I know exactly what you mean as I always purchase various items (not just fragrances) thruout the web. That "brokerage fee" hocus is such an ashame, heaven know if they pocket your tax money.
What amazed me is : Avon, Yves Rocher, the Shopping Channel all send fragrances via Canada Post, why can they do it & not us.
Thank goodness for the Perfume Shoppe, Noor & PIR and Holt Renfrew.
It is very unfortunate that this occurs more often then not. Shipping items to or receiving them from Canada is always a roll of the dice, especially in the options they give you for what the package contains. For Perfumes and Fragrances, its very hard to find the ones that are discontinued or rare and when you do its a shame they are destroyed this way.
yeah man agreed, i LOVE this amazing stuff, smells so good.
It's so neat how it's 100% different on you. Thats why I try to have other people around to see what they think. Often they amell somethings I don't at all, even on my own skin. Really makes you wonder about smell & how it works.
Thanks! Actualy it was strangly heartwarming experence. My coworkers took such good care of me it made me feel very loved. But once is enough!
( i posted this response in my journal too, but i didn't know if you would see it. )
I just made a post about Bal a Versailles. Very interesting fragrence, but wow, did it knock me down. I would be interested to see what you think of my reaction.
Interesting post. I think that there has never been some kind of a gold age of pure artistry and quality in a general culture. Artistry and quality is always something that belongs to an elite group. Today Guerlain perfumes are available at shopping malls which was probably not the case some decades ago.
I appreciate artistry in perfumery but also there are times when I reach for simple scents and those that have attractive top notes but perhaps not much depth. I think my music collection is the same :-)
I was thinking about this myself, lately. Delayed gratification with fragrances is a learned thing, for me. I'm still learning how to wait for it. I find that, yes, I am rewarded with some really nice stuff, sometimes waiting up to 9 hours before it gets to the point I like. But as you said, sometimes I just want it, and I want it now. Most people do. Even as I speak of learning to appreciate development of a scent, the ones I am truly thinking of purchasing tend to be ones that I know will open well, and there will be no wait! I make an exception now and then, but truth is, I am impatient!
I like your analogy to music. Most of the music I like is not really listenable, but readable. And I rarely subject my friends to it.
As a bit of an update, I decided to test Habit Rouge EDT with yesterday's sweltering heat and humidity. As luck would have it, the Bal aVersailles EDC arrived yesterday and I am testing the BaV EDC today.
The HR EDT was a bit much yesterday, not so much in terms of causing anyone around me any distress, but simply in terms of my own enjoyment. It simply felt too heavy for the heat and almost palpably weighed me down. The hunter in red that is the EDC seems to be close to picking up my trail now...
The BaV EDC today has been very interesting. I will say more about it after a few more wearings, but right now 5 hours into the wearing I've already gone through 3 phases with it. Right on application, I loved the familiar but controlled notes that I found very enjoyable but not in the least "heavy". About an hour into the wearing, the EDC seemed almost to disappear on me. I chalked it up to a simple matter of EDCs having less longevity.
At the fourth hour into the wearing, I walked into a meeting at work and lo and behold, the BaV EDC was still very much present! It had become a little spicy, maybe even peppery, but with a gentle but still confident presence. Even now, as I approach the 6th hour of wearing, I am enjoying the EDC's continued resurgence.
Earlier today, I had thought I might end up writing a blog posting titled The Unbearable Being of LIghtness because the EDC had seemingly disappeared on me. As the day has worn on now, I see how premature that would have been - I am very much impressed with the longevity of the EDC, how well it works with the summer weather, and quite simply how much I am enjoying it!
Im really surprised to hear about the destroying of the Black Aoud. Thank you for the advice next time ship some montale to Canada I will keep your tips in mind they have been very useful.
I smell the leather in Dzing!, but to me it smells exactly like the leather one smells in a women's shoe store. Leather? Yes. Leather I would wear? No, or not just as leather at least...
I know someone who claims that spraying Dzing! under any other L'Artisan fragrance with heighten both the longevity and the sillage of the other fragrance. Unfortunately, I can't evaluate this claim, as I don't own Dzing! I would like to try the experiment, however. Perhaps I will next time I'm in a place where they sell Dzing!
