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    Scent Bar
    7405 Beverly Blvd
    Los Angeles CA 90036
    323 782 8300
    Hours: Mon-Sat 11-7 Sun 12-5
    You’ll need to find a place on the street to park. Read the signs; the residential neighborhood behind Scent Bar requires a permit to park back there. And, bring quarters. It's impossible for them to keep every item listed on luckyscent.com in the store all the time but if you are planning a visit, call a day or two ahead of time and let them know what you would like to try. They'll do all they can to have it in the store for your visit.

    Barneys Beverly Hills
    9570 Wilshire Boulevard
    Beverly Hills, CA 90212 (at Camden Drive)
    310-276-4400 See Angela (she may have moved on, I’m not sure) or Anthony at the perfume counter there and stop by the Saks that is practically next door. There's a NM really close too. Within a few blocks you can also find Dior, Dior for Men, Prada (ask to see the numbered perfume extraits), Hermes, well just about anything really.

    Le Labo - Los Angeles location (not very far from Scent Bar)
    8385 W 3rd St
    Los Angeles, CA 90048
    (323) 782-0411
    www.lelabofragrances.com

    Le Labo - Venice location
    1138 1/2 Abbot Kinney Blvd
    Los Angeles, CA 90291
    Phone number (310) 581-2233

    Strange Invisible Perfume
    1138 Abbot Kinney Road
    Venice, CA 90291
    800 919-7472

    Fred Segal
    500 Broadway
    Santa Monica , CA
    310 458-8100 or
    8118 Melrose , LA
    323 655 3734
    www.apothia.com
    These stores are each quite different and warrant a visit to both.

    Santa Maria Novella
    8411 Melrose Place
    Los Angeles, CA 90069
    (323) 651-3754

    Palmetto Los Angeles
    8321 West 3rd Street
    Los Angeles, CA 90048
    (323) 653-2470

    Original Scent
    34 Hugus Alley, between East Union Street and East Colorado Boulevard
    Pasadena (626-657-2226 or originalscent.com)

    Sage Machado
    7377 ½ Beverly Blvd
    Los Angeles, CA 90036 877 698 SAGE
    This is upstairs and they are open by appointment only

    Gendarme
    located inside The Gendarmarie - a great spa
    9071 Nemo Street
    West Hollywood, CA 90069

    Planet Blue
    23410 Civic Center Way #E6
    Malibu CA 90265
    310.317.8566

    Planet Blue – Venice
    2940 Main Street
    Santa Monica, CA 90405
    310.396.110

    Beauty Collection Apothecary
    110 S. Fairfax Ave., LA 90036
    323.930.0300

    Madison
    8646 Melrose Avenue, across the street from Fred Segal
    Los Angeles, CA

    Beauty Habit
    Their boutique was closed but you are welcome to stop by their warehouse
    766 Lakefield Road
    Westlake, CA 91361

    Community Shop
    650 N. Robertson Blvd
    Los Angeles, CA
    (310) 855-9080.
    1 to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; 2 to 6 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday or by appointment.
    L’Oeil du Vert has a shop there.

    Free City Superstore
    3868 Cross Creek Road
    Malibu, CA
    310.456.5651
    This is mostly a clothing store but they also carry L'Oeil du Vert.
    There's a L'Occitane boutique close by too.

    Blunda Aromatics
    304 So. Edinburgh Ave.
    Los Angeles, CA 90048
    (323) 658-7507
    http://blundalosangeles.com/

    Perfumes West
    2099 Westwood Blvd.
    Los Angeles , CA 90025
    310-470-8556

    Parfums Raffy
    15053 Ventura Blvd. Suite 103
    Sherman Oaks, CA 91403

    LUSH
    1404 Third Street Promenade
    Santa Monica, CA
    (310) 255-003

    Larchmont Beauty Center
    208 N. Larchmont Blvd.
    Los Angeles CA 90004
    323.461.0162
    http://larchmontbeauty.com/

    Perfume Corner
    Burbank Town Center
    201 East Magnolia
    Burbank, California 91502

    Beverly Hills Perfumery
    264 North Beverly Drive
    Beverly Hills, CA 90210
    Phone 310.888.
    If Alan is there, mention you are a member of Basenotes and MUA ~ he’ll take excellent care of you.

    Melange Apothecary
    13632 Ventura Boulevard
    Sherman Oaks Ca
    Phone- (818) 385-0495
    http://www.melangeapothecary.com/

    While in the area, you may want to check out Art and Olfaction to see what events are happening that may interest you.
    They are open to the public Thursdays, 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm but have special events
    and can also schedule special events by appointment

    The Institute for Art and Olfaction
    http://artandolfaction.com/
    3023 W. 6th St.
    Los Angeles, CA. 90020
    Phone: (213) 616-1744

    Also worth a visit is the Annette Green Perfume Museum, located on FIDM's second floor, 919 South Grand Avenue, Los Angeles CA, 90015

    If you want to drive south to Orange County there is a really GREAT mall called South Coast Plaza that is the richest mall in the US. People from Japan actually plan their vacations around being able to shop here.

