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    Default Hermes- Bel Ami [ vintage] versus New formulation

    Doing a little research prior to a blind buy, did not see any discussions on archives, but did notice some reviewers mentioned the vintage Bel Ami had stronger projection and longevity that current formulation. For those that have sampled or own both vintage and new would appreciate your thoughts / comments on the topic.
    Seems I just recently posted a thread similar to this regarding the difference in vintage Antaeus versus new..........

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    Default Re: Hermes- Bel Ami [ vintage] versus New formulation

    The current version appears to have less of the 'smoky'ness of the leather accord, but actually now that I've had the current version for a good year and a bit, I can say that current is much easier to wear.

    There's no need to use a lot either. Current lasts the whole working day for me and goes well into the night. I can smell it on me and my clothes in the evening. I am not sure about projection but I am inclined to say the current one projects just marginally more than the vintage.

    I had the vintage from several samples of the very first formulation. The current version I mention above is the one currently on sale now.

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    I own both, and there is certainly a difference in the richness between the vintage and current version. If one were to smell what is currently out there on its own, I don't think you would be disappointed...heck...I own both and wear both and am never disappointed. The vintage is one I really need to be in the mood for as I feel there is a much more pronounced animalic quality to it. Whether vintage is worth the price difference in my opinion is really down to you and your budget. I am very glad I own both. I would say to maybe go with vintage Bel Ami, and then current Bel Ami Vetiver.

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    Default Re: Hermes- Bel Ami [ vintage] versus New formulation

    I prefer the vintage for Bel Ami and Bel Ami Vetiver.
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    I have the current, and it's a excellent scent.

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    Default Re: Hermes- Bel Ami [ vintage] versus New formulation

    I find the original to be richer and more full-bodied, but wonderful scent in any release
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    Default Re: Hermes- Bel Ami [ vintage] versus New formulation

    No comparison in my book. The new is a nice “spring and summer leather” whereas the vintage is much rounder, “oily” and appreciably more robust.

    The vintage has an undeniable birch tar note that really gives this scent both depth as well as inherent groundedness. This note, in addition to oakmoss, also give one the feel of what your finely crafted Russian Leather colognes once were... Raw-edged masculinity at its finest and my favorite scent in my collection by a fairly significant margin.
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    Default Re: Hermes- Bel Ami [ vintage] versus New formulation

    I was in the local Hermes boutique recently and the SA sprayed some Bel Ami into the air just for his own pleasure while standing alone. The opening notes spread through the shop and they were amazing. Drydown is a pleasure for me also and performance is great. Whatever the vintage was, Hermes is still fully invested in their flagship mens fragrance.

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    Default Re: Hermes- Bel Ami [ vintage] versus New formulation

    Quote Originally Posted by sjg3839 View Post
    I prefer the vintage for Bel Ami and Bel Ami Vetiver.
    Vintage Bel Ami is one of the few that I can enjoy from Hermes.
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    I'd go for Bel Ami Vétiver: to me the vétiver makes it more wearable...

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    Default Re: Hermes- Bel Ami [ vintage] versus New formulation

    Original was darker, smokier, oilier, and full of things they just can't slip past regulations anymore, but the current is still recognizable as Bel Ami. The major difference is Bel Ami as sold now is brighter, more tannery leather and less old worn boots, so it moves closer to classic Aramis while the original formula was more like heavy pre-war "smoker's cologne" kind of leather scent. Both are good, and I can understand the love for the vintage, since it's the French Roast while the current is the House Blend, but if the current is all you can get your hands on, you won't find a better leather without going for niche.
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    Default Re: Hermes- Bel Ami [ vintage] versus New formulation

    Vintage is a better scent. If buying the current release, go for bel ami vetiver

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    Default Re: Hermes- Bel Ami [ vintage] versus New formulation

    Current Bel Ami lacks the deep complexity and evolution of Deep Vintage 80's shaker through to 2014.broad shoulder bottle

    In my opinion 1991 to 2001 is a sweet spot
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    Default Re: Hermes- Bel Ami [ vintage] versus New formulation

    I recently bought Fat Electrician by ELDO, or so I thought, because while the box said Fat Electrician, the box contained a bottle of Je Suis Un Homme. Someone at the factory must have had a bad day.

    To get to the point; I think Je Suis Un Homme has a lot of the same qualities my vintage shaker bottle Bel Ami has, and it is actually cheaper to get than current Bel Ami, as far as I can see, when you look at discounters.

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    Default Re: Hermes- Bel Ami [ vintage] versus New formulation

    Quote Originally Posted by newatthis66 View Post
    Doing a little research prior to a blind buy, did not see any discussions on archives, but did notice some reviewers mentioned the vintage Bel Ami had stronger projection and longevity that current formulation. For those that have sampled or own both vintage and new would appreciate your thoughts / comments on the topic.
    Seems I just recently posted a thread similar to this regarding the difference in vintage Antaeus versus new..........
    The current Bel Ami hardly lasts on my skin, gorgeous top notes but then it's gone in two hours. Feels like the base was taken out.

    I haven't tried vintage, but the second version had better structure, a proper leathery-mossy base and wasn't so pared down.




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