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    Quote Originally Posted by Nersh View Post
    I got one 3 days ago and turned out to be a local company, however its not here yet. I can see it now, they ship me L'Instant PH instead of extreme by accident, which i already own. Paid 65.00 and they said it was shipped yesterday. Will see.
    This order was canceled on me for the 3rd time. Thats 3 strikes with this frag. I finally ordered it and its in the mail I hope. But I have seen it here on BN a few times.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nersh View Post
    This order was canceled on me for the 3rd time. Thats 3 strikes with this frag. I finally ordered it and its in the mail I hope. But I have seen it here on BN a few times.
    Someone is selling it for 90 dollars including shipping. Why not buy from them rather than amazon? Always nice to support a basenoter...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dorje123 View Post
    Are all Icelanders so judgemental?
    Dorje, I don't think he mean to be rude. The opposite of what he said could be said in the same way to europeans. I've heard a lot from Americans me being so serious (maybe our humor is different?), so real, not having fun, not smiling (especially for french people). But it is obvious there is a huge cultural difference and this can be best seen in daily life such as buying something or shopping. Although I've had many good american friends, the average american (especially in Los Angles) is shockingly superficial, being always "nice" about things, as oolafsson said, sometimes hiding what they really think which later all start sickening you. But I know that not everyone the same and there are good and bad people in all countries. But I think these words should not be thought as "judgemental". I am sorry if I offended you but these are my humble opinions and I had to tell them
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    Quote Originally Posted by shadow_shooter View Post
    Dorje, I don't think he mean to be rude. The opposite of what he said could be said in the same way to europeans. I've heard a lot being so serious, so real, not having fun, not smiling (especially for french people). But it is obvious there is a huge cultural difference and they can be seen best in daily life like buying something or shopping. Although I've had many good american friends, the average (especially in Los Angles) is shocking superficial, lacking sense being always "nice" about things which later starts sickening you. But I know not all the same and there are good and bad people in all countries. But I think these words should not be thought as "judgemental". I am sorry if I offended you but these are my humble opinions and I had to tell them
    Every place has it's quirks. It's what makes the world interesting. Some people like certain things, other's don't. My intention is never to insult anyone, just offer my experience of something.

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    Quote Originally Posted by oolafsson View Post
    Someone is selling it for 90 dollars including shipping. Why not buy from them rather than amazon? Always nice to support a basenoter...
    Its kinda hard to tell if someone is going to sell a certain frag here on BN. You could literally wait months for one you want.

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    Quote Originally Posted by oolafsson View Post
    I agree with the Sephora thing. 5-10 years ago Sephora was a lot different; I felt like they had a lot of variety, but these days they definitely don't carry as much as they used to. I think they understand perfume though. Just give me some testers, strips, and a wall of perfumes, and I can decide for myself. I don't want to be patrolled by some fascist who is trying to force me to buy something when all I want to do is see what the damned thing smells like. It's completely unnecessary. If I want a detailed rundown of a fragrance, I'm fully capable of finding a sales representative on the floor and asking them. Sometimes I just want to sniff something for a couple of seconds and walk away. Department store representatives make you feel like you need to engage in a conversation about it, and then they slant the conversation in every way possible, trying to get you to admit it's a nice fragrance. Plenty of fragrances are pleasant, but *newsflash*, that doesn't mean I'm going to buy it right then and there.
    Very well said. I can't agree more. One thing about Sephora, I was looking for DHI a few days ago. I called one of their stores and the SA politely gave me the number of "their biggest store in California". I was amazed that I would finally be able to visit a place and try many different perfumes. I called the store to make sure and the lady asserted me "it's the biggest Sephora and we have a huge wall of perfumes". Well, they were right, the store was BIG but the variety was all the same! I mean they just put extra decor between shelves filling up that tremendous space but the selection was the same. I got disappointed. I mean, it's sad but true cosmetics can be bought from europe and electronics can be bought from here. But anyway...

