Just wanted to share my favorite perfume shops in DC with everyone after searching for the last five years that I've been here.
#1 - Art With Flower - 3rd Floor Tysons Galleria, McLean, VA
Very friendly independently owned art/florist/perfume shop that carries the best lines in the DC area. Also, if you are interested, they are also one of my favorite florists in the area (and as a horticulturalist I am very picky...). Oh and they have great candles, home fragrances and air diffusers!
Lines: Serge Lutens, L'Artisan, some CB I Hate Perfume, Santa Maria Novella, Yosh, Ineke, Rich Hippie, Carthusia, The Different Company, Miller Harris, Miller et Bertaux, Comptoir Sud Pacifique
#2 - Blue Mercury - Locations on M Street in Georgetown and Connecticut Ave. about 2 blocks north of Dupont Circle (I think they were adding a third store in Bethesda, but I'm not sure what its status is) The store in Georgetown is my favorite and carries more than the one in Dupont.
Blue Mercury carries many great fragrance lines as well as a lot of other good body products, candles, and cosmetics. They are also a full spa that I highly recommend.
Lines: Acqua di Parma, Serge Lutens, Creed, L'Artisan, Diptyque, Comptoir Sud Pacifique, Calypso Christian Celle, Fresh Index, Tocca, Molton Brown, Trish McEvoy, Laura Mercier,
#3 - Parfums de France - Tysons Corner Shopping Center, 1st Floor beside Macy's
This store is tiny, but has glass cases literally loaded with hard-to-find fragrances. They have testers for them if you ask (they are hidden in the dark). The prices are not really discounted if at all, but they do have a lot to look out.
Lines: Much broader array of the standard lines (YSL, etc.), lots of the Rochas, Caron, Creed, Guerlain, etc.
Recently opened/discovered Perfume Shopping in DC (since last post):
Bloomingdales in Chevy Chase: Carries the normal lines, but also carries the very difficult to find Acca Kappa line which I highly recommend.
Bellacara - King St., Old Town Alexandria, VA - Carries some L'Artisan and Creed, Tocca, Diptyque, Calypso Christian Celle, Molton Brown, Fresh Index
If anyone is in town and would like a guide...especially for perfume shopping, feel free to email me.