Here’s a contrast. I have added two new perfumes to my collection: a HUGE 100 ml bottle of Diorella, and a teeny tiny bottle of Miss Dior parfum, cute as the dickens.
I had contrasting shopping experiences too.* The Diorella came from Strawberrynet.com, a giant discounter of perfume, skin care and cosmetics, based Hong Kong. I’ve seen a bigger inventory and lower prices, but the Strawb.’s prices are okay, there is a loyalty program, good deals on shipping, and it gave me the best deal on Diorella I could find. My package turned up five days after I had put in the order and, as three of those days were public holidays, I was astounded. Gobsmacked, as we say where I live. (The Strawb. must have a warehouse in Australia.) Fabulous.
Still, you know what discounters are like. Impersonal, and prone to bombarding you thereafter with emails urging you to buy lipstick and perfume that a Barbie doll would not be seen (or smelled) dead in.
The Miniature Perfume Shoppe is a small business, based in Texas, specialising in perfume miniatures for bottle collectors. Leslie Ann photographs and describes the bottles carefully; you take the risk on whether the juice is wearable. You can sign up and get a 15% discount on every subsequent purchase, and an occasional newsletter notifying you of specials and new inventory. Leslie Ann has worked many years in the fragrance and cosmetics industry. She knows her perfume and is always ready to help, advise, and share your delight.
What was the same with each purchase was the thought I put into each before I ordered. I rarely impulse buy. These classic Diors have each been reformulated probably multiple times, and so in preparation I had compared modern with vintage, or at least the such vintage versions of MD and Diorella as I could afford. Tricky, but all part of the fun.
Miss Dior reformulations are an especially sensitive point with many perfume lovers. The MD I bought from MPS is not especially old, and was, indeed, in perfect condition. I don’t think it is ‘vintage’, but this modern parfum seems to restore some of the richness and depth that has been lost in reformulation of the EDT. (Even Dior’s Francois Demachy is admitting that.) Less dry than the modern EDT, the parfum gently floats and weaves around the body in the classic perfume veil. Quite lovely.
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* I am not affiliated with either of the businesses discussed in this post.