Arielle Shoshana

Arielle Shoshana Washington, D.C's first niche fragrance boutique.
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Arielle Shoshana reopens our doors THIS SATURDAY, June 6! We have a few new safety measures to make sure we can all snif...
06/01/2020

Arielle Shoshana reopens our doors THIS SATURDAY, June 6! We have a few new safety measures to make sure we can all sniff safely. In addition to everything listed below, here's what we couldn't quite fit on the sign:

5) We are offering curbside pickup through our website! We're also offering appointments for anyone who would feel safest sniffing during a time when the shop is not open to the public. Please email us at [email protected] or call us at 571-308-3182 to schedule an appointment. Our available time-slots are 10 AM-11 AM and 7 PM-8 PM Monday-Saturday.

6) We now accept contactless payment methods: Apple Pay and Google Pay!

7) We will be sterilizing our perfume bottles, payment surfaces, and high-traffic areas (including our couch and coffee table) between customers and before closing each day.

Thank you so much for all your support over the past months! We can't wait to see you Saturday! 😄

Our customers’ fragrant furchildren could not be contained to Caturday!! Please meet Lulu and an unnamed-but-gorgeous to...
05/31/2020

Our customers’ fragrant furchildren could not be contained to Caturday!! Please meet Lulu and an unnamed-but-gorgeous tortie, fans of Arielle Shoshana Saturday and Régime des Fleurs Chloë Sevigny Little Flower, respectively! (Keep the pet pictures coming, people! We cherish each and every one of them 😻)

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05/31/2020

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Our customers' adorable furchildren know exactly how to spend their Caturday: surrounded by Arielle Shoshana samples 😁 A...
05/30/2020

Our customers' adorable furchildren know exactly how to spend their Caturday: surrounded by Arielle Shoshana samples 😁 Allow us to introduce Sweet Potato Pie, Lua, and Jasper, fans of Arielle Shoshana Sunday, Floraiku The Mountain Standing Still, and Ormaie Papier Carbone, respectively!

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Our customers' adorable furchildren know exactly how to spend their Caturday: surrounded by Arielle Shoshana samples 😁 A...
05/30/2020

Our customers' adorable furchildren know exactly how to spend their Caturday: surrounded by Arielle Shoshana samples 😁 Allow us to introduce Sweet Potato Pie, Lua, and Jasper, fans of Arielle Shoshana Sunday, Floraïku The Mountain Standing Still, and Ormaie Papier Carbone, respectively!

Many of our fellow Virginia stores reopen today! We'd hoped to join them, but we do not currently have a floor! (Water d...
05/29/2020

Many of our fellow Virginia stores reopen today! We'd hoped to join them, but we do not currently have a floor! (Water damage during a pandemic- just what every small business dreams of 😭) So we'll have to wait another few days to welcome you back to Arielle Shoshana! In the meantime, we're doing curbside pickup: you can see everything currently available at arielleshoshana.com/curbsidepickup . We'll miss you this weekend (almost as much as we miss having a floor), but we can't wait to see you next week!

@wadeandleta, our exquisitely talented packaging designers, just posted this sumptuous family portrait of our babies 👼 W...
05/28/2020

@wadeandleta, our exquisitely talented packaging designers, just posted this sumptuous family portrait of our babies 👼 We can’t wait to see what they do with Monday’s design! (Now accepting suggestions for color combinations!)

Before Chloë Sevigny created her own fragrance for Régime des Fleurs, "she was drowning herself in [Cacti] every day," r...
05/27/2020

Before Chloë Sevigny created her own fragrance for Régime des Fleurs, "she was drowning herself in [Cacti] every day," reports founder Alia Raza. We can certainly see why: with notes like shiso mint, maté tea, and aloe vera, Cacti has an off-kilter charm very much in line with the gleefully eccentric It Girl. This is Arielle Shoshana's idea of a summer scent: refreshing, but not superficial. You'll be glad you cactried it. (I cactried my best with that perfume pun, okay? 🌵)
https://www.arielleshoshana.com/collections/regime-des-fleurs/products/cacti

Please join us Friday, June 5, 7:30 PM, for our first Zoom workshop: a happy hour that involves our drinking caps AND th...
05/26/2020
Happy Hour Zoom Workshop

Please join us Friday, June 5, 7:30 PM, for our first Zoom workshop: a happy hour that involves our drinking caps AND thinking caps! 🍸RSVP via Eventbrite at arielleshoshanahappyhour.eventbrite.com!

