What do you mean, Bay, is that a Dept store? Probably the sample has been cooked from sitting out under hot lights.
Thread: No. 5 EDP Reformulation?
I was at my local Bay today and I tried No. 5 EDP and it is very different. I have a bottle (circa 2009, give or take) and it smells WONDERFUL. It is soapy, creamy and oh so luxurious (from start to finish). I tried the EDP today and it was harsh and did not smell like the one I have at home. I actually went with the EDT as it smells more like my 2009, just a little more vintage.
Am I losing my marbles or does anyone else notice a change in the EDP?
I, personally, have not noticed any obvious changes in the edp in the last several years ...which doesn't mean there haven't been any, of course. However, perfume ages the some way wine ages - perhaps the differences you're perceiving are simply a result of your edp having matured and mellowed over the past few years. Chanels age beautifully btw, when kept under the right conditions. I've never had one turn on me, though they definitely evolve over time.
The thing about testing in Dept stores is that you need to let it sit on the skin for an hour, at least 1/2 hour. It will mellow and you'll have a much better idea of the actual scent. The SA's always want to push you into buying on the spot. Just walk away and let the scent bloom on the skin.
I am just not a fan of EDT or EDP when parfum is available. The perfume is always more beautiful and well worth the $. It's the way the scent was originally designed.
I recently received a travel set of the EdP, and I thought it smelled better than I remembered it...smoother and sunnier somehow. It was a made in France set...no clue what they do with No. 5
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