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    Mike, Egoiste is also available at Nordtroms, which is where I got mine.

    On a side note, in speaking with the Guerlain SA at Saks, she was telling me of a Guerlain Boutique at The Breakers Hotel here in Palm Beach. I'm going to check it out in the next week or so and report back as to how extensive the selection is.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PalmBeach View Post
    Mike, Egoiste is also available at Nordtroms, which is where I got mine.

    On a side note, in speaking with the Guerlain SA at Saks, she was telling me of a Guerlain Boutique at The Breakers Hotel here in Palm Beach. I'm going to check it out in the next week or so and report back as to how extensive the selection is.
    I didn't know that - this must have happened recently.

    Yes, the Guerlain boutique at The Breakers is great, a little 'dated' and very small but they have many boutique exclusive fragrances. That was the first place that I ever saw the Guerlain linen fragrance sprays, and those rare exclusive perfume oils they do, I can't remember the names of them now...it's a great place to go and shop and then have lunch in the hotel. Very 'old money', if you will.
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    Bienvenue Basenotes … bear hugs … sniffing zombies … objects are much farther than they appear … how can you trust people on the internet? … we grazed over the entire fragrance department … Nail polish, champagne, chocolates, lipstick, soaps, pretty bottles and perfumes … I'm taking it all in.

    I imagine the overlapping mumblings of excited BNers, many voices I hear precisely -- Mike, Knit, Warum & Mr., Matildaben & Mr. From Redneck's history of posts and Al Gae's posts in this thread ("Some people just don't get it …) and the can't-contain-myself grins of Googl.plex, I feel as if I know you, too.

    Props to Matildaben and Den Mother Mike for composing this adventure. Commendations to the spouses; you're such good sports.

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    Before lunch I headed over to the restroom. I needed to SCRUB ALL OF THESE FRAGRANCES OFF. Really, how the hell was I going to smell anything at Guerlain if I didn't get all of these scents OFF of me? So there I am at this massive mens room, right off this ginormous casino, there are literally like 12 sinks - I felt like I was at a luxurious baseball stadium mens room. Both the water faucets and the soap dispensers are automated - motion detected, but the sinks themselves are tiny. I needed to not just wash my hands I needed to wash MY ARMS, and my UPPER ARMS and MY SHOULDERS (when I ran out of arm space, obviously!), so there I am bending down trying to fit my whole two arms into this tiny, gold-chrome encrusted sink and the soap dispenser keeps automatically squirting soap even when I don't need any more soap - the water and the soap are just running off my arms in gobs. I'm giggling at this point and I raise my arms up (COVERED in soap, dripping water) and guys are just looking at me like 'What the hell'. Which made me giggle even more. Casino restrooms are already a bit surreal, and I just added to the overall crunked-out-vibe. I kept lowering my soap covered arm into the sink, and more soap would squirt out. OMG, it took me about a few minutes to manuever all of the soap off my shoulder, arms and hands. The whole time I kept thinking, another Basenoter would totally understand what I am doing, and everyone else must think I'm cRaZy!!!
    I see it all, I'm standing right there with you in the men's room, giggling with abandon.

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    Redneck, I chuckled at your wife's pre meetup skepticism. It reminds me of my chat with the taxi driver as I was heading into New Orleans last November: driver: you mean you've never met ANY of these people? me: um, no, we've been online together a lot though. driver: so, it's kind of like a blind date with a dozen other people, right?
    Still love this story!
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    Quote Originally Posted by mikeperez23 View Post
    I didn't know that - this must have happened recently.

    Yes, the Guerlain boutique at The Breakers is great, a little 'dated' and very small but they have many boutique exclusive fragrances. That was the first place that I ever saw the Guerlain linen fragrance sprays, and those rare exclusive perfume oils they do, I can't remember the names of them now...it's a great place to go and shop and then have lunch in the hotel. Very 'old money', if you will.
    That's good to know. This way my expectations won't be so high. The way the SA was explaining the boutique, they offered everything. When looking at pictures on the internet, it does looks like a small store.

    Yes, very old money all throughout Palm Beach Island. There are some incredible stately manors on the Atlantic Ocean.

    Worth Avenue is also an incredible shopping area with lots of great high end boutiques.

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    Quarry - you were there with me in spirit, all of the time.

    Especially when we were all at lunch - I kept thinking 'Gosh I wish Momma Quarry was here, so she could sit at the head of the table'. And the SA at Jo Malone was so nice, I know how much you like that line...

