Celebrating Dads and Grads!

Posted on June 04, 2015 by Tijon Fragrance Lab

It's nearly half way through the year - how time flies! You have just over two weeks to come up with an idea for what to get Dad for Father's Day (Sunday, June 21). Meanwhile, it's graduation season. So read on to find out what unique gifts we offer in order to celebrate your loved ones!

Just in! Our graduated tempered-glass mugs are custom-made in the USA! Sip your tea or coffee piping hot or over ice in this sleek glass mug while you mull over your next fragrance recipe. Dishwasher and microwave safe. Available online and at Tijon La Jolla.

Other fantastic gift ideas for Men:

Choose from our founder's special fragrance creations: SXM, 2.0, X.2, 3.0 - all available in Gift Sets (atomized fragrance, scented lotion, deodorant powder).

Tijon Fragrance Atomizer Writing Pens: Choose between silver or gold accented black lacquer pens that not only write nicely but have a secret compartment for fragrance ... perfect for air travel or a spritz on the go!


Here are our top recommendations on how to celebrate the dads and grads in your life in La Jolla, CA (for those who aren't lucky enough to be in St. Martin, FWI, for Father's Day!).

1. A Tijon gift card for a fragrance creation experience. With over 350 oils to choose from, your father or special grad is sure to craft a one-of-a-kind fragrance. Leather, tobacco, spearmint, oakmoss, Fraser fir, cedar wood, neroli just to name a few … the possibilities are quite endless!

2. A handcrafted custom fragrance that your father or grad will enjoy. 
    Don't have time for a full class session? Be sure to stop by our lab for a 20-minute Fragrance in a Flash experience. Our fragrance specialists will create two recipes based on whatever you have in mind and bottle the one you like best. 

3. Brunch, lunch, or dinner at any of our favorite La Jolla Village restaurants, namely The Med & Café la Rue at the dreamy La Valencia Hotel (just a stone's throw away from our boutique!), NINE-TEN Restaurant at the gorgeous Grande Colonial Hotel, RoppongiHerringbone, Catania, George's at the Cove, PuestoCoffee Cup, Sugar & Scribe, Piazza 1909, El Pescador Fish Market ... There's a lot to choose from!

4. Grab a pint with Grad or Dad at one of our favorite La Jolla brew pubs: Hennessey's, La Jolla Brewing Company, Karl Strauss Brewing Company, Whisknladle or The Public House La Jolla.

5. Walk along La Jolla Cove to explore the tidal pools during low tide or just observe the fun seals and other marine wildlife at the Children's Pool. The sunset is especially breathtaking here!

6. Indulge in a piccolo cup of freshly made gelato from Bobboi Natural Gelato, at the corner of Girard Avenue & Prospect Street. Bobboi sources their ingredients from local farms so their flavors rotate daily. Have your gelato affogato ("drowned" in a shot of espresso). Incredibile!


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A Guide to San Diego's Farmer's Markets

Posted on September 05, 2014 by Emily Villanueva

In San Diego, there are almost as many farmers markets as there are beaches. Each market has a distinct personality, specifically geared to the needs, aesthetics, and artisans of its neighborhood. Here's our breakdown of the city's freshest weekly gatherings.


Biggest Foodie Paradise: Hillcrest Farmers Market, Sundays

Of all the markets, the Hillcrest Farmers Market has the most vendors-per-square-feet, crowding an impressive amount of produce, artisanal goods, and vintage gifts in its two block radius through the hip and urbane Hillcrest enclave. But the best part about this market (besides plenty of parking, since its situated right next to the Hillcrest DMV) is the sheer volume and variety of its food. Half of its total vendors are food stands, offering everything from samosas to tamales to takoyaki. My two favorites? Fresh uni cracked right in front of you, and thai coconut pancakes by the tray.


Prettiest Location : Little Italy Mercato, Saturdays

The Little Italy Mercato runs straight through the picturesque Little Italy neighborhood, lending a sophisticated, leisurely, European bazaar feel. Rows and rows of fresh-cut flowers enhance the bright colors of Downtown's architecture, while multiple live music acts play at different corners. And the market stretches along four full blocks, giving pedestrians ample space and eliminating that mob-like mentality typical of overcrowded farmer's markets. 