    South Coast Plaza
    3333 Bristol
    Costa Mesa, CA

    (exit at Bristol from the 405 fwy ~ it's right next to the fwy)
    There's a Nordstroms that has many niche brands, although not as many as they used to. They still have the hard to find Tom Fords, Carthusia, Guerlain, Amouage and The Different Co.

    The Saks there has By Killian, the good Guerlains, Clive Christian and Bond No 9.
    Hermes, Armani, Channel, Bulgari, Tiffany, Kiehl's, Fresh, Calypso, Donna Karan, etc all have boutiques there. There’s a Henri Bendels there now too. There's a Barney's Co-Op too but the fragrance selection is kind of limited. It's really the best mall for fragrances I've ever been to though.
    Last edited by socalwoman; 12th July 2014 at 09:06 PM.

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    Scent Bar
    8327 Beverly Blvd (just East of Flores)
    Los Angeles CA 90048
    323 782 8300

    This is the brick-and-mortar store for luckyscent.com. Very nice people, very into what they do. (no, I don't work for them)

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    Great list, *socalwoman!

    One addition: Santee Alley! *The place is a madhouse; a kind of 'Tijuana West' on Downtown LA, *but worth it for finding discontinued frags. Scored Havana and Nicole Miller for Men. * Check it out at *

    http://fashiondistrict.org/page.aspx?id=134

    and under 'product' select perfume/ colognes. *I'ts only a partial list.

    Also, *if ever you find yourself in Alhambra:

    Perfume Station
    9 W. Main St
    (626) 576-1240

    Call first, as it's a mom and pop store and they don't update their website often. * Took them 3 months to list Creed's Tubereuse Indiana s a female, *rather than male frag. (Actually they have it as both now)
    Bonus: Great Cuban-Nouvelle resturant *two blocks across the street.


    Quote Originally Posted by tmp
    Scent Bar
    8327 Beverly Blvd (just East of Flores)
    Los Angeles CA 90048
    323 782 8300

    This is the brick-and-mortar store for luckyscent.com. *Very nice people, very into what they do. *(no, I don't work for them)
    Nor do I, *but last time I went they were out of a frag they said they had, and, by way of compensation gave me about 20 *free samples. * This was at the La Brea location, *listed by socalwoman, *not Beverly Blvd.
    My Wardrobe

    Reviews: http://www.basenotes.net/reviews/30

    Absinthe makes the heart grow fonder.

    My Antaeus can beat up your Armani.

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    i believe that Santa Maria Novello is on Melrose Place, not Melrose Avenue. Melrose Place branches north off from Melrose Ave just west of Orlando and runs to LaCienega.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tmp00
    i believe that Santa Maria Novello is on Melrose Place, not Melrose Avenue. Melrose Place branches north off from Melrose Ave just west of Orlando and runs to LaCienega.
    You are correct. It's where they have the "Farmer's" Market on Sunday mornings.
    "A great perfume is a work of art, it can lift our days, haunt our nights and create the milestones of our memories. Fragrance is liquid emotion. And that never goes out of fashion. " MICHAEL EDWARDS

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    I'm towards the end of my stay here in LA. Wanted to post about my visits so far. I was very disappointed in the fashion district. I would estimate that over 90% of the prices there were more expensive than the online discount sites. I did find a 1.7 Oz bottle of Havana for $45, but I really don't believe it is authentic. Came in a generic box. I only found it in stock at one place in Santee Alley. They also had a few CDG, but each for at or near retail.

    I visited the Scent Bar, and found the sales girl very nice, and she told me the La Brea location is just an office, no fragrances there. I wanted to buy CDG Tar, but she said the synthetic series is available online only.

    I was also at Perfumes West in Westwood anxious to look for the $20 Cuiron that someone posted about a few weeks ago, but it was now listed as $30.

    I went to SMN on Melrose Place, and the sales girl was also very nice. Got a bottle of Nostalgia. No discount here but I really wasn't looking for one at this place.

