Local fragrances

The city emits plenty of odors---not all of which are appealing---but the scents created by these New York perfumers are worth a second whiff.

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  • Citycentric perfumer Bond No. 9---so named for its flagship boutique's address---is on a mission to emblematize every New York neighborhood in a scent, and the latest subdivision to be checked off of the company's ambitious list is Madison Square Park. We're smitten with the light, crisp, feminine fragrance, whose grassy undertones remind us of spring days waiting in that endless line for Shake Shack, and we adore the vibrant bottle, adorned with a removable rose-blossom bracelet that doubles as a brooch, just as much. Bond No. 9 Madison Square Park eau de parfum, 3.4oz $240, at Bond No. 9, 399 Bleecker St at 11th St (212-633-1641, bondno9.com)

  • Ladies have been known to raid upscale men's boutique Odin for slouchy grandpa sweaters and oversize blazers, and they can add the chainlet's foursome of unisex fragrances to their shopping lists. All of the earthy scents come in minimalist, sleek square containers that reveal the liquid's rich amber hue when backlit; we think androgyny is best captured in Owari, which balances sweet mandarin and grapefruit with the masculine spiciness of Cubeb pepper. Odin New York 02 Owari eau de toilette, 3.4oz $110, at Odin New York, 328 E 11th St between First and Second Aves (212-475-0666, odinnewyork.com)

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    After working for major beauty corporations like Avon and Victoria's Secret Beauty, perfumer Amanda Walker set out on her own to create a nontoxic alternative to the synthetic perfumes that are so prevalent on the market. The resulting line of vegan scents are hand-poured in small batches in Walker's Manhattan studio, created using USDA-certified organic ingredients and packaged in recycled paper boxes that are embedded with flower seeds. We're particularly enamored by Urban Organic, a richly complex mix of spicy ginger; citrusy lemon, grapefruit and lime peel; and heady bourbon that's softened by basil and lavender. A Perfume Organic Urban Organic roll-on perfume, 12ml $62, at Kaight, 83 Orchard St between Broome and Grand Sts (212-680-5630)

  • Founders Andrew Goetz and Matthew Malin have been using natural ingredients to formulate their skin- and hair-care products since 2004, but even more commendable is the fact that their family-owned apothecary relies on other small businesses in the tristate area to manufacture them. The duo's line of concentrated perfume oils and refreshing sprays are all meant to be layered, including this potent, hand-poured cannabis oil (which, thankfully, smells nothing like a Phish concert). Though it's recommended that you pair it with the brand's neroli body lotion ($34), we think the spicy, musky scent is intoxicating all on its own. (MALIN+GOETZ) Cannabis perfume oil, oz $50, at (MALIN+GOETZ), 177 Seventh Ave between 20th and 21st Sts (212-727-3777, malinandgoetz.com)

  • British-born perfumer Eleanor Jane worked as a model, then a photographer and finally a health instructor before launching her all-natural, vegan fragrance line, Tallulah Jane, in 2009. Much like their creator, the feminine scents constantly evolve. Take Hope, Jane's latest release created especially for the American Cancer Society's 2011 Pink and Black Tie Gala, which is redolent of sweet mandarin before giving way to more delicate florals. In keeping with the company's socially conscious ethos (the studio derives its electricity entirely from wind power and all packaging is made from recycled materials), half of Hope's proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society. Tallulah Jane Hope eau de parfum, 1oz $48, at tallulahjanenyc.com

  • Though the men's and women's clothing stocked at both Oak boutiques tend to be dark and edgy, this delicate cologne spray from the store's house brand is anything but. Light and lovely, the fragrance is evocative a fresh bouquet of spring flowers---the straightforward label pretty much explains it all. A.OK Scent Lily cologne spray, 1oz $32, at oaknyc.com

  • A graduate from the esteemed Grasse Institute of Perfumery in southern France, Brooklynite Anne McClain has been handcrafting all of her small-batch fragrances in her Greenpoint studio since 2009. This musky, masculine beard oil was inspired by her husband, who refused to wear traditional spray scents. Thanks to its roll-on applicator, guys can easily moisturize their facial hair and skin while lightly scenting their visage with a spicy, woody aroma. We're also suckers for its rough-and-tumble jute drawstring packaging and the bottle's cheeky reference to Chanel No. 5. MCMC Fragrances Dude No. 1 all-natural beard oil, $65, at Bird, 203 Grand St between Bedford and Driggs Aves, Williamsburg, Brooklyn (718-388-1655)

