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    Default Thoughts: Photo Lagerfeld Original versus reformulation

    Yesterday, I sampled the reformulated version of Photo at a Perfumania store and was really surprised that the new version is not only different, as in totally bland, but so waterered down that I could hardly smell it after applying two large sprays.

    So a caveat for those seeking the unique character of the original scent, *don't buy the reformulated version*.

    My feelings about Photo is similar to Horizon, an occasional I'm-in-the-mood for scent. A good scent for a walk around town, at the gym, or clubbing. It's not a cozy, feel good scent you'd apply in your home while lying down.

    Although it's pretty much a clean scent, there's an aggressive (dirty ?) spicy note underneath which is it's signature, sort of like Horizon. Ultimately, it's still a pleasant scent to wear when applied sparingly. One of the few 80's scents I can actually wear and enjoy (lol).

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    Default Re: Thoughts: Photo Lagerfeld Original versus reformulation

    Thanks for that sad information. The old bottle can still be found rather cheaply down here. I might pick up another.
    Regards,
    Renato

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    Default Re: Thoughts: Photo Lagerfeld Original versus reformulation

    I haven't smelled the old version of Photo in years, so I can't remember exactly what it was like. I do have a bottle of the new formulation, and I love it. Super spicy and mossy fougere that lasts 12+ hours on my skin. Not a sillage monster, though, and I don't remember the original being one either.
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    Default Re: Thoughts: Photo Lagerfeld Original versus reformulation

    Is the new formula the dark bottle? I am taking it that the one with the yellow print is the old formula. As it stands, I have only tried the new one and I have to agree with Shamu -- it is great stuff. I'd be interested in trying the vintage one, but I don't really get into breaking my back (and wallet) to find something that I may never be able to get again.
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    Default Re: Thoughts: Photo Lagerfeld Original versus reformulation

    Not familiar with the reformulation but don't like the original.

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    Photo in its current state is atrocious. Avoid at all costs. Lagerfeld Original is still a gem though.
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    Default Re: Thoughts: Photo Lagerfeld Original versus reformulation

    Sorry for the late reply, but wow I'm very happy to see liszt's original post. I bought a small tester bottle and thought I was going out of my mind (is there any fragrance in here? did I just buy a bottle of 0.5 oz of water laced with fabric softener?) It was so weak that I couldn't even classify it. Must have been the new version.

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