Best of Boston

2012 Best Fragrances

Barneys New York

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 di Parma, and Rodin. With all the variety, you’ll breathe easy knowing that the scent you find won’t remind your significant other of his receptionist, hair stylist, or any of the twentysomethings on the crowded T car.

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