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    Default Differences in Guerlain Vetiver formulations.

    Hi everyone,

    I was wondering if the Guerlain experts, or those who have tried vintage formulations of vetiver, could tell me about the differences between the pre-2000 EdT (Habit Rouge bottle) and the post-2000, ribbed Eau de Toilette?

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    Default Re: Differences in Guerlain Vetiver formulations.

    I'm sure others will chime in better information. I have the old version and on several occasions have tried the more current versions, but I honestly cannot tell any difference between versions.

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    Default Re: Differences in Guerlain Vetiver formulations.

    I'm no expert, but I have tried both. I've read on BN that the newer one has more citrus up top and is generally lighter. From my own experience, I'd agree with that, and add that the older smells (predictably) less synthetic, has better longevity, more complexity, and also has a stage very late in the drydown which smells (to me, at least) just a little bit like Mitsouko - possibly due to genuine oakmoss the newer doesn't have. Overall, I'd say the vintage is much more impressive. The newer smells like the same tune modulated into a lighter, higher key, with shiny synthetics replacing complex, deeper naturals.
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    Default Re: Differences in Guerlain Vetiver formulations.

    I find the vintage vetiver drier, better longevity, better sillage, and just a great green earthy scent. I agree with WillC, in that it smells less synthetic. It is a very classy vetiver, and the only one that comes slightly close is Tom Ford's Grey Vetiver. I find that R&G and Carvin are sweet....almost cloying. My nose does find a difference, and I stick with the old when I can find it, which is getting increasingly difficult these days.

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    Default Re: Differences in Guerlain Vetiver formulations.

    The vintage stuff is drier, darker, more austere. It has a creamy, albeit "dusty" quality to it. The ribbed bottle is brighter and zingier, with more lemon up top than the original. Both have their merits, and I would say the ribbed bottle is more accessible. Personally, I prefer the vintage one. Think of the vintage as a dry, rotting forest in the winter, while the current stuff is a sunny, grassy field.
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