An ebay September for me too! I bought a bottle of the glorious La Rose Jacqueminot EDP. I'm hoping it lives up to the sampling experience.
I wasted no time in starting the insanity this month...Last night at about midnight, I discovered that I won an ebay auction for an unopened vintage bottle of Youth Dew Bath Oil...I'm so looking forward to its arrival!
An ebay September for me too! I bought a bottle of the glorious La Rose Jacqueminot EDP. I'm hoping it lives up to the sampling experience.
I wasn't out fragrance shopping, I swear. I was very determinedly making my way from trying to sign up a Japanese ice-cream vendor for my festival and scheduling a business owner for an interview when...
(ATTENTION ALL FRACAS LOVERS!)
my phone rang. It was a fellow Fracas fiend in the Midwest, who excitedly announced that the Sephora in Penney's was selling Fracas and its ancillaries at ridiculously low prices.
A right turn took me to the mall, and there, as promised, was a clearance table chock-a-block full of Fracas. (A minor excursus: I used to buy Fracas a rock-bottom prices on line. But then something happened and it was no longer cheap. I was holding on to a drip of parfum I had left.) I bought two 100-ml bottles at $20.00 each, one .25 ounce parfum for $20.00, two body creams $8.00 each (!!). They also had the 30- amd 50-ml eau de parfum, plus body lotion.
But there is more: Also on clearance were some Michael, the original Kors frag, ancillaries. I got the leg shine (non-shimmer, but they had the shimmer also) for five dollars, and then the body lotion--something I had been looking for recently--for ten dollars.
I did not buy: KenzoFlower (clear bottle), Kenzo Tokyo, some CK body washes, CSP. Or anything Hilfiger-y.
I have the sales slip in front of me. For the record, I spent $100.34. The retail value of this haul was $527.00 without tax.
As I was standing at the register, my friend said, "They (the mysterious they) have already found it. It's already on eBay." Fortunately for me, I love my Fracas and purchased it for my own pleasure.
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I was not going to buy anything this month (YA Riiiiiiiiight!) I bought a bottle of Guerlain Heritage EDP (big sigh). Oh my! It just happened.
I bought two Parfumerie Generale fragrances - Cuir d'Iris and Coze 02.. and wishing I hadn't smelled the new L'Artisan Havana Vanille (!)
Clearly, I have an itchy ebay finger this week. I took a gamble on this bottle of vintage No. 5 Parfum, figuring that at just about $40 with shipping, it was a pretty good deal even compared to the new stuff. Hopefully the smell is still good, I'll need to stop off at the liquor store and pick up some Everclear on the way home today!
THEN, I was looking for some Vent Vert in either the original or "middle" formulation, and was disgruntled when my bid on a miniature bottle was outbid.....but, lo, this came to my attention! There is the Vent Vert AND the Halston (in parfum, no less) that my hubby has been after me to try. (It was his favorite back in the horse and buggy days when he was a young man, before he met me.)
So, I am backing slowly away from the mouse...I guess mommy needed some back-to-school purchases, too!
Without the Internet I'd be stuck in a fragrance wasteland. My order of Je Reviens, Lolita Lempicka (sample) and Le Baiser du Dragon (sample) is on its way.
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all blind buys, except vetiver, Price was too good to pass 4x less retail, if available locally, which I honestly doubt.
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Some creative trading got me an Eau de Merveilles decant - 12ml should tide me over for a while!
Today I got to smell Narciso Rodriguez' latest and am wishing I hadn't... it's nice. Like, rully nice.
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I received my samples from Lulubeauty - Gigi and Starlet- gardenia based- what else ,and also Marlena and Lulumae. So far they don't disappoint - I have only sampled Gigi and Starlet, though Gigi reminds me of another perfume ,I can't think what right now.
Still pretty loyal to Ava Luxe though- doubt I will buy full size from this shop .
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Perhaps Orion would go get more Fracas to share with all of us
Due to the 80-hour work week I have right now organizing a major regional festival, I do not have time to shop for, decant, and mail fragrances to the people who would like some.
