Hi there Posse, I love vintage fragrances. Yes, I’ve heard all the arguments against. Here are four of my favourites. The top notes often go freaky, the nose is an artist and they create for current consumption, many of the ingredients are now illegal because they are harmful and how do you know if it’s the real thing.
My answers: Yes, the top notes can get freaky, totally true, especially on some of the aldehydes. They get a really oily, sea slick scent and sometimes the citruses can go rancid too. Five minutes in though and 90% of them are absolutely perfect. Yes, about one in ten is a complete falure if the top notes are gone, it’s a lottery that I am willing to play.
I love this argument but if the nose is an artist then I’m going to treat his work like a Manet or Dali and enjoy it forever. Perfume is not riesling.
Illegal ingredients? Well when they tell a chef he can’t use basil in my salad then I’ll believe he can’t use it in my fragrance. Seriously, put the fricken ingredients on the outside and let us choose. Nanny state be damned. Go and spend your money on helping the poor of the world or curing cancer not regulating my fragrance F.F.S.
Also, you never know when you are buying off Ebay or even reputable dealers if you will be getting the real deal. I recently spent quite a bit of money of a CHANEL No 5 EdC that gave us all headaches and smelled like No 5 with super raspberry additives, that was from a store in the USA that I’ve bought genuine from for years. They could not have been more apologetic.
Vintage Fragrance. Which Tickles You?
Here are a small selection of my vintages. Currently most of my fragrances are boxed up and sitting in storage but these have either arrived since November or I couldn’t live without them and they’re in my much attenuated collection here in the Redfern apartment.
L to R Vintage: Miss Dior EdT, Sherrer, Cabochard parfum, Arpege mist, CHANEL No 5 1970-80s splash & spritz, Arpege parfum, Madame Rochas, Guerlain Liu, Shalimar parfum in skinny waist bottle, Fille d’Eve by Nina Ricci
There is nothing like the thrill and decadent feeling of spritzing a vintage fragrance that will be gone forever when the bottle is empty. Dabbing a 1940s Shalimar parfum when there is little chance of finding another at a time when you have the money to purchase it. Don’t forget too my joy in the chase and once I have captured my vintage prey every time I spritz or dab I remember the fun I had getting hold of it.
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So tell me. Which vintage beauties do you love? Do you have a story of how hard or luck or long your search was? Maybe you hate vintage, why?
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