Most Eclectic: Ocean Beach Certified Farmers Market, Wednesdays

The funky free spirit that personifies Ocean Beach extends to its farmer's market, a colorful affair where troubadours serenade passersby and colorful school buses park along the palm-tree-lined streets. This market also has the most amount of offbeat activities-- llama rides, anyone? Art installations? Interested in incense or holistic medicine? All here. So if you like your farmers markets with chill vibes and a beach setting, Ocean Beach is the one to attend.


Most Small-Town Charm: La Jolla Open Aire Market, Sundays

The La Jolla Open Aire Market is different from other markets in that it is held in the La Jolla Elementary School Playground, so its quite popular with families and small children. The shared space and communal tables (there's lots of seating for you to eat or rest) gives this market a really quaint vibe, like everyone knows each other. There's also a lot of art, jewelry, candles, and even bohemian clothing from Indonesia and Brazil. 

Local tip: It's walking distance from Lululemon (Girard Ave.), which offers free classes at 9am every Sunday too! Namaste.


Most Potential: San Diego Public Market (in Barrio Logan), Everyday

This warehouse is temporarily closed till May 2015, but watch out for its reopening! The renovated factory space is still getting its sea legs, but once its further established, we're sure it'll be the Pike's Place of San Diego.



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Tijon Goes to CityFest

Posted on August 11, 2014 by Tijon Fragrance Lab

The 30th annual CityFest street fair, taking place in the heart of Hillcrest, attracted over 150,000 visitors this year! Tijon Fragrance Lab and Boutique was able to be a part of this amazing day as one of the 250 vendors present. Over the past three years, the event has allowed its guests to stay past sundown and dance the night away. It was fun to see kids and adults from all walks of life enjoying another beautiful San Diego day, celebrating the Hillcrest community. The community spirit was captured through music, arts, crafts, and my personal favorite, food. The attendees experienced everything from a petting zoo and carnival rides on one end, to a beer garden and concert stage on the other, with artisans and crafters in between. As fragrance crafters, Tijon made its mark among the artisans in artist alley.

Tijon-A-Go-Go Does it Again

Tijon-a-go-go is our traveling fragrance lab that never disappoints. If the wonderful smell didn’t lure the attendees to the Tijon booth, then our great raffle prizes did. We gave away a Tijon Beach Bag that transforms into a beach blanket (stakes included!) and a rainbow oil warmer.

After signing up to win our great raffle prizes, attendees would wearily move towards our fragrance creation station. I say wearily because the first question out of most attendee’s mouths was “well, how much does this cost?” Once word got around that it was FREE, we couldn’t get rid of them! We had teenagers, adults, men, women, gay, and straight: everyone wanted to be a part of the Tijon booth. We also created a lot of buzz and excitement with our red carpet! People lined up to take their picture in front of our Tijon backdrop on our exclusive red carpet. What a fun day.

CityFest Does it Again

After 30 years of bringing the Hillcrest community together, CityFest boasts another successful year. The event started back in 1984 to commemorate the rebuilding of the famous Hillcrest sign. And today it represents the diverse community with all of its wonderful people, restaurants, and stores. While the Tijon team enjoyed breakfast at Harvey Milk’s American Diner, every restaurant we passed smelled better than the last!

The team was swamped with booth-goers all day, however, we were allowed to take a quick minute to visit some other booths and check out the local restaurants and stores. Whatever you were searching for, you could find at CityFest. From clothing, sunglasses, and skin care products to pets, food, and experiences. It was a day filled with people enjoying everything San Diego has to offer and the company of their friends, new-friends, and family.

While you were given a little tester of what Tijon has to offer at CityFest, we encourage you to come in and enjoy the FULL Tijon Experience at our Fragrance lab located at 7853 Herschel Ave. La Jolla, CA.  For more information regarding classes and class schedules, free free to call us at 619.821.8219 or email us at info@tijon.com.








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In Honor of Opening Day at the Del Mar Racetrack

Posted on July 18, 2014 by Tijon Fragrance Lab

Essential Oils: A Horses Pre-Race Ritual

Essential oils are a tool that can be very beneficial as part of you and your horse’s pre-race ritual. Here’s a little scientific explanation as to why: As we inhale scents, a physiological reaction via the olfactory nervous system occurs. The olfactory system suggests to the hypothalamus gland to instruct the body to release neurochemicals that can make us feel happy, euphoric, calm, stimulated, or focused. Now how does this relate to a horse? A horse actually operates on what we refer to as the “old brain” or the limbic system and their sense of smell is extremely keen (much more than a human). The limbic system is linked to memories and emotions, thus governing certain responses such as flight or fight. By accessing this response with aromas, we bypass the conscious mind and eliminate the flight or fight response before it becomes dangerous for your horse. While the use of aromas does not eliminate the need for good training or positive reinforcement techniques, it works to ease pre-race blocks in your horse that you have previously found difficult to overcome.