  • In honor of its fifth anniversary, Greenpoint boutique Dalaga collaborated with Anne McClain of MCMC Fragrances (see previous slide) to create this delicate floral perfume that's inspired by the Sampaguita, the Philippines' national blossom. Just like the store itself, the perfume is utterly girly and sophisticated, with hints of lilac and sweet peach. Dalaga by MCMC Fragrances parfum spray, 40ml $110; and oil roll-on, 9ml $55; both at Dalaga, 150 Franklin St (718-389-4049, dalaganyc.com)

  • Local perfumers Maria McElroy of Aroma M (aromam.com) and Alexis Karl of Scent by Alexis (alexiskarl.com) teamed up to create their Cherry Bomb Killer Perfume label, which takes inspiration from the edgy glamour of the East Village and was born over chunks of Bubblicious in Brooklyn Bridge Park. Though the line is currently comprised of just two scents---including this lip-smackingly sweet blend of vanilla, brown sugar and honeysuckle---the creative packaging more than makes up for the lack of selection: Both are available as a shimmery solid perfume in a petite glass jar or in liquid form inside a heart-shaped bottle with a key-chain top, allowing you to hook it onto your belt loop or purse. Cherry Bomb Killer Perfume Truth or Dare solid perfume, oz $35; and eau de parfum key chain, 4ml $55, at indiescents.com

  • A far cry from the mass-produced fragrances you'll find on department-store shelves, D.S. & Durga's small-batch colognes and perfumes rely on high-quality natural ingredients (plant extracts, herbs, flowers and oils) and are entirely formulated, bottled, boxed and labeled by founders David Moltz and Kavita Ahuja Moltz in their Brooklyn studio. The scents are divided into masculine and feminine offerings, and a standout from the latter is this complex blend of orange blossom, jonquil and Parma violet that takes its name from a lyric in Mississippi John Hurt's "Richland Woman Blues." D.S. & Durga Poppy Rouge eau de parfum, 30ml $85, at In God We Trust, 70 Greenpoint Ave between Franklin and West Sts, Greenpoint, Brooklyn (718-389-3545)

  • Spurred by her frustration in traveling with liquid perfume, Sarah Johnson founded her line of TSA-approved roll-on perfume oils and solid fragrance sticks in February 2010. Since then, she's built up an impressive repertoire of 39 different scents (and counting!) that will have you smelling clean (Fresh Laundry, Baby Fresh), sweet (Brown Sugar, Oatmeal & Honey), earthy (Verbena Bamboo, Oakmoss) or floral (Flowering Dogwood, Japanese Magnolia), depending on your preferences. Johnson even offers a few designer-inspired iterations, such as Inseparable (based on Calvin Klein's CK One) and Love Spell, a riff on Victoria's Secret's fruity, floral scent by the same name. Though we appreciate that you can easily stash the skinny tubes in your purse or pocket for quick touch-ups, we'd rather don one of these newly introduced antique brass lockets, which you can fill with the fragrance of your choosing. Baroque Bath & Body solid-perfume lockets, $40 each, at baroquebody.etsy.com. Use code "TIMEOUTNY" at checkout to receive free shipping through October 1.

  • Former L'Oreal executive Ulrich Lang launched his eponymous fragrance brand in 2002 and has since redefined men's fragrances with his trio of richly nuanced, upscale eau de toilette sprays. Though designed with guys in mind, Anvers 2 (a lighter follow-up to Lang's debut scent, Anvers) walks the gender line with its lovely floral notes of jasmine, lily and Bulgarian rose, but receives a masculine edge through cedar, sandalwood, musk and amber. In other words, don't be surprised if your girlfriend "accidentally" misplaces the cologne in her makeup case (or constantly nuzzles up to you when you're wearing it). Ulrich Lang New York Anvers 2 eau de toilette, 3.4oz $110, at Barneys New York, 660 Madison Ave at 61st St (212-826-8900)

