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    Default Re: Fahrenheit: My thoughts on current formulation

    Along with GIT/Cool Water, and a few others, Fahrenheit is one of the very few 1980's fragrances that is still relevant, and will continue to be for some time.

    The newest formulation is wonderfully radiant, green, fresh, floral, and just sweet enough.
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    Quote Originally Posted by noirdrakkar View Post
    I bought the bottle retail. I've tried it once every month for the past 8 months and it's still nasty. It's not the same juice I loved in 2011 (or 2010 if business wasnt booming).

    LBI, keep in mind TOTALLY DIFFERENT BOTTLE DESIGN. The fact that so many changes could be made to the bottle and absolutely none to the juice inside, I am skeptical about.
    The bottle design hasn't changed since around 2006!

    But you are right, the 2012 version seems to be reformulated. It's kind of weak in comparison to the pre2012 formulation ... a bit watered down, a big disappointment in my eyes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scentologist View Post
    Here is my review based on the current 2013 formulation:
    Do you really have a bottle from 2013? The batch code should tell ... it should start with a 3 in this case.

    It should however be the same formulation as the 2012 version, which I find very disappointing.

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    Default Re: Fahrenheit: My thoughts on current formulation

    please help: just found a 1990 50ml (1.7oz) after shave bottle, at about 45$, it's worth the buy to smell the "vintage Fahrenheit"? it's almost 25 years ago.

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    Quote Originally Posted by osoblanco View Post
    The bottle design hasn't changed since around 2006!
    Exactly.

    Quote Originally Posted by osoblanco View Post
    But you are right, the 2012 version seems to be reformulated. It's kind of weak in comparison to the pre2012 formulation ... a bit watered down, a big disappointment in my eyes.
    Wow. My 2012 wears like a beast, particularly in terms of sillage. Man oh man, that stuff travels.

    I can't help wondering how Fahrenheit ages. I think it's interesting how some people swear perfumes don't age if stored well, while others say perfumes age like wine, in some cases even improving. Some talk about how natural ingredients age faster than synthetic, and others talk about how top notes fade. There's a lot of misinformation on the topic. I think, if you have a bottle from 1990, it'll smell different today than it did in 1990. I also think anyone who smelled Fahrenheit - maybe even wore Fahrenheit - before they got seriously into collecting perfumes will interpret the smell differently today because you have a greater level of knowledge to judge against, which means the newer will be judged more harshly than memories of the old. As an example, I cite Polo Blue. There was a time when it was my signature scent. I loved the stuff. But if I smelled it today, I'd probably gag - not because it's been reformulated, though it'll certainly smell different to me - but because I've had so much experience with better scents.

    A lot of reformulation talk is based on memories and old bottles, which makes it even harder to tell if there has been a real change or if it's a case of selective memory.
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    All I can say is, I have a brand new bottle and I wore 2 sprays of it when I went into the grocery store. A male employee followed my sillage around trying to get whiffs. At first I was freaked out as to why he was following so closely, but I caught him smelling and pretending to arbitrarily look at items on the shelf that aren't likely. I'll take that as an unspoken compliment.
    Is the juice worth the squeeze?

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    Got a sample from Sephora and all I smell is gasoline. Not wearing it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by L'Homme Blanc Individuel View Post
    A lot of reformulation talk is based on memories and old bottles, which makes it even harder to tell if there has been a real change or if it's a case of selective memory.
    Absolutely! This forum is obsessed with reformulation talk.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spoombung View Post
    Absolutely! This forum is obsessed with reformulation talk.
    The truth is that many original (or "vintage") bottles are still available, although difficult to find, and many of us can test all versions side-by-side. This is my case.
    Many reformulations are worse than original ones, this is unquestionable. It's not about "old memories", or "good old times", or nostalgic mood: it's a fact involving economic crysis, new cosmetic rules, cheapier ingredients.

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    Quote Originally Posted by L'Homme Blanc Individuel View Post
    Wow. My 2012 wears like a beast, particularly in terms of sillage. Man oh man, that stuff travels.
    Strangely enough, I tested another bottle in a shop yesterday and it smelled the same as my 2011 bottle at home. Could it be that the reformulation happened very late in 2012 and that this particular tester still had the old juice? Or is my nose playing tricks on me?

