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    Default Re: Basenotes Las Vegas Meetup October 5, 6 & 7th 2012 FINAL ITINERARY

    AWESOME! (as l'MdM would put it... )

    Thanks, Mike - that was great! I love all the details of what you were thinking.

    I will add my Barney's recollections shortly as well...
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    In love with googl.plex's sense of style -- real men rock pink and skinny!

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    Anima Dulcis smells so great on Mike. I am glad more people are discovering this line. It was so great to see so many people discover new favorites.

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    (((Mikie)))!!! What a read! I can just *feel* you, your personality, your humor, your way of speaking, in your report. And I love all of the photos! LOL @ the casino men's room scrub up. That really did make me giggle. ♥ Love to you all. Keep 'em coming.

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    Thanks L. I'll post more later on...

    One more thing I forgot to mention about Barney's - the men's bathroom is gorgeous! I just had to take a photo of it with my phone. (giggle)

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    Ditto Redneck's AWESOME!!! Mike, you're making me giggle so much! Your reporting is so fun, so you! And Rednecks, too! Everyone's reporting is fun! Wheeeeee... Thanks so much, you all, for sharing. It's really wonderful to see you all having such a good time. Wish I could have been there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Redneck Perfumisto View Post
    AWESOME! (as l'MdM would put it... )
    Almost...his would be like...

    Awesome!


    Thank you all for sharing the pics and stories. I love reading them - a vicarious thrill.

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    Thank you all for sharing the pics and stories. I love reading them - a vicarious thrill.
    It's been fun reading all the stories ... wish I could have been there!
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    Love this thread!! Can't wait for the Guerlain episode. Thanks for sharing the stories and pics!

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    SATURDAY MORNING - Part 2

    One word: Guerlain.

    Need I say more? I mean c'mon. This is Guerlain people. Just being inside the friggin boutique surrounded by my BN peeps was so fantastic. Everyone here knows it's my favorite house, and that I wear Shalimar every day to bed, so I'm a certified Fan Club Member and yet nothing can quite prepare you when you're surrounded by all of them in a shop, with fellow devotees. It was awesome.

    We got there after lunch, and Jonathan and Georgeanne (the SA's) both went around and introduced themselves. They made a little poster board welcoming us:



    It's little details like this that really made me feel welcomed, I'm sure everyone else will agree.

    We all sort of hovered for a few minutes in front of all of the bottles, like deer-in-the-headlights for a few seconds. My inner dialogue sounded something like this: 'OMG, OMG...what am I going to smell first...OMG, look they have the L'Deserts d'Orient, OMG, they have the Voyage Series, OMG they have ALL of the classics in Parfum/extrait, OMG...OMG...OMG'. Thank God for Jonathan, because he snapped his fingers and got everyone to focus and headed on over to let us smell the brand new, exclusive, limited-edition L'Abeille aux Ailes Argent Parfum 2012. They didn't have the actual huge beeshaped bottle in the store, but they had a mini tester (that for a second, knit at nite and I considered throwing in her purse!). We all stood around him while he talked about, listed the notes, etc. It costs..wait for it...$23,978.35 USD. No kidding. I almost laughed out loud when I found that out...and honestly after you've smelled a $24,000 fragrance (and mind you, I didn't really like it all that much...I thought I would like it, but no...I didn't...and I sprayed it on SKIN baby...but still...didn't stir me at all) then the $200-$300 bottles that are in the store seem...well...affordable. It's insane but it's true. LOL

    So, Jonathan put the display book away and we all helped ourselves to whatever we wanted to smell. Many of us smelled all three of the L'Deserts d'Orient trio and I ended up liking the Encens Mythique d'Orient the best. But I don't really **need** another incense scent and not one as high-priced as this one. The rose one was my least favorite, the Songe d’un Bois d’Été was very clever and daring, IMO...but alas, also a little too stratospherically priced to get me to buy it.

    There were a few things that I was surprised they didn't have in the shop: I thought they might have testers for those super new L'Heure Bleue flankers that are part of that box set, but no. They didn't have Habit Rouge L'Extrait or Habit Rouge L'Eau or Guerlain Homme L'Eau Boisée - WTH? Also, Shalimar Parfum Initial L'Eau - no. Same for Le Bolshoi, not there.

    There were also a few things that I saw for sale in the shop, that I didn't expect to: Sous le Vent, for instance (which I thought had been discontinued...or am I mistaken?) - same for Vetiver Pour Elle, wasn't that axed? And this really wonderfully scented candle, that was burning near the register, that I'd never heard about at all (cannot remember the name!). Same for that glitter-spray-Liu-scented-powder that matildaben mentioned above.

    At one point into the scented chaos Georgeanne popped open a bottle of champagne and offered Perrier to all of us - for the ultimate Big Pimpin Guerlain experience. The smell of Champagne and Guerlainade swirling all around me - our heads were spinning. I kept wishing some of my buddies here on Basenotes who I know love Guerlain were there with us, you would have loved it.

    At one point, I finally got around to smelling the one scent that I had been wanting to smell all afternoon, Shanghai - the newest in the Guerlain Voyage Series. I had heard that it had a real almondy vibe to it and this piqued my interest. Both Redneck Perfumisto and I fell under it's spell after a few minutes and we both bought a bottle. It's a woody floral scent of anise, ginger, orange blossom, almond, cardamom, ylang-ylang, jasmine, iris, mimosa, cedarwood, patchouli, vanilla and sandalwood. In the box there is the coolest fold out brochure of the city of Shanghai, like a little travel map: it's adorable! I'll have to post a picture on the thread for the scent. I also bought some Shalimar Shower Gel.

    Best moment of the afternoon: Watching Redneck smell Apres l'Ondee for the first time, after I had talked about it earlier at Barney's, when we were smelling L'Eau d'Hiver by Frederic Malle (which Jean Claude Ellena, before he went to Hermes, made in 'honor' to Apres l'Ondee). His eyes were closed when he was smelling it and I could see him really get 'lost' in it.

    Trivia tip of the day: I asked Jonathan if any of the other classics were made into Shower Gels and he said that only Samsara was, but...that for some limited customers Guerlain will make Mitsouko soap...which was news to me. I have one bar of vintage Mistsouko soap that was gifted to me by a kind Basenoter but I had no idea that they still had it in limited production.

    We rang up our purchases, took a ton of group pictures and then headed out for Dior (super late, since we spent WAY TOO MUCH TIME in Guerlain, oops!)

    Here's the pics (compliments to Redneck Pefumisto, the photographer):





    Basenotes meets L'Abeille Aux Ailes Argent Oh My God I Can't Believe This Thing Is So Expensive Why Can't We Just Steal The Tiny Tester Bottle




    Al Gae and Googl.plex...and about fifty tester strips on the table in front of them (Redneck had to pull out his pen and start writing the names of the scents on them, since we were getting confused!)



    Redneck P, knit at nite, me and half of Warum - I can't remember what I was looking at in that photo...I was probably over hearing the price of something I couldn't afford. (In case you're wondering, my shirt said 'Free Bear Hugs')



    The from-behind-the-counter-shot (Jonathan, Georgeanne's back, Warum, knit at nite [waiting to be made up], matildaben and Shiny Beast [enjoying some chocolate for the first time...[inside joke]].




    knit - in full on Diva Mode (she's so stylish!!)




    The 10 Gallon (or something crazy like that) bottle of Shalimar Parfum Initial and me looking to see if I can sneak it into my backpack!



    Redneck Perfumisto - mid-sniff (note: Mrs. Redneck Perfumisto is not here at Guerlain - I'm sure she was halfway through the Chippendales show by this time, right Red?)



    The 'mystery' Guerlain candle that smelled so darn good!



    The whole gang (with considerable less cash in our pockets, at this point, but lot's of warm spots in our hearts!)


    To be continued...
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    Quote Originally Posted by lilybelle View Post
    (((Mikie)))!!! What a read! I can just *feel* you, your personality, your humor, your way of speaking, in your report. And I love all of the photos! LOL @ the casino men's room scrub up. That really did make me giggle. ♥ Love to you all. Keep 'em coming.
    Oh, yes - in real life, Mike is just like you experience him here, only MORE so! It was a real pleasure, and it's a good thing he's married to Ray, or my wife would be entertaining thoughts of chasing him down. She *loved* meeting him!

