Best perfume stores

  • Bond No. 9

  • Aedes De Venustas

  • Aedes De Venustas

  • Aedes De Venustas

  • Le Labo

  • Fresh

  • L'Artisan Parfumeur

  • Miomia

  • Fragrance Shop New York

  • Fragrance Shop New York

Bond No. 9

Bond No. 9
Each of the 39 perfumes at Bond No. 9 represents a specific NYC street or site—and they’re all far from the nauseating aromas of subway funk, crowds and street food you’re used to. Test out the options (some crafted for men, some for women and some for both), including the Little Italy spray reminiscent of citrus-flavored gelato ($210 for 100ml) or the Riverside Drive fragrance with hints of the (once) crisp and clear Hudson River ($205 for 100ml). And if you’re itching to get out of the city but don’t have the time, splash on the Fire Island beach-and-suntan scent for traces of summertime ($210 for 100ml). 9 Bond St between Broadway and Lafayette St (212-228-1940,

CB I Hate Perfume
All perfumes in this quaint Brooklyn shop are blended and bottled by hand on the premises. Pick up a bottle of “To See a Flower” ($60 for 15ml) from the store’s popular Experience Series, designed to help create and radiate new noteworthy experiences. Also available are an assortment of travel-size bottles for when you’re on the go ($10--$21 for 2ml). 93 Wythe Ave at N 10th St, Williamsburg, Brooklyn (718-384-6890,

Aedes De Venustas
Owners Carl Bradl and Robert Gerstner aren’t rummaging through trade shows for scents to add to their growing collection; instead, this duo travels to Europe three times a year looking for inspirations. “We only pick the scents that we believe in,” Bradl says. “We have a passion for luxury fragrances, and it shows.” Currently, their West Village boutique is collaborating with European fragrance house L’Artisan Parfumeur (see also below) to create a scent named for their shop, Aedes ($180 for 3.4oz). Other popular bottles include Intelligence & Fantasy ($215 for 3.5oz) and Oriental Lounge ($175 for 3oz). 9 Christopher St between Greenwich Ave and Waverly Pl (212-206-8674,

Le Labo
The men’s fragrances are so appealing in this three-year-old shop that girls are likely to strut out with a bottle themselves. “I’ve noticed that most women don’t like to smell too girly and so they run straight to our men’s line,” manager Maiko Shiratori says. “But, honestly, our scents are for everyone; we just label gender for customers who need that additional assistance.” The best-sellers include Rose 21 ($62 for 15ml) and Verdama 22 ($62 for 15ml). 233 Elizabeth St between E Houston and Prince Sts (212-219-2230,

You’ve dabbed your lips with Fresh’s ruby glosses and moisturized your hands with its soothing lotions—but if you haven’t spritzed your wrists with the boutique’s fruity fragrances, it’s due time. We recommend Pomegranate Anise ($75 for 100ml), Fig Apricot ($75 for 100ml) and Sugar Lychee ($65 for 100ml). 872 Broadway at 18th St (212-477-1100,

L’Artisan Parfumeur
Exploring new combinations since 1976, this Paris-inspired fragrance boutique will help you find the perfect aroma for your body and your home. Among the treasures is a line of 100 percent organic perfumes, including the new “Cote d’Amour” natural spray infused with the aroma of a French ocean breeze, golden yellow gorse and soft heather ($155 for 8.4oz). Also test an outstanding entry in L’Artisan’s travel series: Bertrand Duchaufour’s “Fleur de Liane,” or flower of the vine, which recalls the greenery of the Panamanian island of Bahia Honda ($95 for 1.7oz). Henri Bendel, 712 Fifth Ave at 56th St, second floor (212-904-7910,

You won’t find Molten Brown, Kiehl’s, Bliss or any other major product line in this growing Brooklyn apothecary. “We’re a small business that supports small lines,” says owner Katie Chang. Popular choices—and everything here is unisex—include any of Escentric Molecules’ four fragrances ($135 for 3.3oz) as well as German perfumer Ulrich Lang New York’s Nightscape ($110 for 3.4oz). And stop in to test the shop’s newest addition, Oden ($110 for 3.40z), which attracts both genders because of its cooler scent. Chang says, “The trend is shifting from warm vanilla and sweet scents to more masculine, rich and complex fragrances.” 318 Bedford Ave between South 1st and 2nd Sts, Williamsburg, Brooklyn (718-490-5599,

Fragrance Shop New York
Sandwiched between East Village bars, this cozy fragrance shop is one you don’t want to pass by. “A lot of people just stumble in and don’t even realize it exists,” says manager Pamela Portelli. “We’ve been here over 20 years and have really created a family-style company with repeat customers.” That might be thanks to the stash of more than 200 oils lining the shelves and the option to customize your own scent (for an extra $5). If you’d rather revive an old favorite, the staff here can accommodate that, too. “People even come in with their discontinued designer fragrances, and we’ll try to match the scent for them,” Portelli says. 21 E 7th St between Second and Third Aves (212-254-8950,

Red Flower
In addition to a large stock of body lotions, oils, creams and exfoliants, you’ll find three types of organic perfumes here. The most sought after is Guaiac, a mix of fresh herbs, citrus and floral blends—it’s available both in a roll-on ($48 for 10ml) and a concentrate bottle ($186 for 15ml). Because the perfumes are organic, the resulting aroma varies depending on the customer, manager Stephanie Dohaney explains. “If you’re using a synthetic perfume, it’s going to smell the same on everybody,” Dohaney notes. “With our organic perfumes, the smell altars with your body chemistry.” 13 Prince St between Bowery and Elizabeth Sts (212-966-5301,

Editions de Parfums Frdric Malle
Perched on NYC’s swanky Madison Avenue, this 900-square-foot fragrance shop (which opened this past fall) features a gamut of scents curated by owner and perfume royalty Frdric Malle. In addition to home fragrances and body products, 18 perfumesmake up the collection. The coolest feature of this shop is the trio of space-shuttle-like cylindrical chambers—step inside and get a sense of what someone might smell like after a long day wearing a particular fragrance, as opposed to that strong whiff you get from just spraying perfume on a test slip. The bottle of “Une Rose” remains a best-seller ($270 for 100ml), and a box of rubber incense sheets ($105) is the perfect way to add subtle scents to your home’s small spaces. 898 Madison Ave at 72nd St (212-249-7941,

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