Some lovely vintages that I have come to acquire: Lanvin Eau Arpege and Revlon Charlie, from late '70s, at least 35 years old, both in pristine condition. I was given these as a present by my uncle, who was gifted these by a friend in return of a favour. It was in 1979 or '78 and the friend got these from Switzerland, I suppose. My uncle has used them and loved them. You can see how well they are preserved, with the boxes and all.
I fondly remember the smell of Arpege, sneaking a few sprays from the very same bottle when I was little. To my young nose, don't know why, it smelt like the foil paper from insides of a cigarette pack. It was so fancy that I was afraid to wear it! That thought briefly flashes my mind when I smell it, even now. I get something like a medicinal tincture like smell at first, like the alcohol has matured. It is a powdery floral with an initial aldehyde blast. It is so complex but so rounded and very soft. A little nanna-ish but it is full of class and very wearable.
Charlie is a bit different from the new formulation. It is so huge on aldehydes, sparkling and heavy with old, dry and dusty flowers. I think it is the oakmoss which gives that dry dustiness to the flowers. It is bright and beautiful. I recently wore it to London on a bright and sunny Sunday, doing the touristy things. Perfection!