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    Question Versace L' Homme

    I had this years and years ago and I remember really liking it. I think it had a green soapy quality about it, (?) and it contained a fascinating unique note in it ~ in the same way the classic discontinued mens Nino Cerruti contained a very special note. At the time I thought it was a very sophisticated fragrance.
    I am thinking about buying it again, but I am wondering whether it has been tampered with ??
    It has completely different coloured liquid on the various seller's websites. Some show it as a green liquid and some as a pale yellow. Does anyone have advice please ?
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    Yes it has been reformulated. I have never smelt the original but had a bottle of the current and was not a fan of it all.

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    Default Re: Versace L' Homme

    Mine is purchased about a month ago, and the juice is yellowish. Opens with a blast of lemon, and dries down to a leathery/woody accord. Is crisp and not powdery till the last 10% of its life. Average projection and decent longevity.

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    Hello david -

    The best male fragrance ever created by the Versace house. There are three formulations - there is a great thread here on Basenotes that gets into the latest formulation and the difference between Vintage.

    It was, after reading a lot on Basenotes prior, one of my very first contributions to this wonderful forum we all share on (my in-depth post is #48). It is here: http://www.basenotes.net/threads/241...Homme-Bad-News

    Since that thread, I have worn all formulations of Versace L'Homme literally dozens of times. I have found that the Original Vintage formulation to be slightly superior to the 90's juice (it is so close, though). The difference, for me, is the depth of leather and patchouli in Original Vintage is a touch more. The patchouli is ever-so slightly sharper in 90's formulation while earthier in the Original Vintage. A description of the bottles is offered in the thread too.

    I will say this - while the current formulation is not as rich (it is more top and heart note-laden), it actually wears very well when blended with the gorgeous, rich 90's juice year-round and by itself in warmer weather. Interesting to note, Original Vintage (with the thin script-like logo with upper and lower case letters) is not something I directly layer. I will wear it on a different part of my body (forearm, typically) and enjoy sniffing.

    The color is indicative of the top notes - more citrus (bright lemon, Petit Grain and bergamot) all exist in current Versace...it is a brighter formulation and not as herbal or deep. However, specifically the use of Petit Grain in Versace L'Homme (in both Original and 90's Vintage bottles), is one of the best in all of fragrance - stunning with the herbs, carnation, patchouli, rose and pimento. The green juice exudes its color, which is indicative of its rich patchouli, oakmoss, and sensational depth of the herbs and spices. The leather is warmed by labdanum, musk, tonka bean, and touch of vanilla - it is significantly lighter in current, yellow juice.

    I hope that thread and this overview gives you a good starting point for what can only be considered as a classic, refined, macho powerhouse of incredible depth. My advice is to seek out one of the Vintage bottles. Oakmoss is a key note and fixative in this composition - and, of course, I believe it needs to be there.

    A perfect scent when wearing a leather jacket on a night out...

    Cheers, my friend.

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    I have not had the pleasure of smelling the vintage Versace L'Homme, but I love my yellow current version. It actually was the first frag to get me involved in collecting. Still a great scent IMO!
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    I like it too and own a newer formulation I'm pretty certain.

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    Thanks to everyone, especially to ericrico.
    I am shocked.
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    I've tried an older one and the new version. The older one was too much, quickly going into a creamy effect that was nearly nauseating to me. The new version doesn't have that quality and I can wear it, though I actually like similar ones better, such as Performance by Jaguar.

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    Default Re: Versace L' Homme

    Only for curiosity: this is an advertising for Versace L'Homme. Here, you can see the first bottle, and guess what? it's from a 1996 magazine. This means the first reformulation (with the brown box) came likely in the late '90 , maybe 1998-1999, or even 2000.
    From 1984 to -at least- 1996 Versace l'Homme had likely the first bottle, with the thin lettering.


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    Thanks for that picture.

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    Personally never a fan of this scent.

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    I only know and also only own the reformulated version, but have tested the vintage too.

    No significant difference, at least to my nose, between these two, plus the newer version still has decent longevity, projection, but more importantly, that distinctive powerhouse vibe.

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    Wow. I was thinking of buying this one, but your opinion carries some weight in these parts. The wholesalers have it for 29 bucks, so it's down to either Versace L'Homme and Rome Uomo. I'll have to check them out again.

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    I've never had the old formulations but I strongly dislike the current one.

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    The vintage is the best and long lasting but the current is not bad though watered down.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Souryu View Post
    I've never had the old formulations but I strongly dislike the current one.
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    Default Re: Versace L' Homme

    I agree with this, also owning current and original vintage. Original vintage is way more smooth and better blended. The current has a real 'in your face' opening but settles down quite acceptable but smells more generic compared to vintage; less rich and deep.

    Quote Originally Posted by Jack Hunter View Post
    The vintage is the best and long lasting but the current is not bad though watered down.
    My Top 10 : (In no particular order)

    - Dolce & Gabbana: Pour Homme (vintage)
    - Paco Rabanne: Pour Homme (vintage)
    - Loewe: Solo (Absoluto)
    - Chanel: Antaeus
    - Chanel: Egoïste
    - MPG: Santal Noble
    - Guerlain: Vetiver
    - Amouage: Jubilation XXV
    - Dior: Homme Intense
    - YSL: Kouros (Fraicheur)

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    Vintage bottles are still out there in fragrance shops. Just look around a little. Worth the effort, the vintage formulations of L'Homme are much nicer than modern versions.

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