...Actually I was thinking of some of the hysterical posts I've read on Fragrantica! I'm all for the balanced view :)Unlike the States in Australia you can't buy vintage perfume in thrift or charity stores. I've hardly ever seen it in antique shops and never at auction (though I expect it does come up at house/garage sales, just never the ones I attend) So by default ebay becomes a major hunting ground in these parts. I'm not saying it's risk free but I am saying that for me ebay is a great place to shop.
...Where would the serious collector be without ebay? I buy used fragrances and vintages all the time on ebay. I've picked up some wonderful stuff for very little money and so far have never had a problem. It is however wise to know what you're purchasing, so always do your homework first as others have suggested.Don't swallow the line that all ebay perfume sellers and their wares are dodgy. That's just hysteria talking. But do stay away from very popular, highly sought after or high-end perfumes going for a song - especially Chanel. As everyone here will tell you, you can bet your life that a very cheap 100ml bottle of Chanel is a fake Chanel.
...Hats off to you DinD - what a fantastic haul! Wow!I'm kicking myself for just missing out on a bottle of original Zen the other night :x I'm curious about Imprevu - any thoughts?Managed to get myself some vintage Safari It's sweeter than I expected and on me much more yellow aldehyde than green. Think it will work better in cooler weather, so I'm putting it away until then.When I tested Nitchevo again after a zillion years it reminded me of Chanel No. 5 - a poor girl's Chanel No. 5 :P
...I think minis give a good indication of a perfume.The minatures I own are predominantly vintage. I buy them out of curiosity, for reference purposes and/or because I might not be able to find a FB. Or one that I that I can afford at any rate. So I'm building a little archive, and because I buy minatures for the purpose of keeping and not really wearing I suppose I'm a "collector" of sorts.You do have to take into consideraion that they might have been used for display purposes and their condition sufferred as a consequence. Many of the older ones fall into the category of travel souvenirs and might have been treated as keepsakes rather than items of display. One thing I have noticed about vintage minis is that while the perfume smells wonderful in the bottle it may vanish on the skin. I have a Fidji and an original Bandit where sadly this is the case. I have also been puzzled by the fact that eBay and sites like it treat mins as collectables. Presumably they do this on the basis that they think minis primarily appeal to perfume bottle collectors, who they no doubt equate with the same sort of people who collect and display those little liquor bottles.I'm not into display. In fact one of the most horrifying things I have ever seen on ebay was a large collection of mins, some wonderful and rare perfumes among them, the contents of which had been adultereted with dies to make them display better! WTF :shock:
...Cryptic:Is it okay if we share vintage perfume advertising here? I'm not sure where else it would fit.Since there's still no vinatge section and just this everything vintage thread I don't see why not :)
...Nitchevo (1973) is in the database here and over at Fragrantica, where it is described as a chypre floral.Risque (1970) is not in the database here, or anywhere else as far a I can tell. I did find it listed in the New Perfume Handbook ed. N. Groom, where it is described as a floral aldehyde. Don't have any info re notes, but I'm thinking it might be green in character.You can find both on ebay - Nitchevo I bought from France, Risque I've only found in Germany. Clearly both were available in Australia and Europe during the 70s, don't know about the US.The interesting thing about re-acquiring perfumes from your youth is that you begin to understand how important they were in shaping your tastes.
...Managed to find a minature of Nitchevo by Juvena at a price I'm willing to pay. I'm also after Risque by Juvena - but so far have only seen it available from German sellers on evilbay. Had both as a teenager and I want them back!