    Hopefully we can be together again, soon. Until then, we have the memories... (sigh)
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    You begin to awaken"

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    Quote Originally Posted by le mouchoir de monsieur View Post
    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.
    You're not trying to back out, are you MdM? You proposed it. Its ON! (at least I hope it's on).

    It would be tough to do a meet-up in Paris because of the wide range of options. It would be difficult to choose the locations, but I think it would have to include 68 Champs-Elysees, the Lutens boutique, and Galeries Lafayette / Printemps at a minimum. The big department stores would be more capable of handling a large group, and between them carry most niche lines.

    It would be a lot of fun!
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    I had no idea La Samaritaine was closed!! How tragic!!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by rubegon View Post
    You're not trying to back out, are you MdM? You proposed it. Its ON! (at least I hope it's on).
    I think he's just saying that Deuville isn't exactly southern France - and it surely ain't! And also that WPC would be something of an insiderish, "let's talk business", badge-fest - and it is. My wife was seeing museums in NYC with her friends, while I was at WPC in Connecticut. We BOTH had wonderful times, but thank goodness she wasn't with me - she would have been pulling her hair out while I was talking aromachemicals and absolutes with perfumers, ingredients specialists and salespeople. That's why, if the beaches and resort town in Deauville aren't suitable for my wife (either too spare or too ritzy), then maybe not such a good idea. She would need adequate entertainment. And if it doesn't work for her, then it probably wouldn't work for spouses and non-geeks.

    MdM might also favor a different time of year, like fashion week (or maybe not). Chances are, however, I could only make one trip to France. And that might apply to anybody else thinking about WPC.

    Quote Originally Posted by rubegon View Post
    It would be tough to do a meet-up in Paris because of the wide range of options. It would be difficult to choose the locations, but I think it would have to include 68 Champs-Elysees, the Lutens boutique, and Galeries Lafayette / Printemps at a minimum. The big department stores would be more capable of handling a large group, and between them carry most niche lines.

    It would be a lot of fun!
    I think so too!

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    What an enjoyable read! Loved Mike's story about the soap squirting...read it to my husband and he chuckled too.


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    I wouldn't want to back out--it's just that there are *so many options* So, so many options: & the Boulevard Haussman Grands Magasins are sort of....not particularly all that....restful? what would be the word? Le Bon Marche is just exactly like any Luxury Department Store in a major money area--to me, Paris is *not* about Grands Magasins--it's about boutiques.....We would all go wild--you realize that--and you also realize that the french selling staff are not trained the way American selling staff are and we might not expect the warmest of welcomes, regardless of how broke we all are when we leave. There are also now Fragonard boutiques everywhere. I forgot those. Some *very nice scents* It's just.....perhaps too many meatballs and not enough spaghetti? Here's an idea: What about Grasse? Now that would be *lovely." I know I would enjoy that. Traipsing around Paris--naturally I could be a guide--however I'm just not entirely sure it would be that much fun. Paris is so complicated. I suppose I see it differently than most as I am obliged to spend time there truly as a bionic man: Not a tourist. When I left recently--I was kissing the ground when I hit states side. You know what would be the ultimate BN orgy? The Terminal E2 at CDG!!!!!! Now THAT would be a hoo-haa! and all duty free!!!!! Funny to think an airport would be a destination! -Only Paris- it's like PERFUME DISNEYLAND.
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    Quote Originally Posted by le mouchoir de monsieur View Post
    Here's an idea: What about Grasse? Now that would be *lovely." I know I would enjoy that.
    That's ...... pretty f'ing brilliant, actually. I would love to spend a few days in Grasse. Is there enough to do there?

    We would all have to pass through Paris, so we'd have a chance to binge at CDG or take a couple of days in the city if we like. Those that want to could form little informal sub meetups in Paris - that would make smaller groups that will work better in the shops, and allow folks to clump into groups with similar interests so that everyone can go where they want.

    Should we start a thread?
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    We could go during the jasmine festival!