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    Quote Originally Posted by turquoisewater View Post
    Ditto Redneck's AWESOME!!! Mike, you're making me giggle so much! Your reporting is so fun, so you! And Rednecks, too! Everyone's reporting is fun! Wheeeeee... Thanks so much, you all, for sharing. It's really wonderful to see you all having such a good time. Wish I could have been there.
    Yes, we did have a good time! OMG - I think I added like 5-10% to my entire stock of lifetime fragrance memories! This was *huge*!

    Quote Originally Posted by lilybelle View Post
    Almost...his would be like...

    Awesome!


    Thank you all for sharing the pics and stories. I love reading them - a vicarious thrill.
    LOL!!!
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    I totally had a great time at the Guerlain store. The staff was fantastic, and very patient with me. I felt a little blasphemous when I couldn't answer the question "What is your favorite Guerlain?" It wasn't because I had a list I couldn't decide upon, rather it was because I had yet to find one that I was comfortable wearing. I enjoy all styles of perfumes, but very heavy, powdery fragrances often turn me off. Mike and I had a discussion about the difference between enjoying classic perfumes or more modern perfumes. I'm definitely more of a modern perfume lover. And Guerlain, of course, thrives with its classics, and its classical style, which so many love. I've found some very striking, but they just don't feel like "me".

    Also, I hadn't had so much experience with Guerlain in general, although some of the generous ladies here at BN have educated me a bit, and I've done my share of sampling the easy-to-obtain masculines. Overall I was woefully undereducated about what they had to offer. Needless to say I don't feel so much like that anymore! They certainly had far too many choices to really process everything. I joined in the sampling of Les Deserts d'Oriente, and personally found Encens Mythique d'Orient to be very nice, and I may have to look into it a little more...

    I eventually made my way into the corner where the Guerlain Homme family was hiding - they did have the l'eau Boise, Mike, I didn't know you were looking for it. I sprayed some on my hand! Not too bad. But I found myself taken away, on the recommendation of Redneck Perfumisto, by Guerlain Homme Intense. Normally, I really take my time with a scent, but I really enjoyed this guy (and still do!) and have to admit I was kind of swept up in the whole mood... so I snapped it up. It's a little nutty when a bunch of basenoters get together like this! I'm really enjoying the GHI though, it has a wonderful yet soft sillage, woody, slightly sweet, balanced with a semi-tart rhubarb, with a lingering tinge of mint. Mmmmm... I think this would be something great to wear on a first date.

    I was also somewhat taken by LÁme d’un Héros, and brought home a little sample of it as well. Another benefit of hanging with basenoters - Mike informed me that it's basically the same thing as Coriolan, which can be found at a fraction of the price. Although I do like those wood-framed bottles.

    I also enjoyed the champagne (more than most), and was in no way focused any more when we wandered over to the Dior boutique...

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    Quote Originally Posted by mikeperez23 View Post
    SATURDAY MORNING - Part 2

    One word: Guerlain.

    Need I say more? I mean c'mon. This is Guerlain people. Just being inside the friggin boutique surrounded by my BN peeps was so fantastic. Everyone here knows it's my favorite house, and that I wear Shalimar every day to bed, so I'm a certified Fan Club Member and yet nothing can quite prepare you when you're surrounded by all of them in a shop, with fellow devotees. It was awesome.

    We got there after lunch, and Jonathan and Georgeanne (the SA's) both went around and introduced themselves. They made a little poster board welcoming us:



    It's little details like this that really made me feel welcomed, I'm sure everyone else will agree.
    Oh, yes - it was fantastic. What you can't see in the picture is the champagne, the Perrier, and the assorted chocolates below the sign. But it was the photographer's choice between a bunch of phenylethanolamine and ethanol below the sign, or that gorgeous model above. You people know me - intoxicating beauty wins over standard intoxicants anytime!

    (BTW, my wife has those same type Guerlain lipsticks in the little silvery containers that pop open a mirror when you open them - she *loves* them!)

    Quote Originally Posted by mikeperez23 View Post
    We all sort of hovered for a few minutes in front of all of the bottles, like deer-in-the-headlights for a few seconds. My inner dialogue sounded something like this: 'OMG, OMG...what am I going to smell first...OMG, look they have the L'Deserts d'Orient, OMG, they have the Voyage Series, OMG they have ALL of the classics in Parfum/extrait, OMG...OMG...OMG'. Thank God for Jonathan, because he snapped his fingers and got everyone to focus and headed on over to let us smell the brand new, exclusive, limited-edition L'Abeille aux Ailes Argent Parfum 2012. They didn't have the actual huge beeshaped bottle in the store, but they had a mini tester (that for a second, knit at nite and I considered throwing in her purse!). We all stood around him while he talked about, listed the notes, etc. It costs..wait for it...$23,978.35 USD. No kidding. I almost laughed out loud when I found that out...and honestly after you've smelled a $24,000 fragrance (and mind you, I didn't really like it all that much...I thought I would like it, but no...I didn't...and I sprayed it on SKIN baby...but still...didn't stir me at all) then the $200-$300 bottles that are in the store seem...well...affordable. It's insane but it's true. LOL
    Absolutely! I never thought of it, but it's some kind of trick. Next to the 24K fragrance, those normal Guerlain prices seem scandalously inexpensive. Oy!

    OK - let me talk about that fragrance. I, personally, loved it, but not enough to even think I'd prefer it to a Mini Cooper, which can be had at the same price, and is pretty damn cute, too. But still - it's nice. NOT for everybody. I almost thought it was better on paper, where it is very warm and ambery without being overtly ambery (nice trick). It does have a certain very compelling warmth, and it reminded me of a facet of Secrets of Sophie that I loved. On skin it was more complex and also very nice. It evokes honey, and on skin it evokes flowers in a field as well. But it was *not* as tempting as either Après L'Ondee or Shanghai (coming up) - at least for me, personally. But when I smelled this on knit, for one moment, I felt like I "got" it, and could easily see a rich man buying it for his honey. No pun intended!

    Quote Originally Posted by mikeperez23 View Post
    So, Jonathan put the display book away and we all helped ourselves to whatever we wanted to smell. Many of us smelled all three of the L'Deserts d'Orient trio and I ended up liking the Encens Mythique d'Orient the best. But I don't really **need** another incense scent and not one as high-priced as this one. The rose one was my least favorite, the Songe d’un Bois d’Été was very clever and daring, IMO...but alas, also a little too stratospherically priced to get me to buy it.
    None of these grabbed me, though I thought they were all very respectable. I'm a rose guy, and I'm a bit sick of all the Western oud/rose combinations that basically explore minor facets of kick-ass rose attars in the same way that commercial jingles explore classical symphonies. But I liked this rose, and of all three, that was actually my favorite. But it just didn't *GRAB* me, and that was my entry point to pull out the wallet. I'm getting very good at spotting stuff right on the spot that I know will lead to infatuation. Kinda like the first time I saw my wife. So I need to really feel some kind of connection to drop Guerlain money.

    Quote Originally Posted by mikeperez23 View Post
    There were a few things that I was surprised they didn't have in the shop: I thought they might have testers for those super new L'Heure Bleue flankers that are part of that box set, but no. They didn't have Habit Rouge L'Extrait or Habit Rouge L'Eau or Guerlain Homme L'Eau Boisée - WTH? Also, Shalimar Parfum Initial L'Eau - no. Same for Le Bolshoi, not there.
    You know, I was wondering the same thing. I really wanted to see those L'HB flankers and SPIL'E. OH! But Al Gae found Boisée! I'll point it out in the picture it's in! Hidden away in the absolute corner of the store! I was even able to snag a bottle. Not the greatest version of this scent, IMO, but it's enjoyable. I think I'm going to really like it next summer.

    Quote Originally Posted by mikeperez23 View Post
    There were also a few things that I saw for sale in the shop, that I didn't expect to: Sous le Vent, for instance (which I thought had been discontinued...or am I mistaken?) - same for Vetiver Pour Elle, wasn't that axed? And this really wonderfully scented candle, that was burning near the register, that I'd never heard about at all (cannot remember the name!). Same for that glitter-spray-Liu-scented-powder that matildaben mentioned above.
    Oh, man - I should have thought about Sous le Vent! Darn - missed that. However, I did NOT miss Vetiver Pour Elle! I had been watching for that one, and I had HOPED desperately that it would be there. It was all that I had hoped. Knit had given me a sample of this, and while I actually didn't sniff the sample before I smelled it in the store, that sample held me over until this was delivered to my home (didn't want to travel with it, so I had it shipped). Vetiver Pour Elle is definitely a favorite vetiver. It's interesting. Right next to the skin, it's smoky floral in a scandalous "I'm wearing my boyfriend's 3me Homme" way, and I think it would smell great up close. HOWEVER, it's even better (and much different) off the skin. About a foot or two away, it has this really harmonic sillage that is wonderfully feminine and young but not girly. And guy-pull-offable in a way that might be described as Tiffany For Men meets Dior Homme. I just had to own this sucker!!! Googl.plex was also captivated by it, and I think he was planning to come back and stock up.

