Best Fragrances in Boston

2015 Best Fragrances

Colonial Drug

Newton

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 collection of 1,000-plus perfumes and…Read More

2014 Best Fragrances

Fresh

Boston

No 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. Fresh skips the dizzying array…Read More

2013 Best Fragrances

Neil Morris Fragrances

Boston

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 very antithesis of department-store counters….Read More

2012 Best Fragrances

Barneys New York

Boston

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…Read More

2011 Best Fragrances

Neiman Marcus

Boston, Natick

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, Jo Malone). But the fun…Read More

2002 Best Fragrances

Diptyque

Boston

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 self-respecting fragrance freaks, adore Diptyque’s…Read More

1997 Best Fragrances

Colonial Drug

Cambridge

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…Read More

1995 Best Fragrances

Colonial Drug

Cambridge

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 a checkbook—no plastic accepted…Read More

1992 Best Fragrances

Colonial Drug

Cambridge

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 are part of the bargain…Read More

1990 Best Fragrances

Essense

Boston

An enthusiastic perfumer will custom-blend your scent for your skin, and not charge an arm and a leg…Read More

1989 Best Fragrances

Colonial Drug

Cambridge

If the scent is still made anywhere in the world, they can sniff it out…Read More

1984 Best Fragrances

Colonial Drug

Cambridge

A great variety of scents, all categorized by their fragrance groups…Read More

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