    My wife and I had considered a trip to Grasse. I like the idea of a wee bit of shopping in Paris - perhaps on the way home.
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    I've been thinking about this and really the only time I'm in Paris for extended periods is the month period when Fashion Week is happening. (that's early fall--I just got back--or early spring) It would be madness to imagine having a meet-up during Fashion Week--no hotels available, the whole city over booked and swarming in glitterati--sounds glamorous--is actually a nightmare. Lady Gaga caused a riot on Boulevard Montmartre this last time: We were sitting in a Cafe--and as God is my witness: It was complete and utter madness: Police, CRS (Military Police), the street closed--just because she walked out of a showroom and got into a limo. I've never seen *anything* like it. The day Vivienne Westwood showed at Elysee Palace it took one hour and forty five minutes to get from the Bastille to the eighth in a taxi: usually a fifteen minute ride. Every year, it just keeps getting crazier. So, if I'm to host, the only option would be to do it about two weeks before Fashion Week, or a full week to ten days afterward. (the week after Fashion Week is when orders are written) Other times that I'm there--it's just sort of in and out for sundry reasons. Also: If anyone goes to WPC, stay in Trouville. Trouville is just a short walk from the Deauville strip. Trouville is charming and much more relaxing than Deauville. Deauville is actually sort of ugly....in a very French kind of way. All of France is slowly turning into "Anyplace, Planet Earth." The Hotel de Castiglione--a Couture Landmark-- is now the Intercontinental--that sort of thing. If I lived there full time, it would be different, but, grace be to God, I don't. Actually, the more I think about it, the more I find Grasse would truly be a fun experience. Paris would be.....I'm not sure what. The town of Grasse is *about* perfume: Everything revolves around it. Every shop has perfume as it's theme. There are tours, museums, fountains full of rose water: It's designed to be the perfume fancier's destination. This said--it's slightly....ehm....ringard. I suppose France is a very specific assignment for a BN meet up. So much data. So little time. The question goes this way: In Paris, of course there is everything. If one has never set foot in the shrine of Serge Lutens, it's worth the trip *just* to go there. Guerlain doesn't impress me in the least. The shops, including "La Maison Mere" at 68 Champs are now all re-done and they certainly have lost that old flavour they used to have: They were at one point *truly* hushed and luxurious. Now they are either tiny wee things (the one near Place Vendome) or LVMH megastores (68 Champs.) It's a bit like Christian Dior. Christian Dior at one time was a very exclusive and intimate environment. I know because I used to work there. Now, it's sort of like a department store with lots of fake Louis XVI furniture painted white. This equation is valid for all of France. There was a time when France was very French and lived up to it's promises. That time is not now. Now, France, and most notably Paris, is a kind of "version of itself," all re-worked and trying desperately to be something.....trying....so very hard.....and somehow, or, rather, somewhere along the way, it lost something....the magic that made it what it was meant to be. Perhaps this discussion might be applied to many capitols in Europe: It is applicable, I would say, to London--but London always had a grandeur to it that was just part of the package: Modernization somehow suits it better. Paris.....is a bit like that antique that you wish you hadn't had refurbished, once it came back from the process all shiny and polished......having lost the patina, and the veil of dirt that made it so very special. Granted: This is merely my point of view. To understand it, I suppose one must have witnessed this transformation. I did: It started when Jacques Chirac became president, and it has just gotten worse, and worse, and worse. This said, anyone who has never known Paris, and goes there now, would indeed find it magical and heavenly. There is a saying in French that essentially goes this way: Paris makes a better Mistress than she does a Wife, but in both incarnations, she is a Bitch.
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    MdM - as you say, Paris is not what it once was. But, nothing is. Paris today is the closest thing in the world to the Paris of before. Today's Paris is yesterday's Paris of the Future, for better or worse. I can confirm that those who didn't know the old Paris will find the new one charming anyway - at least I do.

    Is the period just before Fashion Week the "SOLDES!" time? Maybe it would be a good time to clothes bargain shop, too?

    Grasse sounds perfect, by the way. I don't give a damn if its ringard. That sounds refreshing, actually. In Paris, I always feel a little ringard ... Grasse sounds like it would be charming.
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    Quote Originally Posted by le mouchoir de monsieur View Post
    There is a saying in French that essentially goes this way: Paris makes a better Mistress than she does a Wife, but in both incarnations, she is a Bitch.
    And there is an American saying that varies in the exact expression, but I prefer it this way, in the "blind bluesman" style:

