J'adore Le Labo.
Apparently buying perfume doesn't have to suck anymore. What was once an overwhelming sensory experience in a poorly lit department store with aggressive sales people spraying fragrances at you while you attempted to dodge them and their musky weapons, can actually be quite pleasant now. But you must go to a little place filled - but not overfilled - with delicious fragrances, lotions, candles and detergents... Le Labo.
The woman who helped me find the perfect perfume (Meg, you'll love her too) told me all about the company, the founders, the new things coming and we chatted about how cool it is that each bottle is created by hand right in the store's "lab." (Aptly named, of course.) Once my fragrance was mixed, Meg handed over the most perfect, simple, personalized package I've ever seen.
I'm a sucker for good branding and packaging, and this whole experience pretty much tops my charts. And my goodness, I can't forget to mention how amazing this stuff smells. I suppose that's just as important as serving it up in a cute bottle.
(I bought that fragrance with my own hard-earned pennies and wasn't perked for writing about it.)