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T+L Reports: Custom Perfumes

Two perfumers are giving new meaning to the phrase signature fragrance. L.A. cult favorite Strange Invisible (1138 Abbot Kinney Blvd.; 310/ 314-1505; www.siperfumes.com; $2,100 for consultation and quarter-ounce perfume) has reopened in an expanded space just steps from its original outpost. In a walnut-and- steel enclosure designed to look like a carriage, Alexandra Balahoutis captures her clients' philosophies and desires in a scent. Customers can also taste floral waters made from the essences of Balahoutis's therapeutic blends. At his appointment-only Boston studio, Neil Morris (221 Massachusetts Ave.; 617/267-2315; www.neilmorrisfragrances.com; $350 for consultation and two-ounce eau de parfum) spends an hour or so getting to know your likes (such as sleeping in) and dislikes (artichokes). He then chooses from 700-plus essential oils and bottles his creation in an apothecary-style brown jar. —ERIN BYERS

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