The Most Instagrammable Niche Perfume Boutiques In Hong Kong
Any discerning perfume lovers will tell you that a scent is not merely an invisible fashion accessory which completes your look and makes you feel confident. It’s also a form of self-expression that communicates your multi-faceted soul, a beautiful work of art that evokes your most treasured memories.
There are so many gorgeous perfumes out there to limit yourself to only one, but if you’re looking for something unique and personal that not everyone else wearing, it’s time to introduce yourself to the world of niche perfumes. Made with the rarest and the most precious ingredients, these small-batch, off-the-beaten-path scents are crafted to highlight the individuality of the wearer.
The process of finding them is a bit of treasure hunt among the shelves of mainstream designer brands in Hong Kong, and that’s why we’ve compiled a list of niche perfume boutiques to help you to find your perfect scent. These tastefully designed shops are well worth visiting for their artisanal creations, and, of course, for some envy-inducing Instagram snaps.
While high ceilings and luxury marble floors might be the norm for most beauty boutiques, it doesn’t make for much of a backdrop on the ‘gram. For those who’re looking to up their fragrance game and add some glamour to their feeds, Parfumerie Trésor will not disappoint.
As a pioneer of Hong Kong’s niche perfumery scene, this little boutique in Sheung Wan is awash with elegant interiors inspired by the 1950s Parisian ladies’ boudoirs. Stepping inside, you’ll find all the dramatic backdrops and props you need for your #retroasethetic shots—think burgundy walls with paintings, an ornate chandelier, lush furnishings, vintage wooden display cabinets, and many more.
It’s a true pleasure to peruse Parfumerie Trésor’s shelves, as they have a slew of the most exclusive artisanal perfume brands from around the world that you won't probably find anywhere else in the city. Be sure to also check out their new Olfactory Gallery at Landmark Central, which is equally beautiful and Instagrammable.
Parfumerie Trésor, 18 Upper Station Street, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, +852 2711 5922, parfumerietresor.com
Goutal Hong Kong
Home to an impressive range of luxury fragrances, candles, diffusers, bath and body products, Goutal is a prestigious French niche perfume label that has long been a firm favourite among celebrities and fragrance connoisseurs alike since its opening in 1980.
Their very Asia first flagship store in Hong Kong has been designed to bring guests a truly luxury perfume shopping experience. It encapsulates Parisian chic in every corner of the boutique, boasting over 3,000 square feet of retail space that comes complete with a French-style façade marked by marble details and textured glass, and a fragrance counter surrounded by an opulent multicoloured perfume display shelf.
The photo opportunities don’t stop as you walk further inside; you’ll find a splendid floor-to-ceiling Perfume Organ that offers a breathtaking view of the house’s creations with over 600 transparent cylinders, as well as a Sensory Lounge that beautifully adorned a U-shaped bar table with a polished marble countertop, where you can enjoy a unique fragrance-wine pairing workshop in a relaxing atmosphere. Needless to say, you’ll want to get lost in here.
Goutal Hong Kong, Fashion Walk, Shop 20, G/F, Paterson St, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, +852 2613 1303; goutalparis.com
“Parisine” was a French expression that emerged during the 19th century, which symbolises elegance and the spirit of Paris—the city of romance. It has now become the name of the independent luxury fragrance house, which dedicated to offering guests a luxury bespoke fragrance experience set amongst the bold, photogenic black-and-gold interiors of its store in K11 Musea.
Parisine’s made-to-measure service allows you to create your own dream scent by choosing base notes and top notes. You’ll spray and sniff repeatedly until you find the perfect combination, which will then be bottled in a beautiful customised flacon. Also worth mentioning is their carefully curated range of products by the two legendary, highly sought-after artisanal brands Ed. Pinaud and Parfums D’Orsay, where you’ll be spoilt with options ranging from perfumes, home fragrances to candles and diffusers. This is a boutique you and your ‘gram don’t want to miss.
Parisine, 213D, K11 Musea, 18 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, +852 2870 1906; parisine.com
Causeway Bay branch: G/F, Jaffe Road, No.532, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, +852 2870 1906
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Officine Universelle Buly 1803
Featuring high ceilings, vintage tiled floors and glass-fronted display cabinets packed with aromatic lotions and perfumes, Officine Universelle Buly is reminiscent of a 19th-century French apothecary shop that designed to make everyone’s beauty dreams come true.
Every part of the magical boutique is Insta-worthy, even your purchases. It stocks a wide range of beauty and body care products, including perfumes encased in gorgeous gold-and-white patterned bottles, luxurious bottles of botanical oils and hand creams that comes with unique, vanity-ready packaging. The best part? You can choose to personalise your perfume with handwritten calligraphy labels. The cabinets with mirrors facing the entrance is inevitably a popular backdrop for some artsy shots, which are sure to garner plenty of likes.
Officine Universelle Buly 1803, 20 Wyndham Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2191 9005; buly1803.com
Nestled in the vibrant Starstreet Precinct of Wan Chai, Artisenses is a perfume lover’s paradise where retro European charm and modern aesthetics collide, brimming with cool black-and-gold decor and laid-back vibes that make for a perfect setting for you to snap while you shop.
Not your average perfume boutique, Artisenses isn’t just famous for its innovative scents that created and bottled in their own studio—from sweet florals to refreshing bamboo and unique oriental scents. It also one of the very few perfumeries in Hong Kong that provides bespoke services, which prides itself on offering a Scent Bar for guests to design and concoct their own unique perfume under the guidance of a fragrance expert. Make sure you have your camera ready and pose for a picture by that stunning display of gleaming perfume dispensers.
Artisenses, Shop C, 2 - 12 Moon Street, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, +852 3975 8165; artisenses.com
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