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    Default Paco Rabanne Buy The Numbers: Vintage vs. Newer

    A few months ago I scored a bottle of PRPH for the first time and it was wonderful; that's the bottle on the left. Recently I wanted to get more and purchased the bottle on the right which, except for it being a tester, appears exactly the same in every way. HOWEVER, my first bottle (left) has a stronger oak moss scent while my recent purchase has a soapy oak moss scent. I'm aware that there are two, or more, versions out there and have done my homework. Does anyone have information on original/vintage, 2nd gen, 3rd gen, etc., and how to tell the difference? Large line drawn PR vs smaller bold filled in PR on the bottle; made in France vs. Spain; older, lighter colored boxes vs. new bright green boxes; 90% on the bottle, etc.
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    Currently wearing: 1881 pour Homme by Cerruti

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    Default Re: Paco Rabanne Buy The Numbers: Vintage vs. Newer

    Everything you need to know (and more!) here Professor sir!:

    http://www.basenotes.net/threads/376...g-Buying-Guide

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    Thank you, Derbyman. Wow, this is amazing. I tried an Advanced Search in the Forum but came up empty. I don't believe I was doing it correctly. Ugh.
    Currently wearing: 1881 pour Homme by Cerruti

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    Default Re: Paco Rabanne Buy The Numbers: Vintage vs. Newer

    Quote Originally Posted by Professor Value View Post
    Thank you, Derbyman. Wow, this is amazing. I tried an Advanced Search in the Forum but came up empty. I don't believe I was doing it correctly. Ugh.
    You're welcome! I'm a big Paco Rabanne PH fan. It was one of the first fragrances I owned and was lucky enough to find a decent vintage bottle a few years ago which smells like I remember it from way back when. Andre's site http://raidersofthelostscent.blogspot.com/?m=1 has a wealth of invaluable info on many great scents. Best of luck in your search and let us all know if you track down some vintage Paco...!

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    Funny this thread should come up......out of the blue I decided to start looking up Paco Rabanne Pour Homme last week out of curiosity - I'm 35 and had only heard of the fragrance via a quick reference in Breaking Bad, so I looked at that buyer's guide and decided to purchase a sample of the original stuff (2nd formulation) on ebay. It came in the mail today and I gave it a spritz.

    I was expecting to have smelled this before, but I hadn't. Yes, I get a bit of Irish Spring vibe to it, but with higher quality ingredients, so it's enough to be its "own thing" to me. I can tell it has oakmoss, and it's all very well rounded, but it's not quite for me. To my generation, "shower fresh" was what all the men's body wash/soap/grooming products in the 90s smelled like, and that scent that all those bath products at the time co-opted was Drakkar Noir...not this. So to me it doesn't smell that dated because I don't have that olfactory memory reference of "clean" to PRPH's scent profile. Funny how generations have different psychological associations around scent profiles, huh?

    If I really wanted a "barbershop" fragrance today, I'd probably get the fragrance of Barrister and Mann's Seville scent (the company makes shaving products.) But still, I respect PRPH for what it was back in the day, and luckily if you really really like this stuff, it's not too expensive to grab a vintage in good condition now.

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    I do like barbershop frags, mustardsalad, and my favorite is Maison Martin Margiela's At the Barber. Recently tried Penhaligan's Sartorial and, while very nice, it's not different enough from my MM ATB. I may give Seville a whirl. Thanks.
    Currently wearing: 1881 pour Homme by Cerruti

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    I'm happy to report that I just purchased a Gen 1 version of PRPH and am very excited for the USPS to deliver it! Thanks, again, all.
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    Currently wearing: 1881 pour Homme by Cerruti

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    Default Re: Paco Rabanne Buy The Numbers: Vintage vs. Newer

    Quote Originally Posted by Professor Value View Post
    I'm happy to report that I just purchased a Gen 1 version of PRPH and am very excited for the USPS to deliver it! Thanks, again, all.
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    Congrats to you and enjoy it!
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    Default Re: Paco Rabanne Buy The Numbers: Vintage vs. Newer

    Quote Originally Posted by Professor Value View Post
    I'm happy to report that I just purchased a Gen 1 version of PRPH and am very excited for the USPS to deliver it! Thanks, again, all.
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    Wow remember my father always wearing that, had completely forgotten about it as a fragrance.


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