    Quote Originally Posted by L'Homme Blanc Individuel View Post
    A lot of reformulation talk is based on memories and old bottles, which makes it even harder to tell if there has been a real change or if it's a case of selective memory.
    There have definitely been some reformulations. I have some old bottles of Fahrenheit and they smell very different from the current or pre2012 formulation. I think it's an established fact that Fahrenheit was reformulated at least twice, once around 1994 and again in 2006 ... coinciding with a change in bottle design. I believe there was another reformulation around 2002/2003, when the box design changed from vintage to modern.

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    My bottle from early 2010 is great. Lots of petrol up front but absolutely fantastic dry down and lasts forever.
    I don't have a signature fragrance. My signature changes a little bit every day, why shouldn't my fragrance?
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    Great review...I didn't buy a new bottle until now because of so many complains about content changed or wrong reformulation...now it's time for hunting....
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    Quote Originally Posted by osoblanco View Post
    There have definitely been some reformulations. I have some old bottles of Fahrenheit and they smell very different from the current or pre2012 formulation. I think it's an established fact that Fahrenheit was reformulated at least twice, once around 1994 and again in 2006 ... coinciding with a change in bottle design. I believe there was another reformulation around 2002/2003, when the box design changed from vintage to modern.
    Oh, I don't dispute that at all. But a lot of reformulation talk is blown so vastly out of proportion, and it gets worse when people don't know what they're talking about (I'm not referring to you). Read this thread and you'll see talk of how the smell changed drastically in 2012, and how the 2012 bottle looks totally different than it did in 2011, which we both know is incorrect. Reformulation talk gets so confusing because subtle changes are blown out of proportion, and they're mixed with sheer misinformation. It gets so bad that newbs who read this stuff mistakenly think they need to hunt down specific bottles rather than be able to go to the store and buy the stuff. And then we have a review like this one which shows that, clearly, the new stuff is not trash at all.

    Really, any scent that uses any natural ingredients has to change at least a little from year to year because each season's crop will be a little different. Wine lovers know this. I'm actually amazed perfume houses weren't forced to put the year on each bottle and box the way it is for wine. But the bottom line is, it sure would be great if people could keep it in perspective. Yes, Fahrenheit has seen reformulation through its 25 year history... but...

    Quote Originally Posted by Scentologist View Post
    I was clearly in the wrong when I smelled this a while back. I just bought a new bottle tonight and wow, its as glorious as it ever was compared to my 1990 bottle. The petroleum is just there enough to say something but is nicely blended and never out of character. I will never be without this and it is instantly among my top beloved. This stuff is amazing!
    ...to quote Scentologist: "This stuff is still amazing."
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    Default Re: Fahrenheit: My thoughts on current formulation

    So why hasn't Aqua Fahrenheit changed in smell then if the original has been reformulated?

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    Quote Originally Posted by silentrich View Post
    So why hasn't Aqua Fahrenheit changed in smell then if the original has been reformulated?
    I don't quite follow. Aqua Fahrenheit hasn't even been on store shelves yet for a full two years.
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    Default Re: Fahrenheit: My thoughts on current formulation

    However, for many fragrances, there have been in the past only two reformulations: the first (slight reformulation) during 1998-2001 , the second (a drastic one) in 2009-2010.
    Before 1998 almost all frags smelled identical.

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    Quote Originally Posted by L'Homme Blanc Individuel View Post
    Oh, I don't dispute that at all. But a lot of reformulation talk is blown so vastly out of proportion, and it gets worse when people don't know what they're talking about (I'm not referring to you). Read this thread and you'll see talk of how the smell changed drastically in 2012, and how the 2012 bottle looks totally different than it did in 2011, which we both know is incorrect. Reformulation talk gets so confusing because subtle changes are blown out of proportion, and they're mixed with sheer misinformation. It gets so bad that newbs who read this stuff mistakenly think they need to hunt down specific bottles rather than be able to go to the store and buy the stuff. And then we have a review like this one which shows that, clearly, the new stuff is not trash at all.

