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    Default Antaeus Vintage Vs Current Formulation

    I sampled Antaeus at a local chemist and was really surprised by it, I just remember thinking ' I must buy this one '.
    But on returning home I discovered it had been reformulated and I thought that maybe the vintage would be better ?

    So I went on Ebay and bought a 4ml sample of vintage Antaeus and im shocked to say that I actually prefer the current formulation.

    I have vintage Dior Homme, Cool water, Fahrenheit, Insence , Eternity and obsession amongst others.

    There is a note In Vintage Antaeus that just smells 'Musty' to my uneducated nose, like an old man might smell.
    A similar note detected in Vintage Moschino Homme and 'Le Troisieme Homme ' by Caron.

    At least I've saved myself the trouble of finding a vintage bottle.

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    Default Re: Antaeus Vintage Vs Current Formulation

    Quote Originally Posted by jonnyv View Post

    At least I've saved myself the trouble of finding a vintage bottle.
    And you're happy with your purchase which adds to the pleasure.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hednic View Post
    And you're happy with your purchase which adds to the pleasure.
    I haven't purchased Antaeus Current formulation yet.

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    Having tested both and according to my personal opinion (that might be wrong or, at least, subjective, incomplete and/or unsubstantiated) considering that it still is worth any formulation

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    Quote Originally Posted by jonnyv View Post
    I sampled Antaeus at a local chemist and was really surprised by it, I just remember thinking ' I must buy this one '.
    But on returning home I discovered it had been reformulated and I thought that maybe the vintage would be better ?

    So I went on Ebay and bought a 4ml sample of vintage Antaeus and im shocked to say that I actually prefer the current formulation.

    I have vintage Dior Homme, Cool water, Fahrenheit, Insence , Eternity and obsession amongst others.

    There is a note In Vintage Antaeus that just smells 'Musty' to my uneducated nose, like an old man might smell.
    A similar note detected in Vintage Moschino Homme and 'Le Troisieme Homme ' by Caron.

    At least I've saved myself the trouble of finding a vintage bottle.
    There are possibilities that the 4 ml sample has gone bad or it can be whatever juice... Or the 4ml sample is vintage in good condition, and you simply like the current formulation better. Good for you in any case
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    I have a bottle purchased in early 2013 and love it. I have zero interest in tracking down vintage.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CesareBorgia View Post
    I have zero interest in tracking down vintage.
    +1. The idea of tracking down vintage depresses me.

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    Default Re: Antaeus Vintage Vs Current Formulation

    After smelling current (2015) Fahrenheit, I got the same impressions. Violet, leather ("petroleum") is all there and I'm glad I don't have interest in it's vintage variant. Antaeus is great in it's current formulation and, besides IFRA, there is always the "modernizing" factor when reformulating a fragrance.

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    Default Re: Antaeus Vintage Vs Current Formulation

    Maybe you got a bad sample. Sometimes those mini's end up in car glove compartments, enduring extreme heat and cold... ruining the juice. Or, you may just have an issue with castoreum.

    I enjoy both. I find the vintage a bit hard to wear out of the home, but current is easier going (and worthwhile too).
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    Default Re: Antaeus Vintage Vs Current Formulation

    This has been my general experience with vintage also. Always musty and animalic. Current formulation is perfect for a new generation of Antaeus fans. Sorry vintage lovers, Chanel has found new lovers.

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    Default Re: Antaeus Vintage Vs Current Formulation

    Quote Originally Posted by df91 View Post
    There are possibilities that the 4 ml sample has gone bad or it can be whatever juice...
    Yes, I agree. When Antaeus goes "off" it can be quite unpleasant. I have a few vintage bottles that smell fantastic, but have had others that had acquired a nasty top note. Once that dissipates, the scent is great, but until then... yuck.


