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    Quote Originally Posted by jathanas View Post
    They are absolute rip-offs with prices even higher than Myer or DJs. 50ml of Dior Homme Sport for $149AUD. They're dreamin!
    I think Paint and Powder is a rip off, too. No testers, and asking way to much moula...I went in to enquire about Guerlain Nahema and Vol de Nuit, and they prices they were asking were way OTT...I expected better, but I guess they can take advantage of those without the internet !!

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    Hello Melbournians,

    I have some time in Melbourne next month, which I thought I could devote to fragrance.

    My current intention is to visit Paint and Powder in the Royal Arcade; Kleins on Brunswick Street; and if Mecca Cosmetica in South Yarra has the Frederic Malle booth experience then I would think that was compulsory.

    Any views / opinions / suggestions welcome.

    Thanks in advance.
    Last edited by Dr_Rudi; 23rd June 2009 at 12:00 AM.

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    Default Australina BNers - Some help needed.

    To all Australian BNers,

    A cousin of mine is heading Down Under in a couple of weeks time and i'm planning to ask him to get a few fragrances for me that aren't available in Malaysia. Specifically, he will he heading to Melbourne but not sure which part yet.

    The one frag i have in mind at the moment is Body Kouros. So i need some advise on the best place with good prices in Melbourne to get it. Also, what are the places in Melbourne to avoid getting frags. How about the prices in Duty free?


    thanks for the help

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    Default Re: Australina BNers - Some help needed.

    You can get Body Kouros just about anywhere in Australia at the moment, quite cheaply. I know Perfume Empire has the 100ml for $49.95 at the moment:
    http://www.perfumeempire.com.au/depa...&labelid=20417
    Perfume Empire is everywhere. I've also seen it in chemist stores and various discount stores.
    Duty Free prices are not so great. Stick with the discounters.
    I'm sure some of our Melbourne basenoters (calling Gupts and Renato!) will be able to help further!

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    Default Re: Australina BNers - Some help needed.

    Yeah Trufflehunter...thanks for the holler....

    @ Johny 4...mate you can advise your friend to go to the local Kmart Stores that are all over the city....He's bound to come across them in several shopping malls here....Renato, another fellow basenoter from Melbourne, recently got hold of some fantastic deals on some designer fragrances....As Trufflehunter already highlighted, Perfume Empire is another place where you'd find a lot of frags at great prices...

    My Chemist and Chemist Warehouse are two pharmacies (again the outlets are all over the city) where one can buy cheap....perhaps it'd be best to get Body Kouros from there....The more expensive perfume stores are in Myer or David Jones...Generally prices are very high in these two stores but sometimes when they have some special sale going on, one can get some fantastic deals...

    You can also look at this thread here for some more information http://community.basenotes.net/forumdisplay.php?f=48

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    Default Re: Australina BNers - Some help needed.

    Thanks for the really fast replies Trufflehunter and gupts. Australia seems like a great place to go 4 perfume shopping.

    How about women's perfume like Kelly Caleche? do u guys have any idea about the prices over there?

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    Default Re: Australina BNers - Some help needed.

    Quote Originally Posted by JoNnY 4 View Post
    Thanks for the really fast replies Trufflehunter and gupts. Australia seems like a great place to go 4 perfume shopping.

    How about women's perfume like Kelly Caleche? do u guys have any idea about the prices over there?

    Kelly Caleche is currently "on sale" - $90 AUD for 100 mls EDT / $70 AUD for 50 mls at Perfume Empire. NB: Perfume Empire have the same price online as they do in their stores.

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    Default Re: Melbourne, Australia

    ok thanks Doc

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    JoNnY 4,

    re the Duty Free prices - I think Renato travels regularly, so he's your man. My observations are:

    1) Not a great saving to be had dollar wise - the duty is only 10% anyway - and you'll often find better prices online, or even in a store, on sale

    2) There may be fragrances available duty free which are otherwise difficult to obtain - they often have latest releases months in advance of retail stores, and some editions which you'd never see otherwise

    3) A number of the duty free stores provide a 'shop on line, collect at the airport' service - which might be convenient for you.
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    In central Melbourne, the only place I scavange is along Elizabeth St.
    Going from Flinders St Station up towards the Bourke St Mall, there are two My Chemist stores with the specials in the window, and some inside - I saw Body Kouros on sale there today. Unfortunately, with so many people going by, a lot of the goodies disappear more quickly from there than they do in the suburban stores - so the pickings aren't as good.

    Also there is a Perfume Connection store on that street which often has good sales - today they had a 100ml bottle of Bogart's City Tower for A$40. There are also Perfume Connection stores at the basement level of Melbourne Central station and at the Crown Casino complex - but their sales and testers seem a bit patchier compared to the Elisabeth St store, which in turn isn't as good as suburban stores (where in the past I've picked up 100ml Coriolan, 100ml Equipage, 75ml Guerlain Vetiver and 50ml Egoiste for between A$30 and A$35 each).

    Don't waste any time with the copy perfumes sold all along Swanston St.

    Priceline stores are all around central Melbourne, and their scents are usually cheaper than the duty free stores, and often have some good sale items. The biggest one is on the Bourke St Mall two or three stores down from the men's fragrances at David Jones, and up an escalator.

    The only other store I visit is the Cosmetics Fragrances Direct located in the DFO complex just next to Southern Cross Station. You can buy Halston Z-14 Edt and Aftershave gift pack for A$15. Recently I bought 100ml testers there of Bvlgari Extreme, Bvlgari Soir, Dunhill Desire for A$29 (I passed on the Bvlgari PH and Aqua at the same price).