    Really, any scent that uses any natural ingredients has to change at least a little from year to year because each season's crop will be a little different. Wine lovers know this. I'm actually amazed perfume houses weren't forced to put the year on each bottle and box the way it is for wine. But the bottom line is, it sure would be great if people could keep it in perspective. Yes, Fahrenheit has seen reformulation through its 25 year history... but...



    ...to quote Scentologist: "This stuff is still amazing."
    I know nothing about the recent changes, etc. I don't pay attention to that. I just know that 2012 and 1989 aren't close and I think it stopped being amazing when they added too much gas. It wasn't altered memories, just I know what I used to wear and there was no way in college I thought..."gas is good." Heck, that smell makes me queasy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ToughCool View Post
    I know nothing about the recent changes, etc. I don't pay attention to that. I just know that 2012 and 1989 aren't close and I think it stopped being amazing when they added too much gas. It wasn't altered memories, just I know what I used to wear and there was no way in college I thought..."gas is good." Heck, that smell makes me queasy.
    I understand. I'm referring to the idea that a 2010 smells freakishly different than a 2011 or 2012. I'd LOVE to smell the original 1988 release!!! I wish there were a way to do so.
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    Quote Originally Posted by just-visiting View Post
    Got a sample from Sephora and all I smell is gasoline. Not wearing it.
    One thing to take into consideration is that the bottles at Sephora are quite warm. I'm not saying that to be mean or discount your experience, but I would think that it affect the fragrance. Even the boxes are warm too. Try out a tester from Sears or The Bay. But if you don't like it, no worries. Not all fragrances work for everyone. I actually swapped my bottle, but now want to give this another chance.

    I really don't think the 2012 formula is a disaster as some particular member here seems to be trying so hard to insist.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CologneFan85 View Post
    Nasty stuff IMO
    stuff sucks

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    A masterpiece. An all-time classic for sure.

    My dad had a bottle from back in the mid-90s. Well-stored, out of the bathroom heat and in a dark closet. He died in 2003. I'd always had an interest in fragrances. Always liked them, but never knew a whole lot. I remember going through his old colognes in 2005 and that's when I initially discovered Fahrenheit. He had half of a bottle left. I eventually finished it off. Amazing projection/sillage and the longevity was incredible.

    Fast-forward to November 2012 -- I bought a bottle off of Fragrancenet. I STILL love Fahrenheit, but it just seems that the current formulation is so weak and hardly lasts! Why mess with something great? Why fix what's not broken? Ah, well. Still love it. I just hate the weakness compared to the old bottle that my late father had.

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    I have written a lot on here about my disappointment with the newer versions of Fahrenheit and how I would never pay what they were asking for Fahrenheit. Well, I was browsing a local store here and noticed they had marked down a bottle.
    What the heck I still love the scent of Fahrenheit i just wont smell like it more than 3 hrs. Boy was I wrong. When I first sprayed this on me I immediately noticed it wasn't like the current versions I tested. I got great sill-age and I actually got 8-10 hrs out of it. Also, I noticed a more prominent leather note in this than the others I tested. After I started reading this thread I checked the batch code and it was manufactured in 2011. I'm really stumped because here I am thinking that I have lost the Fahrenheit that i loved many years ago and whala I find the year 2011. Please someone help me understand this

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    Default Re: Fahrenheit: My thoughts on current formulation

    Batch code please, Bobster? I wonder if you and I have the same Fahrenheit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by L'Homme Blanc Individuel View Post
    Batch code please, Bobster? I wonder if you and I have the same Fahrenheit.
    My batch code is.....1S02

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    I have three different bottles, all different sizes and all different dates and formulations.

    In the youngest bottle I have, the petrol doesn't play as big of a role as I would like, but nonetheless, it still smells like Fahrenheit and still smells amazing, but not my favorite. Very floral dominant in here I've noticed.

    The second bottle is a tab bit older, different formulation, more petrol and this one is probably my all around favorite between the three.

