I’m not usually one for perfume or natural oils because of my allergies and adverse reactions. But upon traveling through the quaint fishing village of Newburyport in Northern Boston today, I discovered a remedy for that at The Fragrance Bar: Scents without alcohol.
It’s always the high alcohol content that triggers sneezing as well as shortens the shelf life of a perfume. Some of those acclaimed fragrances also cost a fortune. But, the Nantucket Oils boutique, with it’s hundreds of glass mixing bottles and aromatherapy supplies, sells 1000 alcohol-free versions of brand-name potions. I was bound to find my flavor of choice for well under what department stores charge.
It wasn’t Chanel No. 5 or Lovely by Sarah Jessina Parker or Clinique’s Happy but a fragrance by Japanese fashion designer Hanae Mori that I scored for only $45. A mix of vanilla, praline, almonds and flowers, this poison smells better than dark chocolate melting on a icecream sundae, if that’s possible.