The quality of the ingrediants in vintage are amazing. Yes, I am into vintage and I, myself, am somewhat vintage.
Yes, I'll start out very modestly, by seeking vintage Tabarome and then continue my quest for further vintage, but also rare and discontinued scents.
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I'm not sure, actually. What with my reaction to Guerlain classics (summed up politely with "not for me") I doubt I would find any vintages to my liking. They seem to have in common a certain density and weight that is not at all pleasant to my nose. I like clarity and transparency, those much-maligned "lightweights" of the 90s and beyond. OTOH, as I keep educating myself further and challenging my preconceptions about what is wearable, why should I exclude such a huge portion of fragrances without further examination? I'll likely research it further at some point and maybe learn to appreciate it as an acquired taste, but I doubt vintages would ever become daily fare for me.
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I would say I enjoy classic scents more than vintage. I am more of a fan of the traditionally masculine fragrances that are still available today, but I don't spend much time on ebay tracking down old bottles of them.
To clarify, by no means do I only wear or collect vintage, not even close. It's simply one of many directions my interests are focused on. I love modern fragrances, and houses like ELDO, Malle, and Ava Luxe are among my favorites. Where the quality of vintage becomes obvious is when you take a fragrance that's been in production for many years - say Hermes Equipage or Bel Ami - and compare early versions to today's versions. Not all scents are like this but many are. I will therefore tend to seek out old bottles of still-made scents when possible.
As for degradation: I've seen people make a very big deal of this, and all I can say is that I've only had two out of dozens of bottles show signs of degradation. I have bottles that are 75+ years old that smell totally fine. One can learn a lot by looking at the color, amount of air, storage, etc. that will indicate the quality of the fragrance.
All of my perfumes are vintage -- it's all I wear. When the wardrobe function is back up and working I'll fill in my collection, but my favorites are L'Interdit (Givenchy), Joy (Patou), Shalimar, Mitsuoko (Guerlain), Chanel 5 & 22. I also have a little bit of Coco that I wear on occasion but it's not really one of my favorites.
I like the old scents because they are softer and often more complex. Newer perfumes smell 'chemical-y' to me, and are almost always too strong. The exceptions I've found are usually hippie-type perfume oils, one of which I like a lot, called Zum Frankincense & Myrrh.
After skimmin your blog last week, I almost caught a sickness.
It's an addiction to dope looking old bottles.
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Have you checked out the Aubusson Futuros bottle?
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This surely sounds jaded, but to me there's not much else to be interested in anymore since market forces and IFRA are working hand in hand successfully to castrate the art of perfumery.
Yes, and no. I'll explain. To me Vintage fragrances don't espically have to be from any certain era. Case in point I prefer The newer version of Santal Noble over that of the original.So for me It's more of how the re-formulation of a fragrance meets my needs,and or wants rather than me seeking out a vintage fragrance just for the sake of it being a vintage formula vs.that of a newer version of the fragrance. Numerous other fragrance could also be mentioned, but I think you get my point.
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This might be a strange answer.....I am at times.....There are times when I desire something that's Vintage.....and there are times when I want to wear something modern yet classy.....I would never own Vintage only, nor would I own modern scents only.....The key word is balance for me.....I have both and like it that way.
For this reason - and because I love most every fragrance (I have catholic tastes in scents) but especially the old classics - I've, for the last decade, been slowly but deliberately assembling my own "Noah's Ark" of vintage classics with an emphasis on those already out of production.
Noah's Ark of Fragrance - That's priceless! and a great idea. I guess that is my philosophy, too. I never really thought of it quite like that, but you've put it so perfectly, Griff!
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Put me in for vintage. I will always get a bottle of any of my faves in vintage version any chance or oppurtunity I get. Of course considering if it's not very expensive
I love the idea of vintage. But quite often the top notes are so damaged that 25% of the experience is compromised.
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In answer to the original question, yes I am. I am always on the look out for them. It may just be the collector in me, but I have bought many discontinued fragrances which I enjoy greatly. By Man by D&G, Aramis Havana (yes I know that has been reissued), KL by Karl Lagerfeld, Gucci Nobile, Helmut Lang EDC (a masterpiece) and so on and so forth.
I am always on the lookout for old stuff, often bought blind, but that's part of the fun is it not?
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Absolutely! I always prefer the vintage (= original rendition) to the reformulated versions of a scent.
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Yes, I am mostly now drawn to Vintage. I still try a lot of modern fragrances-I'm not going to close my mind to anything but the quality of the vintage fragrances really does attract me. Monsieur Carven, for example, has astounded me. I use this sparingly as it's hard to find and the quality and construction of this towers over any modern scent I've tried. So, for me, it's a great hobby of mine to search them out, learn about them and appreciate them but there is a time and place for each of my fragrances. I don't wear my vintage all the time- I use them for special occasions and in that way I appreciate them even more. I have modern fragrances that I enjoy and use daily in my rotation but, for me, I am drawn to and love the vintage fragrances.
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While I also like modern fragrances, it is so much more rewarding and exciting to discover a discontinued and hard to find fragrance on the forgotten shelves of an old perfume shop and get it for $30 than to go into a new shop and pay $200+ for some recent creation.