From Our Editors
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.