Aug 06 2012

Yves Saint Laurent In Love Again – Fleur de la Passion edition

When I discovered Yves Saint Laurent In Love Again, it immediately became my signature scent.

It was created in the late 90s, and has since been discontinued. I still have an almost-empty, well-loved bottle of In Love Again sitting in my bedroom. I can’t bear to throw it out, but I can’t use it anymore, either. It was my signature scent for so long and I loved it. It wasn’t cheap, but it was a large bottle and took me a while to get through. I refuse to buy fragrance off eBay (imagining I could get ripped off like I have been at flea markets!), so I’m hard pressed to find it.

Until I went shopping on Apothica. (I will say upfront, I am in the SkinCareRX affiliate program, which is a sister-site to Apothica. I’m reviewing something I bought partially with credit I receive as an affiliate. If you click on my affiliate link, I do not receive payment for your click or purchase.) For the heck of it, I searched for “In Love Again” in the products, and THIS popped up. Without hesitation, I put the bottle in my cart – that’s my SCENT! That’s exactly what it looks like!

Only after I put it in my cart did I discover my error, while swooning over the pic for a moment, and reveling in finding a lost joy again. I read the description. It was In Love Again Fleur de la Passion edition. It wasn’t my beloved original, it was an enhanced version.

I was crushed.

I decided to let the die role and see what would happen. Who knows, if it is close enough, maybe I’ll like it!

A week after my order, I got my new perfume. Sure enough, it was in a different colored package, it was not the original. Here’s a side-by-side of the old and new bottles, for comparison:

The newer In Love Again Fleur de la Passion has a pink sun and the “o” in Love is a pink heart, but the bottles are similarly shaped, and the caps are the same, too:

I had a decision. Keep it wrapped and return it, or open it and take my chances. I decided, obviously, to open it. I am glad I did.

Although it’s not the same as my beloved In Love Again, this newer incarnation still has the name notes as the original, and is a little lighter.

According to Apothica’s description of the product, it is a “floral fruit created in 2005. This fragrance features peony, musk, magnolia, sandalwood, black currant, cassia, raspberry, vanilla, star anise, grapefruit, passion flower and rose.” The original, according to the Apothica website, “was a limited edition fragrance. The fruity floral scent possesses a blend of grapes, grapefruit, brimbelle for the top notes. The middle notes are tulip tree, grapefruit, water lily and the bottom notes are blackberry, sandalwood, mush.”

I’m pretty obsessed with water lily scents, so no wonder In Love Again was my signature scent.

I reached out to customer service because of the two listings on the site. One for In Love Again Fleur de la Passion, but listing the size and the description and photo of the original, discontinued scent; and one for In Love Again Fleur de la Passion properly detailed. Where I paid $82 for mine, the one I got is listed for $73. Apothica kindly credited me the $9, plus taxes, and I was happy. I was not happy, however, that I’d submitted an email through the website’s contact form and received no answer. I would definitely recommend calling customer service – it was much quicker! I also felt it was important to alert them to the error on their site, although at the writing of this post, a few days after my contact with customer service, it has not been fixed.

But overall, this perfume has become an instant favorite. I reach for it everyday – I almost think I’m developing a signature scent again!

Have you ever had a favorite scent discontinued? What’s your signature scent? I’d love to hear your stories below!

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