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    Default Any good scents in Australia ?

    I have a co-worker going to Australia (Sydney) in August and am wondering if there's anything I can ask her to bring me back.

    Any good scents over there that are unique to Australia? Or scents that are hard to find over here in the U.S., but easy to find in the "land down under?

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    ASK her to go to a chemist shop (what americans call a drug store) and buy a bottle of (inexpensive) eucalyptus oil. ╩it's not a fragrance, ╩more for medicinal use but it's a great olfactory experience.

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    Only 10-15 years ago a bulk of the aussie male population didn't know what the aftershave was.
    Its all changed now, but with the total population just over 20 million, its a very tricky market as far as frags are concerned.
    It looks like the bigger department stores stock only major brands and the most popular ones.
    A lot of frags when discontinued here are disappearing very quickly, so if you missed, then thats it, bad luck.
    I prefer to buy on the net.
    Dont know any of the aussie specific scents though.
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    How about Vertigo, by Paul Djirkali?

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    Like Alex, I prefer to shop on the net.

    Generally, the major department stores carry exactly what you would expect (major lines from CK, YSL, Chanel, etc etc etc). There are smaller cosmetics stores that carry their own lines (The Body Shop, Lush, ...) but again it is mostly the same as what you might find overseas.

    There are some smaller places that produce a range of Australian products, but don't specialise in fragrance - more aimed at cosmetics. These sometimes carry fragrance but I have found nothing to write home about.

    Also, as an Aussie I've never seen Vertigo in a store here!

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    Larrikin for Men, an interesting scent made from Australian sandalwood, is something I think a lot of (it reminds me of a souped up Floris Santal). But I've never seen it in shops and had to order it on the internet.
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    Ditto all the Australian posts so far.... I have never seen Vertigo in shops! Or Larrikin for that matter! And most of the big stores carry the usual suspects - the boutiques that carry the niches are horrendously expensive!

    I would suggest you get your colleague to look at some of the great skin care products available from firms like Jurlique (including a men's line) or MOR or MV organic skincare.

    Check them out on:-
    www.jurlique.com.au
    www.mvskincare.com.au
    www.morcosmetics.com

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    Quote Originally Posted by aztec
    ASK her to go to a chemist shop (what americans call a drug store) and buy a bottle of (inexpensive) eucalyptus oil. ╩it's not a fragrance, ╩more for medicinal use but it's a great olfactory experience.

    AZTEC
    Not just eucalyptus oil, but Tea Tree Oil (Tea Tree is a type of eucalyptus I believe). It's a strong scent that's hard to describe if you don't know it, but it is a natural antiseptic and used for various medicinal purposes including dabbing on acne, insect bites etc. I use a drop in my daily face wash to keep breakouts at bay!

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    Stardust for Men Llewelyn

    Hard to find outside of the AU.



    And there is an actual Australian made cologne called "Griff" but don't be tempted. It is not very good, alas.

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    Yeah, Mt Romance has a few fragrances and a winery, so if you are near there, it might be worth stopping in, otherwise just get their's online.
    There is a perfume called Boronia that is made here. I heard it was discontinued but I still see it pretty often in the chemist's. It is okay, pretty unremarkable, but I suppose it does smell like Boronia to the 10th degree. The actual flower is pretty delicate, I think, but the perfume is not! It is pretty cheap and I have a big bottle and a small one, if anyone wants to try some, I can decant it for you.
    You can find the Lily Prune perfumes here in the chemist's and in Priceline. They are discontinued, too, I think and can be had, usually for under $10. I think most of them are reviewed in the directory. I like Fizzy Tea.
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    M7 and M7 Fresh are often mentioned as hard to get in USA, they are everywhere in Australia, as is Opium EDP. Nothing else off the top of my head.
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    I second the tea tree oil products idea!

    When I first visited Australia, I tried a tea tree oil bath soap, and loved the fresh clean scent... plus it made my skin feel lovely and soft. Now that I live here, I still use the soap.

    "Tea tree oil or melaleuca oil is a clear to very pale golden color essential oil with a fresh camphoraceous odour. It is taken from the leaves of the Melaleuca alternifolia which is native to the northeast coast of New South Wales, Australia. The oil is believed to have beneficial cosmetic and medical properties (including antiseptic and antifungal action).The term "tea tree oil" is somewhat of a misnomer since Melaleuca alternifolia is a paperbark rather than a tea tree (genus Leptospermum)." ...Quote from Wikipedia

    Australian THE BODY SHOP stores carry various tea tree oil products, as do many chemists, grocery stores, Australiana ware shops, etc.

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    Australia has only a few "actual" perfumers...

    One fragrance which was in wide circulation in the late 90s was called "Christos" by Christos Chronis - very reminiscent of A*men... but I learned that the company was somehow divided and as a result "Christos" disappeared from major outlets not long after.
    Christos Chronis Designs is still operating in Melbourne, and PERHAPS you can locate an outlet or boutique. He may possibly still have this amazing scent in his own stores. Its WELL worth a look.

    Alternately, RenÚe Parfums is an Australian owned niche fragrance house with some very respectable, well-constructed scents under their belts.
    Check the website here: http://www.renee.com.au/

    Hope this helps!

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    I tried to add that about the Renee perfumes, but only the link added, not my comment. I did it wrong! They don't have a brick and motar store that I can see, but they are available online with very fast shipping. I also think they are available at Mecca Cosmetics and maybe some DJ's and Myers? I am not sure. Since you are traveling, don't forget to check the duty free shops.

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    yeah tea tree oil is good stuff... i remember using it to get the sticky remnants of glue off my door when i was much younger and so my room smelled of it for awhile... apparently its good for that kinda thing

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    I would probably say don't bother - i've found what they do actually have here is way pricier than in the states, and thats including the (becoming less favorable) exchange rate. But she will be passing thru duty free - that might be the time to ask her to make a purchase for you

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