So I decided I couldn't live without a bottle of Crystal Flowers, and went off to the Montale Web site to order some. It's quite a bit less expensive to get it from the manufacturer and pay shipping from Switzerland than to order it from a domestic supplier...approximately 30% less. While I was there, I bought a bottle of Soleil de Capri as well, then sat back to wait the few weeks for my juice to arrive.
When I got home from work yesterday, a broken yellow box in a plastic postal service bag sat waiting for me. My Montales. Their shipping carton was essentially a heavyweight shoe box, such as the type athletic shoes might come in. It had been broken on one side and crushed on the other. And one single piece of bubble wrap floated in the box, not taped around the boxes within, just kind of there. Luckily, Montale bottles are aluminum. There was also a full-sized tube of Aoud Damascus body lotion enclosed as a free gift. Would have been nicer if it was Crystal Flowers, or, Sweet Oriental Dream (drool!) but I suppose anything free is good.
After checking the contents and finding everything to be in working order, I looked at the mailing label. Now, I typed in all the info online...I didn't dictate over the phone. But still, my honorific was listed as "madame" and I chose "madamoiselle," my first name was spelled "Caty" and I'm pretty sure I typed "Kathy." My street was misspelled as well. But the biggest problem was the country. As far as I can tell, I do not reside in "Grande Bretagne," but in "Les Etats-Unis." Yay for zip codes, otherwise who knows where my package would have ended up. All things considered, it took only 3 weeks to get here, so I can't complain too much. Although I just did. :)
Thank goodness for the aluminum bottle! This sounds really disgraceful. The perfume industry continues to baffle me -- it's like they don't want us to buy or like their products some times. ... --Ellen