    The last bottle, which is the oldest, has a fairly dominant petrol and is hard to keep myself from constantly putting my wrist to my nose, like wanting to keep smelling gasoline except you eventually get a headache lol..

    I love all variations, they are all unmistakably Fahrenheit, and to the common nose will always be pegged as Fahrenheit. Only "our" noses really pick up those slight differences that drive us crazy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Profumo Saggio View Post
    My bottle from early 2010 is great. Lots of petrol up front but absolutely fantastic dry down and lasts forever.
    This is basically my experience as well. If it adds to the conversation regarding age: I ordered this in late 2012, December I think, from Frangrancenet and it came in retail packaging, not unboxed. After a bit it smells absolutely superb.

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    All I have left from my Fahrenheit collection is an official 1ml Dior sample. It was produced in September 2011. I sprayed a small amount on my wrist from a tester in the stores yesterday and it honestly didn't last that long. That being said I didn't spray too much as the Dior atomizers spray an absolute tonne! If I spray to close to my wrist it actually drips lol.

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    I don't get how people say there have been "reformulation" changes with Fahrenheit in the past 3 years. My bottle is from 2012, I tried out the "2013" one and have a sample dating back from 2011, there is no difference. Yes there have been reformulations with this since its birth but I believe the last one was around 2006. I really don't understand how there could be batch variations here.
    Fantastic fragrance, from vintage to current, a masterpiece.

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    Well Dior reformulated all of their fragrances within the past 2 years, this is not speculation its an actual fact, due to some licensing issues and coupled with new IFRA regulations. I have 4 bottles of Fahrenheit, 1 from 1991, 1 from 1998, 1 from 2005, and the 2012 bottle. The first 2 bottles are the same, The third is slightly weaker in the top notes, but the same amazing drydown. The current bottle has the similar petrol top notes albeit watered down but the middle and base notes are incredibly weaker to the point it disappears.

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    Quote Originally Posted by canuck21 View Post
    I don't get how people say there have been "reformulation" changes with Fahrenheit in the past 3 years. My bottle is from 2012, I tried out the "2013" one and have a sample dating back from 2011, there is no difference.
    THIS.


    Quote Originally Posted by killerloop View Post
    I love all variations, they are all unmistakably Fahrenheit, and to the common nose will always be pegged as Fahrenheit. Only "our" noses really pick up those slight differences that drive us crazy.
    Also THIS.
    I wish more people knew how to keep it in proper perspective.


    Quote Originally Posted by vinramani09 View Post
    The current bottle has the similar petrol top notes albeit watered down but the middle and base notes are incredibly weaker to the point it disappears.
    ...disappears? Fahrenheit? ...?!
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    Quote Originally Posted by ChevChelios View Post
    A masterpiece. An all-time classic for sure.

    My dad had a bottle from back in the mid-90s. Well-stored, out of the bathroom heat and in a dark closet. He died in 2003. I'd always had an interest in fragrances. Always liked them, but never knew a whole lot. I remember going through his old colognes in 2005 and that's when I initially discovered Fahrenheit. He had half of a bottle left. I eventually finished it off. Amazing projection/sillage and the longevity was incredible.

    Fast-forward to November 2012 -- I bought a bottle off of Fragrancenet. I STILL love Fahrenheit, but it just seems that the current formulation is so weak and hardly lasts! Why mess with something great? Why fix what's not broken? Ah, well. Still love it. I just hate the weakness compared to the old bottle that my late father had.
    As vinramani09 noted, there is an official reformulation ('repatriation', as Dior calls it) in the past two years, and with IFRA restrictions, there are broken things, not necessarily with the smell of the perfumes themselves, but with the process of making them.

    Also, there is also the factor of ageing: the older a perfume, the more changes there are within. There is this well-known maceration process where freshly-made perfumes often smell different from a minimally-aged one, and this process is of enough concern to perfumers. Then, there is evaporation, so older perfumes tend to seem stronger. So, for all we know, the 'weak' juice we get now would mature into better stuff five, ten years down!

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