Until Next Time
My time at Tijon is coming to an end and I would like to take this opportunity to share with you the inner-workings of a perfume lab. A few months ago, I knew very little of fragrance, the process and steps taken to create it and why it continues to be such a huge market worldwide. I am now a certified perfumer who has established a deeper understanding of fragrance and its role in our lives. Fragrance is more than a smell, it possesses the ability to affect our overall quality of life. Natural and synthetic fragrances are used in cosmetics, candles, food, perfume, and much more. The ability of fragrance to effect our mood is what gives it so much power. It's power and affect on people is what has intrigued me most while working in the Tijon Fragrance Lab. Day after day, I watch as people create custom fragrances that mirror their personalities and allow them to express their individuality.
While I encourage you to come in and experience the fragrance creation class, I will give you a little insider information on what exactly goes on in our lab. After which, you will be dying to come in and see it for yourself. After walking into the boutique and undoubtedly saying “Wow, it smells good in here”, one of our Fragrance Experts will lead you into our lab. The lab boasts over 300 oils (40% of which are essential oils from nature) and all of the tools necessary to make a custom fragrance from scratch. We then walk you through a brief history of perfume and a “guess the scent” quiz which customers rarely pass. Depending on the class you have chosen, you are either presented with 3 beakers or an unlimited number of beakers. With the beakers in front of you, you resort back to high school chemistry. Turn your brain off and let your nose take over as you mix and match our hundreds of oils into that perfect combination. With over 300 oils to choose from, you can make over 1 billion combinations! This means, the fragrance you create in Tijon will likely be unique to you and you will be the only one in the world wearing it. Pretty cool, huh? Once you have established which oils go best together, you have created your accord. From there, you add alcohol, water and BAM you have a custom fragrance! Fragrances on the market often contain hundreds of ingredients, however, with the Tijon fragrance creation experience, you know exactly what’s going into your fragrance and subsequently onto your body.
I watch day after day as people express their creativity, laugh, and enjoy the company of their family and friends in our unique lab experience. I will definitely miss my time in the lab, but I will always be a part of the Tijon Team! I would like to introduce Emily, who will take over the Tijon Blog. She has gained an interesting perspective having just returned from a six-month stint at our flagship store in St. Martin. She not only got to see where it all began, but she was able to learn from an industry expert, John Berglund. John is the founder of Tijon and has grown it into what it is today through his expertise in the industry and his passion for fragrance.
Take it away Emily!