This is from our intrepid field reporter, March, from Vienna:
I went into a place on the Graben, which is near the Stephanplatz (the tourist center of town), across from the Knize store (which is cool Loos architecture), sniffing around in there through the Floris and the Dior and the Shiseido FdeB, and — there it was! Sitting on the shelf behind the cash register — that Mugler Perfume Coffret.
I waited and waited (the Viennese are exceedingly helpful and friendly) but in their defense, they were SLAMMEd. So eventually I … picked up one of the bottles in the coffret. They are TINY — the size of a small eyeshadow container? I smelled them frantically, waiting for someone to notice what I was doing… they are every bit as peculiar as the JARs.
I am winging the names of the individual scents a little — the “smell of humanity” was what you´d expect — like sniffing the Paris gutters. “Orgy” was pretty much the precise smell of post-coital .. well, you know. I mean, wow, how many mods did they sniff to come up with THAT?
Okay, here are my notes as I scribbled them down re the Mugler coffret:
- Orgy — sex (sperm)
- Human Condition — filth
- Salon Rouge — musky and sweet
- Sea — saltwater and … flesh (creepy)
- Nuits de Josephine (?) winey sweetness and armpit
and that´s precisely the point at which three clerks simultaneously rushed me waving their hands and bellowing something like “nicht propio!” which (here, let me take a wild guess at the translation) I´m thinking means “don´t touch!” and only their amazing Viennese manners kept them from hitting me with a box and hurling me out the door… so. There you go. The box is approximately the size of a shoebox and thus there is a fair amount of empty space, not sure about the rest of the packaging. I think the external cardboard pkg is a slip-on sleeve… it was great fun to hold those wee bottles in my hand. BTW Nuits de Josephine was ALMOST empty, so either it had been spilled (the bottles are glass stoppered) or it´s the favorite.
From Patty: I am just so proud of her, risking an internation incident to get us all a sniff of that coffret.
This week’s giveaway! How about a sample of your choice (you can look and see what I have or ask if I have it, which I have too much stuff!). Just drop a note in the comments. I’ll do the drawing from last week as soon as my bottle of Fleur de Narcisse shows up!