Come Shopping with Me! Edition Brussels. Focus Store: Senteurs d’Ailleurs Part 2: Haute Parfumerie

Hey everyone!

After last Sunday’s post about the Haute Cosmétique part of Senteurs d’Ailleurs, today you are about to see the Haute Parfumerie part.

The first thing you notice in this shop is the fact that most of the shelves are black (except for the Jo Malone corner). I think it’s a good call, as you are supposed to discover it with your nose and not your eyes!

Jo Malone is right at the entrance. Since everybody has been talking about it in the blogosphere, I decided to discover the brand a little.

Look at the range of body butters and candles they have! My favorite has to be Red Roses. The cool thing about Jo Malone is you can layer fragrances on top of each other. Red Roses for example, is supposed to work well with French Lime Blossom and Wild Fig & Cassis. I adore it as it is though. Rose scent is an acquired taste for me. I used to think it’s for older women. Perhaps I am older now!

This is their Tasting Bar. Customers are supposed to find out more about perfume compositions here.

Dyptique offers an amazing range of scented candles. I am certainly intrigued!

Cire Trudon has been producing scented candles since 1643 (!!!). The candles look grand. You are supposed to lift the bell jars and sniff them to get an idea of how the candles smell.

One of the best sellers is Abd el Kader. It smells like Moroccan mint tea, fresh and intoxicating. Needless to say, I sniffed at the bell jar like a druggie!

Tom Ford has very interesting scents on offer. I was won over by Grey Vetiver, and Oud Wood is definitely the most complicated eau de parfum I have ever had the opportunity to sample. With that said however, the private blend collection (in square black bottles) is something you have to be sure that you will absolutely love before you purchase. Everything is exquisite and unique, but it also comes with one of the heftiest price tags you are likely to see.

Last but not least, some really interesting-looking bottles:

If the Haute Cosmétique part of Senteurs d’Ailleurs is a wonderland for me, the Haute Parfumerie part is an exciting adventure. There are so many brands and scents to explore, the experience is very overwhelming! Again, if you’re interested in finding out what brands they carry, you can check out their site here.

Are you interested in niche perfumes? What would be a more unique scent that you own? Do you have a signature scent?

Sunny, your beauty culture translator xx

Again, special thanks go to Stijn, Tom, and everybody who was so kind and helpful! ♥

15 responses

  1. I think my nose would explode! Lol. I love Jo Malone english pear & freesia! I bought a small size of that and have a few other samples. I don’t really know where to start with layering but one day I’ll try more of it… One of those floral scents (one of the new le ones) smells good with orange blossom.. But really I have no idea how this works!!

    Diptyque candles are quite nice too. Too much $ for me to justify these days though 😦

    • Haha the smell in the shop wasn’t overpowering believe it or not! It’s not a typical perfume section of a department store! I actually liked the pear & freesia one too! You can actually find information about layering recommendations on their site, so check that out!

  2. It would be so luxurious to shop here haha – the body butters and candles arrangement reminds me of the revolving table thing during Chinese meals 😛 Love the new header by the way and the wind blowing in your hair haha

    • LOL like a lazy Susan? Yeah I can see where you’re coming from. Thanks for the compliment! It was actually me who was making my hair fly with my hand lol. No magic. We tried a hairdryer but I had so much hair it didn’t fly much!

  3. Hi Sunny! Is that you reflected in the big shop window of Senteurs D’ailleurs taking a picture! I would love to try Jo Malone ❤ I do believe her brand has been acquired by the Estee Lauder group.

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