Thread: Vintage Fahrenheit?
Yes. Here is the bottle I purchased, the version with oakmoss:Originally Posted by Just Truth
The vintage bottle looks almost exactly the same, except the words "eau de toilette" are spaced more closely together:
Now here's the ironic part: I mentioned earlier that I'm unfamiliar with the vintage Fahrenheit, having only smelled the newer versions. But I just found out that my first-ever sniff of Fahrenheit, two years ago at a local department store, was of the vintage formula. I went back to the same store last week to inspect their tester bottle more closely, and...yup, it's the old bottle, the one in the second pic. (Why would they have such an old tester still sitting out? Beats me.) I sprayed it again, and was slapped in the face with the powerful, thick opening that my newer Fahrenheit bottles completely lack. But the heart of the fragrance, that familiar "Fahrenheit thing" - green, floral, gasoline/creosote, leather, musk - was exactly the same as that of my new bottles, although richer and meatier. So it turns out I am familiar with the old stuff, and it is better than the new...but not by miles. They both give me the same warm, cuddly feeling when I smell them, and they're both fantastic. I'd love a vintage bottle, but am more than happy with the current version. (What a relief!)
iceman_xx, even the vintage Fahrenheit softens considerably a few minutes after spraying, and I wouldn't consider it a sillage monster by any means. The sillage is considerable, but not tremendous.
Last edited by subhuman85; 9th October 2010 at 10:42 PM.
Like I said, not much difference, if any, in the actual scent - more of a difference in terms of strength, depth, and richness. The vintage has a much more powerful opening and a richer character overall, but the newest version, when actually worn and not sniffed compulsively on a wrist, offers the same base pleasure as the old stuff, and doesn't smell worlds apart. This is actually one case of a decent reformulation that maintains the spirit of the original while conforming to ingredient restrictions/trends of the times, etc.
subhuman85, thanks for ur feedback!
It still bugs me that there's no serial code on the bottom of the bottle, does this mean it's a fake?
Thanks for the update. I was wondering why some of the newer reviews on this on YT would basically describe it as the same juice that I have. My bottle being bought in 2004-2005-ish. Apparently it has undergone a reformulation since then. I also owned this in its original vintage formula, the power and strength made it seem perfume quality/strength for sure.
I'm not gonna be super disappointed if they smell similar just one lacks in power and potency. If what makes Fahrenheit Fahrenheit is still there, then that's all that really matters. I guess with the times changing, a heavier version of Fahrenheit wouldn't appeal to the masses. It may seem like the masses want the heavier version, that being here on BN, but there are only a few of us, compared to everyday Joe's who stop by at Macy's for a bottle of Fahrenheit, wanting something truly different.
I have a 100ml bottle that I think dates from the 1990s. I just used it normally, before I knew of the world of fragrance aficionados. Now my 100ml bottle has only about 1/4 inch or maybe 50mm left--maybe 10ml or so? It still smells great, and it is very powerful. Here is a question: should I decant this small remainder into a smaller container to minimize oxidation/contact with air? I also have a 10ml bottle that also has just a few drops left, and it has changed into something that smells a bit like ether. Wouldn't want that to happen to the larger bottle. Any ideas for keeping it it in good condition?
I did a side by side comparison of the last two formulations. They are quite different. When I brought these two to the nose of the girl I normally do fragrance hunting with.. (Shes also a pretty good sniffer) She thought they were two different colognes at first. Think about that!
We both came about that the newer version is sweeter, a little more soapy, and lighter.. as in not the same strength. However the strength of it in this case doesn't mean that the new one doesn't last as long. Because, in my testing I found they last the same. ..forever. lol But, through the length of my testing that evening, I also found that the newest version is also lighter.. as in.. isn't such the dark fragrance that Fahrenheit is supposed to be. It lacks the depth and richness, for sure; throughout the whole time wearing it. At first spray the new version has almost a bright feeling to it. More compared to the color at the bottom of the bottle.. Rather than the whole mysterious colored and unique bottle. It also can become almost cheapy smelling at times. I would like to not get this impression. But, I did. It can become cloying due to this; as well as it being sweeter, soapier, and brighter. Definitely brighter. It was also on the verge of giving me a headache at times.
