This page lists perfume houses with names starting with the letter S. Perfume houses are alphabetized by first name, so that "Salvador Dali" is listed under S. Some perfume houses have their own pages — if the name is a link, click on it.
This page was last updated on 15 November 2017.
Niche line established in 2007 by Katherine Growney, and inspired by the scents of her childhood in Hawaii.
The line debuted with Le'a, 'Ume & Pūnono (2007).
Saffron James no longer in business
The fragrance line of Los Angeles-based jeweler Sage Machado, who launched her first boutique in 1998. The scents are named after gemstones, and include Garnet, Sage, Pearl. Most are available in perfume oil or Eau de Toilette; candles and body products are also available.
Website: Sage Jewelry
Independent perfumery established by Sarah Horowitz-Thran in 1994. Horowitz-Thran creates custom perfumes on request, and has also created perfumes for other brands, including Apothia If (2001), GoodTrueBeautiful Foreverlily (2009), BCBG Within (2009).
Lines include Perfumer's Palette, a set of single note scents to wear alone or layer, and the ready-made Perfect Perfumes, including Perfect Gardenia, Perfect Vanilla, Perfect Nectar, Perfect Bliss and Perfect Veil.
Website: Sarah Horowitz
American actress best known for her role in HBO's Sex and the City. Her first fragrance, Lovely, was introduced in 2005 under arrangements with Coty. Lovely Liquid Satin, an alcohol-free version, debuted in 2006, Lovely Summer Mist followed in 2007.
Recent releases include Sarah Jessica Parker Covet (2007), Covet Pure Bloom (2008), The Lovely Collection: Dawn, Endless, Twilight (2008), SJP NYC (2010), SJP NYC Pure Crush (2011), Lovely Sheer (2016), Stash SJP (2016).
Where to buy: department stores and online fragrance discounters.
Website: Sarah Jessica Parker
Paris-based jewelry line launched by ethnologist Sandrine Dulon in the late 1980s.
Their debut fragrance release was Padparadscha.
New York-based line of perfumes by Alexis Karl.
Recent releases include Courtesan, Femme Fatale (both 2006), Black Magick, White Magick, Blue Angel, Pretty Things (2007), Body Made Luminous (2013).
Where to buy: at Indiescents in the US.
Scent by Alexis (website defunct)
Niche line established by David Pybus. As of early 2008, three fragrances: Pyxis, Ankh and Nenúfar.
Scents of Time (website defunct)
The fragrance line of hip hop musician/record producer/actor Sean John Combs (aka Puff Daddy, P Diddy, or most recently, Diddy). His clothing line, Sean John, was introduced in 1998; the first fragrance, Unforgivable for men, followed in 2005.
The early Sean John fragrances are created under licensing arrangements with Estee Lauder; the license went to Jacavi Beauty Group in 2014.
Recent releases include Unforgivable Multi Platinum Edition (2007), Unforgivable Woman (2007), Unforgivable Black & Unforgivable Woman Black (2008), I Am King (2008), Unforgivable Night for men (2009), I am King of the Night (2009), Empress (2011), 3AM (2015), Sean John (2016).
Where to buy: department stores or online fragrance discounters.
Website: Sean John Fragrances
Niche line from Philadelphia-based garden designer Jeanne Weber.
The line debuted with Pavillon des Fleurs (2008).
Where to buy: Aedes.
Website: Septimanie Perfumes
New York City restaurant known for their "Frozen Hot Chocolate". One cocoa-based fragrance, Serendipitous.
Website: Serendipity 3
Indie house based in Santa Barbara, CA, and makers of Soul, Luv and Truth.
Recent releases include Dream (2007).
Website: Sharon Bolton
Japanese skincare, cosmetics & fragrance company which began in 1872 as the Shiseido Pharmacy.
Under the creative direction of Serge Lutens (see above), Shiseido introduced Nombre Noir (1981) and Feminite du Bois (1992). Other early scents include Zen (1964, reformulated 2000) and Basara (1993).
