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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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1. elizabeth w

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900 N Point St
San Francisco, CA 94109
(415) 351-2800
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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]

2. Aesop

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2146 Chestnut Street
San Francisco, CA 94123
(415) 931-3622
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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]

3. Yosh

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3450 Sacramento Street #325
San Francisco, CA 94118
(415) 626-5385
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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]

4. Le Labo

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2238 Fillmore Street
San Francisco, CA 94115
(415) 931-3212
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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]

5. In Fiore at International Orange

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2044 Fillmore Street
San Francisco, CA 94115
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.

6. Diptyque

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171 Maiden Ln
San Francisco, CA 94108
(415) 402-0600
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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]

7. legion

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679 Clay St
San Francisco, CA 94111
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.

8. Saks Fifth Avenue

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384 Post St
San Francisco, CA 94108
(415) 986-4300
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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]

9. Neiman Marcus

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150 Stockton St
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 362-3900
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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]

10. Gump's

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135 Post St
San Francisco, CA 94108
(415) 766-7628
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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.

11. Dark Garden

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321 Linden St
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 431-7684
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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.

12. ZGO

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600 Castro St.
San Francisco, CA 94114
(415) 692-6511
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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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1. elizabeth w

900 N Point St, San Francisco, CA 94109
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]
900 N Point St
San Francisco, CA 94109

2. Aesop

2146 Chestnut Street, San Francisco, CA 94123
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]
2146 Chestnut Street
San Francisco, CA 94123

3. Yosh

3450 Sacramento Street #325, San Francisco, CA 94118
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]
3450 Sacramento Street #325
San Francisco, CA 94118

4. Le Labo

2238 Fillmore Street, San Francisco, CA 94115
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]
2238 Fillmore Street
San Francisco, CA 94115

5. In Fiore at International Orange

2044 Fillmore Street, San Francisco, CA 94115
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.
2044 Fillmore Street
San Francisco, CA 94115

6. Diptyque

171 Maiden Ln, San Francisco, CA 94108
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]
171 Maiden Ln
San Francisco, CA 94108

7. legion

679 Clay St, San Francisco, CA 94111
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.
679 Clay St
San Francisco, CA 94111

8. Saks Fifth Avenue

384 Post St, San Francisco, CA 94108
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]
384 Post St
San Francisco, CA 94108

9. Neiman Marcus

150 Stockton St, San Francisco, CA 94102
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]
150 Stockton St
San Francisco, CA 94102

10. Gump's

135 Post St, San Francisco, CA 94108
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.
135 Post St
San Francisco, CA 94108

11. Dark Garden

321 Linden St, San Francisco, CA 94102
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.
321 Linden St
San Francisco, CA 94102

12. ZGO

600 Castro St., San Francisco, CA 94114
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]
600 Castro St.
San Francisco, CA 94114