perfume shop

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.

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One Reply to “Sniffing for Sales”

  1. That looks like a fun shop to work in! And what a visual treat those shelves are! I just tried something I’ve never consciously tried before: ‘smelling’ fragrances in my mind based on reading their names. Vanilla I could smell easily and it came with a hint of cinnamon. Thinking of flowers, I smelled roses or carnations. Pralines and almonds I could see but not taste or small. Dark chocolate melting on an ice cream sundae – no trouble ‘smelling’ or ‘tasting’ that at all! Yum! Is that one of their fragrances?

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