Buly 1803: Tucked away in the bustling sixth arrondissement, Buly feels as if it belongs to another era. Dark wood cabinets with rows of lotions and potions make the store seem otherworldly. They offer artisanal products like fragrances, candles, soaps and flavoured toothpastes made from natural ingredients. While the products fall on the luxury side of the spectrum, they are worth the splurge because everything is truly one-of-a-kind. The peerless chic packaging combined with delicious smelling products make them all the more desirable. From grooming kits to natural skincare, there’s something on offer for everyone.
6 rue Bonaparte
+331 43 29 02 50
Nose: I could feel my olfactive senses come alive the moment I stepped into Nose. This chic boutique is filled with intricate apothecary bottles and avant-garde fragrances from all over the world. Nose’s digital diagnostic tool makes it easy to find your signature fragrance with a few simple steps. The whole process takes 40 minutes and you are given samples of your preferred fragrances. While I didn’t have that much time to spare, I fell head-over-heels in love with a perfume (Malin & Goetz’s Dark Rum) just by going through their exhaustive collection. Apart from fragrances, there’s a vast selection of room sprays, candles, and diffusers by popular brands like Odin, Diptyque and Cire Trudon.
20 rue Bachaumont
01 40 26 46 03
Aesop: I’m cheating by including Aesop in this list but a standalone Aesop store is what my dreams are made of. While I love shopping online, the joy of walking into a brick-and-mortar beauty store is unparalleled. Located in the iconic hilltop village of Montmartre, this spacious store offers a floor-to-ceiling selection of skincare and haircare. The industrial-chic metal fixtures and reclaimed wood shelves brimming with amber-hued bottles is all a sight to behold. Aesop’s allure lies not only in its monochrome packaging, but also its beautiful formulations. I’ve long been a fan of their Parsley Seed Mask and Geranium Leaf Body Balm, so I took this opportunity to stock up on my favourites.
15 Rue des Abbesses