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CB I Hate Perfume Gallery, Brooklyn, New York

93 Wythe Avenue
Brooklyn , New York
Tel: 718 384 6890
Subway: L train to Bedford Avenue's insider take:

Christopher Brosius launched this perfume "gallery" in 2004 on the heels of his lauded exhibition at the Cooper-Hewitt Design Triennial. It's a delightful jewel box of a store that encourages browsing, with nature installations (pebbles, moss, and seashells) periodically reworked by a stylist and "tasting notes" that accompany each fragrance. The description of one best seller, called At The Beach 1966: "This is the scent of warm skin covered in suntan lotion and fresh ocean water mixed with hints of sand, driftwood, seashell, and old weathered boardwalk." Brosius fashions his shop as a kind of anti-Sephora—he compounds and blends ingredients himself and limits his use of synthetic materials. Perfumes are typically sold in essential oil "Absolutes," "Water Perfumes," or "Home Sprays." No surprise perhaps that offbeat variations find favor in this corner of Williamsburg: "Greenbriar 1968," a fragrance made from an unusual blend of sawdust, fresh-cut hay, old leather, pipe tobacco, and dirt, has done quite well.

Open Tuesday through Saturday noon to 6 pm.

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