Before signature perfumes were invented, lost explorers could only be found with milk carton ads and aura sniffing search dogs. Swap your whistle for an attention-getting signature scent with today's Groupon: for $30, you get a Simply Elegant perfume making session at Opal'z (a $60 value) in Palo Alto.
The scent specialists at Opal'z assist budding aroma artisans in concocting one-of-a-kind perfumes from dozens of essential and fragrance oils. The Simply Elegant scent safari launches with a lesson on the basics of perfume crafting with a professional fragrance guide. Guests then design a signature fragrance with either an alcohol or dry oil base that gets carefully poured into a choice of different spray, roll-on, or dab-on bottles. After naming the scent, proud perfume parents can bring the labeled bottle home to meet its jealous older siblings. Opal'z keeps your unique fragrance recipe on hand for future visits, last minute gifts, and late night essential oil cravings. The by-appointment-only perfume making sessions take place in a small group or individually depending on demand.
Fragrance and essential oils lace the air at the Opal'z studio, where soapmakers, candle-craftsmen, and perfume-concoctors spill secrets. Steam billows and nostrils sing as guests fill soap and candle molds with colorful, custom-scented potions. After consultations help them home in on the perfect fragrance, customers alchemize scents and take home glass bottles of their one-of-a-kind scents. Single-session workshops, summer camps, and parties gather aspiring artisans, while a boutique of kits and mini-soaps keeps home studios stocked.