    All in all, I was really looking for some better deals, especially at the fashion district. I had a list of about 15 that I was counting on buying if they were at or a little less than discount online prices, but didn't find more than 2 from the list that fit the description. Also, in the fashion district 100% of the owners or workers had a pretty bad attitude, not a demeanor I would expect to sell fragrances with. I also inspected a few bottles of Creed just because of all the recent talk of fake Creeds lately. I am not an expert but if my life depended on it, I would say these were either not authentic, or very very old. They were pretty much all 85-105 for the 4 Oz bottles, and again, I have seen and bought them for less online. I'm not trying to make anyone who has posted about the fashion district look bad or not truthful. It is very possible that they have jacked up all the prices for the summer, who knows? But I was not impressed at all with what I found. And they were also not open to negotiation as I tried to get the owner of the place that I was already spending over $100 to drop the price of GIT from 85 to 70. What he did then was pull out a sheet showing the Neiman Marcus price for GIT at 170. He seemed to have it very ready when I asked about the price, so I'm guessing he shows that to everyone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by markc
    All in all, I was really looking for some better deals, especially at the fashion district. I had a list of about 15 that I was counting on buying if they were at or a little less than discount online prices, but didn't find more than 2 from the list that fit the description. Also, in the fashion district 100% of the owners or workers had a pretty bad attitude, not a demeanor I would expect to sell fragrances with. I also inspected a few bottles of Creed just because of all the recent talk of fake Creeds lately. I am not an expert but if my life depended on it, I would say these were either not authentic, or very very old. They were pretty much all 85-105 for the 4 Oz bottles, and again, I have seen and bought them for less online. I'm not trying to make anyone who has posted about the fashion district look bad or not truthful. It is very possible that they have jacked up all the prices for the summer, who knows? But I was not impressed at all with what I found. And they were also not open to negotiation as I tried to get the owner of the place that I was already spending over $100 to drop the price of GIT from 85 to 70. What he did then was pull out a sheet showing the Neiman Marcus price for GIT at 170. He seemed to have it very ready when I asked about the price, so I'm guessing he shows that to everyone.
    In defense of the Garment District:

    It all depends on where you go in the Garment District. ("Garment District" is the old term for "Fashion District," before the City Council et al decided to clean the name up for tourists.) If you went to, say, Perfumes Bonita in Santee Alley, no, there's no haggling. It's the price they quote, and that's that. If you like the price, great. If not, keep walking. But there are dozens of shops, so feel free to comparison shop. One should almost never take the first price one gets. There are two kinds of shops in the Garment District. One is the kind that does the bulk of its business is retail; this sounds like the shop you visited. The other, which is harder to find and virtually indistinguishable on first glance from the purely retail operations, do the bulk of their sales from wholesale. These stores will almost always give one a better deal. A general rule of thumb: These stores will accept cash only, and they won't charge you tax. These are the stores that will start to haggle if they see a sale slipping away - but they may only do so if you are a repeat customer (like me).

    Yes, prices have gone up in recent years. But the deals can still be incredible if you know where and how to look. Just a couple of weeks ago, for example, I scored a brand new, in-box, 125 mL Mugler Cologne for $32. But navigating the Garment District takes patience and experience. And while I have never bought Creed down there, I can attest that everything I and my friends have gotten in the Garment District - brands including Mugler, Lang, Dior, YSL, Rochas, Hermès, even Etro - has been 100% authentic.

    As for the attitudes, I have a regular seller who knows me by name and gives me a great deal. The volume of people coming in is tremendous. This isn't Rodeo Drive; the sales staff is low-paid and deals with hundreds, sometimes thousands of people and does work on commission. But the staff in certain stores know me by name and are always very friendly to me and give me great deals.

    I'm sorry your excursion went poorly, but, like a lot of the grottier L.A. experiences, perfume shopping in the Garment District really is best done with a seasoned Alley veteran on hand. Even my fellow Angelenos never go down there for the first time without having me lead them in.

    For me, perfume shopping in L.A.'s Garment District is one of the true treasures of my home city.

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    I think it would be helpful to mention specific stores in the downtown area.

    BTW, I visited both Fred Segal locations. They are completely different stores. Fred Segal sold the Hollywood store some time ago. It retains the name and the logo, but completely different ownership and management. And when it comes to fragrances, the Apothia at Fred Segal Hollywood is very different from the fragrance department at Fred Segal Santa Monica.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andrew_B.
    I think it would be helpful to mention specific stores in the downtown area.
    Well, not really. The names are hard to find on the stores, and, even if you do see them, they're all pretty generic. "Perfumes Bonita." "Perfume Outlet." "Scent-sation." (Or is it "Scent-station"? I never remember.) And there are scads more. I remember them more by sight and special attribute ("the one with the giant factices and high prices," "the very clean one that has Comme des Garçons," "the little corner one past 12th that has Cuiron") than actual name. No one really knows these Garment District stores by name. Except for Michael Levine, the giant fabric store.

    BTW, I visited both Fred Segal locations. They are completely different stores. Fred Segal sold the Hollywood store some time ago.
    I read in a recent article that it didn't have anything to do with a sale. (**cough** Expensive L.A. divorce. **cough**)
    Last edited by Serpent; 5th August 2006 at 03:04 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Serpent
    I read in a recent article that it didn't have anything to do with a sale. (**cough** Expensive L.A. divorce. **cough**)
    Ah. Okay, thanks for the clarification. This actually fits the results better than the other version.

