Our sense of smell is tied directly to our memory, unlike our sense of sight, which never remembers where we set down our keys. Kickstart your memory with this Groupon.
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- $199 for an individual perfume consultation and a 10 mL bottle of perfume ($350 value)
- $99 for a perfume-making class with a take-home 10 mL bottle of perfume ($195 value)
During the individual consultation or the workshop, which holds 2-10 participants, clients take a scent personality test to help narrow down their perfume preferences, be they citrusy notes of grapefruit and mandarin, heady floral notes, or sensual spices. Clients select three or four blends to create a personalized formula, which they can name. The signature scent is then decanted in a refillable bottle they can take home.
Sue Phillips wields a very special power: the mastery of scents. The fragrance specialist has designed perfumes for Tiffany and Burberry, scent-based bouquets for Teleflora, and ambient smell-scapes for cruise ships and restaurants. As the president and CEO of Scenterprises, she also shares this power with her customers at her perfume-building workshop in her Tribeca studio—The Scentsorium, which was recently covered by Crain's.
The name is a play on the Latin word “sensorium,” which referred to the limbic system: the part of the brain that analyzes sensation. It's an idea that fits with the studio's mission to help clients discover how aromas connect with raw emotion and memory. Workshops teach visitors to mix more than 10 house perfume blends—ranging from citrus and floral to musky and woodsy—into their own custom creations. House fragrance specialists can also design complex, bespoke scents that can help clients feel like entirely new, better-smelling people. True to its name, The Scentorium is a feast for all the senses: walls are hung with watercolor art by Sue's late mother Grace Phillips, classical music flows from the speakers, and herbal teas and snacks are served.