Our Journey



Nantucket Perfume Company, (formerly known as Nantucket Natural Oils and the Fragrance Bar) was established in 1983 when John Harding discovered he has the one-in-a-million olfactory equivalent of perfect pitch.

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

During this time in Boston, the business was recognized as the best perfume house in the city. “The Best of  Boston by the Boston Magazine”


For the past 23 years, 1991 to present, he has traded from the primary location of Nantucket, the famous whaling center where ambergris oil was produced and first used in perfumery.



For over 30 years John Harding and collegues have been providing discerning and perspicacious lovers of  pure perfume and cologne natural oils, organic essential oils, superb quality domestic and imported oils.

30 years successful operation in the fragrance industry is testimony to the professional diligence of John and his team at Nantucket Perfume Company.

Now with the easy access to communication via social media, Nantucket Perfume Company welcomes discussions through Facebook and Twitter.

Nantucket Perfume Company is located at 12 Straight Wharf in the Thomas Macy building (the large red brick building) for all year round, and at 39 Straight Wharf (opposite the Hy-Line ferry docking) during summer months.