    Quote Originally Posted by mikeperez23 View Post
    At one point into the scented chaos Georgeanne popped open a bottle of champagne and offered Perrier to all of us - for the ultimate Big Pimpin Guerlain experience. The smell of Champagne and Guerlainade swirling all around me - our heads were spinning. I kept wishing some of my buddies here on Basenotes who I know love Guerlain were there with us, you would have loved it.
    I almost think this should get done again sometime. Maybe in a couple of years, when Guerlain has plenty of new stuff on the market? I do think people would have an amazing time. Hell, yeah, I'd come back!

    Quote Originally Posted by mikeperez23 View Post
    At one point, I finally got around to smelling the one scent that I had been wanting to smell all afternoon, Shanghai - the newest in the Guerlain Voyage Series. I had heard that it had a real almondy vibe to it and this piqued my interest. Both Redneck Perfumisto and I fell under it's spell after a few minutes and we both bought a bottle. It's a woody floral scent of anise, ginger, orange blossom, almond, cardamom, ylang-ylang, jasmine, iris, mimosa, cedarwood, patchouli, vanilla and sandalwood. In the box there is the coolest fold out brochure of the city of Shanghai, like a little travel map: it's adorable! I'll have to post a picture on the thread for the scent. I also bought some Shalimar Shower Gel.
    Shanghai really captured me. On skin, it was just wonderful. It's sweet but complex, and finely balanced in a variety of nice components. The sweetness just took off like a rocket, and I kept saying to myself "This is too good. It has to end." But it just kept truckin' on - getting better and better. After a while I was sold! It's a great scent. Mister Reasonable thinks it evokes old 1930's Shanghai, and I think I know the parts of the fragrance he's talking about. They're quietly hiding in there, and they are what give the scent the finely worked complexity that sets it apart. BUT - the part I love is the overall modernity in which those pieces are set. This is a really wearable fragrance, that can be worn now, by real people who wear real scents to real jobs. It's not just something for special occasions. And not just that - it's totally relevant to this mainstream cowboy, who follows the current releases that people out in sport-land love, despite the rolling of many eyes in some places. That may begin with a B. I really enjoyed that part. I've been testing Habit Rouge variants recently thanks to rubegon, and while I love them, they're not *me*. They're a great smell, but they're classic in a way that just doesn't fit me. But Shanghai has the part of Habit Rouge that I like, but with some kind of modern twist. I wanted to call it Habit Rouge with skyscrapers. And yet it's *very* Guerlain. A quality, uncompromising Guerlain presence. It is unmistakably Guerlain. And *NOT* stereotyped. I don't feel like I'm being bashed on the head with watery, faint, prejudicial, and even compromised ideas about what an "Asian-themed" scent should smell like. No. This is Guerlain which somehow stays fully French but speaks for Shanghai. Bravo! This was my "must-have" bottle. Vetiver Pour Elle only got a ride in the bag by winking and blowing kisses. Shanghai was the Big Story perfume that had to be bought!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by mikeperez23 View Post
    Best moment of the afternoon: Watching Redneck smell Apres l'Ondee for the first time, after I had talked about it earlier at Barney's, when we were smelling L'Eau d'Hiver by Frederic Malle (which Jean Claude Ellena, before he went to Hermes, made in 'honor' to Apres l'Ondee). His eyes were closed when he was smelling it and I could see him really get 'lost' in it.
    Yes, that was a *great* moment. I finally "got" Apres l'Ondee - instant respect. It was one of those significant moments that tell me Chandler Burr and Octavian are not only NOT blowing smoke about fragrance being an art form - it may be the art form to beat. It is terribly hard to turn a list of organic chemicals into something that evokes a moment in time - where it is *your* mind that does the painting. So I was doing a bit of a happy dance, knowing that all the discussion of this scent has been truly justified.

    Quote Originally Posted by mikeperez23 View Post
    Trivia tip of the day: I asked Jonathan if any of the other classics were made into Shower Gels and he said that only Samsara was, but...that for some limited customers Guerlain will make Mitsouko soap...which was news to me. I have one bar of vintage Mistsouko soap that was gifted to me by a kind Basenoter but I had no idea that they still had it in limited production.

    We rang up our purchases, took a ton of group pictures and then headed out for Dior (super late, since we spent WAY TOO MUCH TIME in Guerlain, oops!)

    Here's the pics (compliments to Redneck Pefumisto, the photographer):
    Glad I did take some pictures. I actually missed a bunch of opportunities, but I'm glad that we spent SO much time there, we still got a good number!!!

    My wife wanted me to skip Dior, but they had been so patient, waiting for us, I felt that I simply had to visit the boutique out of respect for their exemplary treatment of us. And I'm glad that I did, too!

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    Basenotes meets L'Abeille Aux Ailes Argent Oh My God I Can't Believe This Thing Is So Expensive Why Can't We Just Steal The Tiny Tester Bottle
    LOL!!!

    Yeah, I almost wanted to get an arm wet with this stuff, but it was pretty strong, and I didn't want to mess with the old sniffer. I needed it for some stuff I could actually afford!!!

    Isn't that winged bee bottle beautiful, though? Just amazing!

    OH!!!

    The bottom picture is the one where you can see L'Homme Eau Boisée!!! It's in the front, right corner on top of the display in the back. The order on the stand from left to right is L'Homme EDP Intense, L'Homme EDT, and L'Homme Eau Boisée. I got to smell Intense on Al Gae's arm, and it was no surprise that he bought a bottle. In fact, my bottle will be perilously dry in a couple of years......

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    Al Gae and Googl.plex...and about fifty tester strips on the table in front of them (Redneck had to pull out his pen and start writing the names of the scents on them, since we were getting confused!)
    Oh, man - it was a logistical nightmare on the blotters - we were sniffing like maniacs! Completely ungentlemanly - we were ignoring our hosts like a bunch of sniffin' zombies! Half of the reason for labeling was just to keep the testers from piling up like rubbish. Each blotter probably got 30-40 sniffs. We wuz BAD.

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    Redneck P, knit at nite, me and half of Warum - I can't remember what I was looking at in that photo...I was probably over hearing the price of something I couldn't afford. (In case you're wondering, my shirt said 'Free Bear Hugs')
    Love it!!! I got that look a few times, myself!!! I can see it coming out right there - "O. M. G."

    Yes, I should have gotten a few more hugs, too!

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    The from-behind-the-counter-shot (Jonathan, Georgeanne's back, Warum, knit at nite [waiting to be made up], matildaben and Shiny Beast [enjoying some chocolate for the first time...[inside joke]].
    At first, it was like Jonathan and Jorganne were just standing around. But when the orders started hitting them, as we started entertaining thoughts of moving along, it got REALLY hectic. This was a short while before we started point to bottles and saying "I think I'll take...."

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    knit - in full on Diva Mode (she's so stylish!!)
    I love that earlier picture of knit with googl.plex and me, which was taken shortly after this. There is no arguing with Guerlain cosmetics, or with Jorganne's skill in demonstrating them. My wife has become literally addicted to both Guerlain and Chanel on the cosmetic side, just as I have on the fragrance side. She pulls out her Guerlain lipstick and Chanel nail treatments when she means business.

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    The 10 Gallon (or something crazy like that) bottle of Shalimar Parfum Initial and me looking to see if I can sneak it into my backpack!
    Is there such a thing as the "economy size" with Guerlain? Not. So. Sure.

    Damn - we should have tried to abscond with that sucka!

    Of course, its absence might have been just a wee bit obvious!!!

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    Redneck Perfumisto - mid-sniff (note: Mrs. Redneck Perfumisto is not here at Guerlain - I'm sure she was halfway through the Chippendales show by this time, right Red?)
    LOL!!! Yeah, she was supposedly "at the pool". I can just imagine those muscular Mirage pool attendants.....