    Unfortunately, all the other stores for cheap scents tend to be in shopping centres or shopping strips out in the suburbs. Chemist Warehouse used to be good, but have gotten a bit dearer lately.

    I wouldn't bother with the Duty Free places at the airports, I haven't seen anything cheap there ever.

    Tell your friend that if he wants a good look around central Melbourne that there are brown Trams that circle the city for free, with a taped commentary. And that there are tourist buses which are free to many of the main sites (just check the Melbourne home page to find out their routes). Pretty good value, I pay a small fortune for such trips when I go overseas.
    Renato
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    Renato - I greatly appreciate your post. It is very very helpful. I will pass on the info to my cousin.

    Thank you.

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    Default Re: Australina BNers - Some help needed.

    Johny, I totally concur with what Renato said. Spot on. Definitely try the My Chemist stores along Elizabeth Street. They often have unboxed Body Kouros bottles. I managed to grab a 30ml bottle of boxed Rocabar for 29.99 which was not too bad. Alas it was the last one.
    They had plenty Burberry London 30ml bottles for the same price if that tickles your fancy.
    The department stores in the city, Myer and David Jones, are having sales at the moment although their clearance items arent really that spectacular. Still, as both of these stores are in the heart of the tourist shopping precinct (Elizabeth St/Bourke St) you cousin will most likely venture by both and see if there are further discounts. Tell him to be sure to bring some warm clothing, as its bloody freezing here at the moment!

    All the best,
    Sarjeet

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    FWIW I thought I would record that Kleins now have an on-line store:

    http://www.kleinsperfumery.com.au/

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    Howzit Dr. Rudi .... ? Two words - " Eeeeeat - Lesss"

    Seriously though, I work as an SA in MEL Airport (mostly departures - sometimes arrivals) and while we may not have the niche ranges, we can have some good deals on gift packs, some great GWP's and % off vouchers, which can be great ! - I hope its not considered shilling, but I would love to meet - chat with any BN'ers coming through! I love my job so much, I cannot believe I get paid for it !!! so If you are coming through look out for me, say hi, ask questions... I'd just love it !
    I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious. Albert Einstein.

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    Hello Victorians,

    Unexpectedly I have next Friday and a few hours on Saturday morning in Melbourne.

    1) Does the new Chanel store at Chaddy carry the Les Exclusifs line? How are the staff about sampling (or, praise be) a sample to take away?

    2) Anyone seen any Guerlain Vetiver pour Elle around lately - if so, where?

    3) Is the DFO at Southern Cross still open?

    4) Does Mecca Cosmetica in South Yarra do the 'Frederic Malle experience' - the fragrance in a drawer thing?

    5) Any other suggestions?


    My thanks in advance.

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    Bumping this for the new week. I'm leaving Tuesday night and would appreciate any input before then. Thanks in advance.

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    Howzit Dr. Rudi ...

    Thanks for your weight loss tips by the way - so simple and effective

    I am rushing out the door to work, but just quickly....

    1) Does the new Chanel store at Chaddy carry the Les Exclusifs line? How are the staff about sampling (or, praise be) a sample to take away?

    Yes, they have them, as for samples, I haven't pushed, but I think some shmoozing and lash batting could go a long way ...

    There is Mecca at Chaddy as well by the way ....

    2) Anyone seen any Guerlain Vetiver pour Elle around lately - if so, where?

    ? - Not in my travels - sorry ...

    3) Is the DFO at Southern Cross still open?

    Its open, but apparently not DFO anymore - so rumour has it anyway ... its just a regular shopping centre ... Still a great place to hang at starbucks, and drink too many Vennti Latte's

    4) Does Mecca Cosmetica in South Yarra do the 'Frederic Malle experience' - the fragrance in a drawer thing?

    Not sure

    5) Any other suggestions?

    Paint N Powder ... in Royal Arcade - always worth a little peek - and Harrolds in Collins Street - I have never been but keep meaning to ...

    Good luck in Melbourne... just a little help today, hopefully it will encourage some more replies / tips !

    Shame you are not flying International - I work in the duty free there and we have 100 ml Habit Rouge and Vetiver for $60.00 just sitting there looking all sad and forlorn ... I am sure some snappy traveler will pick them up soon !

    All the best - Ed
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    Thanks Ed,

    Just to confirm / expand on some the answers:

    1) Yes the Chanel boutique at Chaddy does have the Les Exclusifs. There was no problem getting spray cards of the 5 I wanted to try; nor of going back later to try two on my skin. I didn't push the issue about samples. The assistant Cherie is dead-set gorgeous; and knows the perfumes too, although I think she specialises in the make-up. (Seriously, she's beautiful).

    2) Myer in Bourke Street have the Guerlain Les Parisiennes, including Vetiver pour Elle. The woman there was very helpful - even though I was interrupting her paperwork. There was also an Eau de Cologne Imperiale - labelled Thierry Wasser 2010 - anyone know much about this? In a bee bottle I might add!

    3) and 4) I didn't have time for the DFO unfortunately; nor Mecca at South Yarra.

    5) I usually call in on Paint and Powder - can I say this is the first time I thought the staff were a bit 'hostile'? Very disappointing.

    6) Lots of great niche / less than mainstream options in DJs - Jo Malone; Juliette Has A Gun; Lubin; Amouge etc. Also, James, the assistant at Tom Ford was terrific (although, Dimi, he knows nothing about Twisted Love either!).

    7) Miss Veronica - sorry I couldn't make your get-together - Skybus were very insistent about picking me up at 12.30. Next time!!


    Cheers
    Last edited by Dr_Rudi; 6th December 2010 at 06:10 AM.

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