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The Language of Glaciers

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The Language of Glaciers by Imaginary Authors
The Language of Glaciers by Imaginary Authors
The Language of Glaciers
Cold air, fresh pine, cashmere & soft snowy lilac
Samples out of stock.
Imaginary Authors
$ 5.00 - $ 105.00
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Vanille Supermassive by Les Eaux Primordiales | Vanille Supermassive 50ml Eau de Parfum in a glossy, cerulean blue bottle with a thin gold band and a gold cap. Les Eaux Primordiales Vanille Supermassive is silkscreened on front of cerulean blue bottle in gold, oversized, uppercase, sans-serif type above Les Eaux Primordiales logo
Vanille Supermassive by Les Eaux Primordiales | Vanille Supermassive 50ml Eau de Parfum in a glossy, cerulean blue bottle with a thin gold band and a gold cap. Les Eaux Primordiales Vanille Supermassive is silkscreened on front of cerulean blue bottle in gold, oversized, uppercase, sans-serif type above Les Eaux Primordiales logo.
Vanille Supermassive
Creamy vanilla with resins, warm woods and spice
Les Eaux Primordiales
$ 5.00 - $ 295.00
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SHP Evolution Wake Up, Angel by Sarah Horowitz Parfums  50ml Eau de Parfum
SHP Evolution Wake Up, Angel by Sarah Horowitz Parfums 11ml Perfume Oil
SHP Evolution - Wake Up, Angel
Bright citrus floats away on a cloud of white musk
Sarah Horowitz Parfums
$ 5.00 - $ 140.00
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Patchouli Mania
Bold, classic patchouli meets tea, cocoa & amber
Essential Parfums
$ 5.00 - $ 89.00

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Born from Fire  Eau de Parfum  by  Simone Andreoli | Born from Fire 100ml Eau de Parfum in a rectangular, glossy black glass bottle with a silver cap.  Born from Fire Eau de parfum intense is etched on bottle in gold, serif type and centered above diamond shaped logo.  Simone Andreoli Diario Olfattivo Poetry of Night is etched in gold below.
Born from Fire by Simone Andreoli - 100ml Eau de Parfum in a rectangular, glossy black glass bottle with a silver cap. Perfume mood for Born from Fire.
Born from Fire
Amber spiked with delicate spice and burnt sugar
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Simone Andreoli
$ 5.00 - $ 189.00
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Ummagumma
Dark chocolate, tobacco and woods
Fzotic
$ 5.00 - $ 145.00
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Mécanique Intuitive by Les Eaux Primordiales | Mécanique Intuitive 100ml Eau de Parfum in a clear glass bottle with a thin gold band and a black cap.  Les Eaux Primordiales Mécanique Intuitive is silkscreened on front of bottle in black, oversized, uppercase, sans-serif type above  Les Eaux Primordiales logo
Mécanique Intuitive by Les Eaux Primordiales | Mécanique Intuitive 50ml Eau de Parfum in a clear glass bottle with a thin gold band and a black cap.  Les Eaux Primordiales Mécanique Intuitive is silkscreened on front of bottle in black, oversized, uppercase, sans-serif type above Les Eaux Primordiales logo.
Mécanique Intuitive
Luxe cozy blend of rum, tobacco, vanilla and tonka
Les Eaux Primordiales
$ 5.00 - $ 220.00
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Ambra Aurea by Profumum Roma | Profumum Roma Ambra Aurea Eau de Parfum in a 100ml rectangular clear glass bottle. Ambra Aurea is silkscreened on front of bottle in white, oversized, uppercase, sans-serif type. Profumum Roma is printed below, in black and red text that is justified inside a black square outline.
Ambra Aurea by Profumum Roma | Profumum Roma Ambra Aurea Eau de Parfum in a 100ml rectangular clear glass bottle. Ambra Aurea is silkscreened on front of bottle in white, oversized, uppercase, sans-serif type. Profumum Roma is printed below, in black and red text that is justified inside a black square outline.
Ambra Aurea
Balanced triumvirate of sweet, salty and smoky
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Profumum Roma
$ 5.00 - $ 275.00

