There is a nice article in last Sunday's Independent (link to article no longer active, sorry!) about the London boutique Les Senteurs, which celebrates its 25th anniversary of business this year. The author interviewed James Craven, the store's assistant manager:
Craven cuts a swathe through Les Senteurs' redolent array, from the oldest (the House of Creed, established in 1760, whose citruses and vetivers were supplied to Queen Victoria and Emperor Franz Josef of Austria, among others) to the newest arrivals. Among these is the Editions de Parfums collection from Frederic Malle, grandson of Serge Heftler who created Dior's classic fragrances. Malle gave nine of the world's greatest noses free rein, unfettered by price or fashion constraints and the results (the melon, mandarin, pepper and leathers of Le Parfum de Therese, the "elegantly depraved" Musc Ravageur) are, says Craven, "one of the most exciting things to happen in perfume since its golden age, from 1900 to around 1940, when you got all the firsts, like the first white floral in Fleur De Rocaille, the first vanilla in Shalimar, the first tobaccos when Molinard wanted their scents to smell like Cuban cigarette girls."
Les Senteurs can be found at 71 Elizabeth Street, London SW1. They recently created a website, but as of yet, Frederic Malle is the only line shown. I believe, however, that you can purchase anything from their stock by phoning or emailing, and they have a sample service as well.
An aside: I never bought that business about not rubbing the wrists together. It seems to me that the worst it could possibly accomplish is to make the top notes evaporate a bit faster. Let's face it, the flowers, if any, have already been mashed into a paste to make the fragrance. Your opinion?