So, I bought a sample of the 2006 version of Guerlain Vega for comparison. I was curious to see how much it had changed and to see how “off” my very vintage bottle of Guerlain Vega is.
They’re definitely the same fragrance and it seems the parfum of the original version stayed in good condition. None of the notes seem that altered, unpleasant or “off” and it’s easy to find the common notes in both versions (although they’re not totally identical of course). However, despite the innate commonalities there are a few noticeable differences.
Aside from a bit less depth, the 2006 version is also less powdery, less vanillic, less smoky, and but more tangy. While the original version almost makes you almost want to cry with its authentic, emotive core, the 2006 version is defiant, punchy and perhaps a bit more green. Actually, I almost think I smell lily in the 2006 edition, although that note isn’t listed.
The 2006 version would have been worn by a young, quick-witted Katherine Hepburn… And the older version would have been more suited to a melancholy Greer Garson or a particularly earnest Ginger Rogers. But that’s just my opinion. Either way my vintage bottle is from the collection of childhood star from Old Hollywood, Jane Withers.
I want one more bottle… Ha!
Top notes: aldehydes, bergamot and orange blossom. Middle notes: jasmine, rose, ylang-ylang, blackcurrant blossom, carnation, iris and rosewood. Base notes: vanilla, sandalwood and amber.
Nose: Jean Paul Guerlain