Photo of artist Sopheap Pich and perfumer Violaine Collas in perfume studio. Graphic image of Nez Magazine Issue 13 and In the Arboretum perfume bottle.Graphic image of Nez Magazine Issue 13 cover and In the Arboretum perfume bottle on grey background.
NEZ Issue 13 + New Perfume

In the Arboretum

By Violaine Collas & Sopheap Pich
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New From DS & Durga


Leather with a capital L.
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New from California


Modern, sheer, unisex perfumes.
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Direct from Reykjavík


Sonic botanicals by the Birgisson family.
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World of Chris Collins

Anima Collection

Long Kiss Goodnight & Citrus Grandis

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New name, same great everything else

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Image of 1.5ml sample of Kerosene's Follow with clear glass vial and black spray pump
A barista gourmand with coffee, cocoa and caramel
from $ 5.00
Leather with a capital L, saffron and smoky cade
DS & Durga
from $ 5.00
Parquet Leather Candle
Basketball, sneakers, oak and maple parquet floor
DS & Durga
$ 65.00
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Lightly-smoked woods with a warm nudge of vanilla
Samples out of stock.
from $ 5.00
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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!

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Summer Scents

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801: Sea Spray, Cedar & Grapefruit
Italian citrus, sea spray and sun-baked cedarwood
Bon Parfumeur
from $ 5.00
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Island florals and pine, floating on a sea breeze
Samples out of stock.
Fort & Manlé
from $ 5.00
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Image of 1.5ml Spray Sample
A fresh solar blend built around golden mimosa
Masque Milano
from $ 5.00
Sunset Hour
Gourmand, sweet Australian fruit, tropical florals
Goldfield & Banks
from $ 5.00
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Florals, spicy, woods and more — so many scent styles to explore.


973 Valencia Street
San Francisco, CA 94110

(between 20th & 21st Streets)

Mon:   12 – 6 pm 
Tues:   Closed
Wed:   12 – 6 pm
Thurs:  12 – 6 pm
Fri:       11 – 7 pm
Sat:      11 – 8 pm 
Sun:     11 – 6 pm


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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.

Michael B.

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

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...

Jerry K.

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.

Indulgent enclave, encompassing a unique cornucopia of personally selected fragrances, captivatingly helpful staff and a wonderful community spirit. Always worth a drop by.

Jenny C.

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.

Jordan M.

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
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.

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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