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    The Bay at Yonge & Queen also has the export Lutens and a selection of Goutals (they just got Songes in recently). Actually, the Queen St. location had a special at the SL counter when I was there last week, a purse spray of Ambre Sultan if you purchase a full bottle of any SL.

    Perfumery.ca website doesn't work for me anymore, so I can't see their flyers anymore. Their prices aren't always great, I agree, but when they put things on special for $10 or $20 you can get a steal (I got the last Winter Delices they had at Yonge and Eglinton about a year ago for $20 or less, and it was in sealed retail packaging, not a tester). I also picked up (and disliked) Samsara Shine for $10 at some point, and they tend to have a selection of the Coty, Dana, and so on fragrances you might not see other places if you want to test or buy cheaply.

    Holts (Bay and Bloor) didn't carry Lutens when I last looked, but they may now. They did have a good selection of testers, including for Creed. They also put some great goodies in my bag when I picked up a bottle of something. They carry a good selection of Hermes (although there is also a boutique nearby, as there is for Chanel and Guerlain), they also carry more of the Donna Karan fragrances like Black Cashmere which aren't available at the Bay.

    I asked Mirella about carrying SL a few years ago and she hadn't heard of them, so it sounds like she may be open to hearing about new lines to carry... anyone up for suggesting Malle for example?

    I too have seen an occasional great price at Loblaws, but they didn't restock at my location and eventually the section was taken out. Purchasing required finding someone who knew where the key to open the case was, but there were some testers. I was amused that, being in Forest Hill, all of their Shalimar (which was pretty cheap) disappeared within a few days, and the tester sat there alone for many months thereafter. The Superstore at Don Mills had a much better selection and you could browse freely.

    Shoppers: there are lots with Beauty Boutiques now, which is where you find the department store cosmetic and makeup lines like YSL, Guerlain. Someone also mentioned finding Demeters on clearance at Shoppers for $4.99 recently.

    Sears is also worth checking out. They carry Shiseido fragrances, unlike the Bay. You can get Zen Classic at Christmas time each year, and they try to stock Feminite du Bois although it may take a while to get it back in once sold. The testers at Yonge and Dundas are hidden under the counter near the cash, so you wouldn't even know they carried it unless you ask.

    Along Yonge, in between Dundas and Yonge mostly, there are a ton of little discount perfume shops and the like. I don't have the patience for them, but if you feel like shopping around I am sure there are some less common items and deals to be found.

    I don't shop much, but do sometimes wander around as I work downtown. I hope this helps a few of you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kasae
    Along Yonge, in between Dundas and Yonge mostly, there are a ton of little discount perfume shops and the like. I don't have the patience for them, but if you feel like shopping around I am sure there are some less common items and deals to be found.

    .
    Wow Kasae, you and I shop at the same places here in Toronto.

    As to the discount places along Yonge Street, I go to my favourite one: Perfumes 629, at 629 Yonge Street. Sean carries mostly designer, some tough to find juices at top notch pricesm some testers -- sometimes he carries stuff supposedly exclusively available at Holt's.

    www.perfumeplus629.com

    Today, I found Creeds (Himalaya, Silver Mountain Water, Green Irish Tweed, Tabarone, Vetiver), each for $150CDN (125 ml, EDT).

    Sean is such a good guy and helpful too -- if he doesn't have it, he'll try to get it for you.

  3. #33

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    dimples, you just rocked my world.

  4. #34

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    I find the prices on these online shops to be same a dept stores for many brands. I just bought D&G Light Blue 50ml for $40 at Real Canadian Superstore, best prices I've seen.

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    For those interested in purchasing Feminite du bois from Shieshido $68 at the Bay, there is a special bonus that they will add in next week. I'm thinking of picking myself up a bottle.

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    So what's the bonus already?? =)

    Quote Originally Posted by ghotio
    For those interested in purchasing Feminite du bois from Shieshido $68 at the Bay, there is a special bonus that they will add in next week. I'm thinking of picking myself up a bottle.

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    I asked but they didn't say, said there was a "good bonus" if you spend over $40. I'm assuming a regular makeup bag with samples of their products.

    Edit: This is the ad that I found that it comes with. The bag is lime green and looks quite nice/cheerful
    GIFT WITH PURCHASE

    Bring home your special gift only at The Bay, Wednesday, March 14, 2007 to Sunday, March 25, 2007.

