The ability to smell is essential to man, telling him when to shower, alerting him of fires, and enabling him to sense fear in freshly baked cookies. Reward your sniffer with today’s Groupon: for $50, you get a Signature Scent Creations session for two including a pair of classic square atomizers or antique-style bulb atomizers at Aroma Workshop (a $100 value).
Aroma Workshop—a custom fragrance boutique that has graced the glossy pages of Lucky, Self, and Chicago Magazines—aids visitors in creating their own signature fragrances using more than 100 scents and the staff’s odiferous expertise. Newcomers begin the fragrance-concocting process at the scent bar, where they’ll survey an array of sweet smells such as freesia, kiwi, and white magnolia and a lineup of Pure Essential Oils including lemongrass, patchouli, and rosemary. Aroma Workshop’s experts help guests to pair harmonious scents to concoct unique potions for dabbing on wrists, spritzing on necks, and splashing on front lawns to mark territories. Completed fragrances funnel into 4-ounce classic square atomizers or 2.2-ounce antique-style bulb atomizers and can be taken home the same day.
Founded by love-struck artists and aromatherapists, Aroma Workshop understands that the redolence of romance is often summoned in the fragrance of flowers, the balm of bonbons, and the calambac of ladders built by budding romantics who never forget that the way to the heart is through the nose.
Before opening Aroma Workshop with wife Liz Muckley in 1993, Tedd Neenan pursued his love of nostril charming by earning an aromatherapy certification under Dr. Kurt Schnaubelt at the Pacific Institute of Aromatherapy. Neenan's scent expertise informs the store's selection of more than 100 perfumes and essential oils, which customers can mix to create a signature scent during a process that Where magazine calls "quick, painless—and lots of fun." After customers, including a Groupon Guide writer, name their new trademark fragrances and enter them into the store's scent-o-dex for future recall, they can transmit the scents into perfume oils, colognes, or dozens of skin and bodycare products, thereby eliminating the need to stitch pine cones to their blazers to smell fresh. Neenan's neat shop—its wraparound glass shelves are stacked with vials and bottles––has also attracted the keen noses of Lucky, Self, and Chicago magazine reporters, who note its extensive selection and expert staff, which includes a professional perfumer.
2050 North Halsted Street
Chicago, Illinois 60614