    "But she be one FINE bitch!"
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    Ah, Rube--You kill me. You and your "Soldes." NO. It is most definitely *NOT* --not a solde to be had any time before, during or after Fashion Week! One Fine Bitch or not--I'll take the rosy cheeked big hearted lass that is Grasse any day over the whip cracking Paris Bitch. This said: I assure all of you that the CDG Air France Terminal E2 is *TRULY* a wonderland--there is *nothing* that cannot be had there--and--as I said before, there is a LaDuree Tea Room right in the middle! Perfumes a go go and every flavour Macaron imaginable. (And who's to say you cant pour your duty free scotch into the teapot?) Grasse would be a vacation for me! I've quite enough glamour in my life as it stands so I'm with Rube: I'm all over Ringard. Best time to go to Grasse would be early summer, before it gets too hot: Perhaps in late may. Vive les Ringardes!
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    Quote Originally Posted by 30 Roses View Post
    What an enjoyable read! Loved Mike's story about the soap squirting...read it to my husband and he chuckled too.
    I think it was partly due to the fact that I was still a bit jet lagged - the 4 hour time difference really screwed with me. There was one point, at lunch, where I just felt like crawling under the dining room table and taking a quick nap. I felt my whole body sort of tighten up and I almost said something to knit at nite who was sitting beside me (Ray had to leave for lunch, midway, he had a spa appointment) but it passed and then I caught my second wind...so I was a little 'punchy' and the whole soap/sink thing was like some Three Stooges skit or Candid Camera moment. Just thinking about it now makes me giggle.
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    DH and DD got home from St. Louis yesterday, and last night I read them your account of the washing incident, Mike. I was laughing so hard, my eyes teared up and I had to keep wiping them so I could keep reading. As Bob Hope would sing, "Thanks for the [virtual] memories."
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    I was waiting for some quiet time to read this thread in its entirety and wow, was it worth the wait! What a fun read!

    Mike, you're hilarious! I get the feeling humorous situations just have a way of finding you!

    Al Gae, so glad you enjoyed Guerlain. Not your comfort zone, I know- but they really do it up right at their boutiques. I'm dying over the "Bonjour Basenotes" sign!

    All the pics are wonderful! What a happy, adorable bunch. Wish I could have joined you all. I absolutely will make one of these meet-ups eventually. You all make meeting up with "strangers" seem like a brilliant idea. Only if they're BNers, of course!

    So glad you all had fun!
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    Sorry to belatedly join the party. Fellow Basenoters know me know Giants are my 1st love & perfumes a close 2nd(GF refinishing a distant 3rd & that's why she's always whining I managed to find time on this travel day during World Series & here's my $ worth(due to inflation) of the Vegas trip, "thru a pensieve", a la Harry Potter(I posted earlier a similar thread on Help me find a sandalwood):

    Barney's the bomb. Breakfast & a private testing area just 4 us?! Raul from Frederic Malle was almost officious in relentlessly assisting our every possible desire including making our own decants after, courtesy of my man Mike. I got Heely's Menthe Fraiche, Le Labo Iris 39 & Santal 33. I can speak for at least couple other Basenoters, notably redneck perfumista(RED), Al Gae & Shining Beast, w/ whom I had the honor of sampling Santal 33. We were collectively blown away. Although be forewarned that Le Labo does have a tendency to mix their names. (Similarly, SL Santal de Mysore may have just a smidgen of Mysore Sandalwood due to IFRA restrictions & likely reformulations, being 16-yr old). Lutens' other essay on sandalwood, Santal Blanc, if I recall my high school math, is as gorgeous & rigorous as a geometric proof, but whereas Santal Blanc baffles & intrigues, Santal de Mysore simply ingratiated & endears. (If u like gourmand, Persolaise intimated a facsimile in drydown b/t Jeu de Peaux & Santal Blanc. my attempt to confirm this was incidentally thwarted upon running into Al Gae & Shining Beast again returning to Barneys. The rest is history.. we all retreated to Shining Beast 's cave for a few rounds of drinks & found Wonderwood to be the most amazing woodsy fragrance w/ an unreal boozy top note; shame the booze was all on me
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    DH and DD got home from St. Louis yesterday, and last night I read them your account of the washing incident, Mike. I was laughing so hard, my eyes teared up and I had to keep wiping them so I could keep reading. As Bob Hope would sing, "Thanks for the [virtual] memories."
    Glad to hear it - it was really one of those 'You know you're a Basenoter when...' moments

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    Quote Originally Posted by Redneck Perfumisto View Post
    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.
    Ray says thanks Red. Ray really 'gets' it, like some other spouses I met, they're not going crazy over it or wanting to talk about it, but they can be our little 'cheerleader' when we find something we like and they can also get some pretty good scents too, for themselves, in the process. I thought it was hilarious that when we were walking to lunch on Saturday you told me that you bought L'Etrog by Arquiste for your wife and she bought you Coco Noir by Chanel - so yeah, she 'gets' it.
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    I thought it was hilarious that when we were walking to lunch on Saturday you told me that you bought L'Etrog by Arquiste for your wife and she bought you Coco Noir by Chanel - so yeah, she 'gets' it.
    LOL!

