Resources

Blogs

Now Smell This
Bois de Jasmin
Perfume Posse

Videos

BBC Perfume Series

Katie Puckrik’s Channel

101’s

Bois De Jasmin
Now Smell This
Perfume Posse

Books

Perfumes The Guide
The Emporer of Scent
The Perfect Scent
The Bombshell Manual of Style

Buying

Luckyscent
Aedes de Venustas
Amazon (beware the grey market)
Ebay (buyer beware but you can’t beat it for discontinued)

Decanters:
Surrender to Chance
Posh Peasant

My Favorite Chicago Perfume Stops

Barneys
By far the greatest niche selection in the city.  No sample program to speak of, but you can luck out.  Carrie Serge, Frederic Malle, Le Labo, L’Artisan, among others.  Malle has a trained nose.  Staff is serviceable.

Nordstrom
Best sample program in the city.  Mainstream but extensive.  Tom Ford, Hermes (no exsclusive line), Piguet, Mugler.  Staff not knowledgeable. And they can be a little hovery but worth it for the selection and samples.  Several store exsclusives and events.

Merz Apothecary/Q Brothers
Prides itself on an eclectic collection.  No sample program, but carries limited Amouage, Penhaligons, Acqua di Colonia, Diptyque, CB I Hate Perfume, Histoire, among many others. Knowledgeable staff.  Lots of small size bottles for reasonable prices.  I recently purchased the Penhaligon’s Scent Library.

Sephora
Solid sample program.  Mainstream only.  Staff not knowleadgable. But lots of rollerballs and decent men’s selection.  Plus great options for buying with extensive sizing. Staff may not know much about perfume but they generally leave you alone.

Chanel Boutique
Carries the exsclusif line.  Sample program hit or miss. Friendly staff.

Bloomingdales
Sample program hit or miss, but carries Annick Goutal, Aerin, and a few other maintream but hard to find lines, among the more common selections.  Staff is not particularly knowledgeable but very nice.

Saks Fifth Avenue
Staff knows their particular brand well.  Sample program hit or miss but you can really hit if you’re savvy.  Carries By Kilian, extensive Guerlain, Bond no 9 (I believe the only place in the city?), Dior exsclusifs, Armani Prive

Neiman Marcus
Staff not particularly helpful but carries hard to come by Donna Karans

Hermes
Generous samples and one of my favorite exsclusive lines.  Surprisingly friendly.

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