    Ah, what the hell. What I don't know can't hurt me, right? And, I mean, we're talking Après l'Ondee!!!

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    The 'mystery' Guerlain candle that smelled so darn good!
    Shoot! I missed that! I did get to sniff LPRN II and III (that's III in the background, I think). Those *almost* floated my boat, but not quite. I think I actually liked II better. It was going away, too, but it just didn't beat out Shanghai and Vetiver Pour Elle.

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    The whole gang (with considerable less cash in our pockets, at this point, but lot's of warm spots in our hearts!)


    To be continued...
    That was such a great moment! Hooray for Guerlain! Three cheers for our wonderful hosts at the Las Vegas boutique, and a tip of the hat across the pond to Thierry Wasser, Sylvaine Delacourte, and the family Guerlain!



    Shanghai!
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    I totally missed the Guerlain Homme L'Eau Boisée - duh.
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    Excellent read. Wonderful thoughtful comments. Great choices all around. Thank you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mikeperez23 View Post
    My inner dialogue sounded something like this: 'OMG, OMG...what am I going to smell first...OMG, look they have the L'Deserts d'Orient, OMG, they have the Voyage Series, OMG they have ALL of the classics in Parfum/extrait, OMG...OMG...OMG'.


    The smell of Champagne and Guerlainade swirling all around me - our heads were spinning. I kept wishing some of my buddies here on Basenotes who I know love Guerlain were there with us, you would have loved it.
    Too, too funny, Mike. That would've been me, too... "OMG... OMG... OMG..."
    And lordy, the smell of Champagne and Guerlainade swirling all around? Well, that's just my idea of heaven!!


    Redneck: (I don't know how to quote multiple posts in one reply, sorry!)

    This is such a wonderful statement. So true!

    "Yes, that was a *great* moment. I finally "got" Apres l'Ondee - instant respect. It was one of those significant moments that tell me Chandler Burr and Octavian are not only NOT blowing smoke about fragrance being an art form - it may be the art form to beat. It is terribly hard to turn a list of organic chemicals into something that evokes a moment in time - where it is *your* mind that does the painting. So I was doing a bit of a happy dance, knowing that all the discussion of this scent has been truly justified."

    Thanks again, you all. You've made my day.
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    Absolutely loving these photos guys - I'm hugely envious! I wish we hosted a UK meetup like this!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by forfreddie View Post
    Absolutely loving these photos guys - I'm hugely envious! I wish we hosted a UK meetup like this!!
    Next year my friend!

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    It's great to read about the meet-up! Thanks guys for reporting back, and I'm sorry I wasn't able to make it.

    Quote Originally Posted by mikeperez23 View Post
    Trivia tip of the day: I asked Jonathan if any of the other classics were made into Shower Gels and he said that only Samsara was, but...that for some limited customers Guerlain will make Mitsouko soap...which was news to me.
    Wait - WHAT?!?! I knew about the Samsara gel - I think they make Parfum Initial gel also, in fact. But how do you get them to make Mitsouko soap for you?!?! I suppose it involves spending 6 figures on Guerlain fragrances annually or something like that?
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    The Guerlain episode is making me insanely jealous. Can't thank Mr. Mikeperez23 enough for the incisive reports, and overall brilliant event organization. Special shout out to Mr. Redneck Perfumisto for color commentary. Great work guys. Thanks so much for sharing. Looking forward to the wrap report, final jeopardy round. What happened next?
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    The only thing I regret about this thread is not seeing the following:

    "The bright red shoes have leMdM's feet in them. We all very quickly became used to his habit of dancing on tables. The reason nobody is paying any attention here is because we all just took it for granted that, when there were tables, he would be dancing on them. In this picture, he clearly is in extreme interpretive mode, thus the blur of movement. On the first day of our trip, according to one of the SA's at Barney's, le MdM secretly found something that he seemed very keen to procure: Purportedly, this was their one and only unit, was sold out world wide without a second round of production planned, yet none of us ever saw it, the S.A would not divulge, and he refused to tell us what it was. For being as prolific in written content as he is, le MdM would do no talking whatsoever, yet freely and uninhibited he would move and glide around, communicating all of his emotions with outrageous gestures and expressions. Mrs. Redneck was thoroughly convinced he was some sort of clown or Vegas Art Installation: He carried with him every day a different accessory. One day a fan of ostrich plumes. The next an elongated cane with a silver handle: He was forever in possession of some odd bit. Over the course of the entire trip, he would not cease to pull from his pocket a tiny bullet shaped atomizer, spritz himself with the content "Madame Souzatska Style," then go off into a kind of entranced delirium. Whatever it was that was in there smelled a bit like camphor. At one point, Dr. Red caught le MdM and ShinyBeast in a huddle, comparing notes. When questioned, ShinyBeast at first refused to reveal the content that was exchanged, and insisted he was merely helping leMdM send a text. When we asked him what the text said, ShinyBeast would not tell. Later, after a few cocktails, -leMdM is never seen eating publicly, but he will drink- ShinyBeast told us that the text said: "Go For The Shell Pink Satin FM Strappies!"
    "...a Chacun son Mauvais Gout."

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    HEY BASENOTERS! I was late to your Vegas party....but I did hook up with Jonathan at Guerlain! My purchase? Encens Mythique d'Orient! (almost went for Shanghai as well!) Missed sharing all the winning smells with you fine people...will try to get with the group next time! xoxo
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    ubuandibeme, where have you been?! I miss you, J! Well, I understand there comes the need for absence sometimes. Nice to see you.

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    AW! Thanks T....I've been on Facebook! (June Thomas)
    Friend me, okay?!
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    lMdM, there is always 2013 for dancing on the tables in your red shoes (or pink satin strappies???) at the BN meet up.

    June! Hello there! It's so nice to see you!

    ForFreddie, why don't you start planning a UK gathering? You could do it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lilybelle View Post
    ForFreddie, why don't you start planning a UK gathering? You could do it.
    I had a quick chat with Foustie about it - going to arrange it for February - I'll let you guys get excited about the successful outcome of the Vegas meet up and we can sit here and read and be envious :P get Christmas out the way - then plan ours. Although as we said - it'll most likely end up with us sitting in some London pub, which won't be quite as glamorous as yours!!!

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    ForFreddie, start a thread on it SOON to get the word out, and so that people have time to make their plans to attend, and also to give you time to talk to local perfumeries/shops about the event. I wish it could be later in the year - February is early for me. I would dearly love to meet all of you in the UK, and of course it will wind up in a pub!

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    I cant wait for the UK version - or even expand it to EU and all meet up in Paris ;-)

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    Thank you all for posting the images and sharing the great fun you all had. I wish I had been there!!

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    Were any frags worn to the boutique or were you all blank in anticipation?

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    Quote Originally Posted by fragranceman88 View Post
    Were any frags worn to the boutique or were you all blank in anticipation?
    I was blank every day. In fact, that was the only downside of the whole trip. I wore fragrance out to Vegas (the airport is a wonderful olfactory cacaphony of expensive fragrance), but was otherwise always starting out blank every morning. However, my wearing of Shanghai after Guerlain lasted into the night on a single spray. Excellent stuff.

    Grant did a London meetup several years ago that was a huge success, with great pictures, an ambitious and classy schedule, and very enviable appearances and events. I wanted to be there so badly. Search for those old threads to get ideas. Perhaps you all could assist Grant with a second running of that show, which was a smash!

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    Quote Originally Posted by le mouchoir de monsieur View Post
    The only thing I regret about this thread is not seeing the following:

    "The bright red shoes have leMdM's feet in them. We all very quickly became used to his habit of dancing on tables. The reason nobody is paying any attention here is because we all just took it for granted that, when there were tables, he would be dancing on them. In this picture, he clearly is in extreme interpretive mode, thus the blur of movement. On the first day of our trip, according to one of the SA's at Barney's, le MdM secretly found something that he seemed very keen to procure: Purportedly, this was their one and only unit, was sold out world wide without a second round of production planned, yet none of us ever saw it, the S.A would not divulge, and he refused to tell us what it was. For being as prolific in written content as he is, le MdM would do no talking whatsoever, yet freely and uninhibited he would move and glide around, communicating all of his emotions with outrageous gestures and expressions. Mrs. Redneck was thoroughly convinced he was some sort of clown or Vegas Art Installation: He carried with him every day a different accessory. One day a fan of ostrich plumes. The next an elongated cane with a silver handle: He was forever in possession of some odd bit. Over the course of the entire trip, he would not cease to pull from his pocket a tiny bullet shaped atomizer, spritz himself with the content "Madame Souzatska Style," then go off into a kind of entranced delirium. Whatever it was that was in there smelled a bit like camphor. At one point, Dr. Red caught le MdM and ShinyBeast in a huddle, comparing notes. When questioned, ShinyBeast at first refused to reveal the content that was exchanged, and insisted he was merely helping leMdM send a text. When we asked him what the text said, ShinyBeast would not tell. Later, after a few cocktails, -leMdM is never seen eating publicly, but he will drink- ShinyBeast told us that the text said: "Go For The Shell Pink Satin FM Strappies!"
    LOL!!!

