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    Default YSL M7 Reformulation

    Does anyone know around when the reformulation took place? I only have it down to between 2006 and 2010, the years in which I bought bottles, finding that the 2010 was reformulated and different looking from my 2006 bottle.

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    I don't know, but just find the all brown bottle...
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    Default Re: YSL M7 Reformulation

    Can't pinpoint a time either.

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    I think it was probably in early to mid 2008.

    There is an older Basenotes' thread where someone mentions that he bought his bottle in a Duty Free shop in January 2009, and it was a reformulated version. This thread was the first time I remember reading anything about a reformulation.

    There is also a comment on Now Smell This where someone mentions that they saw the new bottle at a YSL shop in August 2008, and that this version of M7 appeared after a hiatus of the original version.

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    Default Re: YSL M7 Reformulation

    Damn them! That was quite a while ago... makes finding vintages quite a pain sometimes. For other fragrances I've found the reformulation really makes almost no difference, but for M7, well damn, it's just not as good anymore. thanks for the help guys!

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    The original M7 is very difficult to find around here now. I haven't found it in individual bottle form, but have had some luck finding it in sets with shower gel and a toiletries bag. So if you visit any shops you might check those in addition to the bottles.

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    Quote Originally Posted by noggs View Post
    I think it was probably in early to mid 2008.
    agree.

    my two reformulated bottles are from 2008.
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    Default Re: YSL M7 Reformulation

    For those looking for it: it seems like the easiest places to get vintages are from either ebay or the basenotes sales threads. However, ebay sellers will try and gut you with their pricing, whereas some basenoters have it for fairly reasonable asking prices.

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    2009 is the year of my reformulated bottle

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    Default Re: YSL M7 Reformulation

    Quote Originally Posted by M.David View Post
    2009 is the year of my reformulated bottle
    So it appears we have it down to sometime between early 2006 and early 2008... so most likely sometime in 2006 or 2007.

    Oh, and before we all go up in arms over reformulation, I just found this on one of the self-education thread of the "just starting out" section: http://www.wired.com/magazine/2011/10/ff_perfume/all/1

    Perhaps agarwood, M7s prized ingredient, or perhaps another one of the principal notes, was found to violate regulations explained in the article above. This explains all the bull***t reformulations going on lately.

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    I never smelled the vintage but my reformulated bottle is from 2010. It's potent and long lasting...I can't imagine how much stronger the vintage was!

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    Quote Originally Posted by checker View Post
    I never smelled the vintage but my reformulated bottle is from 2010. It's potent and long lasting...I can't imagine how much stronger the vintage was!
    It was an atomic bomb of epic proportions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by oolafsson View Post
    It was an atomic bomb of epic proportions.
    Do you like the reformulation ? I get 10-12 hours longevity out of it...very smooth drydown after a very medicinal opening...

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    Default Re: YSL M7 Reformulation

    Quote Originally Posted by checker View Post
    Do you like the reformulation ? I get 10-12 hours longevity out of it...very smooth drydown after a very medicinal opening...
    Yes and no. I agree that the actual fragrance smells pretty damned similar, but the vintage had more prominent and long lasting top notes, and a slightly more noticeable dry down. In my opinion, it was just a more elegant and potent rendition of the reformulation... right down to the bottle itself.

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    I receive some very nice feedback on the new squarish bottle, but I have to apply a lot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by oolafsson View Post
    Yes and no. I agree that the actual fragrance smells pretty damned similar.
    you´re talking about the new m7 Oud absolu? I think checker (and me) is refering to the first reformulation , still in the "old " presentation.
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    Default Re: YSL M7 Reformulation

    Quote Originally Posted by blackened View Post
    you´re talking about the new m7 Oud absolu? I think checker (and me) is refering to the first reformulation , still in the "old " presentation.
    Nope, the whole thread is a comparison of the original and first reformulation. I would consider Oud Absolu to be the 2nd reformulation of M7. Here are some photos for those who are curious:

    Original bottle was uniformly brown and looked like this:

    1st reformulation featured a brown sticker on a mostly clear bottle:

    2nd reformulation was renamed and repackaged completely:

    hope this is helpful

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    Quote Originally Posted by oolafsson View Post
    Nope, the whole thread is a comparison of the original and first reformulation. I would consider Oud Absolu to be the 2nd reformulation of M7.
    all right! that was what I understood initially.
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    Default Re: YSL M7 Reformulation

    Quote Originally Posted by blackened View Post
    all right! that was what I understood initially.


    Haven't been able to sample Oud Absolu. Although I hear it's just an even more watered down version of both previous versions, so the name "Absolu" is completely misleading...

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    Quote Originally Posted by oolafsson View Post
    Nope, the whole thread is a comparison of the original and first reformulation. I would consider Oud Absolu to be the 2nd reformulation of M7. Here are some photos for those who are curious:

    Original bottle was uniformly brown and looked like this:

    1st reformulation featured a brown sticker on a mostly clear bottle:

    2nd reformulation was renamed and repackaged completely:

    hope this is helpful
    Yes I was talking about the first reformulation. Thank you for your insight..do you think the 1st reformulation is still an elegant scent in its own right ?

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    Default Re: YSL M7 Reformulation

    Quote Originally Posted by checker View Post
    Yes I was talking about the first reformulation. Thank you for your insight..do you think the 1st reformulation is still an elegant scent in its own right ?
    From what I've heard about Oud Absolu, I would clamor for the first reformulation. It's not vintage M7, but it's close enough

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    I can buy decant of this bottle:




    Seems like code on bottle is 7111 and that would be April 2007 bottle. This is vintage juice, right?
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    I recently opened a box of M7 that I have had for several years, date released was January 1, 2003. Bottle has single amber brown sticker on back of bottle so I would guess this is an early reformulation. This is in no way a "powerhouse" as I have heard many people describe it, after the initial "cherry cough syrup" blast it settles down to a close to skin scent for me. Will be going to ebay soon, not up my alley to be honest, only wish I could have tried original, think I would have liked it better...





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    I just pulled out my M7 bottle to check the code on the bottom sticker.
    My bottle has the browny-red sticker on the front consistent with the 1st reformulation.

    Interestingly, the code has been deliberately scratched out on the sticker.
    I never noticed this before.
    I am sure the box was properly sealed before I opened it.

    It was purchased from a credible Internet seller soon after the switch to the new bottles, so it was not old stock.
    If it was old stock, I understand why the code would be scratched out by an unscrupulous seller - but once again, the box "appeared" factory sealed.

    So who would have scratched out the date?
    Is this simply a case of grey marketeering and the grey market wholesaler hiding their illegitimate supply chain?

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    I have all 3 M7's. The original and reform smell the same to me. Oud Absolu is also very similar. I wouldn't call it "watered down", I'd call it more refined and smoother. I like all 3.
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    Be very careful, guys, mysterious things happened....we recently saw bottles with strange batch codes, and other "ancient", "vintage" ones with year 2012-batch code , and similar things......
    however, the riformulated bottles arrived at the end of 2007, because of the real agarwood oil stocked up by Saint Lauren finished.....and in year 2008 we had a 90% reformulated bottles and 10% "vintage" ones, then in 2009-2010 only reformulated bottles.
    BTW "Breaking" the factory seal and "repairing" it, is a very, very easy task....

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    Everyone likes it now. YSL couldn't give it away when it was first released.

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