Essence Fragrance Lab tickles discerning noses with its fragrances and blendable scents. A custom scent can be created with more than 300 perfume oils, including carnation, blue lilac, cedarwood, coconut, and more. Once base notes, middle notes, middle base notes, upper middle notes, and top notes are selected, the head perfumer concocts each creator's body bouquet on-site for immediate neck dabbing. Each oil is alcohol-free, perfect for sensitive skin, allergies, and adding to tiramisu intended to be sold at a children's bake sale.
Oliviers and Co. is a unique Boston market that specializes in a wide swath of Mediterranean foodstuffs, with a particular emphasis on olive oils. The showroom is practically a playground for anyone who wants to spend their afternoon sampling through vibrant, spicy, warming olive oils and accompanying balsamic vinegars. Bottled options for both vinegars and oils are near-endless, with versions that rely on infusions of basil, lemon, chili and cherries, among other flavors. Customers looking for a bit of take-home funk can grab a bottle of truffle oil, while patient workers are more than happy to discuss the characteristics of different oils. Though part of a chain, Oliviers and Co. feels like a cozy one-off shop, and its location on tony Newbury Street gives a bit of cred to the operation. The well-appointed store also sells spreads, pastas, tapenades and various unique gift items.
G2O Spa & Salon is a pampered person’s fantasy land, with five floors of total spa immersion. Those in search of restful relaxation can easily spend the entire day indulging in treatments and quiet contemplation throughout the sprawling complex. The spa, originally two historic Newbury Street brownstones combined into one space, offers a lovely urban escape. Once inside, you’d never know that the hustle and bustle of Boston’s trendiest street is just steps away. Some of the unusual offerings include the Experience Room, which combines herbal-infused steam with a refreshing ice fog and tropical shower; the brine inhalation therapy room, with a three-tiered waterfall; a penthouse roof terrace, where you can relax on lounge chairs or enjoy a spa lunch; and perhaps one of the best perks of all: a nap pod, where you can end your day of treatment with a short snooze.