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    Default Paco Rabanne Pour Homme current vs vintige formulation

    What is the difference between the two as far as smell goes? Is there really a difference? Can you describe the difference?

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    I have a bottle of the original and I tried the new one at Ulta not long ago. Remember that top notes from an old bottle may be largely gone. I found the new one to be incredibly animalic and sharp at first, and then the drydown was not as soft and complex as the original.

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    So the newer formulation is more actually more crude(I mean that in a good way) in your opinion Bigsly? I was expecting the other way around.

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    I am fortunate to have a 33.8 ounce bottle of vintage PRPH. I have a 1.7 ounce travel bottle of new one. I second Bigsly's opinion.

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    I'm more interested in the drydown rather than the first half hour or so, and yes I find the original much better. However, if you think Kouros is mild, then you may prefer the new PR PH.

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    Default Re: Paco Rabanne Pour Homme current vs vintige formulation

    Is there civet in Paco Rabanne? Or is this a castoreum sort of issue?

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    I'm very sensitive to castoreum and don't detect it. Perhaps it is some civet along with the honey note.

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    Default Re: Paco Rabanne Pour Homme current vs vintige formulation

    Interesting. Thanks.

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    Default Re: Paco Rabanne Pour Homme current vs vintige formulation

    I have the original release and have tried the current version, but have never been able to ascertain significant differences.

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    Default Re: Paco Rabanne Pour Homme current vs vintige formulation

    It's musky but if any other animalics are there they just help to give it a natural oozing from the pores feel, the fleshy warmth that animalics often give.

    The newest stuff I bought is probably five years old or so. It's good but glossier, lacks the same depth but still a competent drydown (better than most new $200-$600 niches). Surprising considering how many classics have been vaporized by IFRA restrictions on ingredients. Lauder for Men is a good example.
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    Default Re: Paco Rabanne Pour Homme current vs vintige formulation

    The vintage is much better, IMO. The new one is missing something. Not sure what it may be, but they are just not the same to me.

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    Default Re: Paco Rabanne Pour Homme current vs vintige formulation

    Vintage is about 5x stronger to me.
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    Default Re: Paco Rabanne Pour Homme current vs vintige formulation

    Quote Originally Posted by Hamp View Post
    ...............they are just not the same to me.
    It would be impossible for them to be the same due the IFRA restrictions on damn near everything. Oakmoss is just one of many.

    Compared to something like the new Lauder for Men I bought, which is useless, Paco Rabanne pour Homme is still surprisingly good. But it might have been reformulated again in the last couple of years and the most recent stuff might not be as good. What was decent a few years ago might not be anymore as IFRA restrictions are greater all the time.
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    Default Re: Paco Rabanne Pour Homme current vs vintige formulation

    I have a vintage bottle & used up a current bottle a few yrs ago ...
    I gotta agree with most , there are differences , but to my nose only subtle ..

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    I think the difference between original and current are so pronounced that you've got two different scents here. The new version opens with a topnote explosion of what I have to assume is synthetic oakmoss. It hangs in the air like an atomic cloud. It improves in the drydown, but to me it's just tacky. It's like the the original Paco opened his shirt to the navel and had a 24 karat gold medallion in the tufts of his chest hair. The new Paco has a gold filled tiger claw. The original cocoons you in extravagant amount of real oakmoss, which is heavenly. It drops back to the skin as the other notes come out. It's subtle and soft. The current formula is more like the original in it's after shave version. You just have to keep applying it. It's not a bad second choice.

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    Default Re: Paco Rabanne Pour Homme current vs vintige formulation

    I used the original a lot in the late 80's and loved it.

    The new one is a bit toned down compared to the original, but still very nice to my nose.
    The opening is harsher in the new one, not quite as delicate as the original......but after the initial 15-20 minutes the new one seems to be more tame......
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    Default Re: Paco Rabanne Pour Homme current vs vintige formulation

    One of the few where I'd say that the reformulation isn't even the same fragrance anymore...

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    Worth Pour Homme is extremely similar to the original version of Paco Rabanne PH. I would highly recommend it if you would like to experience the original Paco. And it was an experience! Worth gives you the same warm, wrapped in a blanket of chest hair feeling. I'm a tad obsessed with this fragrance. The original was like a lover and when they changed him, it was like losing an actual friend. I even have some of the old Paco ads hanging in my fragrance alcove. Okay, I'll stop now. I'm scaring myself!

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    The current version is much more powdery. The vintage version is much more soapy green. Also, the honey note is undetectable in the current version. At least to my nose. The vintage has a wonderful honey note in the drydown.
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    Default Re: Paco Rabanne Pour Homme current vs vintige formulation

    Quote Originally Posted by colormechris View Post
    Worth Pour Homme is extremely similar to the original version of Paco Rabanne PH. I would highly recommend it if you would like to experience the original Paco. And it was an experience! Worth gives you the same warm, wrapped in a blanket of chest hair feeling. I'm a tad obsessed with this fragrance. The original was like a lover and when they changed him, it was like losing an actual friend. I even have some of the old Paco ads hanging in my fragrance alcove. Okay, I'll stop now. I'm scaring myself!
    I would get like this if they monkeyed the same way with Kouros.

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    Default Re: Paco Rabanne Pour Homme current vs vintige formulation

    I have bottles of both; I prefer the new one. In my case, it has better longevity than the vintage one, although, as Bigsly said, not as complex.

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    The Paco Rabanne vintage perfume is just awesome. It has a strong smell and it is pure magic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jenningsroger64 View Post
    The Paco Rabanne vintage perfume is just awesome. It has a strong smell and it is pure magic.
    +1 I found a few mid-80's boxed bottles last year and got reaquainted with a long lost friend!

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    Default Re: Paco Rabanne Pour Homme current vs vintige formulation

    Oakmoss!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by hednic View Post
    I have the original release and have tried the current version, but have never been able to ascertain significant differences.
    Agreed. The main differences in my oppinion, is that the current version seems a bit toned down.
    -My "new" bottle is 5 years old, and I don't know if it has been reformulated after that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Oslo-Fjord View Post
    Agreed. The main differences in my oppinion, is that the current version seems a bit toned down.
    -My "new" bottle is 5 years old, and I don't know if it has been reformulated after that.
    The first reformulation wasn't until about 1986/7. It didn't change again until the big 2000 shake-up. It then received another meddling in 2004.



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    Quote Originally Posted by jason_newton View Post
    The first reformulation wasn't until about 1986/7. It didn't change again until the big 2000 shake-up. It then received another meddling in 2004.



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    Ok, so after 2004 it has been unchanged?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oslo-Fjord View Post
    Ok, so after 2004 it has been unchanged?
    I'm afraid I don't know. I don't have any bottles after 1993.

    Regards

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    Default Re: Paco Rabanne Pour Homme current vs vintige formulation

    Tending to agree with Hednic on this, after having tested both formulation. No significant difference strictly to my nose, even though the composition and/or formulation may differ.

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