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Melrose Place's balance of French- and Stateside-bred shops has been restored with the opening of The Harmonist, a Parisian perfumery that officially opened last month. Rather than landing on the US coast closest to its HQ, the fragrance brand opted to open its first shop in the City of Angels "due to [its] feng shui energy." (Sorry, NYC.)
Inspired by the Chinese philosophy of yin yang, the monochromatic boutique offers ten signature scents, each blending various combinations of water, wood, fire, earth, and metal. In keeping with its pledge of peace, the brand's earth-minded perfumes ($170 to $270 and up) and candles ($85 and up) are crafted with ethically-sourced ingredients. Smells good to us.