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23 NYC Fragrance Hot Spots That Will Make You Smell Way Better

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If your go-to scent is Fantasy by Britney Spears, then you need to read this immediately. The world of fragrances is much more nuanced than the celebrity-branded perfumes advertised in fashion magazines. And here in New York, there's so many places where you can discover a smell that's all your own.

So here, we've rounded up 23 fragrance stores that will get your nose on the right track to finding new and interesting scents. While some of these stores are dedicated to their own brand, others have a variety, and some even carry wonderfully scented skincare and grooming products as well. Check out our map after the jump, and get those espresso beans ready for clearing your nostrils.


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1. Diptyque

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971 Madison Avenue
New York, NY 10021
(212) 879-3330
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Though the French brand may be better known for their candles, and, in these parts, their to-die-for annual sample sale, they also boast a great selection of wearable fragrances, including one named for their Parisian flagship. [Photo]

2. Frederic Malle

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898 Madison Ave
New York, NY 10021
(212) 249-7941
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One of the most recognized names in the perfume business, Frederic Malle opened his first Editions de Parfums in Paris in 2000, and thank goodness it's made its way to the Upper East Side. Here, each scent is sold under the name of the "nose" who created it. [Photo]

3. Space.NK

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968 Lexington Ave
New York, NY 10021
(212) 288-3212
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While the British apothecary might be better known for makeup and skincare, don't pass over the fragrance selection at their Upper East Side boutique. Find scents from trusted classic brands like Diptyque, Acqua di Parma, and Tocca. [Photo]

4. Creed Boutique

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794 Madison Ave
New York, NY 10065
(212) 439-7777
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This fragrance business has been passed down from generation to generation since 1760, so its current owner most likely has perfume in its blood. These scents have been favored by European royalty, and were not even available publicly until 1970. [Photo]

5. Caron Paris

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(877) 882-2766
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Located inside hair-care mecca Phyto Universe is the only stateside boutique of the Paris perfumery, where all of their scents are crafted by their single "nose" Richard Fraysse. Some of their scents are even available in Baccarat crystal fountains. [Photo]

6. Enfleurage

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237 W 13th St
New York, NY 10011
(212) 691-1610
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This Greenwich Village boutique sources its frankincense and myrrh from its own distillery in the Middle Eastern country of Oman. Find their scents in the form of essential oils, home blends, and personal sprays. [Photo]

7. By Kilian

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(212) 600-1298
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The Meatpacking District boutique is named for owner Kilian Hennessy (that's the cognac brand, for those of you who are unfamiliar with the top shelf of a liquor bar). But his expertise goes far beyond cocktails—all scents sold here are under his brand, and some are even exclusive to this location. [Photo]

8. Aedes De Venustas

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9 Christopher St
New York, NY 10014
(212) 206-8674
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Shop by scent, ingredient, brand, or even individual perfumer at this West Village shop, where each order comes with seven complimentary samples that may put you on the path to your next purchase. [Photo]

9. Jo Malone

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330 Bleecker St
New York, NY 10014
(212) 242-1454
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There's no guesswork involved with the names of these British-based scents—all perfumes are clearly named, so you know exactly what's in them. To create a fragrance that's uniquely yours, the brand suggests you try layering complimentary scents. [Photo]

10. Fragrance Shop New York

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65 E 4th St
New York, NY 10003
(212) 254-8950
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With a simple name like this, you know exactly what you're in store for. But rather than your typical spray-on scents, this East Village shop specializes in oils, with hundreds of varieties to mix and match. [Photo]

11. Bond No. 9

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9 Bond St
New York, NY 10012
(212) 228-1732
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If there's one scent more iconic than Chanel No. 5, it's Bond No. 9—well, at least to New Yorkers. Shop the flagship location for scents dedicated to our city's diverse neighborhoods, all available in the same uniquely shaped bottle. [Photo]

12. Santa Maria Novella

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285 Lafayette St
New York, NY 10012
(212) 925-0001
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This brand is the oldest one featured here—located in Florence, the Farmaceutica di Santa Maria Novella was founded in 1221. Their eponymous scent is derived from a formula originally favored by Catherine de Medici in the 1500s. [Photo]

13. MiN New York Haute Parfumery & Atelier

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117 Crosby St
New York, NY 10012
(212) 206-6366
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Expect to find the unexpected at this Soho boutique that's been around since 1999. Along with the best scents from across the world, shop their hair care and skin collection as well as grooming products for men. [Photo: Brian Harkin]

14. Lafco New York

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285 Lafayette St
New York, NY 10012
(212) 925-0001
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Lafco stands for "luxury articles and fragrance company," which basically assures that the owners here are obsessed with quality. Owner Jon Bresler, who has studied perfumery and alchemy, is also responsible for bringing Santa Maria Novella to Soho. [Photo]

15. Le Labo

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233 Elizabeth St
New York, NY 10012
(212) 219-2230
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Le Labo claims to have brought together the best "noses" in New York to create high-end fragrances in its on-site lab. The sales staff encourages you to explore with all senses to find what works best for you (Translation: they don't pressure you into buying). [Photo]

16. Red Flower

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13 Prince St
New York, NY 10012
(212) 966-5301
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All-natural is the name of the game in this Soho boutique, where all of their scent's ingredients are sustainably sourced. The products themselves—not just perfumes and oils, but also exfoliators, masques, mists and more—will make you feel pure inside and out.

