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    Scent Bar
    7405 Beverly Blvd
    Los Angeles CA 90036
    323 782 8300
    http://www.luckyscent.com/scentbar/
    Hours: Mon-Sat 11-7 Sun 12-5
    You’ll need to find a place on the street to park. Read the signs; much of the residential neighborhood behind Scent Bar requires a permit to park back there. And, bring quarters for the meters. 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.

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

    Le Labo - Venice
    1138 Abbot Kinney Blvd
    Venice, CA 90291
    (310) 581 2233
    www.lelabofragrances.com

    Barneys Beverly Hills (not very far from Le Labo LA)
    9570 Wilshire Boulevard
    Beverly Hills, CA 90212 (at Camden Drive)
    310-276-4400
    Saks is practically next door to Barneys. 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 oils), Hermes, well just about anything really.
    http://www.barneys.com/

    Strange Invisible Perfume
    1138 Abbot Kinney Road
    Venice, CA 90291
    800 919-7472
    https://www.siperfumes.com/about/boutique

    Fred Segal
    Ron Robinson's Apothia
    8118 Melrose , LA
    323 655 3734
    www.apothia.com
    or
    Fred Segal
    Studio Mix
    500 Broadway
    Santa Monica , CA
    310 458-8100
    http://www.fredsegal.com/
    These Fred Segal stores are each quite different and warrant a visit to both.

    Ron Robinson's Flagship Store
    1327 5th Street
    Santa Monica, CA
    310 458-1160
    Monday - Saturday 10 -7
    Sunday 12-6

    Santa Maria Novella
    8411 Melrose Place
    Los Angeles, CA 90069
    (323) 651-3754
    http://www.santamarianovellausa.com/.../STORE-LA.html

    Palmetto
    1034 Montana Ave
    Santa Monica, CA
    (310) 395-6687
    http://montanaave.com/shop/palmetto/

    Original Scent
    34 Hugus Alley
    between East Union Street and East Colorado Boulevard
    Pasadena
    626-657-2226
    http://www.originalscent.com/

    Sage Machado
    7377 ½ Beverly Blvd
    Los Angeles, CA 90036 877 698 SAGE
    http://thesagelifestyle.com/
    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
    https://gendarme.com/flagship-store/

    Beauty Collection Apothecary
    8951 Santa Monica Blvd., Ste B
    West Hollywood, CA 90069
    (310) 858-8838
    http://www.beautycollection.com/Fragrance

    Beauty Habit
    Their boutique was closed but you are welcome to stop by their warehouse
    766 Lakefield Road
    Westlake, CA 91361
    http://www.beautyhabit.com/fragrance.html

    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.
    http://www.loeilduvert.com/
    There's a L'Occitane boutique in the same mall/

    Blunda Aromatics
    155 West Washington Boulevard # 907
    Los Angeles, CA 90015
    (213) 746-4430
    http://www.persephenie.com/

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


    Parfums Raffy
    15053 Ventura Blvd. Suite 103
    Sherman Oaks, CA 91403
    https://www.parfumsraffy.com/

    LUSH
    1404 Third Street Promenade
    Santa Monica, CA
    (310) 255-003
    http://www.lushusa.com/

    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
    http://www.perfumecorner.net/

    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.


    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 in the
    Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising Museum (FIDM) on the 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 - 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, Guerlains, Tom Ford, Clive Christian, Bond No 9, etc.

    The Bloomingdales has Carven, Tom Ford, Acqua di Parma, Guerlain, etc.

    Hermes, Dior (they do have La Collection Privée) , Prada (they don't have the numbered oils though), Armani, Chanel, Bulgari, Tiffany, Kiehl's, Fresh, Calypso, Aveda, Jo Malone, Diptyque, Calypso St Barth's, Cartier, Anthropologie, Donna Karan, etc all have boutiques with their scents there. There’s a Henri Bendel there now too. .
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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.
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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**)
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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.
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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
    Liz


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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
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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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