What does it mean when a fragrance's notes list includes a "tea note" or a "champagne accord"? Do the perfumers uncork a bottle of Veuve Clicquot and pour it in? Do they put the lime in the coconut and mix it all up? Discover how perfumers create the illusion of everything from absinthe to Coca-Cola in our favorite fragrances.

Your $12 ticket price includes a sample set of five fragrances we'll explore during our happy hour (a sniff-a-long, if you will!). Choose between The Alcoholic Sample Set, which highlights rum, gin, bourbon, and absinthe notes, and The Non-Alcoholic Sample Set, which highlights coffee, tea, and soda notes.

Please join us for a happy hour-inspired sniff-a-long! Learn how perfumers capture absinthe, tea, and Coca-Cola in our first Zoom workshop.

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05/25/2020

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July evenings in May? We can all agree that time holds increasingly little meaning, right? Especially if it gets us this...
05/24/2020

July evenings in May? We can all agree that time holds increasingly little meaning, right? Especially if it gets us this lovely, tender chamomile-tinged vanilla two whole months early. We can't even begin to imagine what July looks like this year, but we hope it smells like this: summer twilight on the porch steps.
https://www.arielleshoshana.com/products/this-july-evening

To paraphrase The Devil Wears Prada, "Florals? For spring? OH MY GOD YES PLEASE ANY VESTIGAL SHRED OF NORMALCY IS ENTIRE...
05/22/2020

To paraphrase The Devil Wears Prada, "Florals? For spring? OH MY GOD YES PLEASE ANY VESTIGAL SHRED OF NORMALCY IS ENTIRELY WELCOME." (Okay, lightly paraphrase.)

Régime des Fleurs' new Acanthus candle smells like sticking your head into a lilac bush and breathing deeply. It smells like a 70º April day, warm breeze tugging at the last of the cherry blossom petals. It smells like the spring we missed this year. It's every inch the shockingly realistic lilac scent promised by founder Alia Raza in her Arielle Shoshana interview. And needless to say, the porcelain candle jar is equally exquisite.

https://www.arielleshoshana.com/collections/regime-des-fleurs/products/acanthus-candle

We can't be the only ones who miss wearing lipstick 💄 (Face masks: crucial for public health, actively detrimental to my...
05/20/2020

We can't be the only ones who miss wearing lipstick 💄 (Face masks: crucial for public health, actively detrimental to my lipstick game.) Enter Juliette Has A Gun Lipstick Fever: all the nostalgic dress-up fun of that classic lipstick scent, without risk of mask smudges. Lipstick Fever has the feel of a jar of violet sugar (sugar infused with edible violet petals), with a modern touch of raspberry and patchouli. https://www.arielleshoshana.com/products/juliette-has-a-gun-lipstick-fever

We tallied up your answers to our podcast perfume pop quiz, and the results more than merited their own post. You’re an ...
05/17/2020

We tallied up your answers to our podcast perfume pop quiz, and the results more than merited their own post. You’re an awfully entertaining bunch- thank you for getting quizzical with us! (To the impossibly pure soul who wrote “Arielle Shoshana” for “favorite perfumer,” you are our forever favorite.)

We really want to know: what's in heavy rotation for you to keep your sanity right now? Scent-wise, we're talking the su...
05/17/2020

We really want to know: what's in heavy rotation for you to keep your sanity right now? Scent-wise, we're talking the sublime D.S. & Durga Bowmakers Body wash, Malin + Goetz's Rum and Cannabis hand/body washes, and the spectacularly springy Régime des Fleurs Vines and Shells, which in addition to functioning as perfume, are super posh room sprays!

Hail Saint Julep, full of mint. The rum is with thee. Blessed art thou amongst fragrance lovers, and blessed are its fru...
05/15/2020

Hail Saint Julep, full of mint. The rum is with thee. Blessed art thou amongst fragrance lovers, and blessed are its fruity tangerine notes. Holy Saint Julep, mother of spring scents, spray for us scent lovers, now and forever!

