They smell the same to me.
i tried both
vintage - cursive lettering
reformulation - printed lettering
i had the vintage years back.
i had the reformulation for a year now
and i have the vintage one again.
they are both very similar, but noticeably different.
but people will recognize it's cool water either way.
the vintage smells more like GIT's lemon opening than the reformulation
the reformulation smells more like Chez Bond and a little bit of GIT's dry down
I like vintage a little better but both are excellent IMO
how about you?
They smell the same to me.
The original formula is amazing, but it's damn near impossible to find. The older cursive style bottles I have tried and from what I remember there was very little difference from the current formula. I also enjoy some of the flankers like Frozen.
I haven't smelled vintage cool water since it was...well...not vintage, haha So, can't really offer an accurate comparison. From what I remember of it, though, the current formulation really isn't that far off. I do, for some reason, remember the older version smelling a bit brighter/fresher and a bit more natural, but who knows. Maybe it was the slight difference in the openings you mentioned as well, noirdrakkar
You mean that old stuff, that has sat in a bottle for about 10 years smells different to newly bottled stuff?
Same thing happens with my wine.
I still like the new stuff, but the original vintage formula that I bought when it was first released was something special and far superior.
Current Top Favorites:
1) Portrait of a Lady original formula (EdP Frédéric Malle)
2) Giorgio for Men vintage/V.I.P. for Men (Giorgio Beverly Hills)
3) Dia Man vintage edt (Amouage)
4) Anat Fritz Original Formula and Classical (Anat Fritz) - tie
4) Lalfeorosa (O'driù) - tie
6) Les Nombres d'Or Vetyver (Mona di Orio)
7) Captain vintage (Molyneux)
8) Tzora (Anat Fritz)
9) Javanese Patchouli (Zegna) - tie
9) Monsieur de Givenchy vintage (Givenchy) - tie
9) Coeur de Vetiver Sacré (L'Artisan) - tie
9) X for Men (Clive Christian) - tie
9) Patou pour Homme Privé (Jean Patou) - tie
9) Oud Shamash (The Different Company) - tie
Old stuff smells great. Richer, rounder, more satisfying than Green Irish Tweed.
New stuff smells good, but paler, thinner, with a note reminiscent of a meth lab.
Last edited by pluran; 18th December 2012 at 10:01 AM.
Revisited it the other day, didn't really care for it anymore. It was the new formulation but I'm not pining for a vintage.
I own various cursive (signature font) bottles (some are 125ml official tester bottles) and one 40ml block font bottle and to me the differences are huge.
Vintage is deeper, less synthetic, seems like it contains more notes, a far better drydown and it lasts at least 3 hrs longer (more amber and firmer woody notes) than current formulation. The new one is more generic, very synthetic, less dynamic and lasting 4 hrs on me only.
My Top '10' : (In no particular order)
- Dolce & Gabbana: Pour Homme (vintage)
- Paco Rabanne: Pour Homme (vintage)
- Loewe: Esencia/Pour Homme/Solo/7
- YSL: Opium Pour Homme Edp
- Dior: Eau Sauvage Parfum
- MPG: Santal Noble
- Guerlain: Vetiver
- Van Cleef & Arpels: Pour Homme
- Hermes: Terre d'Hermes
- YSL: Kouros (Fraicheur)
Got a cursive bottle a couple of years back before I was even aware of the dreaded "r" word in the world of fragrances. That said, smelling the new block font bottle reveals a thinner scent and a more piercing opening. To my nose there is a difference. I wouldn't mind spending a bit more time with the new version out of curiosity.