    BTW, I happened to bump into the West Coast rep for l'Artisan Parfumeur. He told me l'Artisan Parfumeur is planning to open a store in Los Angeles this year. When I asked why they would do this in light of other stores already selling their products, he said that having their own store will assure that the complete line is available. And now they better open that store, or I will look bad.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andrew_B.
    BTW, I happened to bump into the West Coast rep for l'Artisan Parfumeur. He told me l'Artisan Parfumeur is planning to open a store in Los Angeles this year.
    Uh huh. Seeing as how my affection for L'Artisan lies somewhere between cancer and car crashes, this may be the one thing to precipitate that move from L.A. my family keeps advising me to make. More likely is it's one more piece of local real estate I'll avoid like the plague, much like Compton. Or Kitson.

    Of course, that boutique Frédéric Malle is rumored to open in L.A. will wipe away fragrant sins L'Artisan will impinge upon the Southland...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Serpent
    Uh huh. Seeing as how my affection for L'Artisan lies somewhere between cancer and car crashes, this may be the one thing to precipitate that move from L.A. my family keeps advising me to make. More likely is it's one more piece of local real estate I'll avoid like the plague, much like Compton. Or Kitson.

    Of course, that boutique Frédéric Malle is rumored to open in L.A. will wipe away fragrant sins L'Artisan will impinge upon the Southland...
    The way Barney's New York here in Beverly Hills is marketing Frederic Malle, he should open one. It's a far cry from any of his Paris boutiques. It's sad when I saw Frederic Malle is in a corner hidden from the main fragrance counters. Horrible feng shui.
    "A great perfume is a work of art, it can lift our days, haunt our nights and create the milestones of our memories. Fragrance is liquid emotion. And that never goes out of fashion. " MICHAEL EDWARDS

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    Larchmont Beauty Center
    208 N. Larchmont Blvd.
    Los Angeles CA 90004
    323.461.0162
    http://larchmontbeauty.com/
    Larchmont Beauty Center carries fragrances that are not generally found elsewhere. IOW, not the designer brands found in department stores, and not the brands found in places like Barneys/Fred Segal/etc. Whether their fragrances are good is for you to decide. I am not familiar with any of the brands there, except Demeter.

    Perfume Corner
    Burbank Town Center
    201 East Magnolia
    Burbank, California 91502
    Perfume Corner carries a lot of minis.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aubrgene
    The way Barney's New York here in Beverly Hills is marketing Frederic Malle, he should open one. It's a far cry from any of his Paris boutiques. It's sad when I saw Frederic Malle is in a corner hidden from the main fragrance counters. Horrible feng shui.
    FYI, for some time now the Barneys in Bev Hills has had a special FM section right up front at the entrance to the perfume dept, including two of those "pods" you're supposed to stick your head in (never seen anyone actually use them) and a large stainless-steel refrigerator keeping their frags nice and cool.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jakelosangeles
    FYI, for some time now the Barneys in Bev Hills has had a special FM section right up front at the entrance to the perfume dept, including two of those "pods" you're supposed to stick your head in (never seen anyone actually use them) and a large stainless-steel refrigerator keeping their frags nice and cool.
    Really? I was at the Barney's in Beverly Hills a couple of weeks ago and didn't see the "pods". That would have been cool to check out. The Frederic Malle counter was right next to the L'Artisan counter. I should have looked around a little more instead of going right to the Serge Lutens!

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    santa monica place...(whats left of it)

    Perfumeria International
    237 Santa Monica Place

    877.778.7728
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    the retail store connected with perfumesraffy.com is in sherman oaks and it's really a great little "duty free" style dive with great deals and lots of stuff and the only amouage dealer in la and the prices for amouage are lower than they are at perfumesraffy.com the woman who runs it is great too. a well worth it trip off the beaten path! also they sell lots of samples for $1 each. I quite enjoyed my visit and while I Was there to sample Amouage, I left with one of those cuba paris cigar $5 deals and a fistful of samples like Helmut Lang EDT.

