To me, there was some vetiver in the opening before the new Chamade turned into the sweet powder that I know as vintage Chamade. Vetiver is a base note, but I find that it has an almost volatile aroma at the time of initial application. This was the major difference between old and new. I wish they had not changed it, because the original was perfect in every way. However, in the parfum form, new Chamade is still gorgeous once it gets past that initial un-sweet blast.