response this gem. its def a basenotes 'all purpose classic'