With notes of palm tree leaves, dew mist, white musk, green pepper and coriander seeds—to name a few—this “Amazingreen” unisex fragrance from Japanese label Comme des Garçons emits the alluring scent of the jungle, cut with the bitterness of spice...
by Josephine McKenna for Freunde von Freunden Paola Bottai has been passionate about perfume for as long as she can remember. In fact, her nose is so sensitive she used to feel ill whenever she picked up a bad smell on the street. Now a top...
Onyx Pearl Perfume
This unisex fragrance by Swedish perfumers Agonist is strong, confident and unique—and the simple black and white graphics with the pop of red in the bottom of the bottle make an equally impactful statement. Blending heliotrope, Australian sandalwood...
Tanwi Nandini Islam is a Brooklyn-based feminist writer (author of queer coming-of-age novel "Bright Lines") who also tells stories through scents via her apothecary line, Hi Wildflower Botanica. Her #GetLit candle series is a unique collaboration...
Holiday Gift Guide 2015: Sophisticated Scents
While we may not give much thought to our noses on the day-to-day, as it turns out, it's one of the easiest senses to please—and of course, turn off. These magnificently unique fragrances break out of the typical cologne or perfume box and activate...
Adrienne Fisher personally bundles her carefully sourced herbs (wild-harvested white sage from California, lavender from Long Island's North Fork, wild sweetgrass from Illinois and roses from the local farmer's market) into beautiful smudge sticks...
Made using the intensely aromatic essential oil extracted from Jatamansi flower root (which grows in the Himalayas and has been used for centuries in perfume, incense and even herbal medicine), Jurgen Lehl's shampoo is a delight for your hair and your...
The Fat Radish Collaboration Candle
Like all Brooklyn Candle Studio creations, the collaboration with The Fat Radish (one of NYC's best-loved farm-to-table restaurants) is made in small batches and hand-poured by BCS founder Tamara Mayne. Made from 100% soy—derived from American-grown...
Born from the belief that scent is intensely personal, NYC-based Tramuntana makes entirely one-of-a-kind fragrances using the purest oils and essences. Based on a questionnaire and conversations (in-person or not) with a representative, a perfume is...
Tacit Eau de Parfum
Finding a scent that expresses who you are without beating passers-by over the head can be quite a challenge. Tacit, the first scent from Aesop since their debut fragrance Marrakech (and its re-vamped version Marrakech Intense), offers a clean, grounded...
Desert Piñon Campfire Incense
The Desert Piñon's needles boast a deliciously sweet but earthy and pine-y fragrance that conjures images of burnt orange from the Southwest—and it's a scent that Juniper Ridge has recreated with their new campfire incense. Blending this with a smoky...
Outrenoir Scented Candle
Two artisanal forces in New York—Calico Wallpaper and fragrance design studio Joya—collaborate this season for a trio of uniquely scented candles, each with their own handmade marbled glass vessel. Calico, though just two years old, has become known...
Sardine Scent-Diffusing Sphere
Having "stinky" sardines on an aroma vessel (that resembles a fortune teller's orb) is a cheeky, bold statement—but don't worry, it's not the scent being diffused through the charcoal-like reeds. "Otto" is Fornasetti's aromatic signature, with top...
Modern Apothecary by the Sea: Haeckels
The English seaside town of Margate—a historical retreat for Londoners fleeing the city smog—has chalk reefs and cliffs along its coast that nurture unique families of seaweed. Carefully hand-harvested, this seaweed becomes the base ingredient for...
Six Oddly Shaped Candles
These days, candles are more than just a source of light or a mood setter; they need to emanate complex fragrances and more. Simple wax in a glass just won't cut it anymore. We've scoured the world for uniquely shaped or housed candles that look beautiful...
Lighting the thick, aromatic Breu resin sticks and Palo Santo wood offered by Brooklyn-based Incausa can transform the energy of a space in a few seconds, but learning the story behind the incense brand just might transform the way you live your...
Levitating Lavender Candle
Brooklyn-based shop Species By the Thousands offers everything from original illustrated greeting cards to alchemy-inspired jewelry—not to mention a collection of scented soy wax candles. The unique labels for each of their different candles make it...
Gift Guide: Valentine's Day 2015
While merely hearing the words "Valentine's Day" can cause reflexive groans, we happily accepted the shopping challenge the holiday provides. Below is our selection of creative items to show that special someone your heartfelt affection (or absolute...
Putting a modern-day touch to the ancient tradition of incense-burning, Seattle's Blackbird perfumers have created sophisticated scents based on perfume concepts for their Incense Pyres. The most sensual scents would have to be Blood Countess (a warm...
Kyoto Cherry Blossoms Incense
Japanese cherry blossom trees are admired the world over for their staggeringly beautiful but fleeting nature, which is poetically symbolic of the cycle of life. Lend the spirit of rejuvenation to your home with Shoyeido's incense sticks, a stimulating...
Nose Dive Gift Set
Vermont naturalists Ursa Major combines their handmade Trailside candle with the Willoughby cologne in a gift set that emits gentle aromas of the great outdoors. The candle blends essential oils of cedar, sandalwood, mint, spruce and orange; to go...
Oliver & Co. Candles
Escape the banal blast of cinnamon, nutmeg and pine that infiltrates homes and stores this time of year. Madrid-based, self-taught perfumer Oliver Valverde, who founded Oliver & Co. in 2009, has finally brought his fragrances and candles to the US...
Sweet Grapefruit Soy Candle
Pommes Frites candles don't need fancy packaging or foreign-sounding names. "Sweet Grapefruit" speaks for itself with warn citrus and fruit notes (think peach and mangosteen) and is one of the DTLA-based candlemakers' strongest scents—making it a perfect...
Small-batch cult perfumer Le Labo has a new way for you to wear your favorite scent: in solid perfume form. The refillable metal case is small and portable, so Santal 33 or Vetiver 46 can be taken on a plane or applied anywhere you go. Rubbing the...
Hand-Blended Body Oils
Organic oils from the London Oil Company do a number of duties, from preventing stretch marks (You & Bump) to setting a sensual mood (After Hours). Handblended in small batches in Primrose Hill, the company's products are tested on family members...