get it on skin
Our perfume sample program
We're on a mission to bring independent fragrances into your wardrobe — the wild, weird and wonderful. The best way to learn what you love is to try scents on skin. Here's how:
1. Order $5 samples from our site (shipping is just $5).
2. Redeem the price of samples & shipping when you purchase full bottles of the scents you tried.
3. Wear your new fragrances with abandon.
New name, same great everything else
Loved Tigerlily Perfumery? We're the same scent-loving people in the same welcoming place, presenting artistic fragrances by independent perfumers and brands from far and wide. Learn a bit more about our new name and fragrant journey...
Ministry of Scent Events
Meet Ernesto Collado
Ernesto Collado of Bravanariz listens to the olfactory language of plants. His sustainable natural perfumes capture his passion for the flora of his home region in coastal Catalunia, Spain. Ernesto will join us for three September events — a workshop, soirée and scent stroll at the SF Botanical Garden. Tickets are selling fast so get 'em while we've got 'em!
Hear from our vibrant community
The online store and service is superb... Shipping was amazingly fast and the perfumes came nicely protected, but also beautifully presented.... I'm incredibly satisfied with my experience, I'll be doing my perfume shopping here.
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).Google Review
I can think of no better place to purchase and try niche perfumes in all of San Francisco. Make that anywhere for that matter... Exemplary in all areas. From keen pricing, extensive catalog and above all excellent customer service and attentiveness...
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.
Indulgent enclave, encompassing a unique cornucopia of personally selected fragrances, captivatingly helpful staff and a wonderful community spirit. Always worth a drop by.
They have an array of diverse niche perfumes you won’t be able to find anywhere else. This place was great, because you can sample some niche fragrances you won’t be able to find anywhere else. 10/10 recommend.
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.Google Review
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.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.Yelp Review