Hello Fellow Fumies,
At APJ we have a Saturday Question. Everyone gets to chime in with an answer, chat with other responders and it’s a fun event each week. Taking sides never means taking offence and everyone keeps it respectful and light, even though we can sometimes trawl the depths.
The idea is you’ll see it on the weekend or chime in through the week. Hopefully you will come back regularly and see if anyone has responded to your comment and you can reply to them. The aim is to generate real conversation and connection even though we are scattered around the globe.
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Saturday Question: What Would You Bring Back?
So many fragrances have been Discontinued, Changed or Reformulated over time that it’s hard to wrap your head around it. Anyone buying Opium, Magie Noire, Diva or Miss Dior in 2019 will be gobsmacked by how different they smell to the originals. Even some less vintage fragrance lines like CHANEL exclusives, Maison Christian Dior Collection, Serge Lutens or the Malle line have been hacked into and given refreshes. We await changes on other brands bought out by big fragrance. Then there are the slew of fragrances that have gone from the counters forever, impossible to find for less that a small countries annual GDP and then you better hope it’s not a fake or refilled.
So what are the three you REALLY wish you could have 200ml of in pristine condition? Imagine there was a perfume fairy that could grant these wishes. No question of expense or postage, snap and the three bottles appear.
CHANEL No 22 EdT (21st Century iteration)
I know, the EdP is still available. Yes it’s not bad. There is a lightness and buoyancy missing though. A projection and joie de vivre flattened and homogenised. Though I will continue to buy and wear CHANEL No 22 in EdP, and will get used to it and love it, a part of me will yearn for the over the top fun of the EdT. My memory of multiple spritzing it in the 31 Rue Cambon store because I thought it was going to be a soft focus fragrance like most of the range. My mate Michael’s face looking horrified and then him waterskiing in my sillage for the rest of the day and us laughing about it when the jumper smelled of No 22 for the whole holiday. Wonderful times, and special memories.
Versace Blonde EdT
Don’t worry. I do have a stash of this magnificent tuberose/jasmine/ylang village monster. It will last me a lifetime. What makes me sad is something so fabulous and glamorous, created the year before Versace Dreamer (another favourite), heralded the pinnacle of Versace fragrances. It was the diamond that came before they seemed to give up on making fine fragrance. Yes, they still make fragrance and they are not terrible but they also miss the interest, aspirational creativity and magic of the Versace mid 1990s releases.
Miss Dior EdT
Yeah, you all know how much I love my Miss Dior in vintage. It seems that DIOR, the department store perfume section of the brand anyway, is going the way of Versace. We will look back on it with sad faces and angry regret. If only they hadn’t completely changed, renamed, culled, cut and remade Miss Dior. 200ml of the original EdT in pristine condition would make me weep with joy (another thing LVMH DIOR has F#@Ked, don’t even get me started).