Perfaddict is absolutely correct. I fully concur.
The reformulated Drakkar Noir (which is still a top selling fragrance around the world) is a lighter scent than the Vintage juice. Oakmoss, the heavier, oily leather and ferocity has been dialed down. It still wears very well though. It is, as a counterpoint in vernacular to what perfaddict said, more "polite". It is more like Drakkar "Verde", instead of Drakkar "Noir" - Green vs. Black.
Personally, I really enjoy a layered wearing of Vintage juice (even just dabbed on - neck, backs of hands) with current formulation - you get wonderful richness and power that the original powerhouse delivered and great, fresh greener notes. I apply that from a 100ml Spray bottle and tend to wear a liberal amount. It is a scent that still gets noticed (from distance!) and complimented. While there are many scents that are similar to Drakkar Noir, there is simply no replacing it - both in one's collection and in history. It is the fragrance that brings me right back to high school nights, parties, hot girls and make-out sessions! Sure, other scents were around...but Drakkar Noir was the 'one' you went to when it mattered most.
I, personally, really enjoy how Guy Laroche has reformulated Drakkar Noir. At first, yes...it was missing something and I knew the reformulation had changed it. But, instead of looking for its weaknesses - I found its new positive points. I did this while getting a Vintage bottle. Honestly, while one could pull it off if they have the big brass balls it takes - doing a full-wearing of Vintage Drakkar Noir today is nuclear
!!! I already have a reputation as the 'cologne guy' - that's been me since early high school (and even before when I snuck some from my father), but I think that balance is key when one wears scent nowadays...even in social settings.
So, if your mind and heart are set on Vintage Drakkar Noir - it's out there and one can get it. Look at the other threads on how to distinguish bottles from sellers (distributed by Cosmair; PARIS is close together on the Vintage bottle at the bottom, while the current is P A R I S, etc.) It's easy to tell.
For me, an undeniable and endearing classic. It will always
be in my collection.
And, on a final point - you just decided my SOTD and into the Evening! It will be a layered wearing of Drakkar Noir (Vintage, dabbed on with a EdT). Also, the After Shave balm and deodorant are very nice - I recommend buying a set of current. It can be found online and at TJ Maxx for bargain prices. It wears very well together...especially with a few strategically located dabs of Vintage. BTW, I also have Vintage Drakkar Noir in spray - in a layered wearing, just 2 shots and you're set. I actually prefer dabbing it on. The vibe is even different.
When I was younger, a cupped handful from a Splash bottle or 5-6 sprays was common! We were crazy kids and you could smell the aroma of Drakkar at any party we were at! All in a haze of smoke and classic rock music and these superbad, hot new grunge
bands called Pearl Jam, Nirvana, & Alice in Chains were blasting from the stereo!
The memories of our youth - and how our olfactory senses conjure up those recollections...amazing!
Originally Posted by perfaddict
True, today's Drakkar Noir is not the impolitely strong beast it used to be, although it has remained quite faithful to the original scent.
Where i live, strong frags are not an issue so applying a bit more than i would have in the 80s compensates for any loss of strength, if strength is really required. But, thats where i live.