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    Is there nothing in the San Gabriel Valley or northern OC? I live near Whittier. [Other than Sephora & Nordstrom at Brea Mall.]
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    Quote Originally Posted by supermarky View Post
    the retail store connected with perfumesraffy.com is in sherman oaks and it's really a great little "duty free" style dive with great deals and lots of stuff and the only amouage dealer in la and the prices for amouage are lower than they are at perfumesraffy.com the woman who runs it is great too. a well worth it trip off the beaten path! also they sell lots of samples for $1 each. I quite enjoyed my visit and while I Was there to sample Amouage, I left with one of those cuba paris cigar $5 deals and a fistful of samples like Helmut Lang EDT.
    The store is located at:

    Parfums Raffy
    15053 Ventura Blvd. Suite 103
    Sherman Oaks, CA 91403
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sassenach View Post
    Is there nothing in the San Gabriel Valley or northern OC? I live near Whittier. [Other than Sephora & Nordstrom at Brea Mall.]
    i dont thinks so...
    i live in diamond bar..
    brea is the closest for me...
    i say jsut go to south coast...everything is there
    wishlist:
    Chanel - Cuire de Ruissie and Eau de Cologne
    Penhaligons - Quercus, Castille, and Raquets
    Dior -Eau Noire, Dior Homme Cologne, Dior Homme Intense, and Dior Sweet Sun
    Frédéric Malle - Angelique sous la pluie and Eau d'Hiver
    L'Artisan - l'eau de l'artisan and bois farine
    Hermès - Elixir des Merveilles, Jardin sur Nil, and Hermessence Confret.


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    there is a le labo store in LA now

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    Blunda Aromatics
    304 So. Edinburgh Ave.
    Los Angeles, CA 90048
    (323) 658-7507
    http://blundalosangeles.com/

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    Perfumes West
    2099 Westwood Blvd.
    Los Angeles , CA 90025
    310-470-8556

    Just a few blocks from Nordstrom. It has been there forever, so they must be doing something right. Prices looked OK. Service was not deeply knowledgeable (about men's fragrances anyway) but helpful, friendly and didn't push anything.

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    Quote Originally Posted by linnea View Post
    Really? I was at the Barney's in Beverly Hills a couple of weeks ago and didn't see the "pods". That would have been cool to check out. The Frederic Malle counter was right next to the L'Artisan counter. I should have looked around a little more instead of going right to the Serge Lutens!
    I was just there this afternoon, buying some Noir Épices at the Frédéric Malle counter in the middle of the display. To the left is a very complete L'Artisan Parfumeur display, and Serge Lutens is to the right. There is also some Annick Goutal behind the counter against the wall. There is now a little seating area with photos of the Frédéric Malle noses, next to the Frédéric Malle 60 degF refrigerator and three of the red, body-sized pods.

    Walking to the back of the store leads you to the candles, soap, and Diptyque fragrances and room sprays.

    Service is generally pretty good. The main person who worked with me was an attractive dark-haired woman named Rebecca who is a sales associate for Frédéric Malle. She was very patient with me, and not pushy at all, even though I made my purchase about 5 minutes before they closed, and after I tested over 20 fragrances. They were also very generous with samples.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tmp View Post
    Scent Bar
    8327 Beverly Blvd (just East of Flores)
    Los Angeles CA 90048
    323 782 8300

    This is the brick-and-mortar store for luckyscent.com. Very nice people, very into what they do. (no, I don't work for them)
    This place is great. You sit yourself on a stool at the bar, and just start sampling. There is a very wide range of hard-to-find fragrances. Lots of Profumum, Montale (my first exposure to Black Aoud ), Il Profumo, Comme des Garçons, etc. This is where living in a city like Los Angeles really pays off.

    Parking is only metered street parking, unfortunately, but the neighborhood is pretty good. You'll probably run into a couple of BNers there too.
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    I just made a field trip to the following shop a little bit South of UCLA in Westwood:

    Perfumes West
    2099 Westwood Blvd
    Los Angeles CA 90025
    Ph: 310.470.8556

    It's a very nice shop, run by a father-and-son team, with a wide selection of hard-to-find items. I only looked at the men's section, but I'm assuming the women's section is well-stocked too. Prices are fairly low. I paid less than $40 for 50ml of Gucci Pour Homme, a size for which I had been looking for a while. I was tempted to buy a bunch of other items too, but I thought I would exercise some uncharacteristic restraint.

    This is a good place to pick up staple fragrances in a wide selection of sizes. Size availability is noticeably better than at department stores and Sephora. For example, this is the first place I have ever seen Bvlgari Black in 40ml bottle size. They had lots of it, and the stock seemed fairly fresh too, because the Black hockey-puck-bottles were not the horribly fragile twist-on-off kind (a test I occasionally use to determine a store's stock age).

    They carried a few surprises too. I saw six types of Creed available in 4.0oz bottles (e.g. Green Irish Tweed, Millésime Impérial, Erolfa, Vintage Tabaróme, Néroli Sauvage and one other whose name I cannot remember). I think the price on the Erolfa was about $120, which matches Scented Monkey's price.

    They only seem to be missing niche and most luxury fragrances. Almost everything else is there, and inexpensive. There are lots of gift sets for sale too. Service is good, except that many items do not have testers available and I don't think they willingly crack open a fresh box to do this. For example, I asked if I could test Erolfa, and the guy behind the counter just smiled at me.