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    Quote Originally Posted by shadow_shooter View Post
    Dorje, I don't think he mean to be rude. The opposite of what he said could be said in the same way to europeans. I've heard a lot from Americans me being so serious (maybe our humor is different?), so real, not having fun, not smiling (especially for french people). But it is obvious there is a huge cultural difference and this can be best seen in daily life such as buying something or shopping. Although I've had many good american friends, the average american (especially in Los Angles) is shockingly superficial, being always "nice" about things, as oolafsson said, sometimes hiding what they really think which later all start sickening you. But I know that not everyone the same and there are good and bad people in all countries. But I think these words should not be thought as "judgemental". I am sorry if I offended you but these are my humble opinions and I had to tell them

    I used to work in Denmark and have 2 sisters in Germany so I am well aware of the cultural differences. I much prefer working in Europe, mostly because of what you said about Americans hiding what they really think and putting work above family. Also, Europeans don't work as much. Some might consider Europeans lazy and rude because of that, but IMO that's not a constructive way to think about it. In the same way, interpreting American's behavior as greedy and superficial isn't constructive. Either way is looking at things in a negative, judgmental way. There are actually reasons behind what you consider superficial behavior, especially at work. We cannot get away with being as direct as most Europeans, if you want to keep your job... so most Americans are forced to smile and conceal opinions at times. That doesn't mean they are superficial, it's mostly about social convention. Believe me, I know... I worked for the Danes for a couple years and it was great. I lasted a matter of weeks when the project was transferred to Americans. My behavior was acceptable and normal in Denmark, but was seen as rude and confrontational in the US. So in general I agree with your assessment of Americans, but using blanket statement that come off as negative and judgmental isn't necessary.

    Anyway, no big deal...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dorje123 View Post
    I used to work in Denmark and have 2 sisters in Germany so I am well aware of the cultural differences. I much prefer working in Europe, mostly because of what you said about Americans hiding what they really think and putting work above family. Also, Europeans don't work as much. Some might consider Europeans lazy and rude because of that, but IMO that's not a constructive way to think about it. In the same way, interpreting American's behavior as greedy and superficial isn't constructive. Either way is looking at things in a negative, judgmental way. There are actually reasons behind what you consider superficial behavior, especially at work. We cannot get away with being as direct as most Europeans, if you want to keep your job... so most Americans are forced to smile and conceal opinions at times. That doesn't mean they are superficial, it's mostly about social convention. Believe me, I know... I worked for the Danes for a couple years and it was great. I lasted a matter of weeks when the project was transferred to Americans. My behavior was acceptable and normal in Denmark, but was seen as rude and confrontational in the US. So in general I agree with your assessment of Americans, but using blanket statement that come off as negative and judgmental isn't necessary.

    Anyway, no big deal...
    I just like honesty of your thoughts. Don't get me wrong but I've never seen an american who would/could talk the way you wrote here. So, your thoughts will definitely be a part of my experience here. I understand how hard it could be to express your true thoughts in a work setting here due to cultural differences but I guess this evidently and eventually shifts to real life interactions of people. I've even sensed this even in usual friendships. I think it is the effect of pavlov's dog. They learn not to expose their inner feelings openly. I mean at the end you get that "flat feeling" from americans that they don't care about things which happen around them. I think this bugs many people from Europe. but hey, if we chose to be here we should accept it as a part of our experience. This is what I've been doing and pretty sure it's valid for oolafssson. People like you, though amazingly rare, continue to improve my image of americans here. I'm glad you contributed with your own opinions here. They mean more to me than your first question here. Anyway BACK to perfumes, I think

