Shopping & Services

Best Parfumerie Los Angeles 2012 

Strange Invisible Perfumes

No animals were harmed in the making of the scents at Strange Invisible Perfumes, although a bunch of greenery did give up the ghost. Each bottle of Black Rosette or Musc Botanique smells as if the very soul of the plant and flower has been harvested. Clients refer to the shop's perfumer, Alexandra Balahoutis, as an "olfactory poet," and what she's pulling off with these scents is no less than eco-luxury. Not only is the perfume organic, it's also sustainable and made only with botanical essential oils — no sulfates or binding agents or other synthetic chemicals. The jasmine in the Fair Verona scent (inspired by Shakespeare's Juliet) is pulled, by hand, from the vine at dawn at a small farm in Ojai. After a master distiller plies his craft, the perfume is blended using 100 percent beverage-grade grape alcohol as a base. This is why a tiny 1.7 fluid ounce vial in eau de parfum form costs $150. The scent consultation at Balahoutis' minimalist shop, however, is complimentary. A woman brings out trays of perfume in the 19th-century parfumier mode, and you winnow your choice down to a single scent. After which, you and your credit card will weep at the beauty of it. 1138 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice. (310) 314-1505, siperfumes.com.

—Gendy Alimurung

Location Info

Search Best Of Awards


  • Karaoke Pole Dancing @ The Viper Room
    Sam's Hofbrau presented "Sam Tripoli's Rock N Pole Championship" this week at The Viper Room. Paired up karaoke singers and pole dancers competed for a nice cash prize and Hollywood Hustler gift bags. Entertainment included a special appearance by porn star Tera Patrick, serving as judge, and performing a burlesque number. All photos by Nanette Gonzales.
  • The Best L.A. Costumes of 2014 (So Far)
    It's no secret that SoCal knows what it's doing when it comes to make-up and costume design, (hello, Hollywood!) so it makes sense that we would also have the world's best cosplay. Here are our picks for the best of 2014 (so far).
  • Daw Yee: Mission of Burma
    L.A. has a very small pool of Burmese restaurants; among them, Daw Yee does not boast the most extensive menu. Nonetheless, Daw Yee, in Monterey Park, is fascinating for one big reason — namely, that it gives L.A. something unusual: a Burmese restaurant that caters to younger diners.

Best Of Award Graphics 2012

Now Trending