My friend and fellow perfume lover E., who lives in London, was here on a visit for a few, short days and of course we grabbed the opportunity to make an appointment at the noble Puredistance Perfume Lounge, that is located on Franziskaner Platz in the first district of Vienna.
My friend and I were greeted by Veronika, who manages the lounge. She is there by appointment only, to make customers feel welcome and demonstrate the perfumes and crystal column flacons they can be accessorized with. I would have wished she would have been a bit more informed about the perfumes, though. My friend, who isn’t familiar with the line, asked several questions that, sadly, went unanswered. A luxury perfume deserves a dedicated person that sells it, and while Veronika was very nice and polite, she seemed astounded by our interest and the fact that we actually made a purchase. Her defeatist attitude put a little shadow over an otherwise lovely visit to this exceptional shrine to my favorite perfume.
The rooms are made up in black, white and gold. In glass vitrines scattered throughout the room like in an exclusive jewellery store, the perfumes are showcased. We could hold the heavy crystal columns available in translucent or black crystal, each weighs 750g (1.65 pounds). A burglar wouldn’t stand a chance if you defended yourself with one of these. 😉
We sampled the perfumes and enjoyed the fact that there was all the time we wanted, sitting comfortably in white leather arm chairs, sniffing and comparing notes.
I concentrated on M, since I already know the other two well. I am impressed with the gorgeous drydown. I need to wear it for a few more times before attempting a review though. But I managed to do the impossible and pry my husband away from his Polo Blue for a day to wear M. It smells divine on him, he even likes it himself and that is a feat unsurpassed in recent history.
Veronika generously gave us samples and my friend purchased Puredistance I and received the gold as well as the silver cap.
If you live in Vienna (I am looking at you Lady Jane Grey ;)) or are here on a visit, it is really worth experiencing the Puredistance Perfume Lounge, as long as it is still possible, I got the feeling this may not be forever.
Picture source: my own (I am sorry, I wish I had a better camera!), first pic from Puredistance website.