    This is a good place to go if you know what you want, but it's also worth the trip to just browse too. You'll almost certainly see things you haven't seen before.
    Last edited by Astaroth; 13th July 2008 at 01:58 AM.

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    http://www.melangeapothecary.com/
    13632 Ventura Boulevard, Sherman Oaks Ca
    Phone- (818) 385-0495

    Hello Socal Women:

    This is one of my favorite stores. I think every woman on the planet has to visit this boutique at least once in her lifetime. It’s located in the (Valley) Los Angeles area.

    Melange does custom blend. I love to go into her store, and create my own personal perfumes I get so many compliments from men and women every time I wear her stuff.
    Good Luck,

    Lovingly
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    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1oXKmo6EMbU

    523 S Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90013. tel 213-688-9600.

    Unbelievable deals, but parking in downtown LA is $$$

    They also have a store at the Delamo Fashion Center in Torrance and South Bay Galleria in Rendondo Beach
    Last edited by adonis; 23rd March 2009 at 05:55 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by linnea View Post
    Really? I was at the Barney's in Beverly Hills a couple of weeks ago and didn't see the "pods". That would have been cool to check out. The Frederic Malle counter was right next to the L'Artisan counter. I should have looked around a little more instead of going right to the Serge Lutens!


    Here's the pods. They're right in front of the FM counter.
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    I like Santa Maria Novella, The Apothecary at Fred Segal, Barneys and Scent Bar.

    But the best kept secret in LA is in the south bay. I get many of my colognes and mens grooming products from this store.


    In the El Segundo Plaza mall there is a store called "Temptress " , its in the back behind the Anthropologie, BCBG and BEBE...I know the owner, a very nice lady ,and she used to have her store next to the Saks in the Palos Verdes Mall

    She is from Europe and flies back to Turkey, Greece, Paris, Rome, Milan and India and buys rare perfumes, candles and apothecary from around the world.

    Most of the stuff at Temptress you won't find at Sephora, its much more high end. Even Saks and Neimans doesn't carry many of the stuff she carries..

    She carries Santa Maria Novella, Eau D' Italie, Bond 9, Tokyomilk, and skin care by Sisley, Kiehls, ILONA, Sonya Dakkar and legendary French Company- DARPHIN. The only other Darphin retailer is Neiman Marcus in Beverly Hills.

    She has oils from India, Rare from Italy, Soaps from Turkey. Diptique , Elton John & Oscar De La Renta Candles, its such an amazing store. I drive from Orange county to buy my skin care and cologne. You should add it to your list of places to shop!

    Its pricey like the other stores, but you get what you pay for! I drive all the way from Orange county and trust me fellow basenoters, this place is definitely worth checking out!!


    Temptress
    El Segundo Plaza
    (310) 647-3467

    Ask for the owner Nili or the manager Charity, and tell them Yaseen referred you! Temptress is truly a hidden gem
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    Just a shout out to fellow BNers in that area. It's on the little strip off of Melrose called "Melrose Place", a block east of La Cienega. Amazing selection of Italian colognes. Nice and patient SA.

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    Annotated a Google map to point out the major fragrance shopping spots in the just south of West Hollywood section of LA. This is the area between The Beverly Center and The Grove/Farmer's Market. If you're fit, they're all within walking distance of each other. The Gendarmerie is also close by.

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    Hi Adonis. There used to be (and maybe still is) a perfume place across the North parking lot from Farmer Market.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andrew_B. View Post
    Hi Adonis. There used to be (and maybe still is) a perfume place across the North parking lot from Farmer Market.
    Yes! I just couldn't recall the name of it. They've got Bond No 9, Clean, ADP...

    Edit: Beauty Collection, just across the parking lot from Farmer's Market

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    My friend is coming back to Thailand in September and he is more than willing to bring some bottles for me. I wonder if there's anything special in Los Angeles. Any shops selling niche at a good price?

    I don't want mainstream scents for this opportunity.

    You can suggest any special deals at a place like Sephora. I don't know much about fragrance or fashion department stores in the U.S. so please feel free to suggest. Thanks in advance
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    1. Creed Aventus
    2. A*Men Pure Malt
    3. L'instant Extreme
    4. Nasomatto Duro
    5. CDG - Kyoto

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    Isn't Lucky Scent based in Los Angeles?

    I found this on their Web site. It looks like they have a retail store:

    Scent Bar
    8327 Beverly Blvd.
    Los Angeles, CA 90048

    I think they charge retail, though.
    Last edited by Primrose; 14th July 2009 at 05:05 PM.
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    Sorry everyone, I've got to move this to the city shopping guides section. My apologies.
    --Chris
    That girl, that bottle, that mattress and me.