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    Quote Originally Posted by shadow_shooter View Post
    I just like honesty of your thoughts. Don't get me wrong but I've never seen an american who would/could talk the way you wrote here. So, your thoughts will definitely be a part of my experience here. I understand how hard it could be to express your true thoughts in a work setting here due to cultural differences but I guess this evidently and eventually shifts to real life interactions of people. I've even sensed this even in usual friendships. I think it is the effect of pavlov's dog. They learn not to expose their inner feelings openly. I mean at the end you get that "flat feeling" from americans that they don't care about things which happen around them. I think this bugs many people from Europe. but hey, if we chose to be here we should accept it as a part of our experience. This is what I've been doing and pretty sure it's valid for oolafssson. People like you, though amazingly rare, continue to improve my image of americans here. I'm glad you contributed with your own opinions here. They mean more to me than your first question here. Anyway BACK to perfumes, I think
    That's a good point, I guess it depends on the crowd you keep company with... I tend to gravitate towards people that are similar to myself, or will tolerate me. I have not thought about the effect of millions of people putting on a fake smile for 40-50 hours a week might have on society, even more troubling is the lack of morality and ethical behavior in the business world. I admit I don't mix well with corporate America, for this exact reason. Maybe I need to move to Germany with my sister, it might suit me... plus I love European women.

    on topic... my l'instant extreme should be here soon, I picked one up while it was still available, cost me $103 shipped. I should be able to pass it on with a minimal loss if I don't like it. I really don't have any frag even remotely like it, so I can't predict how I might like it. The reviews are overwhelmingly positive, more than I've ever seen I think... so maybe it will be worth the risk.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dorje123 View Post
    That's a good point, I guess it depends on the crowd you keep company with... I tend to gravitate towards people that are similar to myself, or will tolerate me. I have not thought about the effect of millions of people putting on a fake smile for 40-50 hours a week might have on society, even more troubling is the lack of morality and ethical behavior in the business world. I admit I don't mix well with corporate America, for this exact reason. Maybe I need to move to Germany with my sister, it might suit me... plus I love European women.

    on topic... my l'instant extreme should be here soon, I picked one up while it was still available, cost me $103 shipped. I should be able to pass it on with a minimal loss if I don't like it. I really don't have any frag even remotely like it, so I can't predict how I might like it. The reviews are overwhelmingly positive, more than I've ever seen I think... so maybe it will be worth the risk.
    Sounds good. please update us with your impressions.

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    Not only there are cultural differences between places, but also distribution differences. : )

    L'Instant de Guerlain pour Homme Eau Extreme is available at Guerlain counters here for around $87. I got two bottles (1 retail bottle & 1 tester) online (local seller) for less than $40 each.

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    I think one of the things that is so fascinating about this fragrance is that negative reviews of it are as hard to find as the fragrance itself.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zliang View Post
    Not only there are cultural differences between places, but also distribution differences. : )

    L'Instant de Guerlain pour Homme Eau Extreme is available at Guerlain counters here for around $87. I got two bottles (1 retail bottle & 1 tester) online (local seller) for less than $40 each.
    Yup it's amazing how something will be as abundant as water somewhere and impossible to find somewhere else. Guess guerlain didn't think the American market would be interested.

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    Quote Originally Posted by karown View Post
    I think one of the things that is so fascinating about this fragrance is that negative reviews of it are as hard to find as the fragrance itself.
    Nothing negative to say, it is a great scent. But the EDT will do you just as good. I sprayed 3 sprays of this to the chest and one on the wrist today and it stays so close to the skin that i could barley smell it a few min later. Very minimal projection and sillage. I will try the same thing w the EDT tomorrow.
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    Quote Originally Posted by karown View Post
    Yup it's amazing how something will be as abundant as water somewhere and impossible to find somewhere else. Guess guerlain didn't think the American market would be interested.
    Guy at Guerlain boutique says that they do not have a contract to import this from Guerlain France. He says that he is trying to prove to France that there is a market here. You can order a 1000ml flacon from him for $1800 though.....but he has to order 10 of those at a time and they have to be presold.......
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    heperd can you update us with your impressions with edt? is it also staying very close to skin? Because I felt it was the opposite for me. the projection and longevity were really good but it was one spray so I'm not sure what it would be if I wore it completely

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