Photo of 5 bottles and 5 boxes for Zernell Gillie's Disco perfume, in a casual stacked layout.Zernell Gillie's Disco perfume bottle on a glass cylinder with two disco mirror balls.
Zernell Gillie

Disco

Music is life.
Photo of Shangri La perfume bottle floating in front of the Himalayan mountains.Photo of the Shangri La perfume bottle floating in front of the Himalayan mountains.
A Classic Beauty is Back

Shangri La

New edition from Hiram Green.
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New from Régime des Fleurs

Leather Petals

What if flowers were made of leather?
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New from Imaginary Authors

In Love With Everything

Retro raspberry with tropical punch flair and an 80s vibe.
Photo of Vanilla in Bourbon perfume bottle on a wood round, with a black and brown background.Photo of Vanilla in Bourbon perfume bottle on a wood round, with a black and brown background.
Scents of Wood

Vanilla in Bourbon

Vanilla, incense, boozy wood.

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Leather Petals
What if flowers were made of leather?
Samples out of stock.
Régime des Fleurs
$ 5.00 - $ 225.00
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Followed
A barista gourmand with coffee, cocoa and caramel
Kerosene
$ 5.00 - $ 140.00
Médie
Fresh mandarin with luxe amber and warm leather
Trudon
$ 5.00 - $ 240.00
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Image of Andy Tauer's Golestan 1.5ml sample with clear glass vial and black spray pump
Golestan
Persian-inspired full-bodied floral with resins
Tauer Perfumes
$ 5.00 - $ 195.00

Surprise Release from Tauer

Golestan

Inspired by Andy Tauer's dream of visiting the Rose Garden Palace (aka Golestan) in Tehran. Heady white flower absolutes with a hint of rose and subtle patchouli. Classically powdery amber and creamy soft woods.

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Ummagumma
Fzotic
$ 5.00 - $ 135.00
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Cherry Punk
Boozy cherry cola, leather and a whisper of ash
Samples out of stock.
Room 1015
$ 5.00 - $ 140.00
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Jaipur Chai
Ineke
$ 5.00 - $ 125.00
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Fin De Siecle
Libertine Fragrance
$ 5.00 - $ 107.00
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Florals, spicy, woods and more — so many scent styles to explore.
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973 Valencia Street
San Francisco, CA 94110

(between 20th & 21st Streets)

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

info@ministryofscent.com

415.896.4665

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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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