My purpose in posting this sale to this thread was to notify people of a sale that is taking place nationwide. I'm sorry for our Basenotes friends who are in other countries where there is no such bargain. Believe me, I've missed out on a lot myself, including the big Bigelow giveaway, the Montale 2 for 1, and numerous other sales I wish I had been able to access. I didn't realize I could ask on the board for people to share their purchases or ask for them to purchase more to share with me and others who were not able to take advantage of a sale themselves. I will keep that in mind next time I have some time and supplies to share my fragrances with this great community..
Oh, Orion....I think everyone was kidding...No guilt trips here!
I'm glad that some of these great deals are going to Basenoters, who are uniquely able to appreciate their good fortune!
Mo, I understand that, LOL...but I do get messages here and elsewhere asking for stuff, sometimes full bottles. I really am incredibly busy with that festival right now and the truth is I do not keep decanting supplies on hand and only buy them maybe once a year. I've had to turn down PM requests for this reason and it always makes me feel bad since I don't know the people who write and ask for stuff, have not had any other dialogue with them, and I feel I am making a bad impression when the truth is that I come here a few minutes every day and that is the only spare time I have.
Today was an odd day - very weird. The bright spot was the arrival of my package from Fragrancenet! Yeah!
1) Gucci EDP (the brown juice in the colorless (and clear) glass bottle. Fabulous!
2) Balmain de Balmain EDT. Big 100 mL bottle for dirt cheap. Bought unsniffed, but I quite like it. It seems retro, but in a really good way...
3) No. 19 parfum. *squeals with happiness*. 1/4 oz. of liquid perfection. I don't know if I paid too much for it, but that's ok. So hard to get a hold of...and I had some peace of mind buying from FragranceNet (I hope that was a reasonable assumption). It came without the box, so I've found a little empty box that will be its home (so it can't be knocked over easily)
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Bought the last two cheap Fracas bottles at the store near me. Sadly no parfum or cream, but 20 dollars for the 100ml is GRAND! Thanks Orion!
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I have just ordered 2 bottle of Serge Lutens.
Ambre Sultan and Fleur D'Orangeur
And a little voice in my head is telling me I will be buying a bottle of Carnal Flower before the month is through
Huh. Well, my other low bid went through, and so now I have TWO bottles of Vintage No5 parfum coming in the mail. I'll compare when they get here and ask you lot for advice as to which to keep, which to resell.....Although, as one is sealed in box, I'm not sure how much information I'll be able to get from looking, and I don't think tearing in to that cellophane is going to help resale value at all!
A Poison mini esprit de parfum from ebay...to round out the collection
Shalimar EdP... as above
Horny Little Devil from smellbent.com.....just because!
I have just ordered a 1.3 oz Bulgari Black from Fragrancenet, to less than half the price!
Looking very much forward to this one, I love the packaging, and it smells nice, too
Notes: leather, musk, vanilla, and black tea.
It'll be a nice daytime scent.
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I've been good, and just picking up samples. I have Missoni & the Angel flankers Violette, Le Lys and Pivoine on the way. I have my eye on a few more but the Parfum1 sale is calling my name too... someone come take my Visa away
Wonderful to hear about all the well priced Fracas purchases!
I didn't exactly buy them, but I got a Bandit EdP and a bottle of Un Jardin sur le Nil for my birthday.
Bizarrely, my computer decided to freeze just as I put in my final bids for both a vintage Shalimar extrait AND a vintage No.5 on Ebay. I wonder now if this was God's will. He must be keeping an eye on my bank balance.
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my first sample purchase. I went with luckyscent although the perfumed court had more of what I wanted. Wish I lived in the USA!
L’Artisan Parfumeur Sample:Fleur d’Oranger
Amouage Sample:Lyric for Women
Amouage Sampleia Woman
L’Artisan Parfumeur Sample:Verte Violette
L’Artisan Parfumeur Sample:The Pour un Ete
L’Artisan Parfumeur Sample:Iris Pallida
Le Labo Sample:Neroli 36
The Different Company Sample:Bergamote
Hope I made a good decision with Amouage. They sounded less-heavy than the others.
A 15ml bottle of L'Artisan Iris Pallida on ebay. Totally blind buy but did read reviews on Basenotes first of course. Not sure if anyone realized what it was as it went for £27!!!!
