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    Default Equipage vintage vs current formulation

    I had a decant of the original and loved it. How close is the current version to the original?
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    Default Re: Equipage vintage vs current formulation

    I own the original and have smelled what's out there, and personally my nose doesn't detect the same great differences that many other Basenoters have cited.

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    Default Re: Equipage vintage vs current formulation

    I've heard the same - Equipage is one cologne left unaltered by the so called reformulation...
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    I can certainly smell differences but not that extensive as many say. It projects less in the topnotes and the longevity is almost the same. Still, I have several bottles of the vintage one I layer the new one with. I would say it is a matter of tastes.

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    Default Re: Equipage vintage vs current formulation

    I just got a sample of the current formulation in a samples pass-around. I own a vintage bottle and comparing it to the recent sample, I'm amazed at the difference. It's rather stark to me. The vintage one is rich and full, while the current is much lighter... as if it were a summer variant, assuming the vintage would play the part of the winter fragrance. Based on all of the comments I've read, I have to believe my sample might be suspect. Diluted perhaps? Or maybe it's the aftershave? Either that or my vintage has undergone some kind of transformation that made it richer, some maceration over time. But I don't quite believe that.
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    Default Re: Equipage vintage vs current formulation

    i have a vintage bottle , thank you X-Men
    & i have not tried the recent formulations Cytherian ...
    but im sure i would wholeheartedly agree with your thoughts on the two compared side by side
    ........... it just would not be close enough to original
    & i often have the same dilemna , to all the queries you also mention
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    Default Re: Equipage vintage vs current formulation

    The new one (from less than 10 years ago) seems a bit harsher and less complex, but not by much, and age might account for the small difference in strength that I detect. I generally prefer the vintage but I usually use an extra spray.

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    Default Re: Equipage vintage vs current formulation

    Quote Originally Posted by easykiller View Post
    I had a decant of the original and loved it. How close is the current version to the original?
    i have a vintage original , great stuff !!
    i have never tried current , but experience with other classics that have been reformulated tells me you should seek out a vintage easykiller !
    grab a vintage bottle whilst they still exist in our world

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    Default Re: Equipage vintage vs current formulation

    Quote Originally Posted by Bigsly View Post
    The new one (from less than 10 years ago) seems a bit harsher and less complex, but not by much, and age might account for the small difference in strength that I detect. I generally prefer the vintage but I usually use an extra spray.
    It does make me wonder if some fragrances actually improve over time, as opposed to lessen with notes degradation. Perhaps a maceration of the essential oils. Or... maybe the breakdown of some notes allows others to come forward that some might find more appealing?

    I liberally sprayed my sample of the current and let it dry down. It seems to last a little longer than the vintage but turns a bit sharp and dusty. There's enough in common that one might spray the current first, let it dry down after a few minutes, then layer on the vintage. For myself, I'd rather stick with older juice when possible. It'll be interesting to see how the new formulation holds up over time. The vintage sure seems to age well.
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    Default Re: Equipage vintage vs current formulation

    I have a vintage sample and it's a little grassier and rougher than the current, but not much different.

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    Default Re: Equipage vintage vs current formulation

    I just received another bottle of vintage Equipage (actually a set of EdT and aftershave), NOS in box, and... it's identical to my other vintage bottle (which I'd bought partially used). I guess it must be coming down to each person's nose then, because the vintage and current are different enough for me to prefer one over the other.
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    Default Re: Equipage vintage vs current formulation

    While I've never compared it to the vintage, the current formulation is a fine fragrance that I own and enjoy.

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    Default Re: Equipage vintage vs current formulation

    I have to retract my previous disappointment with the newer Equipage.

    After allowing myself to acclimate to a sample of the current Equipage, I'm finding myself liking it. It's a little... "fresher" in feeling to me. Maybe a little preferred for warmer weather. Still, after doing more comparisons, I can see owning both.
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