Perfume is a classic distinction of your personality. Maybe you are a little sassy and your fragrance choice includes ginger and cinnamon. Or, are you a rose-scented, star-crossed lover? Whatever your signature scent may be, finding it is full of trials and errors – perfume that smells fabulous in the store doesn’t always have the same fragrant bouquet on your skin at home. Los Angeles has a variety of scent experts sprinkled throughout the city – we sniffed out the best ones as your guide to creating a personalized fragrance just for you.
3319 West Magnolia Blvd
Burbank, CA 91505
Klean Spa is the original home to Los Angeles’ “blending parties.” At the blending party, a Klean Spa scent specialist works with you and your guests to formulate your personal fragrance. Once you’ve created a custom aroma, you are encouraged to name the perfume to seal the deal. Many Klean Spa customers have several “signature” fragrances based on their mood, what time of day it is or where they are going. Your personalized scent comes in a 1/3 ounce roll-on perfume and a 4 ounce lotion. Each blending soiree includes light bites and bubbly thirst quenchers, and can be a superb setting for a girl’s night out, birthday bash or bachelorette party.
8385 W 3rd St
Los Angeles, CA 90048
Le Labo touts itself as the “only made-to-order” perfumery. Using a fusion of pure essential oils that the customer chooses, these scented creations are the highest in quality, not only because of the ingredients and the perfumery artisans, but because they are fresh and not pre-blended. Translation? The alcohol content and the essential oils never touch until your custom-made scent is blended and taken home. Not sure what your bespoke aroma should be? Le Labo has a selection of pre-determined formulas that may just have your name on it. Scents include Bergamote 22, Fleur D’Oranger 27 and LA exclusive, Music 25.
Scent Bar by Lucky Scent
7405 Beverly Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90036
With the ease and comfort of an intimate wine bar (but without the snobs) the Scent Bar is a fragrant bungalow where you can experience ready-made scents from all over the world. While Scent Bar does not make custom perfume, they do have such a large selection of independent and hard-to-find brands that you can definitely find something that no one else is wearing. Here, styles of scent are broken into categories like boozy, gourmand, and spicy floral, so you can shop according to the style that suits you, or discover something with which you never thought you’d fall in love. In addition, Scent Bar hosts events throughout the year showcasing new releases and renowned perfumers from around the world.
Known for its unique fragrances, scenting Hollywood starlets and for designing a custom perfume for MTV’s “My Super Sweet 16,” it is no surprise that Raffy is under the retail radar and can only be found by calling for an appointment. Raffy’s one-of-a-kind fragrances fuse the aromas of essential oils pulled from all over the world, and each perfume is handmade via old and contemporary perfumery techniques from Europe and Asia. Raffy clients can be assured that their scent is created only for them and will not be packaged and sold to any other customer.
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Sarah Horowitz Parfums
850 Hampshire Road
Westlake Village, CA 91361
What started out as a hobby in college, creating customized scents was always a passion for founder Sarah Horowitz-Thran. Today, Sarah Horowitz Parfums is a sought-after boutique for scent collectors. The shop features the Sarah Horowitz-Thran’s Fragrance Journey, the owner’s proprietary recipe for formulating signature fragrances for each of her clients. Upon making an appointment, you spend approximately 60-90 minutes with Horowitz-Thran as she pulls from you key elements such as fond memories, emotions and desires in order to put your personal stamp on the fragrance she creates.