A bottle of Guerlain's Terracotta Voile d'Ete - after reading several times what an overlooked fragrance it is. Also a bottle of Kors (for women) after reading great reviews and my curiosity piqued by a perfume that smells like red wine. Plus apparently it's hard to get now, so of course I had to get the larger bottle, haha. If it's really good I'll have to go stock up.
So, technically both blind buys, but at $30 each that's not too bad, right?
(I love how after being introduced to niche scents running $200+ a bottle, I can now push aside the guilt at spending $30 a bottle. Know what I mean? LOL. But buy enough $30 bottles and they quickly add up).
Well I had a great weekend - went to San Jose, Los Gatos and Saratoga.
Checked out Black Swan Boutique - a lovely little shop.
I eventually bought 2 Jo Malone 100 ml bottles of Tuberose and Honeysuckle and Jasmine.
I don't like the H & J now - it starts out green and lovely ,the honeysuckle is fab but it's the perfumey jasmine that it settles down into that I can't get over.
This week I purchased La Nuit De L'Homme by YSL....This is a Fantastic Fragrance.....LOVE IT !!!!!!
Well, I just went and bought me my Alien...and not from that Nordstrom SA! Heheh.
I'll have to see if my local JC Penney has a Sephora in it, but I don't think so. I'm so envious of you all who snatched these up, but I did manage to track down a lot those Armani Prives at Marshalls when I had the chance, so I can't complain. Much.
MysticKnot, you were in my neighborhood today! You make sure you let me know next time and I'll join you for some sniffing!
DH and I drove down to the Gilroy outlets today and I was tempted by some Bath and Body Works products-- Sensual Amber bubble bath, Moonlight Path, Ylang Ylang Myrrh, and Black Amethyst shower gels, and Ylang Ylang Myrrh sugar scrub. Big 10 oz bottles (16 oz sugar scrub), all five items for $20.
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Patsy: Oh, this? Chanel No. 5.
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Just ordered the sample pack from Parfums DelRae. And watching some Hermes stuff on eBay
I bought 10 large samples from profumo.it. I can't wait to get them in the mail!
Oriscent, AgarAura Pure Ouds, Creed, LIDGE, Patou Pour Homme, tons of niche and rare stuff for sale!
I bought my beloved Bluebell by Penhaligon's !
Purchaed Bulgari Blu Notte and Burberry Weekend for the first time today.
This is also my first poston this fabulous site. I really look forward to reading more about fragrance and everyone's reviews.
Timbuktu Mr Hebe kindly gave me back the £25 voucher that I gave him for Fathers Day.
A small bottle of 24 Faubourg, to continue my Maurice Roucel kick. And now I am putting myself on a forced purchase hiatus. Seriously. I hope. Maybe.
"So many scents, so little skin"...
Mr. Hebe just won Man Of The Year from all the BN ladies....How best to spend your scent gift certificate? ON YOUR WOMAN, of course!
My second bottle of vintage No 5 extrait (I think) came in the mail today. Stop on over at the Perfume Bottle Collecting forum and help me choose between the two I have!
My bottle of Sous le Vent arrived today from the fabulous Ruggles! Mmmm, good stuff
So, okay, I was a little obsessed...I drove 30 miles to another JCPenney and bought the last remaining Fracas, a cream for 8.00. I have never seen the cream anyplace else, so I was pleased. I bought grass seed on my way home just to look productive to DH. It may have been rainy, headachy and cold outside but my day off is officially a success!
Tomorrow is wee lady's first day of school.
It just happens that Mr. Mo needs a new watch battery, only available 45 minutes away at the nearest BIG mall. Which has a JCP. (but also a freestanding Sephora, so I'm not holding my breath.)
I'm not leaving empty handed at any rate, this I promise.
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Wow Orion! Nice work on the Fracas! That's rather mindblowing for me - can only find Fracas in one store in my city and it costs $150 for 50mL. Talk about massive markup!
I haven't been buying perfume lately (too broke!). Swapped for a bottle of Vivienne Westwood Boudoir though.
I bought MAC Africanimal and Naked Honey, samples of SSS Champagne de Bois,
and some more Ava Luxe Ambra Tibet.
I swapped a bottle of BVL Black