Monday Question – Which Vintage Perfume Would You Love To See Revived?

Last week Tara took us on a fascinating journey through the world of yesterday’s perfumes at the Osmotheque in Versailles.

I’m sure I’m not the only one she inspired to dream about great perfumes that are sadly no longer available.

Which perfume of the past would you love to own?

Which perfume would you like to become available again?


My Answer:

As an iris fan I would love to smell Iris Gris by Fath, but also the old Guerlains in their original form would be so tempting.

But as a steadfast Hermès fan, the one I would love to smell again the most, in the from it once was is Hermès Calèche. I have a vintage extrait gifted to me by the incredibly generous (and all around fabulous) Neil. But it pains me to know that every drop brings me further to the end of something wonderful.

What is the perfume of your vintage dreams?


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46 Responses to Monday Question – Which Vintage Perfume Would You Love To See Revived?

  1. haefennasiel says:

    The original Ralph Lauren Safari. And even those discontinued-for-decades Avon perfumes from the 70s that often came in those quirky, retro bottles … okay, you can laugh now. 🙂

  2. Sandra says:

    How about the original Feminite du Bois? That is just so darn beautiful. Or vintage Chanel No. 19. I would also love a revival of your original Hermes Caleche.

  3. pollytechnic says:

    The very first Shalimar!

  4. Jackie b says:

    Guerlain, definitely Guerlain….maybe something weird like Djedi.

  5. Andrea says:

    Vent Vert!

  6. annemariec says:

    Coty Chypre I think, to find out where that whole thing started. Vintage Lanvins, especially My Sin. Schiaparelli Shocking. And L’Amaint when it was fresh. My vintage PDT is lovely but the top notes have gone. Great question!

  7. Hey Birgit,
    Love today’s question. I think I would most like to smell original Shalimar, L’Air du Temps and Tabac Blond parfums. Brand new of their time. That would be very cool.
    Portia xx

  8. Ines says:

    I’d love to see Guerlinade again even though it’s not really vintage.
    Iris Gris is a great choice though. 🙂

  9. florence raab says:

    Hello dear Birgit, I am back after a while far from Internet because I moved on :-).
    I would like to smell again my dear Byzance by Rochas and Amazone by Hermès, my real signature scents when I was 20’s…
    As a fan of Hermès, I am sure you can understand, Amazone was gorgeous!!!!
    And even if it is not a vintage perfume, I ‘d like to put my hands on a bottle of Le Feu by Issey Miyake (if somebody has an idea, please……..any idea would be welcomed, I am ready for everything!).

  10. florence raab says:

    Oh , I forgot Angélique Encens by Creed, heavenly scent!!!

  11. Vanessa says:

    I think maybe Shalimar or Attrape-Coeur for me!

  12. Mary E. says:

    First, they would have to lift all IFRA restrictions for any “vintage” to be revived, then I could make quite a list with Bandit & Djedi right up at the top.

  13. ringthing says:

    Another vote for the original Shalimar. And Vent Vert!

  14. lucasai says:

    Funny but I was also going to say that I would love to get the chance to smell Iris Gris from Jacques Fath. I know that there’s some interpretation of this perfume launched by Legendary Fragrances but I haven’t got a chance to smell even that one.

    Moreover, I would really like to try some older Diors and Coty Emeraude

  15. Farouche says:

    The vintage Diors: Miss Dior, Diorama, Diorella, Dioressence, Diorissimo, and Diorling.

  16. Good question, I think original Coty Chypre, and some of the old versions of Jicky.

  17. Suzanne says:

    I’d most love to smell vintage Molinard Habanita and Caron Tabac Blond. For nostalgia’s sake, I’d love to smell the original Heaven Sent perfume that I had as a child (by the company that originally produced it) – and also to possess the flacon that it came in, which was a moon that was attached pendant-style to a necklace. The perfume was really pretty and rather sophisticated for a children’s scent, if my memory is anything to go by.

  18. anitathepianist says:

    My first bottle of Shalimar had a glass stopper. The scent was so intoxicating, and never again to be experienced. The same for the original Calèche. My mother’s Arpege is not to be found anywhere and the original Jicky is only a dream of the past..Nothing original here, but deeply felt loss.

  19. cookie queen says:

    Well Coty Chypre for me. Don’t save your Hermès Calèche. On a serious note – after my mother passed away I cleaned out so many things that she had “saved”. or “kept for best”. What a waste. It made me very sad. Use it all up and enjoy every drop. Xxx

  20. Maggie says:

    I was originally going to say, none, as I have never been particularly interested in revisiting things I wore when young; but – having thought about it – I suddenly realised that, in fact, there are three that I would buy and wear today if they were available in their vintage format. One I have never smelled – Angelique Encens, and two I have only smelled in modern versions – Habanita and Djedi.

  21. anon says:

    The original Calyx (circa 1986) before it was reformulated….Chanel no 19 edt, Cristalle edt (both were stunning pre-reformulation) and Chanel 22edt (before it became an exclusive)….and Diorissimo….. Annick Goutal’s eau de Ciel, Folavril, eau de Camille and the orginal eau D’Hadrien (which I experienced in Paris over twenty years ago before it was reformulated- I have heard that the current rendition pales in comparison to the original)…….actually, every single fragrance I have ever loved before re-formulation!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I know, it’s a pipe dream 🙂 !!!!

  22. Marie says:

    Jovan Ambergris Oil

  23. anitathepianist says:

    One of my aunts used to wear something called Intoxication..I don’t know who made it or if it has gone away forever, but she smelled SO good…

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