I have been a perfume connoisseur for many years. As a kid, I would befriend everyone I possibly could at the Nordstrom’s perfume counter. I had it all dialed in and I had a gazillion samples, I even had a special hat box that I kept them in. I wish I would have kept all the things that I received back then because it would have been really interesting to show now. Lately, I’ve been especially curious about Bond No. 9 fragrances and was a little envious of those with local access to those fragrances. That’s when the fabulous Miss Blogdorf Goodman told me about La Creme and I’m so happy that she did.
I was completely surprised that such a place was in my own “backyard”, I could get there in 15 minutes if I needed a good perfume fix in a hurry. I was even more surprised to find this shop located only a few blocks away from one of my favorite shopping areas, University Village. I had a few expectations before walking into La Creme, I expected to find some of the same perfumes that I would find at Sephora or even Nordstrom’s or Macy’s but that’s not at all what I found.
I chose the wrong day to go to La Creme but that still didn’t take away from my experience. The shop’s owner Autumn, was friendly and greeted me immediately when I walked in. She told me the shop was closed but she let me look around for a bit when she really didn’t have to. When I looked around, I realized that almost everything in that shop was unfamiliar to me and I didn’t even know where to start. I was intrigued by all the beautiful things in the shop, and there were a lot of them. La Creme is more than just perfume, it also features other gifts like soaps, candles and other body products.
Upon seeing all these all these different fragrances, my first thought was that I do not know anything about them and I was a bit intimidated. One of the things I recognized in the shop was the Monyette Paris perfume oil that I had seen in a magazine one time. Autumn was amazing though, she immediately put me at ease and tried to explain how fragrances are described in a way I could easily relate to. She even introduced me to a few different fragrances. She was extremely helpful and answered all my questions.
La Creme is a perfume lover’s dream come true. It’s perfume, soap, candles and other girlie goodness wrapped up into a package with a big pink bow on top. I loved the time I spent there chatting with Autumn, we discovered that we’re both MAC addicts and love the same makeup artist. I can’t wait to go back and really experience all this lovely shop has to offer and learn more about all these amazing perfumes. So far I’ve discovered I’m completely in love with Serge Lutens’ Clair de Muse. Next time I visit, that bottle will be mine. In the meantime, every Seattle area resident should pay Autumn a visit, the store is open 11am to 5:30pm, Monday through Saturday.