Fragrance News: Idole de Lubin at Le Printemps


Idole de Lubin created by Olivia Giacobetti and packaged in a bottle designed by Serge Mansau (the photo above truly does not do it justice) is now available at Le Printemps in Paris, 64, bld Haussmann, telephone: 01 42 82 50 00 (mail order is available, although I am not certain it is confined only within the European Union). .


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  • Christina H.: I emailed the Le Rosier shop and asked if they would ship but they said because it contains alcohol in the fragrance they cannot ship it.What I don’t understand is why F.Malle,Divine.FR,and Fifi Chachnil don’t have problem shipping fragrances because all threee of these companies contain alcohol?I forgot Guerlain ships to the US too.Go figure. December 20, 2005 at 8:17am Reply

  • Christina H.: Forgive the Extra E on three.I’m just a tad upset and typing too fast! December 20, 2005 at 8:18am Reply

  • Christina H.: Thank you Evan for explaining the bell bottles from Serge Lutens.I can understand that.What I don’t understand and this is what it appears to me to be-some companies want business more than others and it just may be too much of a hassle for them.My motto is if there is a will there is a way.I just didn’t want to make an overseas trip to do it!!Now,my next contact will be Le Printemps but I’m preparing myself for the same answer. December 20, 2005 at 8:38am Reply

  • Laura: So glad you found an accessible place to buy this! Merry Christmas to you ;D. December 20, 2005 at 5:24am Reply

  • julien: Hi dear
    And what about the price at the Printemps?
    Is it the same as we already talked about (69 euros)?
    I long to try it.
    Thanks for the review.
    J. December 20, 2005 at 11:00am Reply

  • julien: Thanks.
    The printemps is absolutely great to find rare fragrances.
    They also have Bal à Versailles by despres (in edt),carthusia,Lutens,Piguet and many more…

    Only for that,how i love my town!

    Kisses.j. December 20, 2005 at 11:28am Reply

  • Prince Barry: Idole has been my scent of the day for the 4 days out of 5. I just love it so much.

    Gilles is still having talks concerning distribution in the States and in the UK. December 20, 2005 at 12:07pm Reply

  • Evan: Christina, the rules governing shipping of alcohol-based perfumes are quite baroque and confusing, and often enforced in a haphazard manner. I guess this company doesn’t want to bother, though I cannot see why shipping one bottle should be problematic, as I think there are dispensations for smaller amounts. Some of the problems stem from the type of bottle and packaging they perfumes are in; I understand this is one reason that the Serge Lutens perfumes in the bell-shaped bottles aren’t shipped overseas, yet the smaller spray bottles are. The Caron shop in New York has constant problems getting their shipments of the urn perfumes because they have to be shipped by boat. And getting things that arrive by boat through customs is another difficult matter.

    Is it just me or does anyone else read “Idole” as “Indole” when they first see it? I keep thinking what a perfume “Indole de Lubin” would be… December 20, 2005 at 8:27am Reply

  • BoisdeJasmin: L, I am waiting for Idole to come States-side, but meanwhile I keep looking for other options. Merry Christmas to you too! December 20, 2005 at 11:02am Reply

  • BoisdeJasmin: Christina, I agree with Evan. The rules are very obscure and the importing regulations are even more so. If the company is small and has a small market abroad, they may not find it profitable to incur the expense. December 20, 2005 at 11:08am Reply

  • BoisdeJasmin: Evan, at first, I also read it as Indole de Lubin, and this is what actually piqued my interest. I thought that it might be something quite interesting. And it turned out to be, but in a completely different manner. December 20, 2005 at 11:10am Reply

  • BoisdeJasmin: Christina, please let me know what the outcome would be. I know for a fact that Le Printemps ships to Europe, because I used to order from them when I lived in London, however I am not sure if the US is on their list of distribution. I would be curious. December 20, 2005 at 11:11am Reply

  • BoisdeJasmin: Julien, I am not sure, because I did not check. There are a few other perfumeries in Paris that carry it, and their addresses are on the Lubin website. December 20, 2005 at 11:12am Reply

  • BoisdeJasmin: Yes, there are plenty of reasons to love it! December 20, 2005 at 11:37am Reply

  • Evan: V, I’m glad that someone else saw the name as I did. It sounds quite wonderful from your review, and especially as I’ve really warmed up to Giacobetti’s work and that it comes from a classical house that has risen from the dead. I’m excited to try it. December 20, 2005 at 1:54pm Reply

  • BoisdeJasmin: Barry, I am keeping fingers crossed that it will be more widely available. It is a beautiful fragrance. December 20, 2005 at 4:55pm Reply

  • BoisdeJasmin: Evan, yes, you are definitely not that the only one.

    I hear from T. that you have recently discovered the beauty of En Passant. Glad that you liked it. I think that it is a brilliant lilac rendition. December 20, 2005 at 4:56pm Reply

  • MC: I agree on this one, very beautiful: wood, dates, mendiants and spice. It’s nice to see Olivia working with “solid” elements, perhaps too many dismiss her as a creator of ethereal scents. Great bottle, too: Parisians have always loved African totems. December 21, 2005 at 2:55am Reply

  • BoisdeJasmin: Mike, I also loved the bottle when I saw it in person. The lines are beautiful, and the African mask is a special touch. The fragrance itself is very well-done, and it is probably the darkest creation by Olivia Giacobetti. December 21, 2005 at 10:17am Reply

  • bastrinity: Julien

    contente de te lire, “idole” est bien a ce prix au printemps, je l’ai commandé en “shopping personnalisé”

    au plaisir de te lire

    vero December 23, 2005 at 11:17am Reply

  • bastrinity: excuses moi, il est a 59 euros au printemps haussman December 23, 2005 at 11:19am Reply

  • julien: Merci Vero.
    Thanks to you…and merry christmas.
    😉 December 25, 2005 at 5:06pm Reply

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