For an alternative to overpriced, alcohol-based perfumes, there's Bismillah Imports and Oil Shop. Owner S.M. Farasat Ullah's ample supply of scented and exotic oils is great for your skin. The oil absorbs right in, leaving you smooth, while lingering like a lovely melody — no reapplication necessary. Even better, there's no need to brave those department store perfume ladies attacking you with spray to determine the fragrance you want. Instead, like a sympathetic bartender, Ullah listens, has you sample and test, and then concocts a signature scent just for you. If you already have a fragrance you can't live without, there's a massive folder with names of designer perfumes he can re-create from his supply of imported oils. For a matching moisturizer, just pick out one of Ullah's homemade body butters and watch him make magic. If anointing yourself with oils is not your thing, Bismillah Imports also provides natural remedies for personal care to help soften, heal or nourish skin. 1170 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, 91106. (626) 791-1455, —Orly Minazad

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