    Yours FREE with any Shiseido purchase of $43 or more:

    * Benefiance Enriched Balancing Softener, 30ml
    * Bio-Performance Super Restoring Cream, 7ml
    * Benefiance Instant Treatment Eye Mask, 1 sheet
    * Shiseido The Makeup Sheer Gloss Lipstick, 2.5g
    * Soft Touch Hairbrush
    * Signature Shiseido pouch
    Last edited by ghotio; 12th March 2007 at 10:11 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HackerX View Post
    Pir Cosmetics(Yorkville) (there is another location somewhere near Front and King)
    25 Bellair Street
    Toronto, ON
    M5R 3L3
    Tel: 416-513-1603
    www.pircosmetics.com (under Canada)
    Niche range from L'Artisan, MPG(Maitre Parfumeur et Gantier), Carthusia, Etro, The Different Company......
    Hi, I was just at Pir and they told me they will no longer carry the L'Artisan line. They will be carrying other new lines of fragrances instead. They are not offering discounts, but will not be stocking their shelves.

    I don't know of any other distributor for L'Artisan in Toronto, so I just thought I would give the heads up, in case anyone is interested in making a purchase soon.
    I'm simplifying my life. For Sale Thread (some niche, some designer):
    http://community.basenotes.net/showthread.php?t=222407

  9. #39

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    Havn't been to the warehouse sale but I heard the deals are pretty good. Designer testers and gift sets are worth eyeing from what I've heard.

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    My wife and I were in Noor yesterday and had an absolutely fabulous experience. Like noted in a previous post, they carry an exptensive line of L'Artisan, Penhaligon, Santa Maria Novella, and Eau d'Italie (which I had not heard of, but is sublime!).

    We talked and sampled, took our time, and learned a great deal about some new scents. The SA (Frederico) was the nicest I had ever met and there was no sales pressure at all. I usually do not buy on the spot...I take some time, spray a few shots, and then go for a walk and allow it to unfold. I am usually back the next day or so if I am really impressed. Usually when I inform the SA that I am not interested in buying at the moment, but only looking, there is a sudden change in attitude and the SA soon disappears. Not here. We could sniff as much as we wanted and he was available for any question or comment. And in the end, he packed us a bag of goodies/samples from the above houses.

    The standouts from the trip were (in no particular order):
    Colonia Russa - Santa Maria Novella
    Fou d'Absinthe - L'Artisan
    Eau d'Italie - Eau d'Italie
    English Fern - Penhalligons
    Bluebell - Penhalligons

    Our experience at Noor was, without any shadow of a doubt, the best fragrance shopping experience ever. We will assuredly return, and this time to buy (most likely the Colonia Russa and Fou d'Absinthe.) I would highly recommend anyone who is in the GTA to pay them a visit.
    You are not your perfume.

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    I, too, went to Noor this past week. They are a relatively new store, which carry only niche products.

    Nahla and Frederico are the co-owners. I've only spoken with Nahla and found her to be ultra knowledgeable.

    They are located at:
    176 Cumberland Street
    www.nooryorkville.com

    Extremely knowledgeable and generous staff. It's a must visit for any perfumista/perfumister.

    My favourites are:

    Colonia Russa - Santa Maria Novella
    L'Artisan - Bois Farine
    L'eau d'Italie - Bois D'Ombrie
    I'm simplifying my life. For Sale Thread (some niche, some designer):
    http://community.basenotes.net/showthread.php?t=222407

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    Just a quick note to say that CB I Hate Perfume is now available in Toronto at Hazel in Yorkville.

    http://www.hazeltoronto.com/

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    Ever heard of DSH Perfumes (Dawn Spencer Hurwitz)? This is as niche as can get, she offers exotic perfumes, parfum extracts, oils for women, men, unisex......etc.

    Apparently TNT Blu carries her products, either in TNT Blu or TNT Women on Eglinton Ave.

    http://www.dshperfumes.com (under 'Stores' there's a phone number provided for TNT Blu which really is the # for TNT Women on Eglinton)

    http://www.tntthenewtrend.com


    By the way, i just ordered the men's sample pack which includes 18 frags on her website, i cant wait to try these as their descriptions sound phenomenal, but boy these are quite expensive. Exciting line i've never heard of.

    Also, if you decide to order something online, there's a coupon code 20% until Jan 5th that is posted in the discounts section on the board, but since you're here i might as well just give it to ya - HOL7.
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    I was wandering up Spadina yesterday and I found a great wholesaler with some nice stuff for cheap.
    Earlier in the day I had bought a 75ml bottle of John Varvatos at Sephora for $70, but at this place I found a 125ml bottle for $55. Needless to say, I'm returning the Varvatos to Sephora and picking up the bigger one here.

    It's on Spadina a little bit north of Dundas, I can't remember exactly where, but I think it was near Baldwin. She has a display case with some boxes sitting outside. I was a bit leery, being in Chinatown and all, so I asked her why her prices are so cheap and she told me that she's a wholesaler and sells to many of the other shops around the city, and the Paco Rabanne Black XS I bought from her looks and smells legit. She has three huge walls filled with a couple hundred fragrances, and it's definately worth visiting if you're in that area.

