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Yes, you can celebrate Valentine's Day at Tijon!

Posted on February 03, 2016 by Info info



Though our La Jolla & St. Martin locations are normally closed on Sundays, we will be open THIS Valentine's Day by appointment! Call or email us soon to schedule your perfect Valentine's Day fragrance creation experience.


For our flagship location in Grand Case, St. Martin F.W.I.:

Sunday, 2/14 classes will be by appointment only.
To make an appointment, please email: john@tijon.com


For our La Jolla, CA, USA location:

Sunday, 2/14 boutique hours will be from 10:30 am - 5 pm which will coincide with our Valentine's Day Weekend Open House.

Come by for a sweet treat & some bubbly sips when you shop in our boutique! With your boutique or class purchase, you can enter our prize drawing to win one of our luxurious sugar scrubs or house-made reed diffusers (fit for the romantic ambiance)! We will have 3 winners, so the odds are ever in your favor!

For 2/14 class appointments, please email info@tijon.com or call our boutique: 619.821.8219

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Tijon After Hours: Loco For Cocoa

Posted on October 08, 2014 by Emily Villanueva

On September 25th we hosted our very first Tijon After Hours, a new nightly series where we'll partner with cool local businesses for fun, one-night-only events that will evoke a new sensory experience. "After Hours" is a result of our long-standing desire to host more special events, collaborate with other businesses, and involve the community. And after months of planning, what a success it was!

 

 

The theme of the event was aphrodisiacs, so we focused on sexy scents, sensual aromas, and the biggest culinary aphrodisiac of them all: chocolate! Dallman Fine Chocolates from Del Mar provided five different dark chocolate bars, and Tijon staff member (and trained pastry chef) Vanessa guided the tasting. Here, Vanessa explains...

 

Thursday's After Hours event featured local artisan chocolate from Dallmann Confections. Dallmann Confections began in 1954 by Guenther Dallmann who opened his pastry shop in St. Gilgen, Austria. His pastry shop was so well renowned that his children and eventually granddaughter, Isabella Valencia, expanded the family business to San Diego in 2006. Isabella was classically trained in Europe, specializing in fine chocolate making. 
A quick history of chocolate: Chocolate comes from the cacao (cocoa) tree, which grows 20º above and below the equator, similar to coffee. In fact, the scientific name for the cacao plant is Theobrama cacao which is derived from Greek for "food of the gods"; from θεος (theos), meaning "god," and βρῶμα (broma), meaning "food". Chocolate got this name because it has a rich history for its use in ancient Central and South American rituals as offerings to deities and for consumption by priests. Archeological evidence of cacao was discovered in modern day Chiapas, Mexico dating as early as 1900 B.C. Chocolate was introduced to Western world in 1527 by the return expedition of Hernán Cortés and the rest is history!
Chocolate is the end-product of an intensive process. First, the ripe cacao fruit pods are harvested by hand and opened by a machete to expose the cacao seed which is encased by pulpy mucilage. The thick rind is then discarded, the pulp and cacao beans are collected to ferment, which deepens the flavor of the cacao beans. After they are properly fermented, the beans are then laid out to dry before they go through a process called winnowing, which means that the pulp is husked off. At this point, the beans are ready to be transported to the roasting facility where they are broken open to extract cocoa butter. The remaining portions of the beans are referred to as cacao nibs which are then ground into a fine paste called the chocolate liquor. The liquor is then incorporated with a fat (cocoa butter or even milk fat solids), vanilla and sugar and is further emulsified together in a process called conching. The chocolate is then ready to be poured into molds, confectionary making or to be tempered with inclusions such as dried fruit, herbs, spices, citrus oils or zest, salt, or even bacon!
The dark chocolate bars that were chosen for last Thursday's tasting are the following: the Maracaibo Classificado (60% Cacao Bar from Venezuela), the Provence Bar (locally grown lavender & Fleur de Sel fused in a 65% cacao bar from Madagascar), a Cardamom & Orange Zest bar (72% cacao), the Valencia (60% bar fused with star anise, cloves & cinnamon), and lastly for sheer kicks and giggles, the Bacon & Smoked Salt Bar (60% cacao). These chocolates were chosen because they correlate with the perfume oils that we have on our Perfume Organ. Along with the tasting, we set up water, tart Granny Smith apple slices & oyster crackers to aid with palette cleansing between tastings in addition to chocolate tasting note forms to serve as prompts. 
And here are some pictures from the event! Make sure to attend our next After Hours on Thursday, October 23rd, where we'll be partnering with Finch's Bistro & Wine Bar for a French-themed night revolving around wine!
   
