Can we talk about true "extraits" (with an aside on Alaia) and share your collections!

Dane

Basenotes Dependent
Jan 9, 2002
Just for fun - my tackiest parfum bottle!

Yes, it's authentic. Yes, it smells terrible from sitting on someone's windowsill for several decades. I still love it.

PLEASE don't zoom in its like a magnetic for dust.
 

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SolaceKosmoskrator

Basenotes Member
Oct 19, 2021
Vintage Shalimar extrait is incredible. Totally unisex and leathery. Really tremendous and I also have vintage vol de nuit extrait which is great but not that much better than the edt.

There is no comparison between shali edt of whatever vintage and the extrait - which is otherworldly.

Blah blah number 5, arpege, joy, all good classic extrait. But nothing touches Shalimar.
 

foxbins

Somebody made me a mod?
Moderator
Basenotes Plus
Sep 5, 2013
But then there's the peculiar current trend for making a second (or third, or fourth) version of popular men's scents in a "parfum" concentration. It seems like it's happened a lot lately.

Did that start when Dior issued the parfum versions of Eau Sauvage six or seven years ago?
I didn't know until now that they made parfum for men. But the men in public that I smell are radiating Fierce or Montblanc in eyewatering amounts.
 

Kotori

In my little cloud
Basenotes Plus
Aug 17, 2006
I don’t have much in the way of extraits (even though I really do love them); only a tiny vintage Anne Klein Extrait and a small sample vial each of 1940’s Chanel No. 5 and Amouage Homage Attar. Actually, my little bottle of vintage MEM Heaven Sent may be an extrait.

But ones I wish I had that exist are many:
-Gucci Envy (which I don’t otherwise own)
-Shalimar
-Mitsouko
-Jicky (which I don’t otherwise own)
-Diorella
-Dioressence
-Paloma Picasso (which I don’t otherwise own)
-Montana Parfum d’Peau (which I don’t otherwise own)
-Beige
-1932
-No. 19 (which I don’t otherwise own)
-Coromandel
-Mito
-Baiser Vole by Cartier (which I don’t otherwise own)
-Gucci Rush

And ones I wish I could have that don’t exist are:

-Angelique Noire
-La Cri de la Lumiere
-Traversee du Bosphore
-Tabacco Toscano by Santa Maria Novella
-31 Rue Cambon (apparently it’s impossible)
 

Dane

Basenotes Dependent
Jan 9, 2002
I don’t have much in the way of extraits (even though I really do love them); only a tiny vintage Anne Klein Extrait and a small sample vial each of 1940’s Chanel No. 5 and Amouage Homage Attar. Actually, my little bottle of vintage MEM Heaven Sent may be an extrait.

But ones I wish I had that exist are many:
-Gucci Envy (which I don’t otherwise own)
-Shalimar
-Mitsouko
-Jicky (which I don’t otherwise own)
-Diorella
-Dioressence
-Paloma Picasso (which I don’t otherwise own)
-Montana Parfum d’Peau (which I don’t otherwise own)
-Beige
-1932
-No. 19 (which I don’t otherwise own)
-Coromandel
-Mito
-Baiser Vole by Cartier (which I don’t otherwise own)
-Gucci Rush

And ones I wish I could have that don’t exist are:

-Angelique Noire
-La Cri de la Lumiere
-Traversee du Bosphore
-Tabacco Toscano by Santa Maria Novella
-31 Rue Cambon (apparently it’s impossible)
31 rue Cambon is on my want-list too. I remember reading that Patricia Nicolai couldn't turn (whatever) formula into an extrait because it didn't work. I'd also love Parfum de Peau.
 

Schubertian

Basenotes Junkie
Apr 8, 2021
Vintage Shalimar extrait is incredible. Totally unisex and leathery. Really tremendous and I also have vintage vol de nuit extrait which is great but not that much better than the edt.

There is no comparison between shali edt of whatever vintage and the extrait - which is otherworldly.

Blah blah number 5, arpege, joy, all good classic extrait. But nothing touches Shalimar.
I've come to the conclusion that personally I need a bottle of quite old Shalimar extrait. Then I will get rid of my other Shalimars - including the parfum de toilette - because that is all I need. Conclusion reached through smelling a couple of tiny minis/decants of vintage extrait.
 

