by, 30th July 2012 at 02:54 PM (918 Views)
A mostly refreshing three-day trip to Toronto. Much browsing of fragrances but little buying. Began with drop-ins at the discount perfume huts along Yonge Street; not a lot of surprises and not even what I would call a lot of discounts. My daughter, who made this run with me, was mildly interested, although she's abandoned her plan to save up for Alien and now has her sights set on Copper Sky, which is certainly not to be found in such venues.
Day 2 is mid-level department stores (Sears and The Bay). It always surprises me how Sears in Canada is rather upmarket--Lord & Taylor level at least--when back home it's barely a notch above the Bon Ton. Fragrance staff ranged from appallingly ditzy (Armani) to pleasantly knowledgable and reserved (Guerlain). What a joy to see things like Jicky and Mitsouko among the testers, since in our dismal little city we're lucky to see Shalimar. At The Bay we find a 50ml Guerlain Vetiver for $56.00 CDN--could do better on price on the www, no doubt, but this is reasonable and a nice souvenir. Vetiver also cuts my thirst for overpriced Tom Ford bludgeoners in this direction, and I think in the long run I may come to prefer the Guerlain's delicacy and wider vocabulary. My wife likes it for herself as well, so it's an all-around win.
After museums, Day 3 brings us to Holt Renfrew, a veritable playground of scent where I could have spent hours. Diorella is theirs exclusively in Canada, and I've never smelled it before--wow. Feral, almost obscene. So many fabulous counters and bottles that I would never, ever encounter at home; passionate, funny, and mostly articulate staff. The big winner here is Acqua di Parma Colonia Essenza, by which I am devastated, haunted.
On the train home I find that The Bay have included two vials of Maison Martin Margiela (untitled) l'eau with my purchase. I find mixed reviews of the stuff here, but I think I'll give it a run today.
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