Many Shiseido fragrances are released in Asia only; in the United States, there are currently three fragrances: Zen, Shiseido Relaxing (1997) and Shiseido Energizing (1999).
Recent releases include Zen (new version, 2007), Zen White (2009), Zen for Men (2009), Zen Concentrated (2009), Zen Purple (2010), Zen White Heat (2011), Zen Secret Bloom (2012), Zen Sun (2013), Zen Gold Elixir (2013), Zen Sun 2014 (2014), Zen Moon Essence (2014), Ever Bloom (2015), Ever Bloom Ginza Flower (2017).
Where to buy: at department stores and online fragrance discounters.
French company founded in the early 1970s by Jean-François Laporte and Roland de Saint-Vincent, then purchased by Count Hubert d'Ornano in 1976. The first fragrance, Eau de Campagne, was launched in 1974. Eau de Soir followed in 1990; Soir de Lune in 2006.
Where to buy: at Neiman Marcus or Saks, or check the online fragrance discounters.
Six Scents: Series One debuted in 2008 to benefit Designers Against AIDS. The six fragrances: Urban Tropicalia, Wicken 3000, Diagonal, Illicit Sex, Teen Spirit & Spirit of Wood.
Recent releases include Series 2: Collage, Ende /Anfang, Solar Donkey Power, Smell, Nicoll 17, Whiskey Caramelise (2009), Series 3: Trompe L'Oeil, Can't Smell Fear, M, Beau Bow, Ascent and #087 (2010), Amber (2011), The Standard Spa Verde & Incense by the Sea (2011), Series 4: Crust, Modesty, Buk, Nappa Noir, Second Skin & Un Beaute Accidental (2012), Les Potions Fatales by Parfums Quartana (2016).
Website: Six Scents
Upscale line of home and personal fragrances founded by Harry Slatkin. In 2005, the company was acquired by Limited Brands/Bath and Body Works. Slatkin is especially known for the line of home fragrances fronted by Elton John.
Three Eaux de Parfum (Persian Lime & Mimosa, Black Fig & Absinthe and White Jasmine & Muguet) were introduced in 2003; Orange Flower & Citron followed in 2006. As of 2008, Harry Slatkin's own line is discontinued; he is still creating Slatkin products for the Bath & Body Works label.
Portland, OR-based indie brand that debuted in 2010 with four fragrances: Grev, Jeke, Ore and Vikt.
LA-based indie niche line that debuted in 2009 with 10 fragrances, Smell Bent focuses on limited edition themed fragrance collections.
Recent releases include North by Northwest (2011), The Snowman Cometh (2011), Vocabulary (2012), Liberty for All (2012), Sunset People (2012), Holiday Happening (2012), Comic Book + Sweet Tyranny (2013), Holiday collection (2013), Pygmy Hippo Rock (2013), Jasmine Tobacco & Florist's Fridge (2014), Five (2014), Winteriffic (2014), Pepper Ylang (2015), Bohemian Rhapsody & Gypsy (2015), Fashiony (2016), Should Have Known Better, Never Say Never, One Day & Two Weeks (2016), Artist's Studio, Celebrity Garden Party & Smoked Ambergris (2016), November, December, January & February (2016), Tea House (2017), Hot House (2017), Body Language (2017), Glamour Yeti & The Snow Siren's Song (2017).
Website: Smell Bent
Website: Smiley (link no longer working)
UK-based perfume company established in 1994 and specializing in mass market scents for teens. Fragrances include So...? Wild, So...? Kiss Me, and So...? Sinful.
Where to buy: Target, Walmart, Kohls.
UK-based niche artisanal line founded by Russell Newell in 2007. Fragrances are made in small batches, of mostly natural materials (95-99% natural).
The line was introduced with Rebel Ambush, Utopian and Frankfurt Kitchen (2007).