    Quote Originally Posted by df91 View Post
    Or the 4ml sample is vintage in good condition, and you simply like the current formulation better. Good for you in any case
    And I agree with this, too
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    I have a bottle of vintage from the early to mid 80s. Its on another level.
    The current formulation feels absolutely flat comparatively.
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    Default Re: Antaeus Vintage Vs Current Formulation

    Vintage Antaeus is superb, the current formulation just ok.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hedonist222 View Post
    I have a bottle of vintage from the early to mid 80s. Its on another level.
    The current formulation feels absolutely flat comparatively.
    I also like the vintage formulation much better but it's because I wore Antaeus in late 80's and early 90's and I'm very nostalgic about fragrances and love to have the same smelling scent i used to.
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    Default Re: Antaeus Vintage Vs Current Formulation

    I've never tried the vintage formulation(s), but I do like the current formulation. Perhaps if I do get a sample of it at some point, Ill think differently.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hedonist222 View Post
    I have a bottle of vintage from the early to mid 80s. Its on another level.
    The current formulation feels absolutely flat comparatively.
    agree completely
    My favorites in no particular order:

    Vintage Antaeus, Vintage Bel Ami, Puredistance M, Vetiver Extraordinaire, Tauer L'Air du Desert Marocain, MDCI Invasion Barbare, Morabito Or Black, Geranium Pour Monsieur, Avignon
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    Have a couple iterations of the vintage formula and the drydown is much richer in the both vintages than the current. Still, Antaeus is still one of the best and unique frags out there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by easyfish View Post
    Vintage Antaeus is superb, the current formulation just ok.
    Mais chacun son got.....
    To each one what he can find and afford.

    I'm sure my tastes would love all kinds of vintage Chanel.

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    I smelled the current formulation some years ago and thought it was fine, I got a bottle recently and it smelled unbearably depressing. Flat and harsh. I had to give it away for free before throwing it out of the window.
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    Antaeus was reformulated during the past few years. I would say up to 2011, it was very good. Inky, resinous, musky . The new formulation seems hollow and no where as smooth.

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    Default Re: Antaeus Vintage Vs Current Formulation

    There are rumours on other forums and blogs that there has been an 'improved' reformulation of Antaeus in recent years, perhaps around 2013.

    Can anyone vouch for this?

    I've noticed from several stores here in the UK that there are two types of 'spray' bottles - those with a black neck below the sprayer and those with a silver-coloured neck.

    Which on is the latest if any?

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    There are about two 50 ml bottles of vintage Antaeus after shave sealed in the box (Apres Rasage above the Chanel title) on ebay. There was a good article on that Raiders of the Lost Scent blog about mixing vintage after shave, with modern Antaeus to mimic the vintage eau de toilette. Certainly sounds plausible as the A.S. would have elements of the vintage that the current EDT may not have.

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    ...to me Antaeus was and is the best of Chanel...!

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    Default Re: Antaeus Vintage Vs Current Formulation

    Quote Originally Posted by Trauerkraut View Post
    ...to me Antaeus was and is the best of Chanel...!
    Definitely agree.

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    Nothing like the vintage & thanks to Raiders of the Lost Scent, I was able to establish mine is from the early 80s if not prior to that.
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    Default Re: Antaeus Vintage Vs Current Formulation

    If anyone wants a decant of authentic 1981 chanel antaeus..see link below...no crazy price I promise.
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    Default Antaeus Vintage Vs Current Formulation

    Quote Originally Posted by vertatre View Post
    There are about two 50 ml bottles of vintage Antaeus after shave sealed in the box (Apres Rasage above the Chanel title) on ebay. There was a good article on that Raiders of the Lost Scent blog about mixing vintage after shave, with modern Antaeus to mimic the vintage eau de toilette. Certainly sounds plausible as the A.S. would have elements of the vintage that the current EDT may not have.
    Interesting thought. I'll have to check this out...

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    I just acquired some 1980s Antaeus, two different-sized minis from a Basenoter.

    Wow. This is fun to wear.

    Something in the feel of it reminds me of Maai.

    I wish it came in spray bottles instead of splashes.

    It is seriously easy to over-apply with a splash. I going to transfer some to a 2-ml spray before wearing anymore.

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    I did revisit the store that I first sampled Antaeus and took with me my 4ml of vintage in an atomiser.
    The current formulation is good and the vintage is richer and fuller smelling,
    I was getting notes of plastic/rubber from the vintage, like a kids football (soccer ball)

    My decision is not to buy either as I've got too many bottles already,

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    Default Re: Antaeus Vintage Vs Current Formulation

    owning both versions, and having not spent a great deal on vintage I can say that last versions of Antaeus are really ok and it's not Worth spending a great deal on vintage, post 2013 formulas are great anyway if you love this scent!
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