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    Default Shopping in Melbourne Australia.

    Title says it all really. I have tried a few scents in Myers and a couple of smaller shops. But I haven't found anywhere I can sample any of the less mainstream fragrances. I've done ok with some blind buys of the cheaper variety, (Salvador Dali, Ungaro) But after reading some of the reviews and forum posts on here, I am interested in getting my nose round some scents that don't come from the major designers.

    Any Victorians got any suggestions, I'd be grateful.

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    Welcome Austere.

    Check out:
    - Mecca Cosmetica in Myer CBD
    - Kleins in Fitzroy
    - Peony Haute Parfumerie in Hawthorn

    You'll be able to test a pretty big range of niche between these three.

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    http://www.basenotes.net/forums/48-Australia

    Have a look here. That's where your thread will be moved anyway. :-)

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    Thanks Laph. That looks exactly what I was looking for.

    And thank you, Candide. I pride myself on using the search functions. But it never occurred to me to search for an Aussie forum.

    Noice.

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    Default Re: Shopping in Melbourne Australia.

    Quote Originally Posted by Austere View Post
    Thanks Laph. That looks exactly what I was looking for.

    And thank you, Candide. I pride myself on using the search functions. But it never occurred to me to search for an Aussie forum.

    Noice.
    :-) I always find the shopping-guide-section very interesting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Candide View Post
    :-) I always find the shopping-guide-section very interesting.
    Cheers, mate. It just keeps getting better.

    What a site.

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    No probs.
    Also, if you're after any splits, you should check out the oz splits group - https://groups.google.com/forum/?fro...z-scent-splits

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    Are you sure you have done Myres properly? As well as the afore mentioned Mecca Cosmetica, which is easily overlooked because from a distance all one sees is a wall of lipstick, (Don't get me started on the Myres layout), the so called Fragrance Hall has quite a good range of what I consider niche; Frapin, HdP, Parfum d'Empire etc. The adjacent David Jones is also a veritable hunting ground for high quality fragrances if not exactly 'niche' eg, Annik Goutal. Both these locations have kept me amused fragrance wise for over a year now and I have yet to see the end. Good luck.

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    As Melvournis said, DJ's is often overlooked and you can find some real surprises there. I'd also check to see if anyone can shop at the duty free stores as well. I'm not too sure, but if they're any reflection of their stores behind the immigration counter at the airport, their ranges are pretty good.

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    Default Re: Shopping in Melbourne Australia.

    Like the others said, Myer and DJ's are often forgotten. Myer has the entire Guerlain L'Art de la Matiere line and DJ's have Creed, Tom Ford's Private Blend and Amouage. Mecca Cosmetica is excellent for getting started with niche, such as Serge Lutens, Comme des Garcons, Diptyque and Frederic Malle.

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    I think the Creeds at DJs is a Sydney thing and not available at the Melbourne store, unless I'm terribly mistaken, and I hope I am. But as broxwood says, good for all the other stuff including Armani collection prive and Jo Malone, right at the entrance.

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    I checked out both those stores on the net and didn't see much outside of the mainstream. And Myers I have been going thru at Highpoint. I sort of figured that a big chain like that would pretty much be the same from store to store. But no, huh?

    Guess a trip to the CDB would be the next stop on my journey.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Melvournis View Post
    I think the Creeds at DJs is a Sydney thing and not available at the Melbourne store, unless I'm terribly mistaken, and I hope I am. But as broxwood says, good for all the other stuff including Armani collection prive and Jo Malone, right at the entrance.
    Oops, assumed that all the CBD stores would be well stocked. Always thought Melbourne would have had a greater variety since it's considered to be the fashion capital of Australia, or am I mistaken?


    Quote Originally Posted by Austere View Post
    I checked out both those stores on the net and didn't see much outside of the mainstream. And Myers I have been going thru at Highpoint. I sort of figured that a big chain like that would pretty much be the same from store to store. But no, huh?

    Guess a trip to the CDB would be the next stop on my journey.
    I see what you mean after browsing through their sites. Since Myer and DJ's are predominantly focused on retail sales, they seem to have only listed the more popular fragrances online. A trip to the CBD would be most appropriate. Since they are yet to invent smell-o-vision, it's also only way you can try out some new scents.

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    Myer CBD Melb has the niche lines and Mecca inside - the other stores and online doesn't.

    DJ's Melb does have Creed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by laph View Post
    DJ's Melb does have Creed.
    The lady I spoke to, the other day, at Melbourne David Jones said that they don't stock Creed. I'll probably double check that sometime soon.
    Last edited by quislor; 27th July 2012 at 07:52 AM. Reason: "Myer David Jones"

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    Default Re: Shopping in Melbourne Australia.

    Melbourne DJ's does have not have creeds. They only have Amouage, Lubin, Costume National, Keiko, Robert Piguet, Tom ford PB, that's the last time I checked which was like a week ago. I live three blocks away from Peony and I can assure you that a huge stock of niche

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    That's really odd. Someone got me Creed samples from DJs Melb only a few months back.

    I'm going to ask what's going on. Seems very strange to get and remove Creed from the store that quickly.

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    My guess is that the Melbourne Creed came from Harrold's menswear in Collins St.

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    I was wrong about DJ's Melb getting Creed.

    They were supposed to, and even had Aventus samples for a little while, but the pin got pulled.

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    Quote Originally Posted by laph View Post
    I was wrong about DJ's Melb getting Creed.

    They were supposed to, and even had Aventus samples for a little while, but the pin got pulled.
    I wonder why? Creed seems to be doing well at DJ's in Sydney.

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    i wished DJ's Melb had some Creed for me to smell...
    i guess they don't have enough counter space for it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by laph View Post
    I was wrong about DJ's Melb getting Creed.
    Apology accepted.

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    *bump*

    Guys do you know if DJ/Myer in Melbourne (CBD) stock Serge Lutens, Frederic Malle or Bond no.9 ?
    The sense of smell, like a faithful counsellor, foretells its character.

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    Quote Originally Posted by inc0gnito View Post
    *bump*

    Guys do you know if DJ/Myer in Melbourne (CBD) stock Serge Lutens, Frederic Malle or Bond no.9 ?
    Mecca Cosmetics in Myer have Serge Lutens, Frederic Malle but no NO Bonds

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    DJs used to carry Bond No9; I am less certain about currently (haven't been to Melbourne this year, which is most unusual).

    I'll just add to the thread tho; and mention Chadstone for the Chanel boutique where you can try Les Exclusifs.

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    Went past Mecca cosmetics today, strange I never noticed it through all my visits to Myer in the CBD.
    It was like heaven when I saw Frederic Malle, Serge Lutens, Le Labo.

    Smelt all of them for the very first time after reading heaps about them.
    The sense of smell, like a faithful counsellor, foretells its character.

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    The last time I saw Bond for sale in Oz, was in DJ's Sydney CBD store. I haven't seen it anywhere else.

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    The uninformed SA from DJ's on Elizabeth street told me BONDS have been discontinued. I giggled

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dr_Rudi View Post
    DJs used to carry Bond No9; I am less certain about currently (haven't been to Melbourne this year, which is most unusual).

    I'll just add to the thread tho; and mention Chadstone for the Chanel boutique where you can try Les Exclusifs.
    Don't forget the Chanel boutique in Collins St. also for Les Exclusives. The Chadstone store is good to know as they carry the 75ml, which the city store doesn't.

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    Default Re: Shopping in Melbourne Australia.

    Hello
    The boutique in Flinders Lane called Christine, which is actually known for carrying ladies luxury accessories carries a good selection of fragrances, among them (I think) Creed. Worth a call?!?

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