It is cleaner. Which is not what Fahrenheit is. It doesn't have as mossy and earthy of a vibe. And, the motor oil smell is cleaned up. It doesn't have as manly of a vibe.
Does it have somewhat of similarity to the prior version?.. of course. The same as if you were drinking two different types of orange juice, they would both tast like orange juice.
And, I have thought this might appeal more to the masses at first. But, think about this.. Even though, sales associates have no idea Fahrenheit has been reformulated. And, either way..wouldn't try to sell Fahrenheit to anyone. Lets say, if it were someone that just came into the store..Never heard of Fahrenheit. Or, someone that heard of it; and was coming in to smell everything that Fahrenheit was. ..If someone were to like Fahrenheit. The image that it portrays.. What it is.. That deep.. dirty..yet fresh smell. The smell of man. They would be loving everything about the fragrance that is still there. They would love everything thats supposed to be there. But, lucky for them.. They would never know what they were missing.
And, the lovers of Fahrenheit. Whatever prior version.. Well, you know what you are missing.
I have since then came back to this fragrance to try the newer version just by itself. As the search for an older bottle can be a pain and some what worrisome. As it seems, You may only be able to find on Ebay. However in wearing the newer version one time by itself to get full impression. Everything holds the same except it doesn't really get cloying. And, the other thing is that if you don't get a full whiff of it.. at times it resembles Curve. Which isn't a bad smell, but definitely somewhat known for being cheap. And, I think this may have been where I got the cheap vibe from it.
It still is a wonderful scent and one of my favorites. Even more so if I never smelled ones prior. And, it definitely still beats out most of the colognes today.
And.. it definitely still is a favorite among women. real women.
I don't get the Curve comparison at all; it's like comparing L'Eau D'Issey to Shalimar. Curve is sweeter, "fresher", more citrusy, and far less woody/floral/leathery than Fahrenheit. But I'm glad to hear you like the new Fahrenheit on its own terms, as I do. Less vivid and rich than the old stuff, but the essence is still there, and it smells better the more you wear it.
"At times it resembles Curve." That's a comparison. So you were in fact comparing the two, with a bunch of quantifiers ("if you don't get a full whiff of it", "only in slight wisps", etc.) that don't really matter. You think the new Fahrenheit resembles Curve at times, I disagree completely and can't fathom the comparison, thus my mention of Shalimar and L'Eau d'Issey as a kind of "apples and oranges" statement. I wasn't being a smart-ass, just using exaggeration to get across how completely different I find the two scents to be. Take it down a notch.
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You used Shalimar and L'eau D'Issey as bitchy exaggeration. Don't be such a prissy snob. It's unneccesary. Don't make people hate the fragrance community.
...Especially when you didn't even get much of a difference between versions.
You dramatically misread the intention behind my post, you started name-calling, slinging attitude, and declaring me a "prissy snob" without evidence...and now you're busting my balls for being the kind of poster that gives this community a bad name? Get some fresh air or something, you're making an ass of yourself.
For real, back to point. Anyone know where I can find the box with "Eau De Toilette" written in silver.
IM SORRY DID THAT SOUND BITCHY? HOPE I DONT SCARE OFF ANY NEWBS TO THE FORUM WITH MY LEGENDARY BITCHINESS.
What version of Fahrenheit is this ? Never seen this before...
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I've been wearing fahrenheit for about 13 years. I didn't notice any strong change.
If it's my novice nose, I'm thankful for it.
Original Fahrenheit has Honeysuckle in the top notes, making it floral and more gentle (or feminine) than the current one. Unfortunately it dries down to an ozonic accord base which is so common in the early 90s.
I like the base of current Fahrenheit but it's missing the floral note - now it just smells like petrol, sandalwood and leather. I believe the culprit for the new formulation is Oakmoss which is now a banned substance in perfumery, but why did they removed the honeysuckle?
what version of fahrenheit am i owning?
a friends gave this to me, he have a headache when using this (he hate the gasoline smell).. no box though..
Blackice, I believe you have the first reformulated version, which came in the "intermediate" box as shown by the third image in scentemental's post #11 above.
It could be an original version, but I believe the extra info on the bottom of the bottle means that it is later than that. Usually, when dating fragrances, the more information and more detailed list of ingredients on the box and bottles means a later date. In the old days they didn't put a lot of info about the fragrances on the boxes or bottles.