Gaia, The Non Blond was the first person I know to have mentioned it and I had to drop into Bloomingdales to investigate. I can't help but think that Annick Goutal Eau d'Hadrien has been reformulated. I went with a friend and had her sniff the bottle without showing her the tag with the name and she thought it was something new: the lemon is sharper and more plastic, there's a hint of immortelle and everything's just a little bit, well, brassier that the one that I have at home. It's like the post-collagen Meg Ryan; if you'd never known the original I'm not sure you'd blink, but I can't see this juice bringing out that "Ooooh" reaction the original did.
I suppose expecting things to hang there, timeless, is like spitting in the wind, since I am no more the person I was when I trundled my youthful self up to Bergdorfs to spend two weeks pay on it back in the early 80's. But I can't help but think that this particular spate of regulations and the reformulations is going to be the BC and AD of the perfume world. If you have a favorite, run to your nearest retailer and stock up (just open and make sure it's still the same stuff). To the French houses, you are perfectly welcome to set up shop here in California and mix up the original juices to be sold everywhere else in the world. We appreciated the gift of the Statue of Liberty enough to keep her in good stead, I promise we'd do the same with Mitsouko. Because if the EU can't respect the legacy of the grand tradition of French perfumery and the cultural legacy that it represents, then I don't know what's next: outlawing Brie because people are lactose intolerant? Wine because people might have a hangover?
It's all so silly, and all sad...
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