    Q.E.D., Mike! Q.E.D.

    OH - and this! I just got a lovely message back from Johnathan at Guerlain! (Despite the fact that I'm *always* misspelling his name!)

    Here it is:

    (Note - I needed to update my email, and mentioned my hope to pass through Las Vegas in 2013....)

    ......

    Thank you for your warm and heartfelt email. It is always a pleasure welcoming fragrance lovers into the house of Guerlain to experience all of our treasures. It would be a pleasure to pass on your warm thanks to everyone here at the boutique. We're all looking forward to seeing you again in the spring (or hopefully sooner). I have updated your email address in our computer system so you can continue to be aware of everything Guerlain has to offer. Enjoy your wonderful new fragrances!

    Truly,

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    .......

    "Treasures!" Most definitely. I'm getting a lot of mileage out of Shanghai already. That is truly one of the greatest fragrances in my wardrobe. Quite happy with it - and I hope you're enjoying yours as much!!!

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    Am I behind the times in recognizing the utility and beauty of the title of "fragrance ambassador"?
    Love it.
    "FA" would be a way to reference a superior "SA" -- as though one possesses a higher educational degree.

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    Red, I understand why you wanted Coco Noir. I sampled it yesterday for the first time, and I found it very unisex, maybe even more toward the masculine side of the spectrum. I thought it was pleasant, but I wouldn't take it over No. 22 (very girly). That Coco Noir is very butch (am I allowed to use that word?).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Quarry View Post
    Am I behind the times in recognizing the utility and beauty of the title of "fragrance ambassador"?
    Love it.
    "FA" would be a way to reference a superior "SA" -- as though one possesses a higher educational degree.

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    Exactly - I think it's a great title. A lot of my "SAs" go by the title "Fragrance Specialist", and that seems like a good term to me. A bit less extravagant than "Fragrance Ambassador", but probably for the best.

    Quote Originally Posted by lilybelle View Post
    Red, I understand why you wanted Coco Noir. I sampled it yesterday for the first time, and I found it very unisex, maybe even more toward the masculine side of the spectrum. I thought it was pleasant, but I wouldn't take it over No. 22 (very girly). That Coco Noir is very butch (am I allowed to use that word?).
    I've actually heard quite a few gay people call it butch, so surely no harm done. That may even be one of the better ways to describe it.

    I find that Spicebomb and Coco Noir do a very unisex tango. Both of them are easily wearable by anybody, and they share some fundamental relationships, without being derivative of each other. I was a big fan of Spicebomb, and was in the group that found it a bit girly, and I seem to enjoy Coco Noir in a similar way.

    I personally think that Coco Noir is brilliant, and perhaps even one of the more artistic fragrances of our time. Perfumers have been taking a variety of approaches to modernizing orientals, and I find them all fascinating. Coco Noir takes the "less is more" approach to some kind of logical extreme - it is so light and transparent, that only a wireframe of the idea of the oriental still exists. To reduce the idea of an oriental to something so skeletal - but without becoming caricature - is just amazing to me. At the same time, Coco Noir stays true to the Coco/Coco Mlle. franchise, although admittedly not enough for some. But to top it off, it takes the idea of the girly fruity floral and just perfects it - much the same way that Polge basically stormed the mainstream masculine fresh scents with Bleu. Black and Bleu - my two current Chanel lovelies (although that damn surfer scent intrudes every week or so, and Eau Première and I are some kind of ASF - abstract soulmates forever! )

    Ah, what can I say? Polge just has my number! I smelled no. 5 EDP today (the Brad Pitt displays at Macy's are HUGE!), and I wanted to go back and put some on. I looked like an idiot walking around the bedding department, sniffing my blotter of no.5 EDP, but I was in love. I know that I tend to call no.5 long in the tooth from time to time, but she's clearly had some amazing dental work, and is still a transfixing beauty.



