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    Today I drove 30 minutes to go to Saks for the first time. Complete waste of time, the selection is worse than Nordstroms and there are no testers to even try anything. So on my way back I come across this house that had been turned into a perfume shop. Apparently it's been there 25 years but this is the first time I noticed it. The fragrance smell was extremely heavy going in and it took my senses a good 15-20 minutes to settle down.

    They have pretty much everything! Too many things to test in one trip, I fried my senses pretty quick. I did pick up a couple things while there:

    Serge Lutens - Chergui
    L Artisan Parfumeur - Fou d`Absinthe

    Got samples of the following:
    Serge Lutens - Serge Noire
    Serge Lutens - Fille en Aiguilles (wanted to buy this but they were out)
    Carthusia - Uomo
    Miller Harris - Feuilles de Tabac
    Amouage - Reflection Man


    I saw Montale's for the first time today, decided to go right to the wrist with one... MISTAKE! It was so strong and mind numbing, if I had a pocket knife with me I probably would have cut my arm off and thrown it out the window on the drive home. I'll definitely be going back next week, family owned business and everyone there is very helpful. They actually know their frags unlike most SA's at department stores.






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    lucky you!

    I've phone-ordered from them in the past, and it was a top-notch experience. If I remember correctly, they were selling the CdG Synthetic series for about $26 a pop, so I bought all of them!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oaksbluff View Post
    lucky you!

    I've phone-ordered from them in the past, and it was a top-notch experience. If I remember correctly, they were selling the CdG Synthetic series for about $26 a pop, so I bought all of them!
    They have an entire case full of CdG's, I almost bought Wonderwood.

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    Sounds like a nice find - cool little house.

    I think if I had to own just one Lutens and L'Artisan it would probably be Chergui & Fou d'Absinthe (with Daim Blond & Dzing coming a close second). And Amouage here we come, eh? hehehe

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    Quote Originally Posted by mr. reasonable View Post
    And Amouage here we come, eh? hehehe
    Yeah, Reflection smells great! I struggle with it being a EDT though, a $300 EDT, wtf?

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    Wow, I really envy you for having such a place to go to. Only in my wildest dreams.....

    Anyways, I thought you did pretty darn good. Chergui is nice ( although to me, kind of overhyped on Basenotes and other sites). The L'Artisan is a goodnutmeg and woods scent. Very nice haul !

    But whats with all this mass exageration in your posts ? 15-20 minutes for your senses to calm down ? You wanted to cut off your arm after spraying it with a Montale ? Montales are not that strong. Which Montale was it ?
    Seeking: Bottles/decants : of Midnight in Paris EDP, Aramis New West, Alain Delon Iquitos, Feeling Man, Gucci pour Homme, Essence of John Galliano, Oxford & Cambridge, Azzaro pour Homme (vintage),...etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Surfacing View Post
    But whats with all this mass exageration in your posts ? 15-20 minutes for your senses to calm down ? You wanted to cut off your arm after spraying it with a Montale ? Montales are not that strong. Which Montale was it ?
    No exaggeration, it took a good 15-20 minutes before I could smell anything. The perfume smell (woman's) when you first walk in is beyond anything my nose has had to deal with before. It's a house, and all the spraying/testing takes it's toll. It's also winter, so no windows or doors are open to air it out.

    The Montale was a black bottle and called something like Boise Vanilla (sp?). Total monstrosity!

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    Quote Originally Posted by PuddleMonkey View Post
    No exaggeration, it took a good 15-20 minutes before I could smell anything. The perfume smell (woman's) when you first walk in is beyond anything my nose has had to deal with before. It's a house, and all the spraying/testing takes it's toll. It's also winter, so no windows or doors are open to air it out.

    The Montale was a black bottle and called something like Boise Vanilla (sp?). Total monstrosity!
    Hmmm. This is one Montale I have not sampled yet, but I'll try to get ahold of a vial. Thanks for letting me know which one it was PM.
    Seeking: Bottles/decants : of Midnight in Paris EDP, Aramis New West, Alain Delon Iquitos, Feeling Man, Gucci pour Homme, Essence of John Galliano, Oxford & Cambridge, Azzaro pour Homme (vintage),...etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Surfacing View Post
    Hmmm. This is one Montale I have not sampled yet, but I'll try to get ahold of a vial. Thanks for letting me know which one it was PM.
    I just looked it up, it's called "Boise Vanille" and it's for women. I can tell you this though, if a woman got in my car smelling of this, I'd kick her out. Even if it were Arianny Celeste, she'd be walking.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PuddleMonkey View Post

    The Montale was a black bottle and called something like Boise Vanilla (sp?). Total monstrosity!
    LOL! I hear you on Boise Vanilla. Was it the first Montale you experienced? Report us back on Fille en Aiguilles (IMO a fantastic coniferous/incense that's extremely addictive). I see they carry the Carthusia. If you'll have the chance give a try to their 1681 (a woody iris and frankincense that fly, undeservedly, under the radar).


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    Quote Originally Posted by alfarom View Post
    LOL! I hear you on Boise Vanilla. Was it the first Montale you experienced? Report us back on Fille en Aiguilles (IMO a fantastic coniferous/incense that's extremely addictive). I see they carry the Carthusia. If you'll have the chance give a try to their 1681 (a woody iris and frankincense that fly, undeservedly, under the radar).
    I was actually trying to decide between Uomo and 1681 lol


    Yeah, that Boise V was my first Montale experience about a year ago. Yikes!

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    Quote Originally Posted by PuddleMonkey View Post
    I was actually trying to decide between Uomo and 1681 lol
    If you'll have the chance, sample it and wear it a couple of times. I grew up very fond of it. Sort of understated but incredibly compelling. A perfect everydays frag, IMO.


