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Where to Buy Perfume and Fragrance in San Francisco

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Before you dive into the holiday parties, consider a fragrance reboot. Whether that means finding a skincare line that smells great, a new perfume, or a non-pumpkin-spice candle to add a dash of autumn to your home, we're mapped some of our favorite stores in the city for buying hard-to-find scents. We've got local options like Elizabeth W, international legends like Penhaligon's, and even a custom line to complement your aura. Whatever your taste, one of these stores is sure have your perfect match.


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elizabeth w

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Even if you refuse to negotiate the tourist hordes at Ghirardelli Square, you should make an exception to visit Elizabeth W's shop filled with divine fragrances and body products. The candles make great gifts, but go ahead and buy one for yourself, too. [PHOTO]
This Australian body brand is better known for its heavenly-smelling hair and skincare products, but the store also stocks the Marrakech intense cologne and perfume. [PHOTO]
Don't dismiss Yosh Han as a mere perfumer. She's also a clairvoyant who energetically aligns custom fragrances to a client's vibration. Collaborating on a custom fragrance (by appointment only) starts upward of $500, but isn't it worth it to have the perfect scent for your aura? [PHOTO]

Le Labo

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At Le Labo, you don't just buy perfume; you create it. Staffers want you to forego quantity in exchange for soulful, hand-crafted fragrances. Stop by this Fillmore boutique to find to create something memorable for yourself or someone you love. [PHOTO]

In Fiore at International Orange

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This local, all-natural beauty line makes killer skincare products "wrapped in the aromatic charms of perfume." On November 21, In Fiore is moving from its Post Street store to a shop-in-shop at International Orange.

Diptyque

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While the French brand is best known for candles, they also boast a great selection of personal fragrances, available as sprays, solids, and roll-ons. [PHOTO]
This apothecary department at this Chinatown boutique stocks local brands like the up-and-coming Etta + Billie, Native State, and Scents of San Francisco. While you're there, you'll probably find a cute outfit, too.

Saks Fifth Avenue

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Dozens of well-known beauty brands have counters on the Saks floor, but this is one of the few spots where you'll find British brand Penhaligon's. Consider it your chance to smell like a monarch. [PHOTO]

Neiman Marcus

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With personal and home fragrance from brands like Aerin, Creed, and Jo Malone, no olfactory tour of the city is complete without a pass through the first floor of Neiman's. [PHOTO]
This legendary Union Square luxury shop is an ideal destination for candles, diffusers, and sachets, as well as premium perfumes. Want to upgrade your perfume collection? Transfer your favorite scent into one of their gorgeous perfume bottles.

Dark Garden

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Dark Garden's Autumn Adamme is friends with Dita Von Teese, which might explain why her Hayes Valley corset shop is one of the few places where you can find Von Teese's fragrance line. Supplies are low, (though you can still find the musky "Erotique" fragrance), but they are looking into restocking in the New Year.
ZGO —or Zen-Garden-Oasis— is is filled with hard-to-find perfumes, diffusers, candles and scented soaps. Though the shop has an e-commerce site, the owners recommend that you drop by to select your favorites from brands like Diptyque, Fornasetti, and Eight & Bob. [PHOTO]

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elizabeth w

Even if you refuse to negotiate the tourist hordes at Ghirardelli Square, you should make an exception to visit Elizabeth W's shop filled with divine fragrances and body products. The candles make great gifts, but go ahead and buy one for yourself, too. [PHOTO]

Aesop

This Australian body brand is better known for its heavenly-smelling hair and skincare products, but the store also stocks the Marrakech intense cologne and perfume. [PHOTO]

Yosh

Don't dismiss Yosh Han as a mere perfumer. She's also a clairvoyant who energetically aligns custom fragrances to a client's vibration. Collaborating on a custom fragrance (by appointment only) starts upward of $500, but isn't it worth it to have the perfect scent for your aura? [PHOTO]

Le Labo

At Le Labo, you don't just buy perfume; you create it. Staffers want you to forego quantity in exchange for soulful, hand-crafted fragrances. Stop by this Fillmore boutique to find to create something memorable for yourself or someone you love. [PHOTO]

In Fiore at International Orange

This local, all-natural beauty line makes killer skincare products "wrapped in the aromatic charms of perfume." On November 21, In Fiore is moving from its Post Street store to a shop-in-shop at International Orange.

Diptyque

While the French brand is best known for candles, they also boast a great selection of personal fragrances, available as sprays, solids, and roll-ons. [PHOTO]

legion

This apothecary department at this Chinatown boutique stocks local brands like the up-and-coming Etta + Billie, Native State, and Scents of San Francisco. While you're there, you'll probably find a cute outfit, too.

Saks Fifth Avenue

Dozens of well-known beauty brands have counters on the Saks floor, but this is one of the few spots where you'll find British brand Penhaligon's. Consider it your chance to smell like a monarch. [PHOTO]

Neiman Marcus

With personal and home fragrance from brands like Aerin, Creed, and Jo Malone, no olfactory tour of the city is complete without a pass through the first floor of Neiman's. [PHOTO]

Gump's

This legendary Union Square luxury shop is an ideal destination for candles, diffusers, and sachets, as well as premium perfumes. Want to upgrade your perfume collection? Transfer your favorite scent into one of their gorgeous perfume bottles.

Dark Garden

Dark Garden's Autumn Adamme is friends with Dita Von Teese, which might explain why her Hayes Valley corset shop is one of the few places where you can find Von Teese's fragrance line. Supplies are low, (though you can still find the musky "Erotique" fragrance), but they are looking into restocking in the New Year.

ZGO

ZGO —or Zen-Garden-Oasis— is is filled with hard-to-find perfumes, diffusers, candles and scented soaps. Though the shop has an e-commerce site, the owners recommend that you drop by to select your favorites from brands like Diptyque, Fornasetti, and Eight & Bob. [PHOTO]