It was a sad day for perfumistas when Ebay decided to forbid the sale of decanted perfume. While a number of former Ebay sellers have since struck out on their own, The Perfumed Court, which opened for business yesterday, is easily the best effort I've seen so far. Four former Ebay sellers (Patty of Perfume Posse/Fragrant Fripperies, Dragonfly00, Lisalaw/Fleur de Lisa and Fishbone96) have combined their holdings into one easy to navigate (far easier than Ebay ever was) store.
The selection leans heavily towards the luxury/niche market (JAR, Serge Lutens, Tom Ford Private Blend, Etat Libre d'Orange, etc.), but you'll also find vintage scents and a sprinkling of mainstream offerings. The classic brands (Guerlain, Chanel and Caron) are well-covered, and you'll find lots of fragrances that are not otherwise sold in the US.
They've also come up with some great sample sets — you can buy six fragrances by perfumer Maurice Roucel for $25, twenty vanilla-based samples for $29, six JAR Parfums for $58 or the entire MakeupAlley Top 25 of 2007 for $84.99.
While ordering and paying is seamless (e.g., you don't have to worry about which seller(s)you are buying from), you may receive up to 4 packages, as each seller will continue to decant and ship independently. The biggest drawback for some former Ebay buyers may be that the store is not accepting Paypal, only direct payment via credit card.
Now through 8/13, you can get a 10% discount on orders of $40 or more using coupon code SNEAKPEEK.