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    Hi KiatBkk,

    I'm not the best person to answer your question, but I'll try to help. Someone already mentioned Scent Bar and their website at luckyscent.com. If you read this whole thread, you will see mention of Santa Maria Novella, which carries their own brand. (8411 Melrose Place, Los Angeles, CA 90069 (323) 651-3754). As for Sephora, they only carry the mainstream designer brands. I've never seen anything unusual there.

    As for other stores with unique brands that are not available all over the Internet, I see some mentioned here, but I've never been to them. Maybe you could also ask in the Los Angeles Social Group here. Click on "Community" on the top menu.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KiatBkk View Post
    My friend is coming back to Thailand in September and he is more than willing to bring some bottles for me. I wonder if there's anything special in Los Angeles. Any shops selling niche at a good price?

    I don't want mainstream scents for this opportunity.

    You can suggest any special deals at a place like Sephora. I don't know much about fragrance or fashion department stores in the U.S. so please feel free to suggest. Thanks in advance
    Lots of great places for niche perfumes in LA (see map http://community.basenotes.net/showp...0&postcount=32 ). And they're all located very close to one another. Prices for niche scents are almost always high ($80-$250). Some suggestions:

    The least expensive niche scent is Mojo by Gendarme http://www.basenotes.net/ID26121112.html - only $24, although I like Gendarme EDP the best. Have your friend go to the Gendarmerie in West Hollywood to buy a bottle and they'll give him a bunch of samples of the other Gendarme products for you. They're very nice people there: http://www.thegendarmerie.com/ and I'm sure the creator of Gendarme will sign the bottle for you if you want.

    Santa Maria Novella is nearby. Some beautiful Italian EDCs in 100ml bottles.

    The Scent Bar - Unbelievable. So many different niche scents. One of the few Nasomatto retailers in the US. Not low prices, but they might have more niche scents than anywhere else in the US. http://www.luckyscent.com/

    Le Labo - Their fragrances are really beautiful. I like Rose 31, but there are many more. Check Le Labo's website for prices and products. http://www.lelabofragrances.com/
    Last edited by adonis; 16th July 2009 at 12:49 AM.

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    The Nordstrom at Westfield Santa Anita (near the racetrack) now stocks Creed, Jo Malone, Sisley, Laura Mercier, and Estee Lauder Private Collection. Major upgrade!

    I believe they will also have a "Fragrance Festival" in November, where reps will ply you with wine and cheese snacks in order to buy their gift sets.

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    Quote Originally Posted by adonis View Post
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1oXKmo6EMbU

    523 S Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90013. tel 213-688-9600.

    Unbelievable deals, but parking in downtown LA is $$$

    They also have a store at the Delamo Fashion Center in Torrance and South Bay Galleria in Rendondo Beach
    I'm confused... do I have to order their catalog and buy in bulk wholesale (minimum is $500) or can I go down there and pick out about 3 frags to buy?

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    I have been to the Galleria Mall Luxury Perfumes shop--you can buy just one there. Their prices for rare, high quality fragrances (such as some Guerlains, for example, if they even have them) are not as deeply discounted. The one time I was there, I decided against purchasing, and they tried to offer me a lower price. It makes me wonder if there is a little bit of markup in the mall locations.

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    darn... so I can only choose 1 out of the 3 frags that I wanted? Azzaro PH, Guerlain Vetiver, or Habit Rogue.... hmmmm

    edit: went to 3 malls that says its there store front... seems like all the LuxuryPerfume stores are now all Perfumania... still I was hoping to see some LuxuryPerfume stock in there but none...

    Guess I'll just order from their website.
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    No, you can buy as few as one if you want, at the retail store--sorry if that was not clear!
    Last edited by Asha; 5th September 2009 at 03:54 PM.

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    Any stores near the San Fernando Valley? :/

    Most of them are at beverly hills >.> darn

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    Quote Originally Posted by Azul View Post
    Any stores near the San Fernando Valley? :/
    There are two listed in the first message for Sherman Oaks.

    Also, there's a store in Studio City that is on Ventura Place (not Ventura Blvd.). Ventura Place is only a block long, so if you are that way you could look for a fragrance store. They make custom fragrances. I haven't bought there, so I don't know the quality.
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    @andrew
    I apologize, its because im 16 and transportation for me is restricted. Just looking for something a little nearer than the ones listed aha. Thank you for the additional information

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    Just wondering: where can I go in LA county that has a lot of the Annick Goutals in-store, not just the usual Eau d'Hadrien/Petite Cherie/Songes...?

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    Fragrance Hut, inside the Beverly Center. Saw the popular Creeds, Kouros, Body Kouros, Live Jazz, Gendarme, many others.
    Last edited by adonis; 30th January 2010 at 01:03 AM.

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    There are a number of places to score perfume in the Valley and environs.

