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Scent Bar Los Angeles

February 21, 2017

Lucky Scent - Scent Bar Los Angeles | The Beauty Look Book

I stopped by the Scent Bar in Los Angeles over the weekend and this store takes the perfume experience to a new level of amazing. It’s been a while since I stopped by the store as I tend to gravitate towards larger retailers for my beauty shopping – but this place is the best I’ve shopped at for perfume. For those in-the-know you are already aware of all the reasons why this place is great: unique selection, relaxing intimate store setting, knowledgeable and friendly staff, and there is absolutely no sales pressure. The store is primarily organized by notes to help you find variations of what you like by mood. There are also a few areas organized by brand. They carry a wide range of brands including Tom Ford, Byredo, Creed, L’Artisan, Cire Trudon, Serge Lutens, and Escentric Molecules to name a few. The experience you’ll have shopping here is going to be different than most other beauty shopping experiences. I think it’s great because it’s suitable for anyone no matter what level of perfume expertise they have. They have a unique selection for those who want something unusual or different. At the same time they carry a good selection of more main stream but still luxurious brands to pick from. If you’re a complete perfume novice I think it’s perfect as they’ll really help you find your perfect scent as well.

On Saturday afternoon I was delighted to find the store wasn’t busy when I stopped by and was lucky to have the whole store to myself for a little while while. It quickly filled up with a lot of customers within the next hour but the staff was still extremely patient, friendly and I was really impressed with how well they were able to meet everyone’s needs even when it became busy. A look at the store for those who haven’t been before:

Lucky Scent - Scent Bar Los Angeles | The Beauty Look Book

Everything is organized and sorted by notes, although some brands are grouped together:

Lucky Scent - Scent Bar Los Angeles | The Beauty Look Book

Lucky Scent - Scent Bar Los Angeles | The Beauty Look Book

Steven at the store helped me and he was amazing to work with. I shared a few of my favorites with him to see what he would recommend. At the top of my list right now included Tom Ford Soleil Blanc, Creed Virgin Island Water, L’Artisan Mure et Musc and L’Artisan L’Ete en Douce. He immediately identified my tastes as liking clean, beachy and fresh scents. I told him I love vanilla but couldn’t find one that I could wear so he pulled an almond option which I fell in love with immediately. He pulled few suggestions for me to smell and it was literally like magic – all of his recommendations were great.

  • Profumum Confetto is a sugared almond that smells like a delicious sweet scent without the overpowering notes of vanilla that you usually find, they were unfortunately sold out but this was next level delicious
  • Parfumerie Generale Le Musc and La Peau was recommended as a good skin scent since I loved L’Artisan L’Ete En Douce (once of the few I’ve used up entirely), it has a white musk blend with light florals and smells like skin, but fresh and has a hint of sandalwood, this was at the top of my list and I almost came close to buying it but they urged me to take a sample home and wear it to enjoy it over a few days and take my time deciding
  • Escentric Molecules was an interesting line try, I smelled a few and they had a small sample pack which they gave me to try, I sprayed one on my hand and I could not smell anything but they did explain it’s something others can smell on you rather than something you can smell on yourself, I’ll report after I’ve had a chance to try them
  • Maison Francis Kurkdijian is a line that has intrigued me but one I’ve been intimated to try at department stores because of the pressure I experience from pushy sales associates, the Scent Bar is the perfect place to try these as an alternative, Steven patiently went through the line and picked his five favorites that he thought I might enjoy, the top three being the Petite Matin, Aqua Universalis and A La Rose, I am going to try to go back and see if they have the discovery set in store to buy
  • Byredo Mojave Ghost is one I’ve smelled before, another one that tempted me but I still have Bal D’Afrique and Black Saffron which have a long way to go before being used up, so decided to wait on this one

I left by buying a Cire Trudon candle in Ernesto which is one of the most amazing candles I’ve ever burned (I had a mini from a trio set a few years ago). They will make samples for you so I left with a couple on a card to try at home.