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    Good haul!

    I think you'll be very pleased with your bottles of Chergui and Fou d'Absinthe, two of the better ones from their respective houses.

    Lutens is one of my favorite houses, and IMO you got three really good ones. I think I'm becoming addicted to Fille en Aiguilles, especially now that it has gotten cooler.

    Feuilles de Tabac in also an excellent fragrance, one of my faves from Miller Harris. I like Reflection Man but it isn't one of my favorites from the Amouage line. But there are several members here who are crazy about it.

    I may have tested Carthusia Uomo years ago, but can't remember enough to comment on it. I'm interested to hear what you have to say about it.

    I predict that you'll probably end up getting full bottles of most of the ones you have samples for!

    BTW, interesting looking shop! Wouldn't it be fun to have a business like that?

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    Quote Originally Posted by noggs View Post

    I may have tested Carthusia Uomo years ago, but can't remember enough to comment on it. I'm interested to hear what you have to say about it.


    noggs

    Put it on about 30 minutes ago. Lots of berries. I can detect a light leather. Smells clean and classy. I usually avoid clean scents but I'd definitely wear this in the summer.

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    These terms EDT & EDP don't always give a true indication of what you're in store for with Amouage IMO. Reflection Man performs really well and seems to last forever for me . . .

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    Quote Originally Posted by PuddleMonkey View Post


    I saw Montale's for the first time today, decided to go right to the wrist with one... MISTAKE! It was so strong and mind numbing, if I had a pocket knife with me I probably would have cut my arm off and thrown it out the window on the drive home.
    Best laugh I've had all day!

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    Congrats on the Chergui and FdA. Both are excellent.

    Serge Noire - Good stuff. But it doesn't compare to his older scents.
    Fille en Aiguilles - Overrated, boring and not worth the price. Pass!
    Carthusia Uomo - Decent scent. Somewhat unique. Good for Summer.
    M/H - FdT - Decent scent. But there are much better tobacco fragrances out there IMO.
    Reflection - Top Notch. Excellent fragrance. I love it. (I have the old style bottle - I'm not sure if it was reformulated when they changed bottles.)
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    Quote Originally Posted by ajmc View Post
    Congrats on the Chergui and FdA. Both are excellent.

    Serge Noire - Good stuff. But it doesn't compare to his older scents.
    Fille en Aiguilles - Overrated, boring and not worth the price. Pass!
    Carthusia Uomo - Decent scent. Somewhat unique. Good for Summer.
    M/H - FdT - Decent scent. But there are much better tobacco fragrances out there IMO.
    Reflection - Top Notch. Excellent fragrance. I love it. (I have the old style bottle - I'm not sure if it was reformulated when they changed bottles.)
    I have some Miller Harris on now... not really liking it much. What are some better tobacco's?

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    Quote Originally Posted by PuddleMonkey View Post
    I have some Miller Harris on now... not really liking it much. What are some better tobacco's?
    Sonoma Scent Studio's Tabac Aurea. I highly recommend this one. Run, don't walk to try this beauty! Utterly astounding. Words fail me. This one will blow you away! Look up some reviews to get an idea. And while your at it, sample others from SSS. Laurie is extremely talented - most of her scents are amazing. http://www.sonomascentstudio.com/tabac4.shtml

    A few other great tobacco's are SMN's Acqua di Cuba and Czech & Speake's Cuba.

    Please forgive me if I'm rambling. Perhaps I shouldn't post after taking a xanax and drinking a few beers...
    You have know idea how long it took me to post this short message!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ajmc View Post
    Please forgive me if I'm rambling. Perhaps I shouldn't post after taking a xanax and drinking a few beers...
    You have know idea how long it took me to post this short message!

    Goodnight...!
    Haha, actually I do know. Both xanax and ambien make posting very difficult for me. I have to focus really hard and do my best not to nod off. lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by ajmc View Post
    Sonoma Scent Studio's Tabac Aurea. I highly recommend this one. Run, don't walk to try this beauty! Utterly astounding. Words fail me. This one will blow you away! Look up some reviews to get an idea. And while your at it, sample others from SSS. Laurie is extremely talented - most of her scents are amazing. http://www.sonomascentstudio.com/tabac4.shtml
    Just ordered the box set of 5 and 12 empty spray vials. Thanks!

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    My house is starting to beome a perfume house too. LOL.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bigsly View Post
    My house is starting to beome a perfume house too. LOL.
    I know what you mean. Some of the local SAs are telling me that I have more perfumes at home than they do in their shops!
    Currently wearing: Tribute Attar by Amouage

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    Congrats on getting the Serge Lutens and L'Artisan!

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    Congrats for the finds! Where is this nice shop (ie in which town)?

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    It's a wonderful shop!

    as i was reading your post, i thought ...it's got to be! it's very nice to see someone from my town
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    Quote Originally Posted by joshmpdx View Post
    It's a wonderful shop!

    as i was reading your post, i thought ...it's got to be! it's very nice to see someone from my town
    It's great! They're gonna get to know me very well, I'll probably be there every week. lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by PuddleMonkey View Post
    It's great! They're gonna get to know me very well, I'll probably be there every week. lol
    Be sure to leave your pocket knife at home. Fragrances don't smell so good on bloody stumps. Heh.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Diamondflame View Post
    Be sure to leave your pocket knife at home. Fragrances don't smell so good on bloody stumps. Heh.
    Actually, one of the best knife shops in Portland, Hawthorne Cutlery, is just block or so from Perfume House making it a double delight trip.

    But, if you think parking is bad downtown, that neighborhood is a real mess.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cacio View Post
    Congrats for the finds! Where is this nice shop (ie in which town)?

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