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    Mirella Parfums in the Manulife Centre is closed as of January 5, 2008.

    http://www.reportonbusiness.com/serv...lBusiness/home

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    That is the saddest thing i have ever heard. She's one of the nicest and most knowledgeable person i have ever met, a true enthusiast of perfumes, incredible. Such bad news to such a good person and a beautiful boutique.

    I wish her all the best!
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    3. Roja Dove Enigma Parfum Pour Homme
    4. Roja Dove Vetiver Extrait
    5. Guerlain Heritage (any formulation)

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    The Winners near Church and Front has a 4 oz bottle of Creed Tabarome for $105. I would have bought it if I liked Tabarome, but somebody is going to get lucky.

    They also had a 125ml bottle of John Varvatos for $40.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sagesse View Post
    The Winners near Church and Front has a 4 oz bottle of Creed Tabarome for $105. I would have bought it if I liked Tabarome, but somebody is going to get lucky.

    They also had a 125ml bottle of John Varvatos for $40.
    I also some a few Creed's at the Eglinton East location (around Bayview I think). They also had Royal Water and a few others (some of the "flower's"...2000 or Spring Flowers, I forget which).

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    A few updates...

    Andrew's at Hazelton Lanes now has Lutens. I passed by while they were closed but there were posters & I spotted a few tall rectangular bottles from outside.

    Sephora in Yordale now has quite a number of the export line, including that of the lovely fleurs d'oranger. Although I remember having tested Gris Clair at this location and could not find it last time I was there, can anyone confirm?

    Holt now has limited offering of état libre d'orange, and I believe more may be coming. Vraie Blonde is truly wearable and lovely I mind you.

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    Hello,

    I'm new here, joining the thread late but been lurking for awhile and wanted to add to the list with some other stores that haven't been mentioned yet. There's Couture Parfums, no Web site but there's a little blurb here:

    http://www.torontoplus.ca/portal/pro...fileID=1069258

    I was at the TSX Tower location where I picked up a Nu EDT gift set for $19.99 (on that note, I know many prefer the EDP but I haven't been able to stop sniffing my wrist all afternoon). An added bonus to this location being that Enchante and Blossom Bath & Body (as well as numerous SDMs) are just steps away in the TD Centre. They also have a location at Empress Walk.

    Also, I just found about this in one of those community flier things, Essence Fine Fragrances:

    www.essencefinefragrances.com

    Can't personally recommend it since I've never been and I think it's new, anyone know anything about it? It's not too far from where I live so I'll have to check it out soon.

    I've also seen Creeds at the Winners in the Yonge/Sheppard Centre a couple of months ago (Tabarome, Green Irish Tweed, Fleurissimo, Fantasia de Fleurs...for $127.)

    Cheers,

    Anna
    Last edited by Anna_P; 11th April 2008 at 09:31 PM.

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    nsamadi was kind enough to let us know about By Kilians at Holt Renfrew (B.C., Calgary & Toronto). I dropped by the Toronto store yesterday and I was able to get samples on Straight to Heaven and Taste of Heaven. The complete line was in the women's fragrance section.

    The SA told me the price: 50ml for C$225, refill C$115, 1 Liter refillable $2500. Priced exactly the same as By Kilians site (except for the refill).

    Holt also has Bond No. 9. I didn't really count the number of scents, but they definitely have at least 15 of them (including Silver Factory, Wall Street etc.) Didn't inquire about the prices as they were practically stocking the shelves when I dropped by.
    Last edited by Omega Man; 13th April 2008 at 04:09 AM.

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    Holt Renfrew has a few of the Etat Libre d'Orange line, but mostly the ones that are more targeted towards women. I saw them a few weeks ago, so they might have the men's now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sagesse View Post
    Holt Renfrew has a few of the Etat Libre d'Orange line, but mostly the ones that are more targeted towards women. I saw them a few weeks ago, so they might have the men's now.
    From what I remember, they had the following (my memory isn't always perfect):

    -Chargone
    -Delicious Closet Queen
    -Divine'enfant
    -Don't get me wrong baby...
    -Eloge du Traitre
    -Jasmin & Cigarettes
    -Je Suis Un Homme
    -Putain des Palaces
    -Rien
    -Rossy de Palma
    -Vierges et Torerors
    -Vrais Blonde

    They're apparently getting Tom of Finland this summer (June/July). They didn't have Secetions Magnifique and Encens et Bubblegum. They had a jar with samples for most in it, located in the women's perfume section.

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    The Lisa's Cosmestics sale is on now up in Markham.

