I went to sephora today, and i was going to ask them to make me a sample, but the bottle was almost empty. So i asked an SA how old the tester was, and she said it must be pretty old. So i decided to go over to Bloomies since it was right there and see an old friend for a sample.
She told me they just got these a few months ago, so i'm sure they're fairly new. Its an official JPG sample.
When i got home at about 2, i showered and got dressed. I was planning on wearing my new Ramon Monegal, but since i said i would test them out, i'm keeping my word. I'm as interested as you guys! JPG will always have a special place in my heart, even though i don't wear it anymore.
I did a nice BIG spray of my original on one arm, and a nice BIG spray of my new sample on the other arm.
They do actually smell slightly different right off the bat. The original has a very piercing... lavender(i think) note from the start. Its neutered on the new one.
The next thing i noticed is that my original is POWERFUL. I put my arm with the new juice behind my back, and waved my arm with the old stuff up and down, and you could smell it like crazy.
So i left the house and went about my business. I checked on the smell every now and then. It seems like the transformation of notes happens much quicker on the new stuff. Because after about 2 hours, all i could smell was a vanilla like smell on my arm with the new juice. My arm with old juice still had that signature JPG smell, albeit a little softer, but still kicking.
8 o'clock, i got to the cafe and gave them a sniff. the arm with the new juice was basically a faint musc smell. This is about 5 hours. The old juice smelling good as ever, settling into that softer side that we all know of JPG.
I got home at about 3am. The final sniff revealed to me that the new juice was 90% gone. Barely a faint musc. Old juice, JPG vanilla goodness.
My skin is average with about all frags. They don't really last any longer or shorter than most people.
So my conclusion, is there must have been some kind of change along the way. I have no idea when, as the last bottle i purchased was 15 years ago.
So just like most frags that have been reformulated, if you want the real experience, you might want to look into getting a vintage bottle!
Heres the little sample i got today: