I just wish this was a little stronger on my skin, but don't get me wrong, this is a masterpiece from Chanel, this is the best male versatile scent I've ever smelled! I probably consider it my “go-to” and probably the most consistent fragrance I’ve had. I have to agree with edge42's review in respect of the latest formulation - with the exception of the initial(?
There are so many fantastic qualities to this one and it definitely gets compliments. ) formulation of this I had in the mid-late 90's this is far and away the smoothest and most balanced.
Still easily lasts all day with a couple sprays with moderate-to-strong sillage.
Second, what they did accomplish with this reformulation is in my opinion an improvement over the vintage.
Oddly enough for me it is by far my most complimented fragrance (and I do own fragrances like Blue De Chanel, ADG Profumo, D&G The One, YSL La Nuit, etc.).
However, the current version dispels all those concerns - It's still got the signature metallic freshness from the lavender/geranium/rosemary combo, but it's perfectly balanced by moss, woods and amber in the base to prevent it feeling harsh.
As a result, it gives a great rendition of a fresh modern barbershop fragrance.
I've owned every iteration of this and the newest is the smoothest, slightly sweeter with less harshness/dryness than the others and easily the most balanced.
From my own experience, many other reviews and the noses of passers-by, the newest formulation of PE is also the best. I got this as a present from a colleague in 2013, but I only started appreciating it recently.
First, there are absolutely no concerns with strength of the newest formulation.