Are you looking for vintage perfumes for reformulation reasons?
Or are you sticking to readily available current formulas?
Where do you find your vintage perfumes?
Is “going vintage” worth it, in your opinion?
I’m debating that issue with myself for some time now. On the one hand, I don’t like the fact that looking for a vintage perfume is a risky business and it is never guaranteed you will get what you want, or if you do, whether you will get it again. Will I be able to just use such a treasure? Or will I be afraid to touch it? Which, in the end, is a waste of money, because I might just as easily stare at an empty, but beautiful baccarat flacon and spray a current formula with abandon.
On the other hand, I am unhappy when I read, this or that perfume are shadows of their former selves. Well, I do not want to smell the shadow, I’d like the real thing.
For example, I really like my current formulation EdT of Guerlain Vol de Nuit (at least, I think it is a current formulation, because in fact I don’t know from what year my bottle hails, and when major reformulations have taken place. See, what I mean, it gets complicated from the start.), but I hear the vintage version, especially in the perfume concentration is something so much better. Of course, I would like to smell “so much better”!
But I wouldn’t know where to start, the vintage market, especially here in Europe seems like a secret society to me.
Do I risk to trust an ebay seller who might have not the slightest idea? Do I pay premium prices for a decant of a vintage perfume, that leaves me without the coveted bottle?
What are your thoughts on the matter?
How did you come by your vintage treasures?
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