    It would have been great!
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    So glad you all are enjoying our thread - how nice to see all of the Guerlain Fan Club Members, in attendance.

    I'll get to the end of Saturday at Dior very soon...but tonight I have got to get bed on time. ((bear hugs))
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    The Guerlain boutique was the high point of my Vegas trip some time ago. Barney's is also wonderful.
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    UBU! JUNE! Love the long hair...Isn't Jonathan great???

    forfreddie- Feb is too soon for me, too Gotta save up again.

    Thanks for all the pix and the commentary mike and Red
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    Alors, c'est pour quand Paris? 2014?
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    Quote Originally Posted by le mouchoir de monsieur View Post
    Alors, c'est pour quand Paris? 2014?
    Ce serait fantastique*! Cependant, nous avons de majeur a l'intention de faire

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    You were the first to suggest 2013 for Paris, lMdM. Are you still interested in doing that? Why not have two, both London and Paris? Not everybody can go in February. I had this fantasy just now: London one weekend and Paris the following, with the week in between spent inLondon or wherever. I suppose that is too far fetched. But at any rate, why not both in the same year?
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    WOW!

    What a party. It's all just jumping off the page - what a fantastic trip you guys had, bravo! And it's cool to hear thoughts on the Guerlains and what you guys picked up. Now that Red has Vetiver Pour Elle AND Shanghai all is well with the world. And Mike got Shanghai as well - cool. Envious that you had direct access to Les Deserts - I have been thru a couple of sets of samples (hand delivered from UAE by hedonist, no less!) and I think Encens Mythique has a place in my future.

    Hedonist and I have been having our own mini-BN Meet-Up here over the last couple of weeks and exchanging some fun stuff. I have fallen for Seville a l'Aube and Hasu No Hana amongst others.

    Thanks again for sharing the whole adventure and the great pics

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    Quote Originally Posted by le mouchoir de monsieur View Post
    Alors, c'est pour quand Paris? 2014?
    Oui, absolument!

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    Quote Originally Posted by le mouchoir de monsieur View Post
    Alors, c'est pour quand Paris? 2014?
    Oui! ( me too! )

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    I'd prefer 2014 for a Paris meetup, since I have a 3-week trip planned there with Misterben in May 2013, and I couldn't go twice so close together.

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    March guys? Didn't realise there would be interest from the USA folks that would be fab!!

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    SATURDAY AFTERNOON - Part 3

    After the whole group had been Guerlainized it was a bit overwhelming for me, to walk on over to Christian Dior (just a few storefronts away) and encounter more fragrances. But, needless to say, the group put our best foot forward and off we went...

    Massiel, the Dior SA, was actually waiting for us at the door - we apologized profusely and she ushered us into the narrow, bright & very modern designed boutique. There was, of course, the entire La Collection Privée Christian Dior - all along one wall, and then the other retail/designer releases all clustered to the left of that, farther towards the back of the store. In the back, there were comfy couches (I jumped at the chance to get off of my feet!) and champagne, macaroons, cookies, chocolate, club soda, etc.

    Having all of the exclusive scents in front of you, all at once, can be a little disorienting (I experienced the same sort of frozen feeling every time I encounter the Tom Ford Private Blends - all lined up in a row, ack!). Personally, I have smelled already so many of the line, so it wasn't 'new' for me, but I believe many of the other in the group were encountering several for the very first time.

    At the front of the store they had Ambre Nuit, Grand Bal and the new Oud Isaphan (not sure if they're 'hyping' these three, or if these are the 'best sellers'). I hadn't smelled the OI before and I found it fun and interesting but alas very atypical of the rose/oud combos that I have been familiar with for years now. Nothing new. It's also really nice to see those more 'edgy' scents in the line, still in production (like Eau Noire, specifically, with it's maple-syrup-bombasity).

    I was running out of skin space on my arms, but I managed to find a spot on my upper left arm (after I rolled up my t-shirt sleeve) that I sprayed on some Eau Savage Parfum which I smelled for the very first time. I liked it instantly, but it only took about 10-15 minutes for it to evolve into a scent that only mildly interested me. I found it sort of thin and 'generic' smelling as it dried down. I must try to again soon, and give it a proper full wearing, but for now I was a bit underwhelmed (unlike knit at nite that was **swooning** every time she smelled it on me).

    I must say that I really wanted to smell more of the scents. I saw Redneck Perfumisto buy a bottle of their Vetiver, which has always mildly interested me (with that coffee note in the pyramid), but I just didn't have the skin left on my arm and my nose was becoming quickly fatigued.

    The Dior makeup line is just as complex and overwhelming - I'm not really sure if anyone in our group bought makeup or got 'makeovers' but the sheer enormity of the inventory over on the make up side is dizzying.

    Massiel was very generous and gave everyone who attended a small Dior shopping bag filled with 1 ml glass vials of each of the entire La Collection Privée Christian Dior line - which I plan on plunging into soon. I must admit I wanted to eat about 5 more chocolate covered macaroons before I left, but I had a spa appointment at Canyon Ranch shortly after and I needed to head over soon.

    Here's the photos (again, compliments of Redneck Perfumisto):



    Not sure if you can tell in this photo, but the light and mirrors are sort of blinding in that boutique - I felt like I was getting an MRI.



    Not sure if you can notice in the photo, but under each and every bottle in the Collection line, there is a single one-note bottle (like Vetiver, Rose, Cedar) and it allows you to explore the single note/aromachemicals that the perfumers used to create the fragrances themselves. A few other lines are doing this (I've seen this @ Jo Malone before) but this time it was done so luxuriously and the packaging is cute-as-a-button.
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    I did buy one of the limited edition eyeshadow palettes - "Fairy Golds" - so beautiful! I ordered a bottle of Mitzah today from the boutique, and you get a free 5ml mini of your choice with your order (I selected Oud Ishapan). Also no tax or shipping cost!

    The Mr. tried the Dior Vetiver the other day and I liked it very much, but I think he is kind of "sampled out" and didn't have a strong opinion. He did really like the Malle Vetiver at Barneys, and I have learned that I can't thrust samples on him, I have to let him discover things for himself, if he's really going to like them.

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    P.S. Those macaroons were awesome!

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    P.P.S. For anyone organizing a meetup in the future - always schedule at least 2 hours for anything involving Guerlain.

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    But, needless to say, the group put our best foot forward and off we went...
    Selfless devotion to the line of duty. So noble of you all. Thanks so much for your tireless efforts! Really loving this threat. Anxiously awaiting the next chapter.

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    Selfless devotion to the line of duty. So noble of you all.
    Absolutely!

    ForFreddie, why not start a thread to begin getting a consensus on dates? As you can see, I am trying to assign you the job of coordinator. You could do it, though, I know it. You just need to start now.

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    hear hear! I think forfreddie would rock as UK meet-up coordinator.

    sigh.....mikey, I distinctly remember the visceral olfactory moment (& the double take after sniffing so much good stuff). I almost drooled on your arm....such was the glory of that scent on you. Thanks for re-stating the name in the thread because ole' knit just could not remember which one it was that made me go gaga- and it's been niggling at me. If Ray likes it on you, you should get a bottle. Or 2 - because they'll reformulate next year


    Seriously, I felt bad for the Dior peeps. They were sooo nice and it was the end of a long day.
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    Quote Originally Posted by le mouchoir de monsieur View Post
    Alors, c'est pour quand Paris? 2014?
    Sounds like a plan!

    Quote Originally Posted by mr. reasonable View Post
    WOW!

