Bayside, New York
December 5, 2001
Luis Muños Marin International is very modern, spacious, with good bi-lingual signage. As we started heading for baggage claim, we spotted this shop, and as usual, neither one of us had to ask; we just went in. By comparison to other duty free shops, this one is mid-sized and does more with fragrance and cosmetics than with liquor and jewelry. As we walked in, a 40% off table was the first thing we saw; it had an assortment of perfumes, colognes, and eaux with the majority geared toward women and 2 or 3 for men. A young woman noted our interest and immediately offered to help in spanish. I tried a few things in as many spots as my bare arms would allow. Then I walked around a bit to let the fragrance chemistry work with my skin's own. Chuck was window grazing in the hope of finding himself a bargain.
After a few minutes of checking the skin care sections, I returned and decided on a spray perfume by Van Cleef & Arpels (reputed for jewelry) called Birmane. It had a sweet and heady smell, and I thought this would be the right tone for wearing on the island in the evening. Then we started discussing a fragrance for Chuck, and there were some CK imitations of which we have tired. Then I spotted something from Lolita Lempicka for men: well, this had to be special. It was super spicy, but not obnoxious. It's called "Au Masculin" for obvious reasons and it lives up to the promise.
We paid $55 for both, which is just about the regular price of one of them (mine). I wanted to find something for my daughter, but she is super particular. I did get lucky on the return trip: Calvin Klein cologne suddently appeared on that 40% off table, and it quickly joined my luggage. I recommend you visit this place if you come here since the prices are terrific, even without the additional forty percent off. An important caveat: make sure you like what you purchase as they do not accept returns.
From journal Puerto Rico - Isle in Style