When one travels with a spouse who not only dislikes fragrance, but also may get headaches from being inside a shop, one picks and chooses one's excursions carefully. Also, really, I do love perfume, but I also love art, architecture, food, and chocolate shops. So I planned my French forays with great care.
I knew that I would buy Vol de Nuit parfum in Paris. Why? So that every time I would apply it, I would remember. I decided to forgo the trip to the Champs Elysees store to buy at Le Printemps because I had a coupon--well, I didn't read the small print! I still have my fabulous VdN, but next time I go to the crystal paradise that is the Guerlain flagship store.
Then I was off to the Divine store on rue Scribe. It was wonderful to see this underrated house in its own house! It is a lovely shop with a charming SA. We spoke about the need for a Divine presence in New York. Divine used to be carried at Takashimaya, but hasn't found a home since Tak closed. I recommended Henri Bendel and gave the address to the SA. And I bought L'Inspiratrice and L'Ame Soeur.
I finally visited Grasse. I have wanted to go ever since the perfume museum reopened in 2008. The museum was charming. Seeing the collection of vintage bottles behind glass was so tantalizing. Really, I wanted to crash through and smell Coty Chypre! The factory tours were predictable. But I did shop at the Molinard boutique. My daughter wanted Habanita parfum in the beautiful flacon. I bought Nirmala, which got a lot of love here on Basenotes several years ago. There was also a new release, Patchouli Intense, which I fell in love with. With such a purchase, the SA threw in a tasteful burlap bag, soaps, lavender edp, and loads of samples.
When I travel, I bring along decants and samples to use. What did I wear daily? Histoires de Parfums' 1969. It felt so right every single day. One of these days, I must get a big bottle.
After these two glorious weeks (or after a Sniffapalooza purchase orgy), I sit sated and can't imagine ever needing another new fragrance. Have you ever felt the same? It's funny how the feeling passes....