    What a party. It's all just jumping off the page - what a fantastic trip you guys had, bravo! And it's cool to hear thoughts on the Guerlains and what you guys picked up. Now that Red has Vetiver Pour Elle AND Shanghai all is well with the world. And Mike got Shanghai as well - cool. Envious that you had direct access to Les Deserts - I have been thru a couple of sets of samples (hand delivered from UAE by hedonist, no less!) and I think Encens Mythique has a place in my future.

    Hedonist and I have been having our own mini-BN Meet-Up here over the last couple of weeks and exchanging some fun stuff. I have fallen for Seville a l'Aube and Hasu No Hana amongst others.

    Thanks again for sharing the whole adventure and the great pics
    Yes, I've got none of the Guerlains I'd planned on, except maybe Homme Boisée, but I'm set on modern classics that I was well-prepared to investigate, thanks to some *very* helpful advice from my amigos!

    I've been thrilled to hear about your meet-up, too!

    Quote Originally Posted by knit at nite View Post
    hear hear! I think forfreddie would rock as UK meet-up coordinator.

    sigh.....mikey, I distinctly remember the visceral olfactory moment (& the double take after sniffing so much good stuff). I almost drooled on your arm....such was the glory of that scent on you. Thanks for re-stating the name in the thread because ole' knit just could not remember which one it was that made me go gaga- and it's been niggling at me. If Ray likes it on you, you should get a bottle. Or 2 - because they'll reformulate next year


    Seriously, I felt bad for the Dior peeps. They were sooo nice and it was the end of a long day.
    I already have Eau Sauvage Parfum. That is wickedly good juice. One of the best conehead releases in years!!! I can't recommend it enough.

    Yes, I feel sorry that we didn't spend as much time with the Dior folks. I will definitely go back and spend some time the next time I'm there. They were all wonderful!!!

    I want to give a shout out to Karina and Gary, too. Thank you for making my time there so fun! Looking forward to talking with you again next time!!!

    With Karina's help, I sampled through almost the whole line, and I was just juggling them up and down in my mind, including the very attractive Patchouli Imperial, and the intriguing Eau Noire. The comforting Ambre Nuit, the classic Cologne Royale, and the oddly old-school-sexy New Look 1947. But Vétiver just kept trucking along - smelled great and never stopped - so I went for it.

    HOWEVER - I also sniffed something I've had my eye on for a long time - Dior Homme Sport. Yes, another much-maligned mainstreamer, but beautiful. This time I was sniffing the latest formulation, and it's noticeably different than the old one, but also excellent. I bought that one on the spot!

    Hey - my wife loves Dior - both on herself and on me. And of all the things I brought home, Dior Homme Sport wowed her the most.

    Dior Homme Sport!

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    Hello to Lillybelle and Knit at Night! (miss you ladies!) - and Knit...thank you for the compliment, I thought the same of you when looking at the photos! Your hair looks REALLY nice!

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    ...sigh.....mikey, I distinctly remember the visceral olfactory moment (& the double take after sniffing so much good stuff). I almost drooled on your arm....such was the glory of that scent on you. Thanks for re-stating the name in the thread because ole' knit just could not remember which one it was that made me go gaga- and it's been niggling at me. If Ray likes it on you, you should get a bottle. Or 2 - because they'll reformulate next year ...
    Good idea - I will get another sample and see if Ray likes it
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    Vetiver has been dropped from the Dior line here, Red, and I think it may apply to all markets - you may have picked up one of the last ones.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mr. reasonable View Post
    Vetiver has been dropped from the Dior line here, Red, and I think it may apply to all markets - you may have picked up one of the last ones.


    Wow. Just...... wow.

    OK, not just wow.

    What. Are. These. People. Thinking?!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ubuandibeme View Post
    HEY BASENOTERS! I was late to your Vegas party....but I did hook up with Jonathan at Guerlain! My purchase? Encens Mythique d'Orient! (almost went for Shanghai as well!) Missed sharing all the winning smells with you fine people...will try to get with the group next time! xoxo
    GREAT picture!!!

    I absolutely LOVE the bottle of Encens Mythique d'Orient. And it don't smell bad AT ALL. Good purchase!

    I do hope we get to meet up in the next group get-together.

    I'm liking all this talk about London and Paris. Very much!
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    Consumed this thread at last! If I weren't on the Kindle, I'd type more. For now, I'll just say you kids had me giggling and chuckling and adoring you to bits.
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    SUNDAY AFTERNOON

    I slept in Sunday morning and had a wonderful leisurely brunch at the pool in my hotel before I headed off to the Fashion Show Mall, just down the street from my hotel (I didn't really plan on staying so close to all of the meeting places...it just was a nice coincidence when I realized it!).

    At the last BN meetup, in New Orleans, the sample swap behind the Cafe du Monde, on the concrete steps with about 300 little plastic and glass samples all together in one pile, was a lot of fun. I got a lot of 'new' samples and was able to get rid of some of mine that I didn't like or had too many of. At Vegas, I didn't bring as many samples as I did last time, I think I only had about 100 this time.

    We decided to meet in the Food Court of the Mall, on the upper 3rd level, so we could stretch out and sample/sniff as much as we wanted. It was me, the Rednecks, matildaben, knit at nite, Al Gae, Googl.plex1 (with Grandma and Googl.plex1's girlfriend) and Warum.

    This time, Redneck brought scent strips with him and empty plastic 2 ml atomizers so we were able to smell a lot more (without having to commit to spraying on skin) and he also had some really cool things that we divided up amongst each other. Highlights for me were:

    - Redneck brought the three (3) samples that were part of the Basenotes Fragrance Project, the mods that the participants received before the 'Project' was shelved and it was very cool to smell all three and he even gave me some samples of each. The scents, in case you are unaware of the Project, were 'created' by BN members Quarry, Kevin Guyer and Dimitri. I loved all three of them, and because I know all three of these BN sweeties it made it all the more special to smell something that was inspired by them. Props to Red' for bringing those to share with us

    - There was a never-released scent that Redneck brought and decanted for everyone, I cannot remember the name of it (Red' if you're reading this, please post the name...all I have on the atomizer label is HLKMaC??) that was done by a young perfumer apprentice that was really good. Fun, fruity...well blended.

    - I scored several Ramon Monegal & Slumberhouse samples (!)

    - Red brought a huge box of Bond No. 9 samples so I got samples of all three of the new 'I Love New York' Series (Her, Him & All)

    - Al Gae shared with us that he has been blending his own personal scents, and he brought one of his mods for us to smell - it was very interesting and we ended up taking his bottle and splitting it up between Warum and I so we could wear it more (Al Gae, can you post the name of it, if you're reading this?)


    Several of us ate lunch in the food court or grabbed something to drink and then several of us had to say goodbye due to flight schedules and other plans. So a much smaller group of us headed to out last destination of the Meetup, Neiman Marcus.

    The Tom Ford counter had all of the Private Blends, including the new Jardin Noir Series, so we stopped, chatted with the SA for a while and introduced ourselves from BN, and she told us a little story about how she used to wear Quelques Fleurs and had a hard time finding a replacement for it once it was reformulated. She was very generous and gave each and every one of us samples of all of the new four scents. I smelled all 4 on strips and the only one that grabbed me a little was Ombre de Hyacinth, but not enough to make me pull out my wallet.

    The group then scattered a bit as we grazed over the entire fragrance department and ran into a whole bunch of stuff, some I was familiar it and others that I was seeing for the very first time: A Dozen Roses (those painted bottles look a bit matronly, in person); Thirdman Cologne Series (with the coolest looking test strip I've ever seen, I had to take a picture with my phone!) that were refreshing, utilitarian sort of colognes, not really anything groundbreaking and a bit pricey for eaux-type scents; Roman Monegal, which they had only 7 scents in the line); the new Hermes Eau des Merveilles amber flanker (which I was exited to see and I tested on skin - it was nice [not as sweet as I expected] but not too different from the original for me to own it); the Francis Kurkdjian collection (which was a favorite with some of the Basenotes), Jo Malone (Ray, my husband, bought a jar of the new Blackberry & Bay Body Cream...OMG it smells so yummy and it costs about as much as a bottle of fragrance - crazy!) and many others that I am forgetting.

    The Big Surprise of the afternoon: They had, in stock, Egoiste by Chanel. I couldn't believe my eyes! I have NEVER EVER seen Egoiste being sold in a U.S. store (not even in the US Chanel boutiques do they sell it). The only place I thought you could buy it was in Europe (where it's easily accessible), but NM had it. I had to take a photo of it, as proof:



    I was so excited I had to drag matildaben and Warum over to see it and then we three decided to split a bottle just because it's such a gorgeous scent.

