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3.5

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11 reviews
72%
would repurchase
3.6/5
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5.0
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Nov/28/2015

I have only tried the new formulation so I can't comment on vintage versus reformulated. However I will say that there's a reason fragrances get reformulated - because tastes were different in the 50's, 70's, 90's and you have to modernize or else. That being said, I do detest most department store fragrances. I have a wide range of perfumes for my moods, some of which …Read more

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Age36-43

SkinCombination, Fair-Medium, Warm

HairBrunette, Curly, Fine

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2.0
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May/29/2014

The new EdT is a common place jumble of rose and fruit with only a pale undertone of the cool resins and green powdery nots that make the Maja shower gel so delightful. Very disappointing.

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SkinAcne-prone, Fair, Warm

HairBrunette, Straight, Medium

EyesBrown


1.0
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Jan/07/2014

Inexpensive but oddly enough this is hard to find in Australia. The soap is sold almost everywhere but I only know of two chemists that sell the edt. On me this is short lived and rather bland, First blast smells like a fairly fresh eau de cologne with notes of citrus and lavender. Within ten minutes it has dried to a lightly spiced carnation, and within an hour it has completely disappeared. Now …Read more

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Age44-55

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5.0
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Mar/30/2012

I smelt the original in Tenerife when I was a teenager and I remember recoiling from the heavy pungent notes, especially strong in the heat. So after thinking I did not like it I was dubious about the reformulation. But magically I was wrong, totally wrong. Think fresh citrus cologne added to spices with a vanilla drydown - simply beautiful and cheap. This is far and away the best drugstore …Read more

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Age44-55

SkinCombination, Fair, Cool

HairBrown, Wavy, Medium

EyesBrown


4.0
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May/27/2011

Sadly, even I (probably an older woman on MUA) don't remember the original Maja, which was one of the grand perfumes back in the day. This review is for the new version, which I indeed found dirt cheap after Christmas. I already knew I liked the fragrance, because I often use Maja soap, which smells divine. I was a little afraid to try the edt, thinking it might be a little too much like …Read more

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Age44-55

SkinOther

HairBrunette

EyesHazel


5.0
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Aug/01/2008

I just received a vintage bottle in from an E-Bay purchase. As soon as I took the top off I was reminded of an old Avon fragrance from the 60's, Rapture. It was the one in the cute teal green lamp bottle. My mother still has a full bottle of it. Maja was created by Jean Carles who also also created Tabu, Ma Griffe, Miss Dior, and Shiaparelli's Shocking. All of which I love. I …Read more

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Age36-43

SkinSensitive, Fair, Not Sure

HairRed, Other, Other

EyesBrown


4.0
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Jan/02/2008

I came about this fragrance totally by accident. <p>I had started an online business selling cosmetics and perfume, and a friend gave me a box full of Spanish products that her mother had lying around that she wanted to get rid of. Inside this box were unusual soaps, fragrances and a gift set of (what looked to me) like a dated, 80's fragrance along with the matching soap and powder …Read more

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Age25-29

SkinCombination, Fair-Medium

HairBrown

EyesBlue


4.0
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Jul/25/2007

I was originally going to pan this re-orchestration of a masterpiece. But I cannot. The new Maja has none of the raw spiciness of the original, and is decidedly less pungent and aggresive. What is left is a dry, herbally, mildly citrus fragrance that segues into a powdery vanilla accord at the dry down. I can still catch hints of lavender, angelica, geranium and tonka. What this has become …Read more

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Age44-55

SkinDry, Fair-Medium, Neutral

HairBrown, Other, Other

EyesHazel


1.0
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Oct/06/2005

I am bitterly disappointed. If I were reviewing classic Maja, my rating would be 5 lipsticks. A beautiful earthy-sweet Oriental, with no pumpkin pie spice scent, unlike most Orientals (don't get me wrong, I like those spices, but appreciated an alternative Oriental like Maja). But this reformulation is simply atrocious, and to my nose, bears absolutely no resembalance to the Maja I know. It …Read more

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Age30-35

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HairBrunette

EyesHazel


3.0
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Aug/07/2005

I must say I prefer the old Maja, the uncompromising Maja that smelled like the flamenco -- hot spicy, racy, and a bit tawdry. This stuff exudes sensuality. Light and floral it is not. It is animal and deep. Ole!

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Age44-55

SkinDry

HairBrunette

EyesBrown