    The flyer is here: http://lisascosmetics.com/may2008.htm

    I went yesterday. Most 100ml bottles of designer men's frags (Burberry, Gucci, Givenchy, Lacoste, CK etc.), were around $35 for a regular bottle, $29 for a tester. They also has some things like Narciso Rodriguez for him at $45 for 50ml, $55 for 100ml and $49 for 100ml of A*Men. I didn't get a good look at the women's stuff, but I saw the Burberry women's frags at $49 for the 100ml EdP.

    It's certainly worth checking out if you want to make your way up to Markham. There's long lineups on the weekend, but it is impossible to find parking during the week (they block off half the parking lot for employees of the building during the week), so pick your poison.

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    i'm moving to toronto for awhile, anyone know where i can buy d'orsay products?

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    Just went to Holt Renfrew in Toronto and noticed there is a new line of men's fragrance called "Profumo di Firenze - Odori ".

    Here is a list of scents available:
    Cuoio
    Tabacco
    Zafferano
    Iris
    Gli Odori
    Spigo

    They are EDT strength. Comes in 100ml bottle. Price is C$220.
    Last edited by Omega Man; 4th July 2008 at 08:52 PM.

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    Enchante Perfumes at TD Centre is most definitely selling some sort of a vile toilet bowl cleaner reagent as Green Irish Tweed. The stuff is fake but the price tag is real enough though The store assistants have no idea or do a very good job of pretending that they don't. Don't know about their other Creeds, but I'd stay away from them all, besides their prices are not that much lower than Holt's.

    EDIT: a week and numerous GIT samplings later I must conclude that the GIT at Enchante may be legit after all. They seem to have a massive problem with their quality control as I've smelled at least four distinctly different types of GIT from a variety of sources including Holt Renfrew (two different sample vials had two very different scents). Mine (and others') experiences on GIT can be viewed in this thread. I've personally given up on GIT and will stick to the safer offerings by Creed like Millesime Imperial and Silver Mountain Water.
    Last edited by Igor01; 3rd August 2008 at 06:33 PM.

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    Not sure if anyone's mentioned this yet, but Andrew's in Hazelton Lanes is now carrying Amouage (as well Serge Lutens, Bond No. 9, Cartier, Bvlgari, etc.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sagesse View Post
    The Lisa's Cosmestics sale is on now up in Markham.

    The flyer is here: http://lisascosmetics.com/may2008.htm

    I went yesterday. Most 100ml bottles of designer men's frags (Burberry, Gucci, Givenchy, Lacoste, CK etc.), were around $35 for a regular bottle, $29 for a tester. They also has some things like Narciso Rodriguez for him at $45 for 50ml, $55 for 100ml and $49 for 100ml of A*Men. I didn't get a good look at the women's stuff, but I saw the Burberry women's frags at $49 for the 100ml EdP.

    It's certainly worth checking out if you want to make your way up to Markham. There's long lineups on the weekend, but it is impossible to find parking during the week (they block off half the parking lot for employees of the building during the week), so pick your poison.
    And it is back again. http://www.lisascosmetics.com/images/tt.jpg

    I went today and I picked up a 100ml tester of Viktor and Rolf Antidote for $49 (the stuff is at least $120 at Holt Renfrew) and a 100 ml tester of Mugler Cologne for $20.

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    Hey guys, the list seems to be a little out-dated. Some stores seem to have closed, or at least I can't find them/their websites don't work. And many stores changed their lines, I can't seem to find Serge Lutens in any of the locations of the Bay and Sephora, yet to visit the Yorkdale branch though.

    I just had my first official visit of Noor's boutique in the hope of trying some L'Artisan's, I've been there before to check their candles, but got out immediately once I saw with almost only carry Diptyqe, obviously I didn't know much about Niche perfumes back then. So my first real visit was fantastic, got to try some L'Artisan's and Frapin's, they lady working there was quite nice and knowledgeable, she even offered me free samples without me even asking this is one of my new favorite places in the city. Sadly the only brand they carry I'm familiar with is L'Artisan, well, also Diptyque but I'm yet to be semi-impressed by it. Oh and their prices are pretty good surprisingly. 155CAD for 100ml of L'Artisans EdP's is even cheaper than what you'd get it for online.

    However I'm still looking for stores who carry more Niche brands, mainly MPG, Serge Lutens, Montale, Amouage...etc. Could you guys point me to anywhere? I haven't visited Andrews yet and it's my next stop, however it seems like a high-end store that doesn't respect young casually dressed customers that much *cough* holt renfrew *cough*, I hope it's not, I'm a little hesitant to go there and try expensive perfumes only to get weird looks and unhelpful SA's.

    any other places you recommend guys?

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