17. Molton Brown

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128 Spring St
New York, NY 10012
(212) 965-1740
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The London-based bath and body go-to also has its own line of personal fragrances that are so reasonably priced, you'll have enough left over to indulge in some bubble bath. [Photo]

18. Osswald

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311 W Broadway
New York, NY 10013
(212) 625-3111
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Parfumerie Osswald was founded in Zurich in 1921 and was the first to offer luxury scents in the area. Today, the Soho location offers a variety of little-known fragrances alongside beauty products and bathroom accessories. [Photo]

19. CB I Hate Perfume

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93 Wythe Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11249
(718) 384-6890
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Don't be fooled by the name—check out founder Christopher Brosuis' manifesto on scents, which reads in part "Perfume is discovered fully only by our lovers when we are together - naked." In other words, he's dedicated to finding the right scent for you. [Photo]

20. Woodley & Bunny

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196 N 10th St
Brooklyn, NY 11211
(718) 218-6588
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Update: Now closed. You're probably wondering why the famed Williamsburg hair salon is included in this list. It's because of their top-notch apothecary, which include fragrances from the Brooklyn-based studio MCMC and bunches more. [Photo]

21. Mio Mia Apothecary

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318 Bedford Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11211
(718) 490-5599
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Owner Katie Chang wrote her master's thesis on the emerging trend of male grooming seven years ago, so she makes sure that her staff equally caters to both genders in the female-leaning world of scents. In addition to fragrances, check out their full range of skincare products as well. [Photo]

22. Atelier Cologne

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(718) 260-8008
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Just across the street from Twisted Lily, Atelier Cologne opened its Boerum Hill location opened in October to offer its branded scents to Brooklyn. They even offer monogramming on travel-size bottles to add a personal touch. [Photo]

23. Twisted Lily

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360 Atlantic Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11217
(347) 529-4681
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Eric Weiser and Stamatis Birsimijoglou went from online sales to a brick-and-mortar shop in Boerum Hill to interact with customers face-to-face, as they told us in a recent Better Know a Store Owner feature. Along with carefully curated scents, they're expanding their offerings to candles and skincare products. [Photo: Driely S.]

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1. Diptyque

971 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10021
Though the French brand may be better known for their candles, and, in these parts, their to-die-for annual sample sale, they also boast a great selection of wearable fragrances, including one named for their Parisian flagship. [Photo]
971 Madison Avenue
New York, NY 10021

2. Frederic Malle

898 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10021
One of the most recognized names in the perfume business, Frederic Malle opened his first Editions de Parfums in Paris in 2000, and thank goodness it's made its way to the Upper East Side. Here, each scent is sold under the name of the "nose" who created it. [Photo]
898 Madison Ave
New York, NY 10021

3. Space.NK

968 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10021
While the British apothecary might be better known for makeup and skincare, don't pass over the fragrance selection at their Upper East Side boutique. Find scents from trusted classic brands like Diptyque, Acqua di Parma, and Tocca. [Photo]
968 Lexington Ave
New York, NY 10021

4. Creed Boutique

794 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10065
This fragrance business has been passed down from generation to generation since 1760, so its current owner most likely has perfume in its blood. These scents have been favored by European royalty, and were not even available publicly until 1970. [Photo]
794 Madison Ave
New York, NY 10065

5. Caron Paris

715 Lexington Ave New York, NY 10022
Located inside hair-care mecca Phyto Universe is the only stateside boutique of the Paris perfumery, where all of their scents are crafted by their single "nose" Richard Fraysse. Some of their scents are even available in Baccarat crystal fountains. [Photo]

6. Enfleurage

237 W 13th St, New York, NY 10011
This Greenwich Village boutique sources its frankincense and myrrh from its own distillery in the Middle Eastern country of Oman. Find their scents in the form of essential oils, home blends, and personal sprays. [Photo]
237 W 13th St
New York, NY 10011

7. By Kilian

804 Washington St New York, NY 10014
The Meatpacking District boutique is named for owner Kilian Hennessy (that's the cognac brand, for those of you who are unfamiliar with the top shelf of a liquor bar). But his expertise goes far beyond cocktails—all scents sold here are under his brand, and some are even exclusive to this location. [Photo]

8. Aedes De Venustas

9 Christopher St, New York, NY 10014
Shop by scent, ingredient, brand, or even individual perfumer at this West Village shop, where each order comes with seven complimentary samples that may put you on the path to your next purchase. [Photo]
9 Christopher St
New York, NY 10014

