Just done a side by side of classic Samsara EDP in the clear glass bottle of the 90's to the later edition in the red glass flacon post 2000. It is obvious that the original has a very strong peach/bergamot opening which lasted well into the emergence of the florals and sandalwood/vanilla base. The lastest version wasn't nearly as powerful and worse still, it seemed to open with little bergamot, heading straight to the florals and base. I also noticed a strange minty note in the opening and a very zesty lemon note. Is Guerlain trying to replace more expensive ingredients and substituting them for cheaper alternatives? I also find the new Shalimars lacking in the spicy/heady bergamot top note with more emphasis on lemon. I have read somewhere they have also started using some synthetic bergamot as it is less expensive. Anyone else noticed subtle changes in the Guerlains lately?
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8/4/10 at 3:40am