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November 21, 2008



Hi there,B, I met you a few days ago with Galladrielle in Napa. We talked briefly about a perfume that comes in the shape of a dressform and I think that "Shocking" might be it. It seems that after reading reviews that there it a big difference between the original formulation and the current. So my question is what is a good source for hopefully a good quality vintage perfume? And do you have any advice on buying vintage perfume. I love your webpage, you write so well, the only problem being is now I want to try them all!!!!!!!really nice meeting you and look forward to hearing from you, kennedy. ps thanks for the pictures. . .


Hi Kennedy! Glad you liked the pictures, and thanks again for driving. It was fuuun!

The original dressform-shaped perfume was Schiaparelli's Shocking, but you could also have taken a whiff of Jean-Paul Gautier's Classique, shown here: http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://www.valentineperfume.com/product_thumbnail_images/t_24166.jpgimgrefurl=http://www.valentineperfume.com/Jean-Paul-Gaultier-Classique-Perfume-for-Women-3.4-oz-Eau-De-Toilette-Spray-p-23282.htmlusg=__XFWQKzrlTWq1E-8IjVBf6GaU-hI=h=250w=250sz=10hl=enstart=0zoom=1tbnid=hzfsgiu8-Oi54M:tbnh=117tbnw=117prev=/images%3Fq%3Djean-paul%2Bgautier%2Bperfume%2Bclassique%26um%3D1%26hl%3Den%26biw%3D883%26bih%3D528%26tbs%3Disch:1um=1itbs=1iact=hcvpx=135vpy=206dur=751hovh=200hovw=200tx=122ty=77ei=b-S1TID1J4LCsAOW4tySCAoei=b-S1TID1J4LCsAOW4tySCAesq=1page=1ndsp=11ved=1t:429,r:0,s:0

I'm not sure if Shocking is still made, but there are a lot of vintage ones floating around. You could try eBay, or get a mini for a reasonable price from The Miniature Perfume Shoppe. (Its URL is listed to your right under Friends Of YP.)

Estate sales, Goodwill, flea markets are also good ways of getting vintage. Just make sure you know what the going rate is for a particular perfume so you don't spend too much on it.  If the seller on eBay is reputable, he or she will have a good score. Before I buy, I usually ask them if the perfume still smells good, and if they're good sellers, they'll tell you if the perfume smells weird or looks dark. If it's still in its box and has been stored away from light and heat, that's a good sign too. If you don't want to invest in a bottle, The Perfumed Court is a good way of spending a few bucks on a small sample of vintage. Here's the rub, though: you will pay about 5 - 20 dollars for a 1 ml sample, and depending on the perfume and its rarity, you might be better off paying an extra $15 or so for a whole bottle or mini bottle.

Hope that helps. It was nice meeting you too!


Waar kan ik de parfum kopen van Elsa Schiaparelli SHOCKING kopen?


Shocking was not Schiaparelli's first perfume, far from it. She did Schiap, Soucis and Salut and "S" in 1933


shocking was a great and beguiling perfume that I wore often in the 80s (wen I wasnt wearing Lheure Bleue) but when it was rereleased they must have changed the formula as it has none of the dreaminess + divine intensity it used to have

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