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Comparing New and Old Scents in SIAM1928 Original Line Reformulation (2023) Basic Information By mssniffnsnitch: A Review

“I would like to express my gratitude to K.Teng for undertaking the comparison between the new and old perfume formulations as a valuable introduction to this review.”

Nutt Wesshasartar

You can read the original Thai language review at this website.

I am a bit late to the party as everyone has written beautiful and easy-to-understand reviews about Siam 1928. I am afraid my review might not be as helpful for those who are deciding to make a purchase, but after trying 5 of their fragrances, I wanted to share my thoughts:


ASSAN II is quite different from the original ASSAN. Original ASSAN has a more pronounced aquatic scent, which is masculine and slightly sharp to the nose. This time, the fragrance has more depth, with a more floral and feminine touch, making it rounder and sexier. I like the salty notes that blend well with my skin. Combined with my body chemistry, I prefer it over the older version.


CHANALAJ II was my favorite last time due to the various Thai flowers combined, creating this beautiful fragrance. It has an erotic charm. This time, the scent of Hyacinth is more prominent, making the perfume more purple-floral than yellow-floral or moonlit flowers. However, it still has a watery, morning dew on a lotus flower vibe like the previous version.


RASVIKA, as far as I can remember, had a minty and Camphor in the older version, but the new 2.0 version has a heavier orris root powder scent. This one is the most powdery of the five fragrances and has a French vintage, dry feel similar to the other scents from the brand. It doesn’t quite fit with the ceramic line but has a unique charm. It’s interesting, even though it’s not exactly Teng’s style.


TIPAKORN, among all the fragrances, is probably the most masculine, true to its name, from the old formula to the new one. The ambery notes on top of the aquatic scent make it uniquely Thai, even including Tipakorn II itself. However, it is more refined than the others due to its middle notes, with labdanum leading the way, giving it a slightly herbal/healing feel.


KARAWIK is the youngest of the bunch, giving off the feeling of peeling a green mango. At first, it is bright green, then gradually turns into an apple mango with yellowish-reddish peel, and eventually becomes a Mango Sorbet from Swensen’s. It is ripe and sweet, even when mixed with lots of ice, it still smells sweet and delicious. I love the opening and middle stages, which are an exciting evolution of mango scent. There isn’t much of a coconut scent, but it might be there to support the sweetness and creaminess of the mango in the background. It is a fresh new scent from the brand.

In conclusion, the fragrances are still as beautiful and charming as before. They have maintained their allure well. Thank you for sending me these Thai creations to try, and for always thinking of me. If you want to try Siam 1928, you can now visit their store and test the fragrances on your skin. If you don’t live in Bangkok, you can order vials to try at home.

Home >> Blog >> Uncategorized >> Comparing New and Old Scents in SIAM1928 Original Line Reformulation (2023) Basic Information: A Review

Comparing New and Old Scents in SIAM1928 Original Line Reformulation (2023) Basic Information: A Review

“I would like to express my gratitude to K. Gift for undertaking the comparison between the new and old perfume formulations as a valuable introduction to this review.”

Nutt Wesshasartar

You can read the original Thai language review at this website.

The first thing that impressed us and made us remember this perfume brand is the white ceramic bottle design, adorned with patterns on the front that represent various fragrances. This is another strength of the brand that helps customers remember it easily. The bottle serves as a functional everyday item, a beautiful decoration, and looks stunning in photographs.

However, it’s not just the bottle that impressed us. When experiencing the first spray of the perfume, the familiar scent for Thai people comes to life, whether it’s Borneol, Chalood (Alyxia nitens Kerr), or Niam leaves (Strobilanthes tonkinensis Lindau), which have been used to create Thai fragrances for ages.

Nevertheless, don’t assume that the scent will be old-fashioned, ancient, or goosebump-inducing. In the Original line of Siam1928, various fragrances branch out while maintaining an exotic essence of ancient Thai traditions.

