Rive Gauche is a fragrance for free and independent women, a gracious inhabitant of the city who likes the sun and wind more than anything but who is also quintessentially metropolitan.
I've never smelled the 'original' version, and probably will never have that pleasure. On me, I get a beautiful floral note, then a woodsy, spicy, gorgeousness. I am excited to see how it wears during the day, and what kind of dry down I will get. Unfortunatelley (or maybe fortunatelly enough, depends on one's point of view) I never knew the original version.
The best part for me was when I went outside, the breeze blew across my skin and it was the most incredibly amazing scent! I guess I missed something that is uncomparable, but at least I'm not longing for something that will never be mine.
The aldehyde note is now surrounded by pelargonium and rose absolute, which somewhat softens the sharp metal note of the original composition, ending with a comfortable combination of oak moss, vetiver, musk and balsamic notes.
And yet those changes leave the fragrance very recognizable - all the way to the arty flacon. Now I truly understand why people are so upset about the reformulation.
It is a great addition to any perfume lover's collection due to its true versatility and impeccable, 'very French' taste. However, I think if there was an acceptable reason why the old formula must have been changed, the problem is not with the new fragrance itself- that is beautiful on it's own, in my opinion - but that they sell an entirely different perfume under the same name.
So vintage edt and current (2017) edt are different perfumes on my skin, although they are close relatives to eachother.
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UPDATE: after about 8-10 hours of spraying current edt on one wrist and dapping a drop of vintage edt on the other, the current edt is entirely gone, while its vintage sister is still there and still potent even after taking a shower! strangely enough, it started annoying me a little bit. However, the drydown of the sprays of the 2017 version behind my ears are still lingering around as well, hugging and comforting me like no other perfume. I treated myself to some new perfume samples for Christmas and my birthday this year.
This one has been on my 'list' for a few years and I can't believe I have waited this long to even smell it. I did spray a little into the cap, which was a mistake as I didn't like the scent at all. I believe it is truly different with each body chemistry.
this being said I enjoy Rive Guache in it's current fromulation very much.