Still a beautiful classic
Bear with me a moment; I have a story to tell. (I have a point, I promise.) For Christmas, I received a gift card to Walmart. I must have browsed the aisles 10 times during January, looking for something to buy. In early February, I was looking at the perfume section, and I saw L'Air du Temps EDT on the shelf (the one in the plain tubular white bottle). It was around $27, but I'd been looking to try it, and I had this gift card, so I bought it. That night at home, I sprayed it on, and it was like a huge puff of acrid yuck! I couldn't believe this was considered a classic! And yet, there was something just under the surface that was nice. A hint, but it was there.
The next morning before work, I decided to give it a real daytime chance, so I sprayed it on my wrists. All day I smelled my wrists, and it was loud! Acrid and ammoniac, like a baby sitting in her wet diaper for too long. It gave me a headache, but there was still a hint of something really nice-smelling under that urine funk.
A few days later, I'm in Macy's, and I see the beautiful glass bottle EDT with the doves on the cap, and I decide to see if a higher price makes a difference on the quality. The bottom of this bottle said "Made in France." I thought that was odd because my little plain bottle from Walmart said "Made in Spain." I sprayed it on, and it was very nice. Very, VERY nice! Not at all like urine. It bloomed beautifully on my skin, and I could see why this is considered a classic. It rather reminds me of the Wind Song my mother used to wear when I was a child, though perhaps a bit more tender and mild.
I went straight home and ordered L'Air du Temps Eau de Parfum (after verifying that it is made in France!) and Ricci Ricci. They came the other day, and I'm delighted to report that the L'Air du Temps EDP is fantastic! It's quite strong, but still fresh. The florals and the sandalwood really bloom well together, and there is no ammonia blast! This scent lasts amazingly long--9+ hours! Sillage is good; higher than normal. My daughter (who is 12) thought it was "an old lady perfume," but I disagree. It does smell classic and classy, but I feel it is just as modern as when it first released in the 1940's. It lacks the fruity-sweet smell of current perfumery trends, so if that is what you seek, you will not find it in L'Air du Temps.
I cannot speak to reformulations, as I have only smelled a new one. However, here it is: We are finally to the point of all this!!! The point is to seek out a bottle of L'Air du Temps which is made in France, not Spain! And $27 for that stinker at Walmart was not all that cheap either. I still snagged a larger EDP online for less than that.
Aug. 1, 2017 EDIT: I wore this one today, and it does not do well in the heat. It is overwhelming! All day I've had this tightening around my head, it's growing and growing. There's a note in here that is just too much in the heat; it makes my head twinge! This is a perfume for cold weather evenings, in my opinion. I still like it, just not for warm weather.