In early April, we had the opportunity to try the original fragrance, which had been reformulated in 2023 (2566 BE). The perfumer has adjusted and added twists to all four scents: Rasvika, Chanaraj, Tipakorn, Assan, and introduced a new fragrance called Karawik. It was quite fortunate that we had kept the old samples, so we could compare the old and new formulas.

In this review, we will skip the fragrance notes and focus on comparing the scents between the old and new formulas instead.


Original Formula: The opening scent of Yuzu is prominent, accompanied by the fragrant aroma of Niam leaves. This creates a wide and well-distributed sensory experience, leaning towards a refreshing, sharp, yet delicate and lively scent. It also carries an underlying sense of tranquility from the subtle green foliage notes.

New Formula: The role of Yuzu is toned down, and we now detect a more distinct tobacco scent. The new formula provides a sweeter, warmer, and more luxurious feel.

The ambiance of these two fragrances is different. The original formula resembles a morning sun, while the new formula evokes the feeling of an evening sun. As we define it, the original formula brings to mind the word “elegant,” and the new reformulation conjures up the word “handsome” when smelled.


Original Formula: I must say that I am quite fond of the original Rasvika formula and have had the opportunity to use it frequently, as I received a full bottle as a gift from a close friend. What I love about this scent is its antique quality, with the aroma of Thai floral powder and a cool, refreshing Borneol fragrance. When sprayed on the skin, the feeling of “coolness” instantly comes to mind. However, a slight drawback is that it can be challenging to wear, as in a traditional Thai context, people around us may associate this scent with bath and body products, which is why I find it more convenient to use when I am at home.

New Formula: The new Rasvika formula seems more contemporary. The cool Borneol and floral powder scent has disappeared, replaced by a powdery dust fragrance. In the opening, we can detect a distinct iris root scent, intertwined with subtle, hidden notes. It leans towards a skin-hugging aroma that, when smelled, makes you want to sniff it again. This reformulated scent seems much easier to wear.

Comparing the two, we can clearly see the differences in Rasvika. It has transformed from a calm, traditional Thai woman who stays at home to a modern, more youthful, beautiful, classy, and sexy woman. When testing on paper, the iris root scent has a slightly acidic tone, but once applied to the skin, the fragrance is not as sharp or piercing as when tested on paper. Instead, it becomes smoother and blends well with our natural body scent, giving off an alluring skin-hugging aroma.


Original formula: I must admit that when I first tried Chanalaj, I wasn’t quite impressed with its scent. I wasn’t fond of the sharp opening notes of bergamot and grapefruit, which were rather overwhelming to my nose. However, as the scent transitioned to the soft middle notes of jasmine and lotus, I began to feel better about it. I particularly liked the dry-down, which was deep and serene. Perhaps it’s because I have always been a fan of the sweet scent of jasmine.

New formula: The sharp opening notes that I don’t like once found overpowering have disappeared. I can now detect the scent of lotus blossoms in a pond, which is fresher, sweeter, cooler, and cleaner than before. This new interpretation of the scent evokes a clearer image of a lotus pond at dusk.

I am quite surprised by the changes in the new Chanalaj formula. The abrupt transition between the notes is now gone, and the scent feels smoother and more profound. It could even be described as a rather romantic fragrance.


Original formula: The original Assan fragrance features aquatic notes with a salty and slightly bitter oceanic tone, mixed with jasmine. This combination evokes feelings of hot beach days and floral garlands, which doesn’t suit my preferences, making it difficult for me to wear, especially when mixed with my perspiration on my skin.

New formula: Jasmine remains the main character in the new Assan formula, but it is now fresher, cleaner, and less salty. I find the jasmine to be more vibrant, transparent, clear, and resonant.

The Assan scent is not one that I find easy to wear in my everyday life, due to the chemistry between the fragrance and my skin. However, it is a unique and unusual blend that stands out from other fragrances on the market. I believe that the notes in this scent are relatively rare, making it a love-it-or-hate-it type of fragrance.

Now, let’s discuss the new fragrance from the Original line that was launched alongside the others: Karawik.

