The arrival of spring demands you find a new aroma—both for you and your space. Here are four boutiques for such a personal pursuit.
1. Chanel Fragrance and Beauté Boutique
Signature sleek black lacquer surfaces, luminous white tables and touches of gold set the tone for glamour at Chanel’s latest beauty emporium. Located within a glass box, this boutique offers Chanel lovers plenty of its treasures, with all of the brand’s fragrance and makeup offerings represented. In a sustainable move, the store offers refills for bottles of its five bestselling fragrances, including Chanel No. 5, of course. Don’t leave without experiencing the Espace Parfum, a dedicated section with an interactive digital experience. Brickell City Centre, 701 S. Miami Ave., Miami, 786.673.4077, chanel.com
Marked by Hollywood Regency-style chandeliers, golden banana leaf accents and a jungle-print carpet, Diptyque makes scent a most dramatic affair. The store offers the full assortment of the brand’s fragrances, including some 30-plus home collections. Intoxicating scents like tuberose, blackcurrant and sandalwood come from bottles and candles, as well as from brooches, bracelets and satin patches that go behind the ear or on the wrist. When in doubt, the brand’s Miami candle, with its notes of Key lime and magnolia, makes the ideal present. Bal Harbour Shops, 9700 Collins Ave., Bal Harbour, 305.865.8225, diptyqueparis.com
3. Le Labo
There was a time when Le Labo was exclusively a cult favorite. Those days are gone. Success and popularity have not harmed the brand in any way, however. In fact, it’s emboldened it to create new aromas that appeal to various senses. At the brand’s newish boutique in Bal Harbour Shops, those lablike bottles denote its edgy aesthetic. Shoppers will find all of Le Labo’s offerings, including the popular smoky Santal 26 candle. Also of note is Tabac 28, which was inspired by Miami and features notes of tobacco and cedarwood that capture the sexy and mysterious spirit of our city. New this spring: the limited-edition Paris en Fleur collection, with top notes of citrus. Bal Harbour Shops, 9700 Collins Ave., Bal Harbour, 786.655.8820, lelabofragrances.com
4. Osme Perfumery
This Wynwood perfumery and apothecary sells hundreds of fragrances from leading perfumers worldwide, but there is nothing quite as intimate and personal as concocting one’s very own scent, which is one of the venue’s specialties and the ultimate indulgence. In terms of inventory, brands available include Histoires des Parfums, Nicolai, Floris and Xerjoff in body scents, Dr. Vranjes diffusers and soaps, and Montale candles, plus dozens of other discoveries. 50 NW 24th St., Miami, 786.409.4732, osmeperfumery.com