Best of Boston
BostonNo offense to the department-store counters we’ve frequented in the past, but our new fragrance go-to is a little less—how shall we say—in your face. […]
2017 Best Fragrances
With signature fragrances hand-blended and packaged right before your eyes, it’s clear why this parfumerie’s name translates to “the lab.” The simply appointed Back Bay […]
2016 Best Fragrances
“The People with Absolutely No Common Scents,” reads the awning above Colonial’s front door. It’s true: Co-owners Cathy and J .P. Botindari stock their perfumery […]
2015 Best Fragrances
What’s your scent? Woodsy? Spicy? Floral? Citrusy? Let the fragrance specialists at this 70-year-old institution help you discover your olfactory predilections as you sample their […]
2013 Best Fragrances
Having had way too many perfume bottles misted in our direction over the years, we relish fragrance designer Neil Morris’s sanctuary of a studio, the […]
2012 Best Fragrances
While other department-store counters seem to hawk the same 10 perfumers, Barneys focuses on rich, exotic scents from lines like Frédéric Malle, Serge Lutens, Acqua […]
2011 Best Fragrances
The biggest names in the perfume biz (Yves Saint Laurent, Chanel) are fully represented on these gleaming counters, as are scores of cult lines (Creed, […]
2002 Best Fragrances
Normally, we don’t pay much attention to celebrity endorsements, but this time we’ll take Madonna, J.Lo, and Donatella Versace’s word for it. They, like all […]
1997 Best Fragrances
Still rubbing your wrist on that magazine fragrance strip? Quelle catastrophe! It’s all too easy—and only civilized—to spend hours in this tiny wonder shop, sampling […]
1995 Best Fragrances
Nearly a thousand fragrances from cutting edge to classic, Arpege to Zibeline. Plus a huge selection of bath soaps. Make sure you bring cash or […]
1992 Best Fragrances
A no-nonscents approach to fragrance. Just the best selection in town, if not the atmosphere, maybe the universe—you get the idea. Lipsticks and sniffing instructions […]
1990 Best Fragrances
An enthusiastic perfumer will custom-blend your scent for your skin, and not charge an arm and a leg.
1989 Best Fragrances
If the scent is still made anywhere in the world, they can sniff it out.
1988 Best Fragrances
The perennial favorite.
1984 Best Fragrances
A great variety of scents, all categorized by their fragrance groups.