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Laboratorio Olfattivo Sample Kit containing 3ml perfume samples of Alambar, Alkemi, Cozumel, Nirmal, Esvedra, Decou-Vert, Noblige, Rosamunda, Salina, Kashnoir, Patchouliful, Nun, Mylo, Nerotic, Vanhera, Need_U, Sacreste, Nerosa and Tonkade in an elegant white box finished with a refined black ribbon
Laboratorio Olfattivo Sample Kit
21 exquisite Laboratorio Olfattivo eau de parfums
Laboratorio Olfattivo
$ 98.00
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Bohoboco Perfume Discovery Set 14 - White rectangular box containing 14 x 1.5ml perfume samples of Bohoboco perfumes.  Bohoboco Perfume is printed in black uppercase sans serif type on front of box.
BOHOBOCO • PERFUME Discovery Set
Explore BOHOBOCO's glorious studies in contrast.
Bohoboco Perfume
$ 90.00
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Les Eaux Primordiales Discovery Set by Les Eaux Primordiales | Deluxe white paper box with gold details and black text in signature sans-serif type. Discovery Set contains 9 x 2.5ml perfumes samples of Couleur Primaire, Mécanique Intuitive, SUPERCRITIQUE Rose, Magnolia & Mimosa, and SUPERFLUIDE Oud, Ambre, Saffron & Santal
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Les Eaux Primordiales Discovery Set
Visionary & refined "primordial waters"
Les Eaux Primordiales
$ 55.00
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Essential Parfums Discovery Set: 8 x 2ml perfume sample spray vials of Essential Parfums fragrances: Bois Impériale, Divine Vanille, Fig Infusion, Mon Vetiver, The Musc, Nice Bergamote, Orange X Santal and Rose Magnetic. Box is an elegant envelope style, and is creamy white with black text.
Essential Parfums Discovery Set: 22ml perfume vials of eight Essential Parfums fragrances: Bois Impériale, Divine Vanille, Fig Infusion, Mon Vetiver, The Musc, Nice Bergamote, Orange X Santal and Rose Magnetic. Box front has illustration style portraits of the eight perfumers for the eight fragrances.
Essential Parfums Discovery Set
Luxe affordable haute parfumerie from Paris
Essential Parfums
$ 26.00

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962 Valencia Street
San Francisco, CA 94110

(between 20th & 21st Streets)

Mon: 11 am – 7 pm 
Tue:   11 am - 7 pm
Wed: 11 am – 7 pm
Thu:   11 am – 7 pm
Fri:     11 am – 7 pm
Sat:    11 am – 8 pm 
Sun:   11 am – 7 pm

info@ministryofscent.com

415.896.4665

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Hear from our vibrant community

★★★★★

I am so happy to have stumbled upon Ministry of Scent. As a fragrance collector with a quickly growing collection, this store is everything I've been looking for. I'm always impressed with the selection along with the amazing customer service from all employees as this location!

Matze C.
Yelp Review
★★★★★

Ministry of Scent has so many great fragrances, including ones that can be hard to find in the US. Their staff is also really thoughtful and helpful! I definitely recommend checking them out (whether at the store or on the website).

Wes W.
Google Review
★★★★★

Do not walk. RUN to Ministry of Scent. This one was THE coolest and best experience I've ever had with shopping for perfume. Overall one of the coolest experiences I've ever had! You will smell scents you have NEVER smelled before. Do yourself a favor and get a perfume that is unique to you, and trust me you will find it here. Also Michael the store manager is so so so helpful and sweet. Made me have the absolutely best experience here. Will definitely be coming back when I need my next bottle.

Liv F.
Yelp Review
★★★★★

The best. Knowledgeable, friendly staff. Authentic... Best fragrance shopping experience of my life. Will definitely keep returning. Opposite of everything fake, pretentious, snooty, and off-putting about department store fragrance departments, while maintaining elite products and database of knowledge and suggestions and wise network of sellers.

Julie A.
Google Review
★★★★★

This place is dope! Haven’t come across an obscure fragrance yet that these guys don’t have. Fast shipping, fair prices and what seem to be carefully selected samples that accompany your order that will keep you coming back for new smells you didn’t know about!

Efe Egharevba
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★★★★★

First of all, the selection is fantastic, you could spend days in the store sampling and narrowing down your selections.

Secondly, the service makes it one of the best shopping experiences I’ve had. The sales associates are like obsessed fellow customers rather than transactional conduits, they’re as excited to discover the scents with you and as you are yourself. There’s no pretentiousness whatsoever...

Matt Menzi
Google Review
★★★★★

If you are into niche fragrances and perfumes, this store is a must when visiting San Francisco. Their product line is from all over the world and you’ll find brands not available anywhere else. I highly recommend this store. This store is very unisex as well so go as a couple or go alone. I promise you will purchase multiple bottles, you won’t be able to decide which is your favorite.

Ron Foxworthy
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★★★★★

Ministry of Scent is truly fantastic, and a wonderful introduction into the world of independent, niche perfumes.... I personally am not a niche/indie fragrance neophyte (though by no means an expert), and I observed the same amount of care, attention, and interest in working with me as I did with other customers who were just starting their "fragrance journeys".  I highly, highly recommend stopping by and investing some actual time into learning about what's out there, and what works for you.

Samantha W.
Yelp Review
★★★★★

My friends and I stumbled upon this gem... We came in with nothing in mind, and had minimal knowledge about scents and what we enjoyed. We all purchased samples of scents that we truly enjoyed and will be testing them out. We'll definitely be back to purchase a full sized perfume soon! Great service all around and we truly enjoyed this experience.

Chloe C.
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