Before bottled perfumes were invented in 1972, most people garnered their signature scent by rubbing wrists with flowers or bathing in picturesque ponds overflowing with essential oils. Easily exude a fresh aroma with today's Groupon: for $35, you get a perfume design consultation and a 1-ounce spray or dram-oil roll at DSH Perfumes' Essense Studio in Boulder (a $75 value).
Recognized as Perfumer of the Year by Ca Fleure Bon and boasting a host of printed press, DSH Perfumes' Essense Studio invents signature scents with custom-made or ready-to-wear perfumes blended from their stock of more than 850 smells. The perfume design consultation (a $75 value) is guided by the 20-year experienced sniffer of Dawn Spencer Hurwitz and her scent specialist in training Amber Jobin, who conjure the ideal aromatic fumes to complement each customer's nose needs as well as personality, lifestyle, job, and scent history. Clients will also be bestowed with odor knowledge such as how and why specific scents work on certain skin and why some people always radiate a smell of freshly baked lasagna. After the consultation has concluded, choosy snouts can capture their particular perfume design in a 1-ounce spray container or one dram roller filled with essence oil.
DSH displays a breezy, serene space decorated in teal- and silver-colored walls with pops of sandwood tan hues. Gaze upon the wooded shelves stocked with delicate eye-droplet bottles as smell factories kick into high gear for an eclectic sniffing experience.