SolaceKosmoskrator

Basenotes Member
Oct 19, 2021
I've come to the conclusion that personally I need a bottle of quite old Shalimar extrait. Then I will get rid of my other Shalimars - including the parfum de toilette - because that is all I need. Conclusion reached through smelling a couple of tiny minis/decants of vintage extrait.
yeah honestly I have all the other concentrations and... they can all go. even the pdt. their just so thin in comparison.
 

LeChypreSexy

Super Member
Oct 13, 2022
I love wearing my vintage perfumes, but I do get just as much enjoyment from wearing my favorite toilet waters. I'll just list my "extraits".
Bill Blass
Bal A Versailles
Van Cleef and Arpels First
Galanos
Joy
Jean Patou Moment Supreme
Norell
Norell 2
Molinard de Molinard
Guerlain Chamade
Guerlain Vol de Nuit
Guerlain L'Heure Bleue
Ciro New Horizons
Vicky Tiel
L'Air du Temps
Caron Nuit de Noel
Germaine Monteil Nostalgia
Revillon Detchema
Molinard Habanita
Evyan White Shoulders
Jacomo Parfum Rare
Arpege
Lanvin My Sin
Jean D'Albert Ecusson
Weil de Weil
Weil Antilope
Naiade
Revlon Primitif
Worth Je Reviens
Carven Ma Griffe
Houbigant Chantilly
Revillon Turbulences
Faberge Partage
YSL Y
Le Galion Megara
Jacqueline by Vivian
I think my favorites are Molinard de Molinard, Je Reviens and Detchema.
 

Dane

Basenotes Dependent
Jan 9, 2002
I love wearing my vintage perfumes, but I do get just as much enjoyment from wearing my favorite toilet waters. I'll just list my "extraits".
Bill Blass
Bal A Versailles
Van Cleef and Arpels First
Galanos
Joy
Jean Patou Moment Supreme
Norell
Norell 2
Molinard de Molinard
Guerlain Chamade
Guerlain Vol de Nuit
Guerlain L'Heure Bleue
Ciro New Horizons
Vicky Tiel
L'Air du Temps
Caron Nuit de Noel
Germaine Monteil Nostalgia
Revillon Detchema
Molinard Habanita
Evyan White Shoulders
Jacomo Parfum Rare
Arpege
Lanvin My Sin
Jean D'Albert Ecusson
Weil de Weil
Weil Antilope
Naiade
Revlon Primitif
Worth Je Reviens
Carven Ma Griffe
Houbigant Chantilly
Revillon Turbulences
Faberge Partage
YSL Y
Le Galion Megara
Jacqueline by Vivian
I think my favorites are Molinard de Molinard, Je Reviens and Detchema.
Drool worthy! I hope you display them better than I do (by cramming them on shelves).
 

Shycat

Basenotes Plus
Basenotes Plus
Oct 18, 2005
I picked out and started collecting early. I'm ashamed to say I have 60ml of Vol de Nuit parfum. Remember when Guerlain extrait testers came in those little cube bottle? You could snag them for it much money.
Cube bottles? Do you mean the quarter ounce bottles? That's how I have Vol de Nuit--I have two of the tiny bottles. Plus, Chanel 22 and 5, Nahema, Caron Infini, Diorissimo. I probably have more from the type setting drawer windfall (bought the drawer off Ebay and got it with a note "I including the little bottles of perfume that came with it." (Yeah, I about wet myself.) But....I tend to hold them close because....well, I don't even know why. Because I can't replace them when they're gone, I guess. That's where one of my little bottles of 22 extract came from.

My Michals Storer bottles are extracts, as are my Bruno Acamphora. And CC X.

I do like extracts since I commonly wear just a dab on my wrists, for personal pleasure. I like to catch a whiff now and then. The way people wear body sprays or EDT's makes me noseblind to my own fragrance.

It depends a lot on how I first experienced a fragrance and how different the developments are. I do love my #22 extract, but I almost always wear the EDT because that's what I fell in love with in my college days.
 

LeChypreSexy

Super Member
Oct 13, 2022
31 rue Cambon is on my want-list too. I remember reading that Patricia Nicolai couldn't turn (whatever) formula into an extrait because it didn't work. I'd also love Parfum de Peau.
I blind bought a bottle of Montana PdPeau and threw it in the trash after wearing it once. It smelled exactly like those heavy rose/oud things. Not my style, I hated it. And it was STRONG. The bottle and clear plastic box were pretty, though.
 

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