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    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!!

    One of these days...
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    Were any frags worn to the boutique or were you all blank in anticipation?

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