Recently, a very kind reader (Sarah) wrote to say that she heard of this perfume shop in Brooklyn – and that it just seemed like the kind of place I would like. Well, she nailed it. I loved the website and then went over to visit the shop in Williamsburg and just loved it some more.
The shop is called CB I Hate Perfume, owned by Christopher Brosius. It turns out he is one of the most passionate perfumers ever. So why the name? He is not fond of the mainstream scents that are inelegant and unimaginative and more about celebrities than the art of the perfume. He says: “People who smell like everyone else disgust me.”
He has been a perfumer for 20 years and explores perfume as Art. He considers his perfume shop a gallery and part of his mission is to capture every possible pleasant scent. He creates perfumes that tell a story and capture exact experiences.
It really was amazing to be in the shop and smell and “experience” his perfumes. It’s amazing how the scents really do take you back to memories in your life.
“Your sense of smell is one of the most important factors that defines you as YOU. The way you respond to any scent is unlike anyone else’s – no one remembers what you do, no one feels what you feel. There is a reason you remember certain scents so fondly – it’s the way nature designed you. Scent is the record of your own special life – it’s your experience. My mission is to capture that experience. I bottle it so you can have it, use it and love it whenever you wish. I can give you scent experiences you never dreamed possible. I create perfumes as unique & individual as those who wear them. And I use a great many scents never before thought of as “perfume”. But I know these are just the scents that really hit us where we live – they’re the ones we remember and love. These scents are life.
To me, this is what the art of perfume is all about.”
So which perfume did I choose?
It was so hard to do. There were so many that I really loved.
But I settled on “White Ginger Flower (#124).” To me, it is just beautiful.
Isn’t the packaging so great? I love seeing it everyday.
Other favorites, for future splurges:
And, some perfumes that you wouldn’t believe:
In the Summer Kitchen
In The Library
If you ever visit the shop, I would just love to hear which one was your favorite. I already feel drawn to go back there just to smell some more beautiful perfume.
P.S. If you visit – there is an amazing vintage clothing shop right around the corner called Beacon’s Closet. It’s one of my go-to places for buying something unique and inexpensive. (There is also a smaller Beacon’s in Park Slope & Manhattan.)