This is where you’ll find all three of Pierre Guillaume’s lines, Parfumerie Générale, Huitième Art and Phaedon (which he produces). Alongside Parfums MDCI, Amouage, État Libre d’Orange, Honoré des Prés and By Kilian, this is where you can stick your nose into hard-to-source lines like Christophe Laudamiel’s oddball Humiecki and Graef, the 100% organic Undergreen, the quirky-poetic Libertin Louison and the brand-new hot niche brand Olfactive Studio.
But above all, you will be greeted impeccably by two lovely young Russian hipster ladies, Renata and Svetlana, who can segue smoothly from French to English to tell you the stories behind the scents.
As an added bonus, as you spend hours browsing Sens Unique’s wide selection, you might see the genial owner of MDCI, Claude Marchal, popping in with new stock and have a chat; Louison Libertin, the young Belgian fashion designer-turned-perfumer, is apt to turn up as well. And last week, the thoroughly engaging and handsome Pierre Guillaume spent hours with journalists, bloggers and assorted enthusiasts chatting about perfume and testing an accord he’s working on…
Better still: if the shop is humming and the conversation going stong, Renata and Svetlana think nothing of keeping the shop open way past the usual hours: the Marais, which is the gay quarter of Paris, is full of cafés and bars and therefore evening customers…
Getting there is easy: take the metro, Line 1 (La Défense-Château de Vincennes), get off at Métro Saint-Paul, cross the rue de Rivoli straight into the rue Pavée just opposite, then a left on the rue du Roi de Sicile, walk a couple of blocks and you’re in for some serious sniffing.
(OK, if this sounds too much like a fluff piece, let's just say it's such a pleasure to find a multi-brand niche store in Paris, where they'd gotten so scarce, that one has simply got to gush... More soon on two other wonderful shops.)
13 rue du Roi de Sicile
75004 Paris (Métro Saint-Paul)
T. + 33 1 71 50 30 09
Open every day from 1 P.M. to 9 P.M.