Where can I Get My Juice Huff On in NYC?
October 26, 2012 4:01 AM   Subscribe

Where is 'Fumehead Nirvana in NYC?

I will be in NYC overnight next weekend and have some free time.

What are the best perfume/fragrance/lotions and potions places in NYC to visit while I'm there?

Will be staying on the Lower East Side primarily and have only been to the Dyptiche store and Enfleurage in the Village on a prior visit.

Mainly interested in indie fragrances, but if there's a commercial place that has an enormous stock of European house scent, would like to know as well.
posted by Lipstick Thespian to Clothing, Beauty, & Fashion (12 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
Aedes de Venustas in the West Village. But brace for some attitude.
posted by JPD at 4:13 AM on October 26, 2012 [1 favorite]

Lafco is on Lafayette Street - more Euro than indie, but carries a bunch of cool stuff, including things I smelled in Florence at Santa Maria Novella.
posted by ersatzkat at 5:11 AM on October 26, 2012

There is also a Santa Maria Novella on Lafayette no?

My wife doesn't think much of them, but there is a bond no.9 on Bleecker as well, pretty close to A d'Venustas
posted by JPD at 5:42 AM on October 26, 2012

There's also CB I Hate Perfume lab in Williamsburg.
posted by xo at 6:19 AM on October 26, 2012 [2 favorites]

Two great department stores for sniffing are Bergdorf Goodman (the only place you can sample JAR outside of Paris!) and Barneys. You might also check out the New York shopping tips at Now Smell This.
posted by apparently at 7:27 AM on October 26, 2012

Seconding CB I Hate Perfume. If you like Demeter Scents, that's the guy who started them. This is his next venture.
posted by Cold Lurkey at 7:35 AM on October 26, 2012

All of the above plus MiN, and don't forget Pierre Guillaume's new place, Osswald. Check the usual blogs for NYC shopping articles (NST, Non-Blonde, etc.).
posted by matildaben at 7:36 AM on October 26, 2012

The Basenotes thread on New York perfume shopping has more recommendations.
posted by matildaben at 8:22 AM on October 26, 2012

Atelier Cologne on Elizabeth Street is an independent fragrance house with some great scents and friendly, knowledgeable staff that really went out of their way to be helpful.

247 Elizabeth Street
New York, NY 10012
posted by mountmccabe at 8:25 AM on October 26, 2012

Serge Lutens bell jars (the previously non-export line) are now available at Barneys on 660 Madison Ave. And Frederic Malle on 898 Madison Avenue. There's also Le Labo on 233 Elizabeth Street.
posted by acidic at 9:20 AM on October 26, 2012 [1 favorite]

Sorry if Sephora is an obvious suggestion - we don't have them in the UK so they're dead exciting for us - but when I was last in a large branch they had quite a few niche scents and things I didn't expect for a fairly mainstream chain such as Hermessences, and were happy to make up samples for us.

If I was in NYC myself, I'd be heading for Demeter and definitely CB I Hate Perfume - not only is the latter far cheaper than in the UK, but you can try out the single note blends which I believe are only available there.
posted by mippy at 9:56 AM on October 26, 2012

Oh yeah, I think Barney's has the Le Labo city exclusive for New York as well. The Exclusives are *very* expensive but at least you'll get to sniff them in the flesh, as it were.
posted by mippy at 9:57 AM on October 26, 2012

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