  • Though Brooklyn fragrance studio Joya is best known for its scented candles and has collaborated with big-name brands such as Opening Ceremony, Rodarte and Barneys to create sweet-smelling tapers, our favorite partnership is a capsule collection of solid-perfume jewelry with local streetwear label Vane. From the six necklace styles that each contain their own unique scent, our favorite is this darkly romantic brass-and-resin locket, which boasts a coconut-tinged jojoba blend. Joya x Vane Shades of Dusk Roman Cameo solid perfume, $80, at joyastudio.com/shop

  • It was in the '80s, when he was working as a New York City cab driver, that Christopher Brosius discovered he hated perfume (the potent smell emanating from certain women who would get into his car would turn his stomach). The irony that Brosius would then go on to create genre-bending fragrances for Demeter, Kiehl's and CB I Hate Perfume, the company he launched in 2004, is not lost on him. However, to counter the cookie-cutter, mass-marketed scents that earned his ire so many years ago, Brosius crafts unusual concoctions that capture memories, emotions or moments in time---like this sea-inspired spray that somehow manages to combine whiffs of salt water, sunscreen and sweet watermelon into something not only lovely, but wearable. CB I Hate Perfume At the Beach 1966 perfume absolute, 2ml $13, 15ml $95; and water perfume, 100ml $95; all at CB I Hate Perfume Gallery, 93 Wythe Ave between North 10th and 11th Sts, Williamsburg, Brooklyn (718-384-6890, cbihateperfume.com)

  • Every year, Seven New York boutique cofounder Joseph Quartana curates a fragrance collection created by six emerging fashion designers in collaboration with just as many esteemed perfumers. Dubbed Six Scents, the annual release is an effort to raise funds and awareness for a chosen charity---this year, it's War Child International (warchild.org), which works with adolescents in conflict-stricken countries all over the globe. As part of the project's third installation, designer Alexis Mabille (in conjunction with perfumer Rodrigo Flores-Roux) has created a standout fragrance filled with lush florals like jasmine, honeysuckle and lavender. Soft and romantic, the limited-edition scent is meant to reflect France's bourgeois culture in the'70s---and, presumably, make you smell divine. Six Scents No. 1 Beau Bow, 50ml $178, at Oak, 28 Bond St between Bowery and Lafayette Sts (212-677-1293)

  • Queens resident Jacqueline Jones-Gross was in search of all-natural bath and body products she could use to pamper herself at home when she founded her own line, Face.Body.Feet, in April. In addition to bath salts, body butters, scrubs, soaps and lip balms, Jones-Gross makes roll-on perfume oils, including this richly sweet cologne oil, that last longer than sprays---and are therefore ideal for wearing on hot summer days. Face. Body. Feet. Vanilla Sandalwood cologne oil, $7, at facebodyfeet.etsy.com

  • Briar Winters spends her days as a pastry chef and, by night, uses the same organic and fair-trade ingredients she utilizes in her cooking to hand make natural skin-care products in her Lower East Side apartment. This earthy fragrance has a seductive, herby quality, thanks to hints of smoked-black-tea oil and cardamom. Its local-beeswax base also helps the solid perfume glide on smoothly. Marble & Milkweed No. 1 solid perfume, oz $12, at marbleandmilkweed.etsy.com

Citycentric perfumer Bond No. 9---so named for its flagship boutique's address---is on a mission to emblematize every New York neighborhood in a scent, and the latest subdivision to be checked off of the company's ambitious list is Madison Square Park. We're smitten with the light, crisp, feminine fragrance, whose grassy undertones remind us of spring days waiting in that endless line for Shake Shack, and we adore the vibrant bottle, adorned with a removable rose-blossom bracelet that doubles as a brooch, just as much. Bond No. 9 Madison Square Park eau de parfum, 3.4oz $240, at Bond No. 9, 399 Bleecker St at 11th St (212-633-1641, bondno9.com)

COMMON SCENTS! On August 15 and 16, indie fragrance brands from around the globe (including some of the ones mentioned above) will gather at Skylight West (500 W 36th St at Tenth Ave) to exhibit their latest offerings at the Elements Showcase (elements-showcase.com; 11am--7pm, free; R.S.V.P. required), hosted by perfumers Frederick Bouchardy, Jeff Lawson and Ullrich Lang.

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