P.S. Katri wrote this caption, so if it is sacrilegious, please do not blame the Jew (Arielle).

https://www.arielleshoshana.com/collections/imaginary-authors/products/saint-julep

After 51 days of quarantine, Katri has successfully bullied me into starting a perfume podcast! Our perfumer interviews ...
05/14/2020

After 51 days of quarantine, Katri has successfully bullied me into starting a perfume podcast! Our perfumer interviews and sniff-throughs are now available as podcasts on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Anchor, and Google Podcasts. We'll still always post the videos on our Watch page, but for those who prefer podcast format, we're now officially Friends Of The Perfume Pod! https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/scents-of-self/id1512610646

Our first "episode" is a perfume pop quiz: a rapid-fire round of 10 pressing perfume questions with Team Arielle Shoshana! Press play for the video, or, if neither podcasts or videos can tempt you from the written word, scroll down for a few of the more quotable answers.

P.S. What should our next podcast topic be?? We wholeheartedly welcome your suggestions at [email protected]!

Kermit said it best: it's not easy being green. "Green" fragrances (a catch-all classification for anything leafy, herba...
05/14/2020

Kermit said it best: it's not easy being green. "Green" fragrances (a catch-all classification for anything leafy, herbal, or mossy) are a relatively rare sight on the Sephora shelves, or even the Arielle Shoshana shelves. My personal theory: green fragrances felt fresh and light to past generations of perfume lovers, but '90s aquatics like CKOne and Cool Water taught us to associate freshness with "watery" rather than "grassy."

But we at Arielle Shoshana sense a shift in the fragrance landscape. Maybe it's because so many of us are currently discovering the joys of plant parenthood? Whatever the reason, we find ourselves keen on green 💚 Are you a card-carrying member of the Green (perfume) Party? What are some of your favorites?

We knew quarantine would drastically change HOW we sell, but we didn't expect it to change WHAT we sell! Meet our curren...
05/13/2020

We knew quarantine would drastically change HOW we sell, but we didn't expect it to change WHAT we sell! Meet our current five best-selling products, which include a home fragrance and body product for the first time in Arielle Shoshana history 😱

Before closing in March, home fragrance and body products were a tiny fraction of our sales; both categories TOGETHER accounted for only 8% of total revenue. Only two months later, Home and Body are up an unprecedented 61%. Other fragrance brands report similar shifts: D.S. & Durga's home fragrance sales have TRIPLED since stay-at-home measures began, according to WWD.

Have you noticed any changes in the ways you enjoy and experience fragrance? I've found myself paying much closer attention to domestic smells- dish soap, face wash, detergent.

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05/12/2020

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We don't yet know when non-essential retail businesses will reopen in our county, but we've been preparing new safety me...
05/11/2020

We don't yet know when non-essential retail businesses will reopen in our county, but we've been preparing new safety measures to make Arielle Shoshana as safe as possible for you and for us. We'd like to share what we've come up with so far, and ask for your thoughts, ideas, and concerns. Your health and safety are more precious to us than Baccarat Rouge Extrait, so any suggestions you might have on how we can make Arielle Shoshana the safest possible environment are extremely welcome. Okay, here's what we've got:

1) All customers will be asked to put on gloves upon entering. All staff members will wear face coverings and gloves at all times.

2) Customers will be asked to maintain 6 feet of distance from other customers and from staff. (We've put tape on the floor as a guideline.)

3) Only ten people (9 customers, 1 staff member, or 8 customers, 2 staff members) will be allowed inside the shop at once.

4) Bottles and shelves will be sterilized with 70% isopropyl alcohol between customers and before closing.

5) Wastebaskets have been placed throughout the shop for you to throw away your scent strips immediately after using them.

6) Payment will be contactless (you will not need to touch any screens).

7) We will continue to offer curbside pickup!

8) We are happy to schedule appointments between 10 AM-11 AM and 7 PM-8 PM for any customer who would prefer a secluded shopping environment.

Did we miss anything??

We don't yet know when non-essential retail businesses will reopen in our county, but we've been preparing new safety me...
05/11/2020

We don't yet know when non-essential retail businesses will reopen in our county, but we've been preparing new safety measures to make Arielle Shoshana as safe as possible for you and for us. We'd like to share what we've come up with so far, and ask for your thoughts, ideas, and concerns. Your health and safety are more precious to us than Baccarat Rouge Extrait, so any suggestions you might have on how we can make Arielle Shoshana the safest possible environment are extremely welcome. Okay, here's what we've got:

1) All customers will be asked to put on gloves upon entering. All staff members will wear face coverings and gloves at all times.

2) Customers will be asked to maintain 6 feet of distance from other customers and from staff. (We've put tape on the floor as a guideline.)

3) Only ten people (9 customers, 1 staff member, or 8 customers, 2 staff members) will be allowed inside the shop at once.