    Elise Perfume
    121 W Wilson Ave
    Glendale, CA 91203
    (818) 502-5070

    If Rose is there, she's great. You'll find a mix of new/designer frags and quite a few classics -- Balmains, various Guerlains, Molinard. Their prices are spotty, but there are some real deals to be had here. They're also generous with the carded samples or will even sometimes throw in a mini when you purchase something.

    Just a few blocks away are

    Perfumes of France
    218 E Broadway
    Glendale, CA 91205
    (818) 956-5575

    And

    Arsenio Perfume
    1105 S Glendale Ave Ste A
    Glendale, CA 91205
    (818) 241-2818

    I haven't shopped either of these.

    Inside the Glendale Galleria is Fragranza, which has tons of minis and good pricing. Make sure you sniff before you buy, though -- they tend to open bottles as testers then put them back in the box, and some of the things I've tried there have been handled so badly that they have no scent left to speak of.

    There's also Le Pink and Co. in Silverlake.

    Le Pink
    3820 W Sunset Blvd
    Los Angeles, CA 90026
    (323) 661-7465

    Not bargain priced, but they carry some goodies like Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab oils, L'Artisan Parfumeur, Roger & Gallet and so forth. I haven't been but they get terrific reviews on Yelp for friendly, knowledgeable service.
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    Quote Originally Posted by adonis View Post
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1oXKmo6EMbU

    523 S Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90013. tel 213-688-9600.

    Unbelievable deals, but parking in downtown LA is $$$

    They also have a store at the Delamo Fashion Center in Torrance and South Bay Galleria in Rendondo Beach
    Are those authentic?? I always see tons of perfume shops in downtown LA - but somehow I'm afraid to buy, they look suspicious... Can anyone recommend a store downtown LA with good deals which you know for sure is 100% authentic please?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Persephone88 View Post
    Are those authentic?? I always see tons of perfume shops in downtown LA - but somehow I'm afraid to buy, they look suspicious... Can anyone recommend a store downtown LA with good deals which you know for sure is 100% authentic please?
    They're legit, but their restocking fee is 20% so avoid blind buys.

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    Is the Luxury Perfumes Wholesale on-line price list what you'd pay in the store for individual bottles, or is that only for wholesale orders, do you know?

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    This is the price list for people with a minimum order of something like $500: http://www.luxuryperfumewholesale.co...ST06152009.pdf

    A few years ago a group of us went in on a group purchase there in order to get the wholesale price. If there's enough interest, I'll organize another group purchase later in the summer.
    Last edited by socalwoman; 7th June 2010 at 11:34 PM.
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    Oh, if you do, please let me know! I would certainly go in on $50 or so toward the $500.

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    Quote Originally Posted by socalwoman View Post
    Beverly Hills Perfumery
    9555 Wilshire Blvd
    Beverly Hills, CA 90212
    (310) 888-8807
    This is right across the street from Barneys and has many hard to find and/or discontinued classics. If Alan is there, mention you are a member of Basenotes and MUA ~ he’ll take excellent care of you.
    Pretty impressive selection of hard to find colognes. As socalwoman mentioned, tell Alan you're a BNer. Nice no pressure place and they know their stuff. Their Saturday hours vary - call them first if you go on the weekend.

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    Definitely recommend Scent Bar (Lucky Scent) in West Hollywood. It's fragrance nirvana. The boutique stocks an incredible selection, the staff are knowledgeable & friendly, and you get samples of anything you're interested in.

    Beautyhabit in Westlake Village is also great. Although it's a warehouse, and not a bricks & mortar, they have a counter set up in the warehouse to test a full range of their niche brands. Really knowledgeable & friendly staff, too.

    Unfortunately, I don't recommend Parfums Raffy (Duty Free Cosmetics) in Sherman Oaks. After a two-month saga and a loss of $350 to the Dolbakians, I'd recommend the alternatives.

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    No pressure but how strange that they have signs posted 10% off, 15% off but no actual prices on the fragrances! (Therefore the "discounts" are phoney) I inquired about a 1oz Guerlain Vetiver EDC spray in what looks like older, maybe early 90's packaging. The sales girl had to go ask an unshaven guy in gym shorts what the price was. I felt like I was getting high-rolled at 50.00+10% off so I passed. Purchased same package of Habit Rouge EDC for $31.00 elsewhere about a month ago.

    Martin


    Quote Originally Posted by adonis View Post
    Pretty impressive selection of hard to find colognes. As socalwoman mentioned, tell Alan you're a BNer. Nice no pressure place and they know their stuff. Their Saturday hours vary - call them first if you go on the weekend.

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    Where would you go to find niche fragrances? Where would you go generally?
    Pleas feel free to check out my Youtube channel for frag reviews and let me know what you think.

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    If I lived in Beverly Hills, I wouldn't have to go anywhere. They would probably be brought to me. LOL!

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