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    Default An Egoiste bottle from 1989 or 1997?

    I've received a brand new 75ml Egoiste splash bottle. The Batch Code is 7925 which corresponds to either July 1989 or November 1997 given that the Eau de Toilette is located above the Chanel.

    The details on the box reveals no recycle symbol however there's a barcode located on the back of the box.

    From reading online Egoiste was first introduced in late 1989 in Paris. Is there any chance that this bottle could be from 1989?

    By default I want to assume that the bottle is from November 1997 but I can't help but wonder if it could be from July 1989.

    Looking for some opinions.

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    Default Re: An Egoiste bottle from 1989 or 1997?

    Anything is possible and if from the former year consider yourself very lucky, but I would assume it's from the latter year. Do you normally buy splash bottles?
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    Default Re: An Egoiste bottle from 1989 or 1997?

    Quote Originally Posted by hednic View Post
    Anything is possible and if from the former year consider yourself very lucky, but I would assume it's from the latter year. Do you normally buy splash bottles?
    I prefer sprays if that option is available. Fortunately this bottle was sealed in cellophane so it's good.
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    Default Re: An Egoiste bottle from 1989 or 1997?

    Bar codes came after 1990 so doubt it is 1989.
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    Default Re: An Egoiste bottle from 1989 or 1997?

    I'm inclined to think '89, what with the lack of a green dot. But if it is from 1989, it makes me wonder just how early the name was changed from L'Egoiste to Egoiste.

    Does anyone know when Chanel started etching the batch codes on the bottles? On second thought, I suppose the answers may differ depending on the fragrance.

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    Default Re: An Egoiste bottle from 1989 or 1997?

    Quote Originally Posted by RoRo View Post
    I'm inclined to think '89, what with the lack of a green dot. But if it is from 1989, it makes me wonder just how early the name was changed from L'Egoiste to Egoiste.

    Does anyone know when Chanel started etching the batch codes on the bottles? On second thought, I suppose the answers may differ depending on the fragrance.
    I've read postings of L'Egoiste bottles being made in the early 90s. My guess would be that those L'Egoiste bottles were restricted to a particular region?

    The sticker bottle on the left is a July 1990 bottle (9126).
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    Quote Originally Posted by epapsiou View Post
    Bar codes came after 1990 so doubt it is 1989.
    But I am no Chanel expert. Bavard and RoRo are final authority here
    Once we get into the '90s, I'm on shakier ground. Well, it's all shaky, in a sense. But I feel like I have a better handle on things from the early '70s through late '80s,

    I have seen bar codes on Chanels that otherwise appear to date to the late '80s. I think they've all been US-made Chanels, though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by N.CAL Fragrance Reviewer View Post
    I've read postings of L'Egoiste bottles being made in the early 90s. My guess would be that those L'Egoiste bottles were restricted to a particular region?
    I guess it could have been a regional thing. I have a bottle of L'Egoiste in an unopened box. I'll have a look and see if there's a batch code on it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RoRo View Post
    I guess it could have been a regional thing. I have a bottle of L'Egoiste in an unopened box. I'll have a look and see if there's a batch code on it.
    Maybe it might have a different format for batch code?
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    Default Re: An Egoiste bottle from 1989 or 1997?

    Quote Originally Posted by N.CAL Fragrance Reviewer View Post
    Maybe it might have a different format for batch code?
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    Default Re: An Egoiste bottle from 1989 or 1997?

    Quote Originally Posted by RoRo View Post
    I don't follow you. Why would that be?
    Recall the Egoiste bottles that have both New York and Paris? They had a different format for Batch Codes.

    I was right. The L'Egoiste bottles were based in London. Here's a few photos that I've found:


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    Default Re: An Egoiste bottle from 1989 or 1997?

    Quote Originally Posted by RoRo View Post
    Once we get into the '90s, I'm on shakier ground. Well, it's all shaky, in a sense. But I feel like I have a better handle on things from the early '70s through late '80s,

    I have seen bar codes on Chanels that otherwise appear to date to the late '80s. I think they've all been US-made Chanels, though.
    There's a bottle of L'Egoiste that is currently up for sale that is claimed to be from 1993.
    https://www.ebay.com/itm/RAREST-Chan...-/202376228669

    This is evidence that L'Egoiste co-existed in production with the Egoiste bottles. L'Egoiste bottles originated from London, New York/Paris bottles originated from USA, while Paris originated from France.
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    Default Re: An Egoiste bottle from 1989 or 1997?

    Quote Originally Posted by N.CAL Fragrance Reviewer View Post
    Recall the Egoiste bottles that have both New York and Paris? They had a different format for Batch Codes.
    I see. It's true that the "New York" editions from that period had batch codes that followed a different format (e.g. PL1). Of course, there may be some out there with 4-digit codes, but I don't believe I've seen one.

    I was right. The L'Egoiste bottles were based in London. Here's a few photos that I've found: [. . .]
    That's interesting. I'll have to see if mine has "London" on it.

    Quote Originally Posted by N.CAL Fragrance Reviewer View Post
    There's a bottle of L'Egoiste that is currently up for sale that is claimed to be from 1993.
    https://www.ebay.com/itm/RAREST-Chan...-/202376228669

    This is evidence that L'Egoiste co-existed in production with the Egoiste bottles. L'Egoiste bottles originated from London, New York/Paris bottles originated from USA, while Paris originated from France.

    Unhelpfully, the seller doesn't show a batch code or explain how they arrived at 1993. I'm also not seeing anything that would mark those as Limited Editions, as is claimed in the title.

    The first thing I need to do is check out that L'Egoiste I've got at home.

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    Default Re: An Egoiste bottle from 1989 or 1997?

    It sounds like you have several bottles of Egoiste in rotation.

    The collector inside me would love a bottle of L'Egoiste.

    I find batch code decoders fun and interesting, but I don't necessarily believe them.

    A splash bottle of Egoiste seems like something from the 90s.

    I would have to try the Egoiste from the different bottles to contribute anything of significance. I wouldn't be surprised if the juice from the different bottles is indistinguishable, so the specific years of production wouldn't matter.

    Telling them apart is one thing. Having a preference is another. When I can barely tell two fragrances apart, I don't get strong feelings about liking one more than the other.

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    Default Re: An Egoiste bottle from 1989 or 1997?

    It was the collector in me that wanted that bottle of L'Egoiste. And had the price reflected its rarity, I wouldn't even have bought it. Instead, it was probably the steal of the year.

    I've now checked my bottle and found that a) it's marked "London", and b) it has a 4-digit batch code on the box (1207). The code is located just below the bar code and is stamped into the card stock. If you zoom way in on the pic of the EDT above, you can just see there's a similar code in the same spot.

    I'm not sure when I'll get around to opening it, but I'm not expecting the scent to be any different. The decision to grab L'Egoiste wasn't really about that.




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