Top Notes: Lavender, Galbanum
Middle Notes: Coconut, Magnolia, Wild Mango
Base Notes: Oakmoss, Sandalwood, Cedarwood

According to the website, this fragrance was inspired by the birds in the mango forest (actually, the brand beautifully described it as a bird of paradise in a mythical forest, but we’ll simplify it for easier understanding, hoping the brand won’t mind).

We love the mysterious aspect of this scent; each time we inhale it, we get alternating notes of unripe and ripe mangoes, evoking the atmosphere of a dense, humid jungle. As we smell the mango notes, we also detect hints of coconut interspersed with the intense green aroma of leaves.

This fragrance is quite unique for us, as it combines the unripe mango scent we love with the coconut scent we’re not so fond of. However, overall, it effectively conveys a contemporary Thai vibe and the hot, humid climate of the country. When sprayed on the skin, it lasts quite well.

In summary, the reformulated scent is more user-friendly and accessible while still maintaining the DNA of the original fragrance. We are confident that if you compare the scents of both formulas, you will appreciate the improved version.

Note: The fragrance experience and review are based on personal experiences, as each person has different sensory perceptions that depend on memories, environment, and individual personalities.

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Rediscovering the Magic: The Transformation of Our Original Four Perfumes through Reformulation

We are excited to announce the reformulation of four of our beloved fragrances: Chanalaj, Rasvika, Tipakorn, and Assan. This reformulation process has been undertaken to enhance the clarity and depth of these scents, ensuring they truly reflect the inspiration behind their creation.

As part of the reformulation, we have incorporated several high-quality, premium ingredients in greater quantities to elevate the overall sensory experience of these perfumes. However, due to the inclusion of these luxurious components, we must regrettably adjust the prices of these fragrances accordingly.

Chanalaj fragrance, meticulously crafted to showcase the exquisite essence of the lotus flower more vividly than ever before. By increasing the concentration of Lotus Absolute in the composition, we have achieved a cleaner and brighter aquatic aroma that captures the true spirit of the lotus.

Experience the revitalized Chanalaj perfume, where the enhanced clarity and purity of the lotus flower’s scent take center stage, enveloping you in its delicate yet captivating embrace. Discover the elegance and charm of our reimagined Chanalaj fragrance, and let the serene, refreshing essence of the lotus blossom transport you to a world of beauty and tranquility.

Rasvika fragrance, where we have meticulously adjusted various elements within its structure to create a more vivid and enchanting scent. By blending the rich and luxurious Orris Butter with the alluring Tuberose, we have managed to evoke the mesmerizing vision of a twilight sky, illuminated by the unmistakable presence of the Milky Way.

The addition of Oakmoss brings a touch of moisture to the composition, enhancing the realism and beauty of the primary scents. This captivating fusion transports you to a serene and magical realm.

Tipakorn fragrance has been meticulously reformulated to accentuate the bold and distinct structure of Tobacco, resulting in a scent that is both refined and elevated. Expertly blended with Amber, it creates a warm and comforting embrace that envelops the senses.

The addition of Mate Absolute imparts a sense of depth and complexity to the fragrance, while the infusion of Japanese Yuzu Essential Oil enhances its diffusion for a more captivating olfactory experience. Indulge in the luxurious world of Tipakorn, where sophistication and balance meet in perfect harmony.

Experience the revitalized and natural world of Assan Fragrance, a scent that has undergone a reformulation to enhance the distinct notes of Thai Jasmine. This has been achieved by incorporating a higher concentration of Jasmine Absolute in the formula.

The reformulated scent also features a reduced amount of the oceanic note, resulting in a more pronounced and authentic essence of Jasmine. The addition of Neroli lends a refreshing touch to the fragrance, evoking images of crystal-clear water surfaces and invigorating watery.

We appreciate your understanding and assure you that our commitment to providing exceptional perfumes remains unwavering. By investing in these refined formulations, we are confident that you will enjoy an even more captivating and memorable scent experience.

Thank you for your continued support, and we invite you to indulge in the enhanced beauty of our reformulated Chanalaj, Rasvika, Tipakorn, and Assan fragrances.

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