The Best Essential Oils for a Horse


Basil works to sharpen the mind and help keep you and your horse focused on the task at hand.


Bergamot is perfect in dealing with nerves as it eases anxieties and pre-event jitters.


Traditionally the tantrum remedy for small children, chamomile gives patience, peace and calms the mind. However, it should be noted that it is also a sedative and unless your horse is in a serious refusal stage, do not use it.


Works to create a “bush” feel in the stables if they have to be confined for long periods of time. Eucalyptus freshens up a non-ideal environment.


Often referred to as the “fear” essential oil, frankincense works to alleviate fear and calm you and your horses heart rate before a race or competition.


Lemongrass helps a horse retain their learning, so it can become a huge asset in training and reinforcement techniques.

How to Use Essential Oils with Your Horse

First and foremost, a horse’s skin is much more sensitive than a humans and essential oils should never be applied directly to their skin. That being said, there are several techniques in which you and your horse can utilize essential oils in both training and pre-competition. Waft an oil in front of your horses nose and choose the one in which it gravitates towards. Once you and your horse have chosen the essential oil, drop a few drops onto your palm and rub your hands together to create warmth. Then allow your horse to smell your palm (do not allow them to lick it) until they have had enough. Depending on the oil used, you will notice varying positive effects on your horse. Don’t forget, your horse will be the best guide in leading you towards the essential oil that will help it most.


If you are visiting San Diego for a day at the Del Mar Races, be sure to stop in Tijon Fragrance Lab and Boutique located at 7853 Herschel Ave. La Jolla CA 92037 and create your very own custom fragrance. You can also purchase the oils discussed in this article. Everything mentioned above has the same effects on humans as it does on horses. So come in to distress, have fun and learn a few things.

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How to Make Perfume Last

Posted on July 13, 2014 by Tijon Fragrance Lab

Whether you’re preparing for a hot date or heading off to a long day at the office, you want your perfume to last. As a Tijon Perfume Expert, I am here to advise you. In the art of keeping things simple, I will break it down into 4 easy steps:   

1)   Moisturize your skin

2)   Apply your perfume to pulse points

3)   Don’t rub in your perfume

4)   Store your perfume correctly

Moisturizing Your Skin

While having naturally oily skin isn’t always something to brag about, when it comes to wearing perfume, brag away! A scent will actually last much longer on oily skin. For those of you with dry skin (fun fact: blondes have naturally dryer skin), then be sure to moisturize your skin before applying your perfume. First, find out if your perfume comes in a lotion form. If it does not, you can apply any unscented moisturizer to damp skin wherever you plan to apply your perfume (keep reading to find out WHERE to apply your perfume).

Apply Your Perfume to Pulse Points

See, I told you just had to keep reading. You have probably seen people applying perfume to their neck or their wrists, but why? These two places are common pulse points (any place on your body that you can feel your heart rate). Since heat works to activate perfume, the warmth of the blood in these areas activates your scent. Your pulse points are located:

  • Behind your ear
  • Base of your throat
  • Inside of your wrist
  • Inside of your elbow
  • Behind your knee 

    Do NOT Rub Your Perfume

    Spritz, spritz, rub, rub; that’s how you apply perfume, right? Wrong. Many people feel the need to rub in their perfume in order to warm the skin or spread the scent. This, however, breaks down the perfume molecules releasing them into thin air. If you want your perfume to last, do not rub it. If you feel the need to do something, try waving your body part with the applied perfume around for a few seconds, this should do the trick.

    Storing Your Perfume

    Just as heat works to activate your perfume on your skin, it will activate your perfume in its bottle, causing it to be less fragrant. As a result, you should not store your perfume in heat, humidity, or direct sunlight (yes, this includes your bathroom…showers and baths create a great deal of humidity). Find a cool place, away from direct sunlight, to store your perfume.

    To learn more fun facts about perfume, come in to Tijon Fragrance Lab and Boutique located at 7853 Herschel Ave. La Jolla, CA 92037 and spend some time with our Tijon Scent Specialists.  You can also find us online at www.tijon.com and if you have any questions, call us at (619) 821-8219 or email us at info@tijon.com.



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