What perfume did you used to love but no longer does it for you?

I guess it is a testament to preferences, but every perfume I’ve fallen in love for, I still love. I am, perhaps, slightly less enamored with Tom Ford Oud Wood today than I was a few years ago, but I still very much adore it.

— Christine


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Seraphine Avatar

The best way I can describe it is the current formulation smells like a cheap drugstore knock-off of the original Alien. The basic footprint is there, but it’s missing everything that made original 2005 Alien wonderful.

Fey Avatar

Ajmal Sacrifice smells close to the original Alien, if you’re okay with clones. If a perfume house was bought out and quality was subsequently destroyed, I say go for it >:)

Marg Avatar

YSL Opium. They changed an ingredient (or two) and it just doesn’t work the same. Now it just turns into something like a cheap old lady perfume after a couple of hours.

Seraphine Avatar

I got my first bottle of Opium in the late 1970s and loved it, but only used it for a couple years. About 10 years ago, I decided to buy a bottle of it on a whim, and although it’s not a perfume I wear anymore, I like to sniff it in the bottle sometimes, kind of like aromatherapy. Same goes for Cinnabar.

Mariella Avatar

Same here about the original Opium (I got a set with the perfume nestled in a little Asian looking locket thingy on a silk chord that you could wear around your neck). It has changed, and not for the better, in the intervening many decades…

Joyce Avatar

What a fun question! I’m starting out on my fragrance journey so old time loves have taken a backseat. Versace Yellow Diamond comes to mind! I only ever really liked it for the dry down but now I’m too impatient to wait around for it lol

Jill Avatar

I haven’t worn perfume regularly for years mainly because I had a coworker for nearly 15 years who was allergic to perfumes, so most of the scents I can no longer deal with are scents from when I was younger: Liz Claiborne Sport, Colors de Benetton, Drakkar Noir (I didn’t wear, but I can’t stand it now), Poison, Georgio, Obsession. I don’t even know if they still make them, haha!

Mariella Avatar

Nancy, I remember when practically EVERYONE was going mad for Chloe, including me, even though it never, ever smelled great on me. But I bought the perfume, a body lotion and a bath powder. Believe it or not, I’ve still got the container of the bath powder more than 40 years later (it’s in a beautiful jar with a scoop shaped like a cala lily petal to scoop the powder into the bath water; I can’t remember if it bubbled up or not…)

Wednesday Avatar

So many. I have a number of historic ‘signature scents’.. Here’s a handful off the top of my head.. never want to smell any of them ever again.
YSL Ysatis – 80’s
Giorgio Armani Red – early 90’s
Dior Miss Dior – mid to late 90;s
Chanel Coco Mademoiselle – aughts.

After that I became more scent wardrobe. At this point though, TF Lost Cherry is still a winner and a lot of people identify the scent with me.

Fey Avatar

I wore Dior Poison Girl edt and BBW Dark Kiss in my teens and 20s. It feels better to leave those in the past and make new memories with new scents.

Nina Avatar

On the opposite, I just walked past an open powder box of Youth Dew in one of my guest bed rooms and realize I like it a lot. I think I’ll use this powder here and there and not buy the perfume. If I remember, it was the patchouli in it I disliked…this powder is subtle.

lysine Avatar

Chanel Tendre Chance. I still like it, but I’m not gaga over it anymore. Weirdly now I really love the green Eau Fraiche version way more. (But I still don’t like the original Chance for whatever reason.)

sarah Avatar

Anything Victoria Secret! I wore something called “Basic Instinct”! Omg That’s so embarrassing I used to douse myself in that stuff!! When I was in my 20s I loved anything fruity (the Ferragamo Incanto line, Versace Time for Pleasure, Benefit Maybe Baby). I later went through a period where I only wore spicy patchouli scents, I gave that up for a while and I’m back in the fold with patchouli again. Lol.

Donna Avatar

Can I say all perfumes will be reformulated due to using cheaper ingredients or certain ingredients getting banned as they can cause allergies in some? Most will have been reformulated a number of times over the years.

Samsara, I loved it and bought it, then a woman in the office on the desk facing mined started wearing it day in and day out. I grew to just hate it.
Aromatics Elixir by Clinique I loved it then a friend started wearing it. It smelt awful on her, never said as she loved it and was happy. I stopped wearing.
Ambre Sultan by Serge Lutens loved it, even bought a back-up bottle and yes I still have it but just gone totally off it.

Helene Avatar

Actually most of the ones I have loved over the years seems to be reformulated and smell very differently, or my nose may have gone weird. Anyway, a short list:
YSL Opium, I would actually like to use the original from time to time.
YSL Paris I don’t think it’s available anymore.
Shalimar, it’s just not the same anymore and I really, really loved it.
Chanel No 5, another one I loved but the last bottle I bought smells differently than it used to.

I’m trying to find new, for me, scents, but I don’t live close to a store that has a lot to chose from, and it’s too expensive to buy bottles on line just to try new perfumes.

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