Lucky Scent - Scent Bar Los Angeles | The Beauty Look Book

Lucky Scent - Scent Bar Los Angeles | The Beauty Look Book

Lucky Scent - Scent Bar Los Angeles | The Beauty Look Book

Lucky Scent - Scent Bar Los Angeles | The Beauty Look Book

Scent Bar Los Angeles | The Beauty Look Book

Bottom line perfume heaven and a beauty lover’s dream come true. They have candles and some body products as well, but the primary focus is perfume. These days online shopping has been my go-to for convenience, no pressure and also no attitude, but with scent often times you have to just experience it in person to decide what to buy. Even though I’m a beauty lover, I really don’t like shopping for perfumes in stores because of the pressure to buy. The Scent Bar however offers a really unique experience without the pressure. You can learn about different lines or perfumes at your leisure and take your time to find something you’ll truly love. This place is definitely worth the visit if you’re ever in Los Angeles. They’re located at 7405 Beverly Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90036. If I lived closer to this place I know I’d be in here on a regular basis. They do sell items online too on their website Lucky Scent.

Have you been to their store before? If not where do you like to shop for your perfumes?

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  • Oooe this looks so cool!! I can imagine all of the scents in there

    Candice | Beauty Candy Loves

  • Maria Emerson

    This is my favorite “bar” in Los Angeles! They have an awesome online site, but visiting the store is always such great fun, I’m happy that you had a great experience there Sabrina.

  • Eileen

    I visited the store a few years ago and had a wonderful time. They’re so very welcoming there and totally unpretentious. They value you whether you’re a connoisseur or someone who simply knows what you like when you smell it ( that would be me πŸ˜‰ ) and their goal is the same: to find you a fragrance that speaks to your senses and one that you can embrace wholeheartedly. And, did I say they’re patient? Yes, they are! They know that selecting a new fragrance is highly personal and not to be rushed. For people who can’t make it to the store, their web site, Lucky Scent, is a great source. They have many fragrances available in sample sizes which makes it easier to try something out over the course of several days before committing to a full size purchase. Scent Bar is one of LA’s treasures.

  • SoSuSam

    I live on the East coast and have never visited Scent Bar, but their website Lucky Scent is one of my favorite virtual destinations. They carry many brands that aren’t easily found elsewhere. Right now, I’ve got my eye on a Mona di Orio fragrance…I have a big birthday coming up and think that a Scent Bar/Lucky Scent self-gift is just what I need to ease my entry into a new decade. πŸ™‚ How lucky you are that you live near enough to visit the Bar in person!

  • Merry Rower

    I used to live around the corner (now, I’m a big 10 minute drive) and I agree, it is one of the best retail boutique shopping experiences one can have. I bring out of towners for a treat, and also meet friends there for a fun date. Friendly, knowledgable, bounteous and generous – what more could a fragrance lover desire?

    A little shout out for the Heath homewares store down the street, a fantastic California pottery heritage brand with wonderful curation. Shop Scent Bar and Heath, have a meal at Angelini Osteria and ice cream at Milk and you’ve had a perfect city day. And it all happened within a couple of blocks and you only had to park once. Andy boy, do you smell good!

  • rachael campbell

    I wish I had known about this before Xmas. I asked my fiancee to pick a fragrance for me to wear at our wedding and honeymoon this april and he said he spent hours in the Sephora trying everything. The scent he picked is amazing (Replica -cant remember which one) but I wonder if he would have enjoyed this experience a little more.

    • Maria Emerson

      Rachel you must direct him to Scent Bar (maybe go with) , and at least pick up some samples for your very special day!

  • Catherine

    I’d been a customer of for quite a while, so when I was working in LA in 2014 I made a beeline to the Scent Bar. The staff there is so knowledgeable and really works with you to find the perfect scent. The one I picked was Korrigan by Lubin and it is absolutely me, but it isn’t an everyday scent so I save it for special occasions or days when I really need a lift. I have also purchased Escentric Molecules 002 for everyday wear – since it’s a EDT it doesn’t last very long so I’m going to also get the body wash. Can’t wait for my next trip to LA to find another off-the-beaten-path scent.

  • Susan Lampl

    I live in New York, but have been an online customer for a while. The thing I like best about Scent Bar is that for a reasonable price you can order sample sizes in anything you are interested in trying. That way you can experience the scent to make sure you love it. Thank you for this post. One of these days when I’m in L.A. I would love to visit in person!

  • disqus_H18ALDw6QX

    This sounds lovely. I have Creed Virgin Island which was love at first smell. I can see it very well suited for your locale. BTW, I am still having trouble posting, hence fewer posts.