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    Unhappy Hermes, what have you done to Equipage??

    I ran out of my favorite fragrance Equipage a few months back. It was a bottle given to me by a long gone girlfriend in 1983. Recently, I went to Neiman Marcus and bought another bottle without testing it. BIG MISTAKE! The stuff I bought is relatively weak compared to the 1983 formulation. It is an eau de cologne strength at best. Hermes, What have you done to this most excellent and classical scent??

    Oh, I am soooo disapointed.

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    Default Re: Hermes, what have you done to Equipage??

    Do you think it's been reformulated, or is it just that if you have a 1983 bottle some of the ingredients aged for the better?

    Some oils get stronger and better with time, like vetiver for example, which is one of the notes in Equipage.
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    Default Re: Hermes, what have you done to Equipage??

    I don't think it has been re-formulated, but has been weakened quite a bit. I thought along the lines of the oils ageing and gaining strength, but in my opinion, the Equipage is roughly 50% of it's original strength.

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    Default Re: Hermes, what have you done to Equipage??

    My father has a bottle from the 80's and I have one from about a year ago and they seem pretty much the same to me.

    I'm going to take my bottle to his house to compare directly.

    The scent grows richer, he knows he must be near
    He finds a long passageway lit by chandelier
    Each step he takes, the perfumes change
    From familiar fragrance to flavours strange
    A magnificent chamber meets his eye

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    Default Re: Hermes, what have you done to Equipage??

    Yeah, let us know, I'm curious! I love Equipage.
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    Default Re: Hermes, what have you done to Equipage??

    Quote Originally Posted by Simon Moon View Post
    My father has a bottle from the 80's and I have one from about a year ago and they seem pretty much the same to me.

    I'm going to take my bottle to his house to compare directly.
    I'm the opposite. I have a bottle from the 80's, and my dad has one from the last year or so. I recently compared them and didn't get much difference. The old one seemed a bit richer, but that could be age related.

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    Post Re: Hermes, what have you done to Equipage??

    I use to buy EQUIPAGE ( it is one of my must have ) in Lisbon and the scent is unchanged...i can sniff the same perfume of the seventies....

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    Default Re: Hermes, what have you done to Equipage??

    I have tested all of the Hermes scents, I think, and Equipage and Rocobar seem to be fairly weak in comparison to Bel Ami and Terre D'Hermes, both of which I own and love.

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    Default Re: Hermes, what have you done to Equipage??

    Quote Originally Posted by greendragon View Post
    ....Hermes, What have you done to this most excellent and classical scent??

    Oh, I am soooo disapointed.
    I feel your pain. I love both Equipage and Amazone and they were re-launched. After I tried them, the thought came to mind that they certainly were very like toilet water... I recently found the original Amazone though (and will dropkick anyone who touches it).

    Perfume.com seems to have Equipage in the 'vintage' bottle.
    http://www.perfume.com/hermes/equipage-1007755.html

    (Teh evilness.. they only ship within the USA...)

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    Default Re: Hermes, what have you done to Equipage??

    I do think they've been changed but the change has been minimal, at least to me, and smelling it directly from the bottle, but look what a minimal change in the formula can do to different skins, and sometimes this miniscule tweak speaks loud when it reacts against something else.
    Gladly, on me it smells quite similar.

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    Default Re: Hermes, what have you done to Equipage??

    Does anyone know what the motivation is to change scents like that?

    If it's to attract new buyers, you'd think they'd make some kind of promotional announcement, because if not, nothing's going to entice people who already tried it to try again.

    Maybe it's to cheapen the ingredients?
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    Default Re: Hermes, what have you done to Equipage??

    Quote Originally Posted by Simon Moon View Post
    My father has a bottle from the 80's and I have one from about a year ago and they seem pretty much the same to me.

    I'm going to take my bottle to his house to compare directly.
    I compared them last night.

    There seems to be a very minor difference, but after about 10-15 minutes after application, the difference was unnoticeable. The longevity was also identical.

    I feel the difference should be chalked up to age, maybe evaporation over the years.

    The scent grows richer, he knows he must be near
    He finds a long passageway lit by chandelier
    Each step he takes, the perfumes change
    From familiar fragrance to flavours strange
    A magnificent chamber meets his eye

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    Wink Re: Hermes, what have you done to Equipage??

    Equipage gave me a headache in the early 80's and when I tried it last years, it still gave me a headache.

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    Default Re: Hermes, what have you done to Equipage??

    Quote Originally Posted by GAIVS IVLIVS CAESAR View Post
    Does anyone know what the motivation is to change scents like that?
    If it's to attract new buyers, you'd think they'd make some kind of promotional announcement, because if not, nothing's going to entice people who already tried it to try again.
    Maybe it's to cheapen the ingredients?
    The trend has been to 'lightnen up' classic scents, possibly to make more $$ with less ingredients, or perhaps some bonehead marketer thinks the reformulation will stir interest in the younger generations.

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    Default Re: Hermes, what have you done to Equipage??

    Quote Originally Posted by GAIVS IVLIVS CAESAR View Post
    Does anyone know what the motivation is to change scents like that?

    If it's to attract new buyers, you'd think they'd make some kind of promotional announcement, because if not, nothing's going to entice people who already tried it to try again.

    Maybe it's to cheapen the ingredients?
    I think it's mostly because of european law, but they have also said to adjust it to the times and what not.

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    Default Re: Hermes, what have you done to Equipage??

    Quote Originally Posted by castorpollux View Post
    I think it's mostly because of european law, but they have also said to adjust it to the times and what not.
    Law? What law is that? Fragrances can't be too good?

    So they actually admitted that they changed the formula? Where did you hear that?
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