|Our bath line, our favourite moisturizer—or worse, our favourite perfume, is discontinued—or no longer carried by our local retailer. Thus begins the frantic search for the few remaining bottles, or a new source for our prize.||
StrawberryNet, based in Hong Kong, has supplied me with dozens of my
favourite skin care, make-up items, and fragrances—at a substantial discount.
Although they don’t usually offer the complete line, it’s well worth trying
this site first for some great deals. (At the time of publication, StrawberryNet
offers free shipping.)
As well as carrying Cabot’s Skin Care (and Musk Oil), Lancôme, Arden, Murad, Cellex-C, Pupa, Givenchy, Dermablend, and hair care lines like Klorane, Phyto, Leonor Greyl, and Mason Pearson brushes, Cosmetic Mall carries a large selection of fragrances, including 4711, Benandre by Ben Rickert, Privilege, Vitabath, Casmir, Ciara, Magie Noir by Lancome, Maja, Norell, Ombre Rose, Paul Sebastian, Tabu and Tendre Poison. For men, look for: Kouros, Quorum, Royal Copenhagen, Paul Sebastian, and Canoe, plus a large array of mainstream perfumes.
English Leather, Monsieur Musk, original Ambush, Lutece, English Leather Lime, Tabu lipsticks, English Leather Musk, British Sterling, Chantilly, Alyssa Ashley Musk, Herbissimo, Aqua Di Selva, Raffinee, Love’s products, original Timberline, and the ever-elusive Canoe.
Loads and loads of favourites here: Anne Klein, Anne Klein II, Baryshnikov, Bandit, Blue Grass, Basic Black, Deneuve, Casmir, Champagne, Chaos, Charles of the Ritz, Encore by Alfred Sung, YSL’s In Love Again, Shiseido’s Zen and Feminité du Bois, Interlude, Gucci 1 and 3, Moments by Priscilla Presley, Nude, Guess, Gabriella Sabatini, Privilege, Ruffles (Oscar de la Renta), Tova, Xia Xiang by Revlon—and many others, including Annick Goutal and Versace fragrances.
www.sephora.com (site pictured
Then visit sites online that specialize in fragrance information (e.g. Goodscent) and retailing:
Perfume Bay, www.perfumebay.com
Mail Order Catalogue
This is a fantastic catalogue for finding rare, discontinued and limited distribution fragrances. Although stock changes with every catalogue issue, you can frequently find a good selection of low- and high-range favourites, like: Royal Secret, Tatiana, Ciara and Ciara Femme Fatale, Raffine, Lutece, Bill Blass and Nude by Bill Blass, L’Eau de Monteil (and a few select Monteil skin care items), Lou Lou by Cacharel, Coty’s L’Aimant, Love’s Baby Soft, Touch of Venus, Heaven Sent, Musk by Alyssa Ashley, 4711, Toujoir Moi, Cachet, Ombre Rose, Galore, Arpège, Blue Grass (and several Elizabeth Arden skin care products), Casmir, Intimate, Tea Rose, Maja de Myrurgia (the makers of the famous black soap from Spain), Je Reviens, Ma Griffe and so many others.
Don’t Forget the
When all else fails, I look on Ebay. One caution, decide in advance how high you’re really willing to go to get your product. Don’t get caught up in the chase and lose sight of what it’s really worth.
Still Out of Luck?
Finally, you’ve checked everywhere—and your beloved Product X is truly
gone. To console yourself (or even to make one last effort to find it)
visit Perfume and Cosmetic Cemetery, www.relicta.com.
M. K. Johnson is beauty editor of Lucire.
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