                                                      
  
                       
                      

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Science Says That Pleasant Scents Make Us Seem More Attractive

Posted on September 17, 2014 by Emily Villanueva

 

     We already know that scent plays the most important role in attracting mates, but do we know why? New research from the Monell Chemical Senses Center found that people find faces more attractive when in the presence of pleasant odors because they tap into a certain part of the brain that processes emotional evaluation and neural processing. Odor pleasantness and facial attractiveness are directly integrated.
     In the study, 18 adults were asked to rate the attractiveness of faces in photographs. Meanwhile, different blends of fish oil and rose oil were released, ranging from strongly fishy to strongly rosy. Unsurprisingly, faces were rated more attractive when being rated while smelling the rose odor. This is because attractiveness is an emotional process-- not rational-- meaning that attractiveness is more about the judging person's mood and emotions (subjective), then how the judged person actually looks (objective). And emotions are heavily influenced by smell. When you are smelling sweet things, you are instantly put in a better mood, and thus more likely to judge people favorably. 
     Moral of the story? Smelling good is a scientific way to enhance your attractiveness. So spray some perfume on those pulse points and watch the admirers line up.

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Attracting Your Mate The Primal Way

Posted on September 11, 2014 by Jovan Van Drielle
love is in the air...
   I've always wanted to create my own fragrance, how about you? While doing some research on the subject, it seems I'm not alone. How we choose a fragrance is directly related to how we select a mate, according to Professor Tim Jacobs, Head of the Smell Research Laboratory in the School of Biosciences at Cardiff University, located in the UK -- South of Wales. 
   We may all think we choose our perfect partner based on their appearance, personality, or even the size of their wallet, but research reveals the KEY to finding your soulmate is the way they smell, because how a person smells is an indicator of who they are. Every person has a unique biochemical bouquet called pheromones, that work to attract (or repel) others in a purely primal way.
   My friend went with her new partner last summer to Tijon's Fragrance Lab (he had worn the same cologne for 47 years and she thought he might be up for a change). After spending three hours in the La Jolla laboratory, together they designed their perfect fragrances (she created his cologne - he perfected her perfume) and they discovered the key to not only romance, but what really is the "secret" ingredient to a lasting relationship. Scent compatibility and scent memory. Think about it.

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Women Win When it Comes to Smell

Posted on July 16, 2014 by Tijon Fragrance Lab

Okay, they may be faster and stronger in most cases, but men aren’t always physically dominant. It is proven that women have a keener sense of smell than men. Seeing as smell has the ability to effect our moods, our sense of taste, and our overall quality if life, I’ll take it. Richard L. Dotty, director of the Smell and Taste Centre at the University of Pennsylvania, says that the male/female differences may be cultural or they may be hormonal.

Society’s Effect on Male/Female Smell

While things are changing, men and women still tend to have distinct roles in our society. There are definitely men in traditional women’s roles and vice versa, but traditionally women are encouraged to take an interest in cooking, fragrances, and flowers. Men, on the other hand, are not encouraged to participate in the things that are associated with scent and smell. As a result, women tend to use their sense of smell more often then men. As is the case with all things, when you exercise it, it begins to improve.

Hormonal Effects on Male/Female Smell

Hormonally speaking, a women’s sense of smell fluctuates more than a mans. This makes her more aware of fragrances and odors. These fluctuations seem to be influenced by the release of certain hormones during the menstrual cycle. Estrogen increases smell acuity in the first half of the month, and again in the early months of pregnancy, while progesterone decreases the ability to smell in the last half. This works to explain why it is common for a pregnant woman to be suddenly deterred by certain foods during different stages in her pregnancy. Since sense of smell greatly affects your ability to taste foods; if the way something smells changes in your mind, it is very likely the taste will change as well. This also works to explain a women’s desire for chocolate during a certain time of the month. So all you men out there, be sure to honor when your girl friends express their desire for chocolate, not only is it is scientifically proven but you may get into some trouble if you don’t.

With this keener sense of smell, it should also be noted, that women can be much more attracted to a good-smelling man.  Therefore men: do not hesitate to get that perfect Cologne. Who knows? It may be life changing.

If you would like to hold all of the power in the scent you wear, visit Tijon Fragrance Lab and Boutique and create your own custom fragrance. We are located at 7853 Herschel Ave in La Jolla and you can reach us at 619.821.8219 or visit us online at www.tijon.com.

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