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Christine

Your review makes Aliage sound delicious! I would be interested to know what you think of the reformulation, which seemed to have been renamed Alliage. I bought some Alliage parfum and was sadly disappointed by a strange unpleasant note (kinda like stagnant water) underneath the initial freshness. I tried it out on friends and the bad note was stronger on some skins. Interestingly, some people couldn't detect the stagnant note even though I could smell it on them! I wish I knew what that ingredient was. I also wish it wasn't there in Alliage!

Perfumaniac

Hi Christine,

I'm not sure what is up with the spelling of Aliage/Alliage. I think I read somewhere that the spelling might be different on the European market, where "alliage" is a word that means alloy? In any case, many fans have said that there's been a reformulation, which is no surprise. I think it's supposed to be more floral now, maybe because the greenness of the original was too much for some. (Or maybe the ingredients are cheaper in the reformulation?) In any case, I went on the Perfume Emporium perfume board and several people said it's definitely reformulated and Estee Lauder has acknowledged it http://www.perfumeemporium.com/review/Aliage/47788/2245 and http://www.perfumeemporium.com/review/Aliage/74050/2245. eBay always seems to have some original stuff floating around, but make sure the name is vertical rather than horizontal on the bottle. Get yourself a mini and try it out!

missveronica9

Thanks for the tip about looking for the vertical name - I must hunt down another bottle to re-test!

Perfumaniac

No problem, Christine. Enjoy!

mary

This scent gives me the most godawful headaches! My mother wore it sometimes and I'd complain my head was splitting: if I wasn't in her good graces she'd just smirk.

Perfumaniac

Interesting, Mary! This is such a lovely and clean scent to me I can't imagine it giving someone a headache. Then again, I could see how someone might spray too much on, a sin I often commit. Maybe that's what it was?

Music_master

I think you are not quite right and you should still studying the matter.

Le Nez

Perfumer for Aliage is Bernard Chant - IFF (not Camail - Florasynth)

Perfumaniac

Thanks Le Nez. I'm going to have to do more research on this one. I'm pretty sure I got my information from Roja Dove's book The Essence of Perfume. (Not to say that he could not be wrong, or that I didn't misread it.) Could you tell me your source? Thanks!

Lauren C. Tyson

I love Aliage. I don't know where I got the money, but I splurged on some as a 17 year old in 1972. I bought it because I wanted to smell great on my summer school backpacking trip to the High Sierra in California. I knew that it was a sporty, outdoorsy fragrance. The smell conjured up all sorts of romantic ideas. Then, just before the trip, my dreamy fragrance was stolen right out of my high school gym locker! Grrr!

breathe31

Aliage was one of my mom's favorite and she was always kind enough to share it with me so it became one of my favorites in the mid 70s. I was probably the only kid in my elementary school wearing Aliage! "Quel dommage" (as they say in French) about the reformulation! No point in my testing it out at the Estee Lauder counter as I am sure to be disappointed.

Nancy

Thank you for the information about the bottle lettering! It helped me in an auction, and I now have a vintage bottle found via an estate sale. That said, Aliage, like my other favorite Aromatics Elixir, is a scent that friends either adore or absolutely detest on me. To be accurate, the testers were the new formulations at Macy's, and not my vintage versions that live in my Fridge. My untrained nose could only tell minor differences in the new formulations, but that perhaps Aliage is "sweeter", or at least less crisp. One friend thought it was too "musky" and "old" on me, whatever she might have meant. Since I first wore it in College back in the 1970's, lord knows if she un-intentionally meant that I'm getting pretty ancient.

Perfumaniac

So glad you got Aliage, Nancy, and in your fridge no less! Bravo. It smells so crisp and timeless to me, it's hard to imagine anyone would think it smelled old. Oh, well, I think we perfumaniacs wear perfume for ourselves, anyway!

Stephanie

I've been wearing Aliage since 1976 and I too have read comments that it isn't the same as it once was, that it has been chemically altered. I have a very keen sense of smell, yet I can not tell any difference in the formula since I started wearing it in High School. Maybe it's my nose, but it smells exactly the same as it has all along, to me anyway.

Val Watson

I will write on here. as I had a bottle of Alliage given to me just yesterday. To my disappointment it is horrid now. Dont know what they have done to it... I can only smell a stale perfume smell with a little powdery backdrop... It is nothing like it used to smell, My daughter purchased it from Selfridges. it smells like it has been on the shop floor for 20 years. They do not tell you either that it has been reformulated.....nothing like the sporty fresh smell it is known for..

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