Greetings from Boston! I am here for three days for a conference, and of course the first thing I did was to go right past Harvard, MIT and Boston Harbor to make my pilgrimage to Colonial Drug down on Harvard Square, courtesy of the T red line.
Sam -- Kathy wasn't there, but I left a note with J.P. asking her to drop you a line. I don't know if you know J.P., but he recognized your name.
The big news... is that there's no news on the web site, which J.P. said is "forthcoming." No word on launch date or featured products.
My shopping luck started out bad, then turned good. It turns out Colonial doesn't carry Penhaligons, so my English Fern plans were down the tubes. They didn't have Guerlain Vetiver, either, and the T&H EDTs were out of stock. (They do, however, have the full line of creams, balms, and after shaves -- just no EDTs. They also have the full line of the new T&H contemporary-style products for men.)
J.P. set to work and provided excellent service, spraying about 8 tester strips for me and filling three sample vials.
Big discovery of the day: Roget & Gallet. J.P. put me on to "Eau de Gingembre," which is a clean, bracing, soapy scent that is very much unisex, but to my nose, classy and excellent -- especially for the warmer months. Be careful, though, a little goes a long way. There is a note of ginger, but lots of other things going on, too. Everthing blends so well I'd call this fragrance an "accord."
R&G also makes a vetyver that seemed promising, and J.P. sent me home with a sample vial.
Another one I smelled in the store and am now wishing I had brought home is Puig's Agua de Lavanda (spelling?). Lavendacious and clean pretty much sums that one up.
They did have a few brushes in the window, but to be honest I didn't look closely. At any rate, the stock was not what I would call robust.
Final damage: One tub of T&H Grafton cream, and one 100ml bottle of the R&G Eau de Gingembre -- $63 all in, and at $35, a great deal on the R&G.
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PS -- Celebrity spotting: Aerosmith's Steven Tyler at Boston Airport about 11 p.m. last night. Me: "Hey there, Mr. Tyler. How's it goin'?" Tyler: "Pretty good, man -- how about you?" Then a spot opened up at a urinal, and that was that. He was with a long-legged youngish lady with long dark hair (who, I should clarify, waited outside the men's room); I couldn't see for sure if it was Liv, but I doubt it. I was surprised that Tyler is only about 5-8 (his overall stature, I mean); he makes up for it with his presence, though.
Rock stars! Colognes!! How's the conference gonna top this!?!?