I had two Barneys gift certificates totaling around $55, so decided to use them to buy a Serge Lutens bell jar. I figured I should get Iris Silver Mist, even though the jury is still out on it. Everyone adores it (I'm not so sure), and I think I should own it. Andy at Barneys called someone, who turned out to be the Beverly Hills store, and it finally was delivered Friday.
Andy was nice enough to give me a 10 ml sample of Byredo Accord Oud and a 15 ml of L'Artisan's Prémier Figuier. I may give them both away. I have the Premier Figuier Extrême, which I think I like better. Fig works weird on me.
L'Artisan had a sale today, with lots of things on sale for $15 - $28 or so. I grabbed a bunch, including La Chasse aux Papillons body creme, Mûre et Musc body oil, shower gel, and body milk, plus a gift set of Mûre et Musc Extrême (which I kinda hate -- it smells like grape Kool Aid on me). I told Carmon, the manager of my condo building, about the sale, and by the time she went to the site, the sale was over. I had made my purchase the same day!
I figure I can use these for gifts throughout the year.
EDIT: The Mûre et Musc Extrême gift set did not come. I wrote to L'Artisan and, unfortunately, they were out of them. They gave me a 20% off voucher code, which I thought was nice, and will refund the amount for the set. I gave my sister the dry body oil (I was at her house for dinner tonight [July 3]) and the Premier Figuier 15 ml.
Photo from SergeLutens.com.