Summary: To me, First is the absolute epitome of the fragrance of 'expensive French-milled soap'. It begins with a bright burst of jasmine, and then quite quickly settles into a long, clean and rather retro scent (circa '76), including that slight bite as with many aldehydic florals. I would align it with Molinard de Molinard in that sense. It took a while to warm to First (of one can even do that with this slightly lofty, elegant creature!
Summary: Pay no attention to the price and packaging ratings from me, as I only purchased samples. Apparently, you must specify price and packaging ratings even though they don't apply, so I split the difference. I'm not a big fan of the aldehydic perfumes. I don't hate them, but they are generally too overpowering to my nose and obscure the other notes that are supposed to play along. I can't get all of nuances with aldehydes. I like them okay after they dry down.
Summary: In my mind First has something in common with Hermes' 24 Faubourg. Both smell complex, classy and expensive (although First is actually not that expensive any more.) The difference for me is that 24 Faubourg is not as lush; it has a slight dry austerity about it that actually appeals to me very much. First, on the other hand, does not know where to stop. It almost embarrasses me a little.
Summary: First by VCA is a very rich and opulent fragrance created in the mid-1970s. The florals are blended wonderfully, but First is also an aldehyde. That aldehyde aspect is very prominent in the opening, and it's not to my liking. However, the drydown is quite pleasant once the aldehydes and florals pass, wearing more like a woody on me. For an EdT, this is extremely well done and long-lasting.
Summary: Personally, I didn't like the product, but it was a gift to my sister, and she really loved it. She has been using this product for more than 5 years. It arrived earlier than scheduled, in perfect conditions.
Summary: I have the EDT in this, and while I find it only so-so on its own, I like layering it with different scented lotions and body mists! I think my favorite is with a soft vanilla--it really helps highlight the different notes, whereas on its own for me this becomes a mishmash of powder and aldehydes, which gives me a headache if I allow it to continue in its unaltered powdery state for too long.
Summary: I guess I must have tried the new formulation too, because although I experienced First as a lovely, complex floral with a carefully orchestrated cascade of notes, I couldn't help noticing some kind of sour, stagnant base note kind of muddying it up. It's subtle but it ages the scent prematurely. As the other notes are so interesting, I'd love to smell the original.