Website: Social Creatures
UK-based jewelry designer and former Creative Director at Boucheron. She founded her own business in 1990.
Her debut fragrance, Stoned, launched in 2006.
Recent releases include Cosmic (2007).
Website: Solange Azagury-Partridge
French fashion designer who got her start with maternity wear and later became best known for her knits (she has been called "the queen of knits"). Her first runway show was in 1968; the business is still family owned.
Fragrances were introduced in 1979 with Septieme Sens. Recent releases include Belle en Rykiel (2006), Rykiel Woman Hot! (2007), Belle en Rykiel Eau de Toilette (2008), Belle en Rykiel Blue&Blue (2008).
Website: Sonia Rykiel
Small independent perfumery established by Laurie Erickson in Sonoma, California in 2004. Erickson creates custom perfumes as well as a ready-made line.
Recent releases include Encens Tranquille, Lieu de Reves (2007), Champagne de Bois, Rose Musc, Cameo & Jour Ensoleille (2007), Ambre Noir (2007), Velvet Rose (2007), Voile de Violette (2007), Wood Violet & Vintage Rose (2008), Sienna Musk & Winter Woods (2008), Tabac Aurea & Lieu de Reves (2009), Incense Pure (2010), To Dream (2011), Fig Tree (2011), Nostalgie (2012), Forest Walk (2012), Cocoa Sandalwood & Rose Volupté (2013), Spiced Citrus Vetiver (2013), Yin and Ylang (2014), Amber Incense (2014), Pacific Forest (2015), Equestrian (2016), Bee's Bliss (2017).
Where to buy: at Indiescents or through the website.
Website: Sonoma Scent Studio
French niche line established in 2010 by Stéphane Humbert Lucas of niche line Nez a Nez, working in collaboration with Intertrade Europe. The first 8 fragrances included Hajj, Burqa, Fam, al Jana, Ouris, Nùr, Kanz, and Asmar.
UK-based apothecary chain with their own store-brand fragrances. Space NK opened its first US location in 2007 (see a report on the Space NK in Soho), and in 2008, Space NK started opening a series of in-store boutiques in selected Bloomingdales stores.
Recent releases include Melodrama, Compelling & Expression (2005), Space NK Blue (2005), Seduction & Passion (2006), Tuberoli, Champaca, Jasamber & Santalrosa (2008), Laughter Nuit (2010), Citrina, Florabelle & Eau Pure (2010), Laughter Jour (2011), In Peace (2012).
Website: Space NK
New York-based indie perfume company established by artist Sacre Nobi, and now owned by Carlos Kusubayashi. Fragrances, all made in collaboration with well-known perfumers, include 100% Love, S-ex, Lust, Sloth and S-Perfume.
New releases include Himiko, Musk S, 1499 & Kamakura (2014).
A Lab On Fire
Sub-brand launched in 2011 with L’Anonyme ou OP-1475-A. Subsequent releases include Rose Rebelle and What We Do Is Secret (2011), What We Do In Paris Is Secret (2012), Sweet Dreams 2003 (2012), Liquid Night (2012), Rose Rebelle Respawn & Almost Transparent Blue (2013), Oxymusc (2014), Paris*LA & Made in Heaven (2014), One Night in Rio (2015), Mon Musc à Moi (2015), Eau d'Ipanema (2016), Messy Sexy Just Rolled Out of Bed (2016), California Snow & My Own Private Teahupo‘o (2017).
What We Do Is Secret
Founded by Simon Tissot-Dupont in 1872 as a leather goods company; later, they became known for their cigarette lighters, later still, they diversified into other luxury goods including pens and watches. Fragrances were introduced in 1998 with Femme and Homme.
Website: S.T. Dupont
French fashion label established by Ukrainian-born designer Stanislassia Klein in the early 1990s.
Fragrances were introduced in 2005 with Miss Me.
Fragrances were produced under arrangements with Clarins through late 2008, after which the license was passed to Parfums & Beauté.
