Our Story

In 1983 John Harding discovered he possessed a rare talent. He is what perfumers call a Nose (French: le nez) due to their fine sense of smell and skill in producing olfactory compositions. He discovered he could formulate the multiple oils at the root of every designer perfume.

John's first store, named “Essense”, opened on Newbury Street in Boston and in Edgartown on Martha’s Vineyard in the early 80’s.

Boston Magazine recognized Essense as the best perfume house in the city in their “The Best of  Boston" issue.

Since 1991, the business has operated exclusively on Nantucket—the famous whaling center where ambergris oil was first used in perfumery.  Over thirty years of successful operation in the fragrance industry is testimony to his professional diligence.

Now with the easy access to communication via social media, Nantucket Perfume Company invites discussion via Facebook and Twitter.

A member of the Nantucket Chamber of Commerce and awarded an A+ rating by the Better Business, Nantucket Perfume Company is open year round upstairs at 12 Straight Wharf in the Thomas Macy building (the large red brick building.)



 12 Straight wharf nantucket