    It was then time to say our goodbyes - lot's of hugging and sad faces but all things good must eventually come to an end. It was short, but intense and I felt like a whole little bunch of new friends here on Basenotes now that I got to know. Meeting up with Basenoters is usually always this way for me: You can talk and talk and talk, you all have so much information that you want to share with each other, that can't be conveyed here in Basenotes, online - it's very intimate and quite satisfying. I highly recommend for anyone who has not attended a BN meetup to please do yourself and favor and attend one (or plan one yourself) soon - it's a wonderful opportunity for you to really immerse yourself in the world of fragrance discovery in a new, fun and social way.

    Some final shots from my camera:



    Ray, in the Shoppes at the Palazzo (when I went back to buy Shanghai on Sunday!)



    The courtyard, outside of pool area, which replicates an Italian ornamental garden area with clipped landscaping, little pools (which are actually jacuzzis) and lots of concrete, iron gates and thick foliage and trees - steps away is the Thomas Keller restaurant, Bouchon Bistro, where we had our last breakfast Monday morning before boarding the plane back to MIA



    Sleepy, smiley and scented!
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    me too, sleepy and scented, can barely read through all this right now to catch up on the thread, BUT one thing I DID catch was Paris. Count me in on this. Paris with basenoters? Zut Alors! Sacre Bleu! Oui Oui !
    Et maintenant, bonne nuit, Fais de beaux reves....
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    I would make a point of getting to a 2013 or 2014 London or Paris meet- up! I would love to meet Eurozoners, as well!

    Dans La Nuit Vers Le Jour Sans Adieu Je Reviens Vers Toi.


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    Looks like MdM's Paris proposal is getting some high fives here. I'm thinking that if we timed it right, some of us could extend the stay to attend the WPC 2014 in Deauville, France, as well. Deauville is located on the Normandy coast, and is considered a very fine resort area. So the geeks could geek and the players could play. Just an idea.

    Here's a link about WPC (World Perfumery Congress), with a video about Deauville. The dates are June 10-12, so I'm thinking the beaches could be pretty nice.

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    I'd be up for a 2014 Paris meetup. I'm going to demand a guided midnight tour of the catacombs, MdM!
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    Awesome recollections, Mike! You've spurred my memory, so I can answer your questions and fill in some blanks. I don't have any pictures, but I have some great memories!

    Quote Originally Posted by mikeperez23 View Post
    SUNDAY AFTERNOON

    I slept in Sunday morning and had a wonderful leisurely brunch at the pool in my hotel before I headed off to the Fashion Show Mall, just down the street from my hotel (I didn't really plan on staying so close to all of the meeting places...it just was a nice coincidence when I realized it!).

    At the last BN meetup, in New Orleans, the sample swap behind the Cafe du Monde, on the concrete steps with about 300 little plastic and glass samples all together in one pile, was a lot of fun. I got a lot of 'new' samples and was able to get rid of some of mine that I didn't like or had too many of. At Vegas, I didn't bring as many samples as I did last time, I think I only had about 100 this time.

    We decided to meet in the Food Court of the Mall, on the upper 3rd level, so we could stretch out and sample/sniff as much as we wanted. It was me, the Rednecks, matildaben, knit at nite, Al Gae, Googl.plex1 (with Grandma and Googl.plex1's girlfriend) and Warum.
    I'm pretty sure that Al Gae got a whole mess o' Bonds out of the deal, and I know that matildaben was itching to sniff the Keiko Mecheri Bespoke samples that I had gotten from dear Primrose! I really wanted to pass those on and get Keiko some more love, because I really think that collection is her finest work. I think that my Monegal samples from our wonderful friend Foustie went all over the place - I know that Mike and Al Gae got several of the more guyish ones. Monegals were a hot property, and I am sure that Sr. Monegal will be happy that his wonderful creations are movin' through the fragrant universe, as it were. I cleaned up on a bunch of designer fragrances and women's classics that I needed to sniff - I have a year's worth of sniffing in my little box!

    Quote Originally Posted by mikeperez23 View Post
    This time, Redneck brought scent strips with him and empty plastic 2 ml atomizers so we were able to smell a lot more (without having to commit to spraying on skin) and he also had some really cool things that we divided up amongst each other. Highlights for me were:
    Note to all who read this - ALWAYS have plenty of scent strips and atomizer bottles (and labels) for meet-ups!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by mikeperez23 View Post
    - Redneck brought the three (3) samples that were part of the Basenotes Fragrance Project, the mods that the participants received before the 'Project' was shelved and it was very cool to smell all three and he even gave me some samples of each. The scents, in case you are unaware of the Project, were 'created' by BN members Quarry, Kevin Guyer and Dimitri. I loved all three of them, and because I know all three of these BN sweeties it made it all the more special to smell something that was inspired by them. Props to Red' for bringing those to share with us
    Thanks, Mike. I really wanted a nose like Mike's to smell those lost classics. All three of those scents were great, and I spent about five minutes pouring out my opinions about where those same ideas ended up appearing in the market later, to different extents. To me, that was the proof of just how viable those fragrances actually were. I had been hoarding the samples mercilessly, watching them slowly evaporate, waiting to get them to some other noses, and this was my big chance.

    Quote Originally Posted by mikeperez23 View Post
    - There was a never-released scent that Redneck brought and decanted for everyone, I cannot remember the name of it (Red' if you're reading this, please post the name...all I have on the atomizer label is HLKMaC??) that was done by a young perfumer apprentice that was really good. Fun, fruity...well blended.
    Honey Lips Kiss Macaron au Cassis by Melina Ehrsam



    Yes - I wanted to pre-share some samples with other BNers, before I begin sniffing this one online as a kind of blog project. This scent was done as a high-school thesis project by Ms. Ehrsam, working under the very well-known fragrance chemist, Dr. Philip Kraft, of Givaudan (I know of him from a fabulous chapter on musks that he wrote). Although Dr. Kraft provided Melina with very professional mentorship (you can smell what she learned in the fragrance), everything was chosen by her, and the fragrance is completely her work. Yes - it is very fun and fruity - clearly she made something very popular among her peers. But there are some really wonderful aspects to this fragrance, including gentle homage to past styles, and it is - in so many ways - better than a lot of celebrity and designer scents on the market - despite having only 38 components! What is interesting is that the formula was also published, so as I sniff the scent, I can follow the progress that was published on the web as this scent was worked on, along with the formula. Truly a great chance to analyze a fragrance, and to learn along with Melina.

    I'll PM the others and give links to all the materials when I'm ready to begin playing with this scent!

    Quote Originally Posted by mikeperez23 View Post
    - I scored several Ramon Monegal & Slumberhouse samples (!)

    - Red brought a huge box of Bond No. 9 samples so I got samples of all three of the new 'I Love New York' Series (Her, Him & All)
    Oh, yeah! Forgot about the Slumberhouse! I truly respect Slumberhouse, even though they're mostly not my style. They are just SO out-of-the-box. I felt that my samples were going to waste, not being sniffed any further. I was happy to make some new acquaintances for the perfumer, Josh.

    That Bond no.9 I<3NY For All really needs to get sniffed, so I made sure those got passed around! I was pleasantly surprised by how fast those Bond samples flew out of the box! I was only left with a few duplicates.

    Quote Originally Posted by mikeperez23 View Post
    - Al Gae shared with us that he has been blending his own personal scents, and he brought one of his mods for us to smell - it was very interesting and we ended up taking his bottle and splitting it up between Warum and I so we could wear it more (Al Gae, can you post the name of it, if you're reading this?)
    And I got the empty atomizer, but it's enough that you can still smell it!

    A very nice woody, of surprising quality. It smells a lot like some highly favored woodies on the men's board.

    Quote Originally Posted by mikeperez23 View Post
    Several of us ate lunch in the food court or grabbed something to drink and then several of us had to say goodbye due to flight schedules and other plans. So a much smaller group of us headed to out last destination of the Meetup, Neiman Marcus.

    The Tom Ford counter had all of the Private Blends, including the new Jardin Noir Series, so we stopped, chatted with the SA for a while and introduced ourselves from BN, and she told us a little story about how she used to wear Quelques Fleurs and had a hard time finding a replacement for it once it was reformulated. She was very generous and gave each and every one of us samples of all of the new four scents. I smelled all 4 on strips and the only one that grabbed me a little was Ombre de Hyacinth, but not enough to make me pull out my wallet.