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    I'm not a fan of Coco Noir, but I get what you mean about the wireframe. I love Eau Première and No 19 Poudré, also Cristalle Eau Verte, and Sensuel Elixir No. 5, which I never hear about anymore. The modern, re-done, sheer Chanels work for me, too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Redneck Perfumisto View Post
    I'm getting a lot of mileage out of Shanghai already. That is truly one of the greatest fragrances in my wardrobe. Quite happy with it - and I hope you're enjoying yours as much!!!
    I am fighting a stomach virus (day 6), so I have been scent less since then. I will when I feel better, because here in Miami it is still very warm in Fall (highs of 83 lows of 63) so this scent works in that climate and it gives me so many things in one fragrance...I have to write a separate thread about it, when I'm better.
    "The beginning of freedom is the realization that you are not the "thinker." The moment you start watching the thinker, a higher level of consciousness becomes activated. You then begin to realize that there is a vast realm of intelligence beyond thought, that thought is only a tiny aspect of that intelligence. You also realize that all the things that truly matter - beauty, love, creativity, joy, inner peace - arise from beyond the mind.

    You begin to awaken"

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    I am fighting a stomach virus (day 6), so I have been scent less since then. I will when I feel better, because here in Miami it is still very warm in Fall (highs of 83 lows of 63) so this scent works in that climate and it gives me so many things in one fragrance...I have to write a separate thread about it, when I'm better.
    I agree with what you're saying about Shanghai, Mike. It's not simply "versatile" - that's not the right word - but I prefer your phrase - much better - "so many things in one fragrance"!

    Hope that you're better soon, and looking forward *hugely* to your thread!!!
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    feel better Mike!
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    Thanks M!
    "The beginning of freedom is the realization that you are not the "thinker." The moment you start watching the thinker, a higher level of consciousness becomes activated. You then begin to realize that there is a vast realm of intelligence beyond thought, that thought is only a tiny aspect of that intelligence. You also realize that all the things that truly matter - beauty, love, creativity, joy, inner peace - arise from beyond the mind.

    You begin to awaken"

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    I'm so late!!

    Looks like everyone had an absolutely thrilling time!!

    Thanks for sharing everyone!

    Loved the commentary RP, Mike, it really made seeing the pictures even nicer.

    That living room place thingy with the Le Labos looked so nice and the Bonjour BN friends too!

    Now we need to promote a Dubai Meetup Event soon!

    I get a few visitors throughout the year but a full fledged gathering would be awesome.

    for swap/sale:





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    Glad you liked it hedonist - yeah that sort of loft space, right on the 2nd floor of Barney is very unique and I'm pretty sure that Raul stocked it with fragrances because normally all of the fragrances are on the 1st floor...so they really went out of their way to make us feel comfortable.

    At one point I saw I guy walk into the area accidentally (I'm certain he was not a Basenoter) and he grabbed some danishes & some coffee and then left.
    "The beginning of freedom is the realization that you are not the "thinker." The moment you start watching the thinker, a higher level of consciousness becomes activated. You then begin to realize that there is a vast realm of intelligence beyond thought, that thought is only a tiny aspect of that intelligence. You also realize that all the things that truly matter - beauty, love, creativity, joy, inner peace - arise from beyond the mind.

    You begin to awaken"

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    I have so enjoyed reading about the Las Vegas Meetup -- especially the Guerlain stop.

    Are there plans to have a meet-up in 2013? If so please let me know. This year I might actually be able to go.

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    Thanks Betsy, it was a fun time.

    No plans for something in 2013...but anyone is more than welcome to start one up.
    "The beginning of freedom is the realization that you are not the "thinker." The moment you start watching the thinker, a higher level of consciousness becomes activated. You then begin to realize that there is a vast realm of intelligence beyond thought, that thought is only a tiny aspect of that intelligence. You also realize that all the things that truly matter - beauty, love, creativity, joy, inner peace - arise from beyond the mind.

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    there was some mention of a French meet-up in 2014! i could really go for that
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    Mike was by far the best event organizer I have the pleasure of working w/ & flawlessly coordinated our congested schedule.. If my vote must go 2 someone else, I'd say let's try 2get the incomparable Mr. Reasonable 2start 1 for Hong Kong in 2013
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    Quote Originally Posted by googl.plex1 View Post
    Mike was by far the best event organizer I have the pleasure of working w/ & flawlessly coordinated our congested schedule.. If my vote must go 2 someone else, I'd say let's try 2get the incomparable Mr. Reasonable 2start 1 for Hong Kong in 2013
    hong kong sounds exciting, too!
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    I have to say how very much I loved reading this thread. You all are such a joy!

    I'd love to do France in 2014 as well. I'm committed to a Danube cruise in May of this year so I doubt I could manage another overseas trip. However, now Las Vegas is definitely on my radar for a long weekend of perfume sniffin!

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