9. Jo Malone

330 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10014
There's no guesswork involved with the names of these British-based scents—all perfumes are clearly named, so you know exactly what's in them. To create a fragrance that's uniquely yours, the brand suggests you try layering complimentary scents. [Photo]
330 Bleecker St
New York, NY 10014

10. Fragrance Shop New York

65 E 4th St, New York, NY 10003
With a simple name like this, you know exactly what you're in store for. But rather than your typical spray-on scents, this East Village shop specializes in oils, with hundreds of varieties to mix and match. [Photo]
65 E 4th St
New York, NY 10003

11. Bond No. 9

9 Bond St, New York, NY 10012
If there's one scent more iconic than Chanel No. 5, it's Bond No. 9—well, at least to New Yorkers. Shop the flagship location for scents dedicated to our city's diverse neighborhoods, all available in the same uniquely shaped bottle. [Photo]
9 Bond St
New York, NY 10012

12. Santa Maria Novella

285 Lafayette St, New York, NY 10012
This brand is the oldest one featured here—located in Florence, the Farmaceutica di Santa Maria Novella was founded in 1221. Their eponymous scent is derived from a formula originally favored by Catherine de Medici in the 1500s. [Photo]
285 Lafayette St
New York, NY 10012

13. MiN New York Haute Parfumery & Atelier

117 Crosby St, New York, NY 10012
Expect to find the unexpected at this Soho boutique that's been around since 1999. Along with the best scents from across the world, shop their hair care and skin collection as well as grooming products for men. [Photo: Brian Harkin]
117 Crosby St
New York, NY 10012

14. Lafco New York

285 Lafayette St, New York, NY 10012
Lafco stands for "luxury articles and fragrance company," which basically assures that the owners here are obsessed with quality. Owner Jon Bresler, who has studied perfumery and alchemy, is also responsible for bringing Santa Maria Novella to Soho. [Photo]
285 Lafayette St
New York, NY 10012

15. Le Labo

233 Elizabeth St, New York, NY 10012
Le Labo claims to have brought together the best "noses" in New York to create high-end fragrances in its on-site lab. The sales staff encourages you to explore with all senses to find what works best for you (Translation: they don't pressure you into buying). [Photo]
233 Elizabeth St
New York, NY 10012

16. Red Flower

13 Prince St, New York, NY 10012
All-natural is the name of the game in this Soho boutique, where all of their scent's ingredients are sustainably sourced. The products themselves—not just perfumes and oils, but also exfoliators, masques, mists and more—will make you feel pure inside and out.
13 Prince St
New York, NY 10012

17. Molton Brown

128 Spring St, New York, NY 10012
The London-based bath and body go-to also has its own line of personal fragrances that are so reasonably priced, you'll have enough left over to indulge in some bubble bath. [Photo]
128 Spring St
New York, NY 10012

18. Osswald

311 W Broadway, New York, NY 10013
Parfumerie Osswald was founded in Zurich in 1921 and was the first to offer luxury scents in the area. Today, the Soho location offers a variety of little-known fragrances alongside beauty products and bathroom accessories. [Photo]
311 W Broadway
New York, NY 10013

19. CB I Hate Perfume

93 Wythe Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11249
Don't be fooled by the name—check out founder Christopher Brosuis' manifesto on scents, which reads in part "Perfume is discovered fully only by our lovers when we are together - naked." In other words, he's dedicated to finding the right scent for you. [Photo]
93 Wythe Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11249

20. Woodley & Bunny

196 N 10th St, Brooklyn, NY 11211
Update: Now closed. You're probably wondering why the famed Williamsburg hair salon is included in this list. It's because of their top-notch apothecary, which include fragrances from the Brooklyn-based studio MCMC and bunches more. [Photo]
196 N 10th St
Brooklyn, NY 11211

21. Mio Mia Apothecary

318 Bedford Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211
Owner Katie Chang wrote her master's thesis on the emerging trend of male grooming seven years ago, so she makes sure that her staff equally caters to both genders in the female-leaning world of scents. In addition to fragrances, check out their full range of skincare products as well. [Photo]
318 Bedford Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11211

22. Atelier Cologne

357 Atlantic Ave Brooklyn, NY 11217
Just across the street from Twisted Lily, Atelier Cologne opened its Boerum Hill location opened in October to offer its branded scents to Brooklyn. They even offer monogramming on travel-size bottles to add a personal touch. [Photo]

23. Twisted Lily

360 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11217
Eric Weiser and Stamatis Birsimijoglou went from online sales to a brick-and-mortar shop in Boerum Hill to interact with customers face-to-face, as they told us in a recent Better Know a Store Owner feature. Along with carefully curated scents, they're expanding their offerings to candles and skincare products. [Photo: Driely S.]
360 Atlantic Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11217