    The group then scattered a bit as we grazed over the entire fragrance department and ran into a whole bunch of stuff, some I was familiar it and others that I was seeing for the very first time: A Dozen Roses (those painted bottles look a bit matronly, in person); Thirdman Cologne Series (with the coolest looking test strip I've ever seen, I had to take a picture with my phone!) that were refreshing, utilitarian sort of colognes, not really anything groundbreaking and a bit pricey for eaux-type scents; Roman Monegal, which they had only 7 scents in the line); the new Hermes Eau des Merveilles amber flanker (which I was exited to see and I tested on skin - it was nice [not as sweet as I expected] but not too different from the original for me to own it); the Francis Kurkdjian collection (which was a favorite with some of the Basenotes), Jo Malone (Ray, my husband, bought a jar of the new Blackberry & Bay Body Cream...OMG it smells so yummy and it costs about as much as a bottle of fragrance - crazy!) and many others that I am forgetting.
    Sorry I missed this, but just wanta say - my wife bought me Joe Malone Blackberry & Bay when we were in NYC!

    Quote Originally Posted by mikeperez23 View Post
    The Big Surprise of the afternoon: They had, in stock, Egoiste by Chanel. I couldn't believe my eyes! I have NEVER EVER seen Egoiste being sold in a U.S. store (not even in the US Chanel boutiques do they sell it). The only place I thought you could buy it was in Europe (where it's easily accessible), but NM had it. I had to take a photo of it, as proof:



    I was so excited I had to drag matildaben and Warum over to see it and then we three decided to split a bottle just because it's such a gorgeous scent.
    Very cool. I understand that it's now part of the regular line at Saks.

    Very nice to see that fragrance making a comeback!

    Quote Originally Posted by mikeperez23 View Post
    It was then time to say our goodbyes - lot's of hugging and sad faces but all things good must eventually come to an end. It was short, but intense and I felt like a whole little bunch of new friends here on Basenotes now that I got to know. Meeting up with Basenoters is usually always this way for me: You can talk and talk and talk, you all have so much information that you want to share with each other, that can't be conveyed here in Basenotes, online - it's very intimate and quite satisfying. I highly recommend for anyone who has not attended a BN meetup to please do yourself and favor and attend one (or plan one yourself) soon - it's a wonderful opportunity for you to really immerse yourself in the world of fragrance discovery in a new, fun and social way.
    It was awesome. Pure and simple.

    I will be honest - it's hard on spouses, because they don't quite get it. I've actually seen this happen before in other things, but it's perhaps worse in fragrance, because "the nose" - or more truly, "the obsessed nose" - is not common. Spouses sometimes don't recognize the fact that we have logged hundreds if not thousands of hours conversing over the web. They don't know that we are, in some ways, more intimate about a single deep passion than we can ever be with them. So it's important to take care of the spouse. Ray is a REAL trooper - Mike has a most awesome husband, I just gotta say. After my wife got some time in at Red Rocks, she was back to her old self. That's something that *we* share intimately. Here's a picture of her having fun.



    So - if you decide to bring the spouse, bring plans for them to have a great time, too!

    Quote Originally Posted by mikeperez23 View Post
    Some final shots from my camera:



    Ray, in the Shoppes at the Palazzo (when I went back to buy Shanghai on Sunday!)
    That place is a lot of fun! It's kinda funky to admit that I went on vacation to go to a mall, but WHAT A MALL!!!

    Shanghai!!! YES!!! I was wondering when you bought that sucker. I'll bet your arm convinced you to go back, during the rest of the afternoon on Saturday! That is a nice scent. I'm gonna go hog wild on it this winter.

    Quote Originally Posted by mikeperez23 View Post


    The courtyard, outside of pool area, which replicates an Italian ornamental garden area with clipped landscaping, little pools (which are actually jacuzzis) and lots of concrete, iron gates and thick foliage and trees - steps away is the Thomas Keller restaurant, Bouchon Bistro, where we had our last breakfast Monday morning before boarding the plane back to MIA



    Sleepy, smiley and scented!
    You look truly happy, Mike. Just. Sayin'.
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    Ah.....Deauville. My childhood comes rushing back at the mere mention of it. Trouville, which is just next to it, I actually prefer. It is not a long trip from Paris, but it is often cold and foggy: The beaches only useful when chilly winds and invasive fog have themselves taken off on holiday. There isn't much to do in either city, except gamble at the Casino in Deauville, which in my day was quite the place to be seen in the evening. The Convention sounds interesting though these types of "Salons" are reserved for professionals usually. If they are anything like the equivalent fashion "Expos" & events, registration in advance is recommended and a business card, which proves affiliation to some kind of related professional involvement is requested upon check in when they spit out an ugly badge you are meant to wear: I still have a collection of these from last Fashion Week. (Finally the clever eminence grise at one "Salon" came up with a great transparent "necklace" badge that can be re-used in order that people would stop getting that adhesive sticky-back residue on their lapels! I definitely kept that one!)
    I'm not sure being BN supporters would allow access to this event but we might ask. Being more on the "Geek" side of things I would be interested in going. As for Paris, "le tout" is that I be there in order to host: If it is 2014 that could be ideal. Personally I find London to be a more fascinating study: I have been dying to go to Roja Dove's Penthouse and just say "Take Me!" and of course Liberty & Co in and of itself is worth the trip for perfumes and all manner of other things as well. As it happens whenever I am in either place there is nothing but work on the menu from morning until night: Especially Paris. Funny, though, that I live smack in the middle of perfume paradise with CdG next door (I walk by it every morning: It has pink windows now) then Penhaligon's, Annick Goutal, Serge Lutens, Maitre Gantier & Parfumeur, Jean Patou (Now "Designer Parfums" & selling the new "Je Reviens" and "Jean Louis Scherrer" fragrances as well: I saw in the window that they had plenty of 1000 still in stock as well as Sublime. Naturally, these will be junk versions of their originals, but they did have them) Francis Kirkdijian, Guerlain, and, surprise, Caron. It seems Caron boutiques are popping up everywhere in Paris. I'm sure I'm forgetting some but they are all right around where I live and I walk by them every day without time to ever stop to explore. On avenue de l'Opera there is a lovely true Parfumerie, like the ones I remember from my youth: These are so much more rare now in Paris. In the morning I rush by it under the rain and wish I could stop and sit inside: But of course France is very different when it comes to entering small boutiques to take refuge and have a pose than other countries. There is also the ELO store--though not in my neighbourhood--and LeLabo--again, not in my 'hood. So many that I forget. Paris would have the particularity of being a "Store" destination. Ah! I forget Creed. That dusty old forgotten place has been there since I can remember: Always empty, with it's refurbished decor from the 70's. I wish I had time to haunt all of these venues: All I do is look longingly at them through taxi windows as I pass and rush by them on foot, usually before they have opened in the morning, or after they have closed at night. As, at this point, I will *only* buy vintage, I've no reason to set foot in any of them. Puces de Clignancourt and Puces de Vanves would be two interesting vintage hunting grounds on a Sunday, though exhausting. Perhaps this is why Paris seems so daunting for a meet up: Not only is the City in and of itself tiresome, there may be *too many* options, and, when you consider how small some of these stores are, like Annick Goutal, I can only imagine what the reaction of the venerable "vendeuses" would be if we stormed them "en troupe." (It would be rather amusing to traumatize them this way, though, wouldn't it? I wouldn't put it past any of them to throw us out. It is Paris, after all.) We've all already been there but the "Grands Magasins" of Boulevard Haussmann are fun as well. Bon Marche is exactly like going to Saks or Barney's now.....and "La Samar," (or La Samaritaine") has now been shuttered for years, Rest its soul. It was my favourite "Grand Magasin." Thanks again to LVMH for buying the real estate then deciding to just shutter it, slapping an hideous neon art installation in the place of the beautiful old sign I grew up with on the roof. Now, instead of the exquisite bronze Art deco "La Samaritaine" sign, there is an offensive Red Neon set of letters each at least 3 meters tall that spell out "du Soleil dans la Nuit" that look cheap and garish. Sun in the night, indeed. If they could just stop with the "Travaux Publiques" (jackhammers everwhere, torn up streets, huge cranes, general mayhem) maybe ONE DAY paris will again be paris. For the moment, and for the last several years, it's been "Parisland," in a perpetual traffic jam, with sirens.
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