A trip to Belgravia's Les Senteurs


07th December, 2005

If you are fed up with pushy sales assistants, who don't know their Grasse from their elbow, then you should take a trip to Belgravia's Les Senteurs. Les Senteurs is a family owned perfume shop, founded in 1984, that specialise in artisanal perfumes, rather than what you can find in every Boots and Debenhams. Situated just a short walk away from Sloane Square tube, the store is a must-visit for any perfume loving visitors to the capital. Basenotes went to visit the store as it was celebrating it's 21st anniversary.

During our visit, we had the opportunity to witness the vast knowledge and excellent customer service given by the staff. It put most perfume counters in department stores to shame. Staff spoke of each product with enthusiasm and, due to their knowledge of their wide range, were able to offer intelligent suggestions based on the likes and dislikes of the customer.

If you are looking for Armani and Angel, then Les Senteurs is not for you. However, you will find, Editions de Parfums Frederic Malle (exclusive to Les Sentuers in the UK), Creed (including the Private Collection), Caron (with fountains), Knize, Maitre Parfumer et Gantier, Le Jardin Retrouvé, The Different Company, Parfum de Nicolaï, Molinard, Serge Lutens and more... (even Puig's elusive Vetiver). Also avaliable in the store is Les Senteurs own fragrance: Apogée. Apogée was created for one of the co-founders of Les Senteurs, Elizabeth Hawksley, by François Robert (creator of the Rosine fragrances, and Lanvin's updated Vetiver, amongst others). The fragrance contains notes of Lily of the Valley, Rose and Patchouli.

Les Senteurs offer a sample service, where you can choose up to six samples of almost any of the fragrances they stock. A charge of £2 is made per sample, and it's an ideal way to try a fragrance before splashing out £70 on a bottle.

The Les Senteurs catalogue contains all of the fragrances they stock, with beautiful descriptions of each scent by their resident expert, James Craven. More information is available on their website.

Basenotes would like to thank James, Martin and Ian for their hospitality.

Les Senteurs.

71 Elizabeth Street, London, SW1W 9PJ

Tel +44 (0)20 7730 2322

[email][email protected][/email]

www.lessenteurs.com

Nearest Tube: Sloane Square / Victoria

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About the author: Grant Osborne

Grant Osborne is the founder and editor of Basenotes. Grant has two children, and a dependence on tea, haribo and bacon.

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    • Trotsky | 7th December 2005 16:24

      Thank you for this piece, Grant and I am planning a trip over the Christmas Hols - can't wait :)

    • BrothaG | 7th December 2005 19:31

      Nice article! :) Too bad it was a little short.. I would have loved to see more pictures from the store/hear more about it.

    • eric | 7th December 2005 23:01

      I paid them a visit on my (first) trip to London ,in may this year. It's a little perfume heaven for every Basenoter I'm sure!. It was smaller than I imagined it to be, but the two ladies that helped me were so helpfull and kind to me.

      I walked in with a little( well, not so little actually) wishlist I made of all the fragrances I wanted to smell, and she patiently took the time to spray them for me.  It was there I first smelled ,and bought, Nicolai's New York. Wonderfull store and much recomended!  ;)

    • OlfaOmega | 10th December 2005 15:55

      Wow.

      Q: How do you know you've gone over the frag-head deep end?

      A: When you stare at a picture of a London fragrance shop for 5 minutes.

      Great article, thanks Grant!

      OO

    • helenann | 16th January 2006 10:51

      They are back on line now! Thanks for the intro - wonderful site and great sample range.

    • hirch_duckfinder | 18th May 2006 13:42

      I have just had two bad experiences with ordering from les senteurs. First they got a sample order wrong - this is not serious as the money involved was a small amount and they put it right quickly. The second was more serious. I placed an order worth hundreds of pounds and they processed the order and charged me twice, then seemed more interested in getting me to return the extra cologne than returning my money and apologising to me. They say they have sorted it now, but I haven't seen the money yet. The man I spoke to just went on about how busy they are.[size=12]I shall not be using them again and can't recommend them.