- Jan 9, 2002
And unlike many other vintage perfumes, the original is not very hard to find at reasonable prices.
But I also think that green chypres can fare better than other chypres in reformulation-perhaps it's easier to find drydown replacements for them. Even though they do not smell the same as the original, they can still be satisfying.
Thank you all for your input. I ended up ordering what I think is the 'Les Mythiques' version but knows.
I have tried Giii in it's original formulation, but I'm looking for something I can actually wear. The new version may lack much of the depth of the OG, but it has its place, at least in my collection. Sometimes I just crave that bitter, soapy, greenness without the guilded florals. If that makes sense.
I'll let you know. Frankly, I find chypres like this to have an especially important topnote - it's often the only crowd-pleaser in the whole composition. When you buy vintage you always take that risk that the topnotes have turned - and I'm just not educated enough on which vintage to buy and which to avoid.I have never had a problem with the “guilded florals” that lie at the heart of the original GIII, but I can understand that it might make the scent difficult to wear if wafting floral notes is not your thing. For it is certainly true that the tart and bitter bergamot and galbanum opening of vintage GIII moves into an almost honeyed floral middle phase, with rose and hyacinth as the strongest notes within the accord.
I hope you like your bottle when it arrives. Do let us know what you think of it.
I'll let you know. Frankly, I find chypres like this to have an especially important topnote - it's often the only crowd-pleaser in the whole composition. When you buy vintage you always take that risk that the topnotes have turned - and I'm just not educated enough on which vintage to buy and which to avoid.
The never-ending saga of buying vintages. Even versions I've smelled before (as I'm this case), I still have to question if the new is better or worse than the previous formulation. There were a few years when no one knew what to do with oakmoss restrictions - they seemed to have found interesting new solutions, as smelled in the 2019 version of Cabochard. It may not even be in there (fyi, it's not), but they found a way to make it smell amazing.
I think I've had a particularly bad run with vintages. I think I'll be happy with the Mythique version, simply for the fact that it's honestly not going to get much wear anyway. I just want it.I have not had any problem buying vintage perfumes with intact top notes, including deep vintage bottles going back to the 1930’s, 40’s, and 50’s that still have beautiful bergamot, galbanum, lavender and many other typical top note Ingredients. I don’t buy vintages to appreciate the basenotes alone: I want to understand the whole structure. But I am extremely picky about what I buy and avoid opened, partial bottles with darkened/oxidized perfume. Perhaps I have just been lucky, but as a result I don’t believe that it is inevitable to find degraded top notes in vintage bottles.
Setting the aside the various vicissitudes of the vintage game, in the end it is a question of what type of chypre appeals to you most. The genre is fairly expansive, encompassing spare and bitter colognes, animalic chypres, floral chypres, and almost ambered fruity chypres. (Not to mention the current feminine pink patchouli and maltol. based “chypres“ which seem to really take things too far, stretchIng the genre into something unrecognizable.)
It works for me. I figure I'll probably get a vintage bottle of the parfum just for reference, and maybe to give it a bit more depth.It sounds as though this 2021 version fit the brief for you, Dane. If I see a tester of this out in a store, I’ll have to give it try.
Where did the bergamot go, I wonder?
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