This is one I want to like but can't. My skin won't allow it. Turns very dated and "Perfumey" on me. All versions. Like an older rich woman's perfume. This and a few others go this way on me and I don't know why.
Does it still have the animalic note? I won´t buy it anymore if it doesn´t.
I love it. Have both edt and Parfum
Gave ES a shot on the reputation of its citrus opening, which is indeed lovely. But the shadow of history is hard to escape, and as a member of the under-30 crowd, ES dries down in way that conjures too many memories of grandfathers and uncles. I don't really believe in something being able to be inherently dated, just that subjectively we're sometimes powerless not to associate scent with certain things, in this case for me the scent of "old people". ES is obviously well constructed and uses fine ingredients, but I just can't pull it off.
Animalic? No! Indolic? Yes!
by the time you can afford good speakers, you can't hear the difference
In all fairness to DanielPlainview, there is a nice musk that is a definitive note in the base of Vintage Eau Sauvage. While not a strong animalic composition - one can pull it out. It goes nicely with the rich Oakmoss (again, Vintage!), slightly bitter, sharp vetiver and nice touch of warm amber. However, yes Beftus - the indolic jasmine is present, but brightened by the use of Hedione (2% in Vintage Eau Sauvage)...likened to a 'sunray hitting a flower'. Here is a brilliant examination of hedione's part in Eau Sauvage by Roudnitska - http://boisdejasmin.com/2005/10/fragrance_ingre-2.html
I would like to say, that both of you have valid points. I have Older Vintage Eau Sauvage ("Cologne") before it was relabeled as "Eau de Toilette"...it is nothing short of spectacular and a very different scent that what is out there today. I see them both as Eau Sauvage, but you cannot and should not try to compare scents that are so different in composition and ingredients. I enjoy both, but Vintage Eau Sauvage is a masterpiece and the current formulation is a nice, fresh scent with a classic vibe.
Cheers to you both,
“Some perfumes are as fragrant as an infant’s flesh, sweet as an oboe’s cry, and greener than the spring; While others are triumphant, decadent or rich; Having the expansion of infinite things, like ambergris and musk, benzoin and frankincense, which sing the transports of the mind and every sense.”
― Charles Baudelaire, The Flowers of Evil & Paris Spleen
I sample a tester that had a certain oak moss vibe. Then purchased bottle from same store and it had a citrus vibe with none of the moss pungency. I took it back and the sales associate was surprised at the remarkable difference between the two bottles. The tester bottle was smaller and different. She allowed a return of the purchase and sold me the tester. I prefer my fragrance with a bite!