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    Default Difference between vintage Eau Sauvage and the current?

    Hi, i have a lot of history with this fragrance. It was the first fragrance in my collection, and it was THE men's fragrance in my family. A lot of men in my family wore it. My grandfather, husband of my aunt and a lot of others. I never met my grandfather. He passed away before i was born, but I immediately recognized this scent when my mother bought it for me. Maybe it has more to do with the fact that the house of his sisters constantly smelt like this than with something else. I fell in love with the current version, but recently my mother revealed her secret stash to me and among other things there is a Eau Sauvage my grandfather wore when he was alive. Think it was early 80s or something and there is very little left but i took one spray at my wrist and noticed some differences. My nose is still inexperienced so i ask you to reveal that which i cannot.

    Whats the difference between these 2 versions? The only difference i can smell is that something that is barely noticeable in the current ES is WAY more pronounced in the vintage. Maybe its oakmoss? or something herbal? As i said my nose is not refined, so please help me here, Also i put spray of each on my wrists and i can certainly say that the older juice is projecting a lot more.

    I am aware that this thread may be a mess, but this is something that is very close to heart for me and i think this is exactly what makes fragrances so magical. Its not the smell, but the feelings and memories connected to them. There is nothing else like catching a whiff of something that reminds you of a particular period in your life, and all the memories that come flashing in that exact second.
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    Default Re: Difference between vintage Eau Sauvage and the current?

    Quote Originally Posted by Dommy View Post
    There is nothing else like catching a whiff of something that reminds you of a particular period in your life, and all the memories that come flashing in that exact second.
    You are so right about that.
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    Default Re: Difference between vintage Eau Sauvage and the current?

    Most of the oakmoss base has been removed.

    It's still excellent, but now it's almost like an eau de cologne.
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    Default Re: Difference between vintage Eau Sauvage and the current?

    From a personal viewpoint, prior, more vintage versions had an earthier, more resinous ending (may be the oakmoss, although it may be a too easy, too convenient explanation), as well as sharper, more pungent, more astringent citrus- again, in a pleasant way.
    Other than that, the current version is largely unchanged in comparison to its prior counterpart (s) and, unlike other reformulations- tending to second/agree that the current one still remains close to the vintage take on this.

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    Default Re: Difference between vintage Eau Sauvage and the current?

    Vintage still had oakmoss in it. Don't know if current still has it, if it does it is very little. Current ES has a radiating brightness to it which is lacking somewhat in the vintage which is more herbal. Both are great to own and use.
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    Default Re: Difference between vintage Eau Sauvage and the current?

    Not as potent,but a great fragrance nonetheless.
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    I agree with the words 'radiating' in the new version versus the 'resinous' in the old version. It almost feels like the hedione is amped up or enhanced by some other chemical (Iso E Super?) to create that effect. The old version seems thicker to me; however, that doesn't mean longevity or projection is better. Plus the top notes of what vintage stuff is out there are already deteriorating. I actually learned to prefer the newer version as I feel it's more up to date and more wearable for me. I don't mind the change in this case.
    I've used it for so many years. One of very few older creations that I still like to have in my wardrobe. For some reason I've been enjoying the classics less and less and I'm craving more modern stuff.
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    Default Re: Difference between vintage Eau Sauvage and the current?

    I have been told that the thing that made the vintage smell so good, especially in the top notes of the initial spray, was indeed the hedione.

    This same smell was in the later released Eau Sauvage Fraicheur Cuir, which was an excellent fragrance, IMO. But it was discontinued and is fairly hard to find now.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RedRaider430 View Post
    I have been told that the thing that made the vintage smell so good, especially in the top notes of the initial spray, was indeed the hedione.

    This same smell was in the later released Eau Sauvage Fraicheur Cuir, which was an excellent fragrance, IMO. But it was discontinued and is fairly hard to find now.
    I think the hedione (cheap and in heart notes mainly) is still there. But the lemongrass in the top notes, very hard to execute, is no longer there. This according to what I remember from older threads by some expert Basenotes members of yesteryear sadly no longer on the boards...
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    Default Re: Difference between vintage Eau Sauvage and the current?

    Current Eau Sauvage is still excellent. I recall the older version being mossier and muskier though.

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    Default Re: Difference between vintage Eau Sauvage and the current?

    I've been exposed to ES since 1984, and I find what is currently out there to be very good.
    The issue with collecting vintage with something as Eau Sauvage, is that it's citrusy nature has the possibility of losing its sparkle. I"ve also had a about two that just seemed to have lost their scent. I still will get a vintage here and there if the price is right. What is out there now is great as well and most Eau Sauvages have always tended to wear out sooner rather than later (ie. not long lasting). The only thing I really find different is that the newer version has a slight, ever so slight, synthetic smell to it. But i stress the "slight" tag.

    Eau Sauvage is the perfect scent to spritz and give yourself a refresher throughout the day.

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    Eau Sauvage Vintage 60's, 70's was exceptional with dollops of true Oakmoss, Hedione ( Jasmine) and Rosemary. It was slowly reformulated throughout the 80's and 90's. It is still a distinctive scent and recognizable however it's depth, dimensionality is somewhat neutered from original.
    Original is probably a little heavy for current tastes, which tend to expect, Fireworks Display, quick development and off to the next.
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    Default Re: Difference between vintage Eau Sauvage and the current?

    Considering another current discussion, this seems an appropriate thread to resurrect.




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