Mitsouko by Guerlain
Thread: Good reformulations?
My Tabac Blond debacle leads me to start this thread. Reformulation of fragrances seem to happen a lot nowadays, and often the manufacturer is very silent about it. Maybe because it often leads to a not so good result.
I guess that it sometimes is necessary due to legal matters, but I wonder if not money has a lot to do with it. Cheaper ingredients makes less expensive perfume to produce.
But money sometimes makes old favorites come back, if it seem possible they will sell well - like maybe the Donna Karans.
My question: What is your favorite reformulation / reissue?
Mine must be Guerlain Derby. They say it is reformulated but it is very close to the original - some like the new one even better.
Mitsouko by Guerlain
I really like the current formulation of Carven's Vetiver. The one that's out now is much better than the one of a few years ago--better longevity and much better presence of the scent.
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baghari by piguet
I've got to agree on the two Guerlains: the new Mitsouko and Derby are both successes. I'm also impressed by the reissued Givenchy III, though I'm not sure there's been any change to the formula.
I like the current version of Chanel 19 edt. Some say it's been reformulated, but I haven't been wearing it long enough to know.
Royal English Leather (reformulated 1805) is pretty damn good. Of course I've never tried the original
Seriously C&S No. 88 is still excellent, despite losing some of its rose darkness, due, not perhaps to a reformulation proper, but the use of a different manufacturer (and thus oil source).
II est de forts parfums pour qui toute matière/Est poreuse. On dirait qu'ils pénètrent le verre.
Not to mention Guerlain's Vetiver - I'm one of those who like the 2000-juice even better than the earlier juice(s). I agree on all the rest + Habit Rouge.
Their worst reformulation must be Chamade, and then Shalimar.
Last edited by Mr. G; 11th August 2008 at 10:40 AM.
Royal Briar by Carroll & Co. is much more to my liking than the original Atkinsons version, which was much stronger and "grandma smelling" -- and not much to my liking. In fact it was quite nauseating.
The Carroll & Co. version is in my personal Top 10.
The new Giorgio for Men is virtually identical to the original.
Two roads diverged in a yellow wood, and sorry I could not travel both and be one traveler, long I stood and looked down one as far as I could to where it bent in the undergrowth; Then took the other, as just as fair, ...... I shall be telling this with a sigh somewhere ages and ages hence: Two roads diverged in a wood, and I -- I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference. - Robert Frost
Seconding Baghari by Piguet.
This was reformulated with respect and an eye for both history and the future. I like it a lot.
I never smelled the originals, but if the current versions are anything like them, they did a great job with the reformulation/reissue:
Guerlain Mouchoir de Monsieur
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In nearly all the others, you had real vanilla and civette which make a real difference.
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The re-work done on the D'Orsay fragrance line is pretty much first rate.
Definitely Givenchy's Vetyver.
you might add Gyvenchy's L'Interdit as well..
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