I went to pick up my 2 bottles of Azuree Soleil on Saturday but when I got there, I found the SA made a big mistake and pulled 2 Aliage for me! I have no idea how she could have made that mistake (I know I said Azuree Soleil because I wanted to make sure she knew I didn't mean the original 'Azuree'). Of course they didn't have the Soleil. A bit of a disappointment, but oh well! At least my Calandre is on its way...
When that I-have-to-get-more-now! urge kicks in, it's a really strong drive that demands resolution, isn't it? And there is a palpable release tension once you've satisfied yourself that, whew, you've got your hands on that fragrance that might not be there next time.
I'm new here and just began browsing the blogs today to find your post.
I can relate to this!! This JUST happened to me today! And a little bit last week, when a "threat" was in LT's and Ts's book...
Okay, so inevitably, when reading through SotD, I'll make a list of curiosities to research. Estee Lauder's Azuree Soleil was one I listed very recently, as I'm trying to find a good summer scent with a bit of coconut, which I'm crazy for right now. I'm also crazy for many Tom Ford fragrances right now. SO, found out it was a limited edition from last summer, then read on The Perfumed Court's website that it was probably sold out everywhere in the U.S. Well, I immediately called every department store in my town to find two 2-oz bottles at regular retail price. Hooray! They're on hold for me to buy after work. And this will be a blind lemming buy. Yikes!
Another story...(hope I'm not boring you) I used to wear Calandre in high school. That was over twenty years ago and time and time again, I think to myself - "Oh yeah, Calandre! I wonder if I should buy it again." Then, 'The Guide' came out, I think it was TS who gave it 5 stars and said something like "buy a bunch now before they change it." That did it, and I found a big bottle online at a good discount. Whew.
Yes, I do realize I may have been suckered. That's okay, I know I like Calandre and I'm pretty sure I'll like Azuree Soleil and they were both relative bargains compared to other fragrances out there.
I hear you. It gets me mad as hell as well.
I have done numerous transactions across the border and so far have had only 1 (knock on wood) bottle destroyed. It was a 100ML FM French Lover coming from England. I received a letter from customs indicating they have destroyed the bottle. I was lucky to get half of what I spent from the seller. I was told even though she bought insurance, she won't be able to claim because of its content.
From my experience, declaring it as body lotion/cosmetics/make up and a nominal value works well in general. Just hope the guys at the borders don't read this. Otherwise, they will all have excellent frags to use.
Since your choices have been so satisfying, it sounds to me like you learned early on which other lemmings to follow...
Funny how there's some fragrances that are so good, you don't want to use it too much. You take the chance of getting sick of it, like a song that gets overplayed on the radio. Moderation is always a good thing!
Actually, I got them for regular pre-discontinuation retail. About $55 each plus shipping, both of them 100ml/3.4oz bottles. The market hasn't adjusted yet, it would seem. Right now it's just a matter of whether one can find it.
I was willing to pay a small premium now rather than a big premium later. How much of a premium, though? I don't really know, since the longer I would have been searching the more of a premium I would have been willing to pay
So, my question is: How much more, percentage-wise, did you have to pay for those bottles now that your special-use fragrance is discontinued? Has the price already gone up? It will, of course, as the supplies begin to dwindle. The other day, somebody asked me USD 185 for 100 ml. of Jacques Fath Green Water, once available for less than half that price...
After a few misses the past few weeks, I think I'm going to do as you suggest, SMM - forego the refresher spritz
So different exertion for me, walking,but similar result. I usually sparay myself after my shower in the morning around 6:30AM. Then I walk 4 miles to work which usually builds my SotD up to a fine sillage by the time I'm at my desk. By the end of my work day it usually has died down but I find on my walk home, about a mile in, my SotD makes quite the comeback almost as strong as in the morning. I'm guessing this has something to do with it being absorbed into the skin and now maybe exertion heats it up and it comes back out to play. So my suggestion to you is to forego your refresher spray. I think you'll find once you are deep in a paso doble the scent will come out lighter and maybe at a more appropriate level for you and your instructor.