4) Bottles and shelves will be sterilized with 70% isopropyl alcohol between customers and before closing.

5) Wastebaskets have been placed throughout the shop for you to throw away your scent strips immediately after using them.

6) Payment will be contactless (you will not need to touch any screens).

7) We will continue to offer curbside pickup!

8) We are happy to schedule appointments between 10 AM-11 AM and 7 PM-8 PM for any customer who would prefer a secluded shopping environment.

Did we miss anything??

Curbside pickPUP continues today for last-minute Mother's Day gifts! We promise to maintain social distance from your do...
05/10/2020

Curbside pickPUP continues today for last-minute Mother's Day gifts! We promise to maintain social distance from your dogs, no matter how adorable their fluffy faces. To place a curbside pickup order:

1) You'll find our products currently available for curbside pickup at arielleshoshana.com/pickup . At checkout, please choose the "pickup" shipping option.

2) Swing by the shop anytime between 11 AM - 5 PM! We'll have your order gift-wrapped and ready to go.

3) When you're outside the shop, call us (571-308-3182). We'll run your order out to you and wave enthusiastically at you from a minimum of six feet away!

DMV-area perfume procrastinators still in need of a Mother's Day gift: we're offering curbside perfume pickup this weeke...
05/09/2020

DMV-area perfume procrastinators still in need of a Mother's Day gift: we're offering curbside perfume pickup this weekend! Your on-time-dammit gift is just 3 steps away:

1) You'll find our products currently available for curbside pickup at arielleshoshana.com/pickup . At checkout, please choose the "pickup" shipping option.

2) Swing by the shop today or tomorrow between 11 AM - 5 PM! We'll have your order gift-wrapped and ready to go.

3) When you're outside the shop, call us (571-308-3182). We'll run your order out to you and wave at you enthusiastically from a minimum of six feet away!

05/08/2020

Barbara drops in to talk with Arielle about what's next for Eris Parfums, how she's handling things in the covid era, and her new rescue cat!

Only 2 days late for the #MetGalaChallenge, we rolled out the red carpet for our best-dressed bottles 🤩Usually we'd play...
05/07/2020

Only 2 days late for the #MetGalaChallenge, we rolled out the red carpet for our best-dressed bottles 🤩Usually we'd play red carpet perfume pairings, but this year clearly calls for a new angle: which celebrity can you envision wearing a look that matches one of these fragrances? e.g. Zoe Saldana and Zendaya always go high drama for the Met Gala- I can easily imagine either of them in an outfit reminiscent of that striking Memo Winter Palace bottle.

Is it just our imagination, or are all the Imaginary Authors fragrances now available in our Custom Sample Sets, along w...
05/06/2020

Is it just our imagination, or are all the Imaginary Authors fragrances now available in our Custom Sample Sets, along with new additions from D.S. & Durga and Memo Paris? 😱We're particularly excited about Sundrunk (rhubarb and rosewater- you could serve this on the rocks!), the smoky strawberry of Cape Heartache, and the utterly original Whispered Myths, which boasts cantaloupe and oud. (Cantaloupe! And oud!!)
https://www.arielleshoshana.com/collections/imaginary-authors

05/05/2020

One could be forgiven for feeling a little burnt out (see what we did there?) on candles after six weeks of quarantine. But one glimpse of Ormonde Jayne's extravagantly elegant candle line rekindled (see what we did THERE?) our passion. Now available at Arielle Shoshana in four complex, luxurious fragrances: the mystical, verdant Ormonde, the bold, rich Ta'if, the delicate, refreshing Osmanthus, and the unexpected, tender Champaca. https://www.arielleshoshana.com/collections/ormonde-jayne-candles

Sunday on a Monday, because time holds no meaning 😸
05/04/2020

Sunday on a Monday, because time holds no meaning 😸

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05/04/2020

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Established in 2015, Arielle Shoshana is D.C.'s first niche fragrance boutique. We curate the best in hard-to-find, independent fragrances, home and body products, and other scented luxuries for everyone. Our mission? Fragrances as interesting as you are. Come smell the difference.

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Got Gin Fizz a while ago and I've been loving it :) I just have to give you props for awesome mail service! I miss being able to smell y'all's frags in person, and just about every time y'all suggested a fragrance I either enjoyed it (Soft Lawn is both lovely and funny, they aren't kidding about the tennis ball note) or started coveting a whole bottle.
Today's purchase soothes my senses! Thank you Arielle Shoshana.