A spray here, a dab there… join Annabelle Mal­lia on an ol­fac­tory jour­ney through Ber­lin’s sweet-smelling per­fume stores.

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An ol­fac­tory jour­ney through Ber­lin's sweet­est-smelling per­fume stores.

"Pure Vi­o­let No. 37 was com­posed es­pe­cially for

Mar­lene Di­et­rich."

Ever since I re­turned from a work as­sign­ment at the Cannes Tax Free World Ex­hi­bi­tion with a bag brim­ming with sam­ples, I've been in love with the art of per­fumery. The recipe for a sin­gle scent is rather straigh­for­ward – pure al­co­hol, dis­tilled wa­ter, and es­sen­tial oils – but when you find that one scent that lifts your mood, the one with heav­enly notes of or­ange blos­som and cin­na­mon that you can’t breathe in deep enough, that sim­ple lit­tle bot­tle trans­forms into a vial of pure magic.

De­scribed by Vogue as “a mecca for afi­cionadas… a po­etic walk through the sen­sory shrub­bery of one’s past,” Frau To­nis Par­fum (Zim­mer­str. 13, www.frau-to­nis-par­ is a must for per­fume fans like me. The lit­tle bou­tique around the cor­ner from Check­point Char­lie of­fers ex­clu­sively man­u­fac­tured perfumes, in­clud­ing top sell­ers Linde Ber­lin No. 1, packed with the full sweet­ness of bloom­ing lin­den trees, and Pure Vi­o­let No. 37, once com­posed for Ber­lin’s leg­endary Mar­lene Di­et­rich. Ol­fac­tory fa­nat­ics can also take a scent test and try mak­ing their own blends. Back in the 1920s, Harry Lehmann (Kantstr. 106, www. par­fum-in­di­vid­ be­gan sell­ing his hand­made perfumes and colognes out of apothe­cary-style glass bot­tles, a tra­di­tion up­held to this day by his name­sake bou­tique. Upon re­quest, each spec­i­men is si­phoned off into smaller bot­tles, weighed out on an old brass scale, and mixed as

de­sired from a se­lec­tion of 50 ex­quis­ite scents.

Known as the golden tri­an­gle for per­fume lovers, the area of Friedrich­straße that lies about a 10- minute walk from the Bran­den­burg Gate abounds with niche in­ter­na­tional brands like Crab­tree & Eve­lyn and se­lec­tions found at Ga­leries

Lafayette and De­part­mentstore Quartier 206.

For a dif­fer­ent kind of aro­matic sen­sa­tion, head to LUSH (Friedrich­str. 96, www., which sells the rev­o­lu­tion­ary per­fume range Go­rilla, in­spired by art, mu­sic, and po­etry, plus an ar­ray of unique hand­made soaps and cos­met­ics. Try their Honey I Washed The Kids soap, scented like honey and caramel bon­bons. A feast for the senses!

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