Not sure when they got them in, but Holt Renfrew has a bunch of Jo Malone over near the women's section. I tried Pomegranate Noir, Amber and Lavender, and Blackberry and Bay. The table will be there until late December, so there's still some time to sample before buying.
Edit: as for pricing, I think it was $70 for 30 mL, $~120 for 50 mL. I do believe they're also selling gift boxes with 5 different 8 mL travel-size bottles. Might be worth considering.
Last edited by longstreth; 25th November 2012 at 08:55 PM.
Reason: fixed price
Thought I'd give a quick update since I went sniffing around yesterday.
Sephora in rideau doesn't have anything absurd, they carry all your typical designers in both the men's and women's section. I will say that hey have good service and they do not bother you when just looking around.
The Bay in rideau street has quite a few goods. They carry I believe 8 Serge Lutens fragrances but you have to ask for them as they keep them in a drawer tucked away because they rarely sell. I tried Chergui which I loved and Feminite Brois was really nice also, as well as Ambre Sultan. They don't have any in stock of the Serge Lutens except Fleurs D'oranger. If you want to purchase a bottle you have to let them know and they'll place an order in for you and you'll come in and pick it up when thy have it. It's $110 for a 50 ml bottle. The Bay also carry's Shalimar Ode a la Vanille, wasn't my cup of tea but was nice to try since its hard to find. Decent Dior and Chanel counter.
Holt Renfrew carry's 11 Armani Prive fragrances, I sampled most of them and they didn't have many samples but the ones they did have they gave me (Boid d'ecens and a couple more) The only Tom Ford private blend they carry is neroli portofino and they have all Terre d'hermes. They have a few acqua di parma's and a couple other harder to find fragrances.
About twenty (20!) Serge Lutens fragrances are being sold in the new Sephora in the Rideau Centre:
Bas de soie
Un bois vanille
Clair de musc
L'eau Serge Lutens
Feminité du bois
La fille de Berlin
Fille en aiguilles
Five o'clock au gingembre
Jeux de peau
À la nuit
Nuit de cellophane
Sa majesté la rose
Harry Rosen in the Rideau Centre now carries some of the Tom Ford Private Blend. They definitely had
Mandarino di Amalfi
Noir de Noir
and a few others that I don't remember (one with patchouli in the name...). All are available to be tested.
They are also selling some Creed. I didn't see all of them, but I did notice these. All are available to test except those otherwise noted:
Original Vetiver (no tester)
Virgin Island Water
Happy shopping everybody. It's nice to see some more stuff in Ottawa (Lutens, TFPB, Creed). Jo Malone should be coming to Holts soon, and make sure to get your Acqua di Parma and Hermès fix soon from Holts, because they'll be closing shop in the new year.
Last edited by longstreth; 23rd November 2014 at 02:23 PM.
Reason: added one I missed
Winners at the South Keys Mall has a bottle of Creed's Royal Water. It's on sale for $199.99, which is quite a bit cheaper than you'll find it elsewhere. The box looked like it had been opened, so buyer beware, but it can't hurt to check out. (I didn't buy it because my pocketbook needs a break, ha.)
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Last edited by grabuge; 6th January 2017 at 06:17 PM.
Nordstrom opened today. Chaotic and busy, although I'm sure it'll die down. The perfumes are sort of scattered about the store's first level.
They have the Tom Ford Private Blend collection (although that's already at Harry Rosen), about 10 or 15 Jo Malone scents, some Dyptique, and about 15 Creeds (more than Harry Rosen), including Bois de Portugal. All are available to test and it seems like they'll make samples for you if you ask. I was hoping they'd have something more exotic, but no dice. Still have to go to Toronto for the good stuff.
The Bay Rideau has a few very heavily marked down Bond No 9 scents. Last I checked (Friday), they had I Love NY For Him, I Love NY For Her, West Broadway, Nouveau Bowery and New York Fling. All somewhere in the vicinity of $60–70 for 50 mL. No testers available, but it's a great deal if you're into Bond No 9.