Best of Boston

1997 Best Fragrances

Colonial Drug

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 the world’s most exclusive fragrances (including matching soaps, spray deodorants, and body creams). Experts behind the counter, including a nose-in-training, will help you distinguish between floral, Oriental, chypre, green, and modern blends. There’s also a color-coded testing system on the wall—making the search for a signature scent a fun experience.

49 Brattle St., Cambridge, 617-864-2222,