It’s time to get smelly, New York. If standard issue perfume has you bored and you’re coveting a signature scent with a little more style and a little less mass market feel, have no worries. New York is home to some of the world’s most sniff-worthy perfume shops. Here are our picks for the best perfume stores in New York City. By Kimberly Rae Miller.

CB I Hate Perfume

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93 Wythe Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11211
(718) 384-6890

You won’t find any Vanilla Fields in this scent boutique. Perfumer Christopher Brosius creates some of the most unique you’ll find anywhere. Scents like In the Library and WINTER 1972 are more than a pleasant scent, they’re an wearable memory. Brosius also makes custom scents, although his website states that he’s currently not accepting new clients for this service.

Aedes de Venustas

9 Christopher St
New York, NY 10014
(212) 206-8674

This shop is all about luxury, from the deep red walls to the massive chandelier, you’ll feel like you’ve been transported to another era when you step into this West Village perfume and beauty store. Aedes de Venustas specializes in imported and hard to find products. The owners of this little shop know their products and will treat you to VIP treatment in your search for the perfect scent. They also give out samples if you need some thinking time with a scent.


794 Madison Ave
New York, NY 10065
(212) 439-7777

Francophiles will love this place. This French perfumery has been concocting delicious scents since 1760. In that time period, this family owned perfumery has created custom scents for such societal elite as Queen Victoria, to most recently Michelle Obama. Gents, no worries they have cologne and aftershave lines for you as well.

Bond No. 9

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9 Bond St
New York, NY 10012
(212) 228-1732

Everything about this store screams “I Love New York.” Well, at least everything about the perfumes. Each scent bottled up inside is designed and named with a certain New York neighborhood in mind. It may sound kitschy, but make no mistake these are classy scents you’ll be proud to wear, and will no doubt have people asking you about on the subway.

Le Labo

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233 Elizabeth St
New York, NY 10012
(212) 219-2230

If you’ve always secretly coveted your own line of perfume, covet no longer. This laboratory themed perfumery is staffed with mixologists who will create your own special brand (literally named after you) right in front of you. Just sniff, mix, and leave with your own personal perfume fresh from the beaker.