Where to buy: in the US at department stores and online fragrance discounters.
Website: Stella Cadente
Fashion design house of Stella McCartney, the daughter of ex-Beatle Paul McCartney. She launched her eponymous line in 2001 after a stint as a designer for Chloe. As of early 2008, the Stella McCartney fragrance license was held by L'Oreal; in 2013 the license passed to Procter & Gamble, and then in 2016 to Coty.
Recent releases include Stella Sheer 2007, Stella Sheer 2008, Stella Sheer 2009, Stella Nude (2009), Stella Sheer 2010, Stella Sheer 2011, L.I.L.Y (2012), Stella Summer Rose (2012), L.I.L.Y Absolute (2013), Stella Summer (2013), Pop (2016), Pop Bluebell (2017), Stella Peony (2017).
Where to buy: department stores or online fragrance discounters.
Website: Stella McCartney
The eponymous house of Stéphanie de Saint-Aignan, a perfumer who studied at ISIPCA before launching her own line.
Her 2007 Collection included 7 fragrances: Berberiades, Le Pot Aus Roses, Amande Honorable, Un The Au Sahara, Voleur de Ciels, Tobacco Mucho and Embruns d'Ambre. There are plans to launch a new collection each year, after which the old fragrances are to be discontinued [note: but as of early 2010, the newest collection was from 2008]. If you purchase a bottle, you get a coupon allowing you to replenish your stock even after that scent is no longer publicly sold.
Recent releases include L'Eau Nirique, Blanc d'Hiver, Li Altarelli & Berberiades Extreme (2008), Royal Palm (2008).
Stéphanie de Saint-Aignan (website defunct)
The Stetson company was established in the 1860s and became known for their iconic cowboy hats. The fragrances, produced under arrangements with Coty, debuted in 1981 with Stetson Cologne. Other fragrances include Lady Stetson (1986), Stetson Sierra (1993), Stetson Untamed (2003), Stetson Black (2005) and Shania by Stetson (2005, fronted by country music star Shania Twain).
Where to buy: drugstores and mass-market discounters (Walmart, Target).
American cosmetics company founded by Jeanine Lobell. Fragrances were introduced in 2002 with Creme Bouquet and Jade Blossom. Recent introductions include Midnight Bloom (2005), Mandarin Mist (2007). As of early 2010, the fragrance line appeared to be discontinued, but several of the fragrances were reissued in 2012.
Ready-to-wear knitwear and accessories. Their first two fragrances, St John (1994) and White Camellia (1998) are now discontinued.
Fragrances were re-introduced in 2008 with St. John Signature.
Website: St John
British casual wear brand; according to their website, "Inspired by a trip to Tokyo in 2003, Superdry fuses design influences from Japanese graphics and vintage Americana, with the values of British tailoring."
Fragrances were introduced in 2011 with Dry, Double Dry and Dry Oil for men.
Where to buy: at the brand's stores (in 40 countries) or other retailers.
Canada-based niche perfume line. There are two ranges: Couture (custom blends) and Layers, a line of ready-made fragrances that can be worn alone or, obviously, layered. Layers includes the Vanilla Collection (nine vanilla-based scents). See review for Cashmere Dry Oil.
The Sula brand is Susanne Lang's lower priced alternative to the Layers collection; it includes Vanilla Blossom, Stiletto Musk, Sun-Kissed Citrus, Butterfly Kiss, Lily Lotus and Champagne Sugar. The Sula line can be found at b-glowing, ulta, abeautifullife, or at beautymark in Canada. In 2010, two new fragrances were added: Lovebirds Fresh and Lovebirds Tropical.
Susanne Lang also creates custom fragrances for other brands; see Augustina Avondale, Roxborough & Woodlawn.
Recent releases include the Couture Blend Kit (2007).
Where to buy: in the US at department stores and online fragrance discounters.
Website: Swarovski Beauty