Sporting a fine scent is the best way to attract potential mates without wearing expensive designer magnets. Safely send signals with today's Groupon: for $49, you get a 30-minute perfume making class from Sweet Anthem Handmade Perfumes, hosted by Knows Perfume in the West Seattle junction.
Meredith Smith, professional perfumer and owner of Sweet Anthem Handmade Perfumes, divulges the secrets of achieving olfactory opulence. In a 30-minute session, students will learn the core smellological principles behind creating stunning fragrances, such as perfume composition, terms, and ingredient volatility, and the senses explore the intricacies of botanical essences and synthetic materials. After the instruction, skilled sniffers can put Smith's tutelage into practice, fusing three ingredients to concoct 7 milliliters of personalized potion that can help you stand out in a crowd and get your love letters to the editor opened.
Each course comes with a handy how-to guide that reinforces the concepts covered in the session, and it ends with a casual Q&A session set in Know Perfume's blend of 1920s-style architecture and modern furniture. Classes are limited in dates and size to ensure individual attention and familiarity with one another's musk, so be sure to sign up in advance; click here to see course schedules.
Meredith Smith (previously Tucker) of Sweet Anthem Handmade Perfumes has revealed some of her secrets on Indie Fixx. Nine Yelpers give Knows Perfume and its space a perfect average of five stars, and more than 350 Facebookers like Sweet Anthem Handmade Perfumes.
- 100%, home run. – Kira T., Yelp, 1/8/11
Sweet Anthem Handmade Perfumes
Horseradish vodka and salty pops of red caviar mingle with cigar smoke, baked apples, and freshly plucked orchids. One of Sweet Anthem’ signature fragrances, Anton’s scent is as heady as the concept behind it. Meredith Smith derived the musky fragrance from her honeymoon in Russia, and each note recalls a specific place and time from her trip. “Fragrance is evoking an idea—it’s creating something out of nothing,” explains Meredith. “Fragrance leaves, evaporates, and I want those fleeting moments to be evocative of the inspiration behind it.”
This olfactory philosophy inspired all of her signature scents, which she compounds and bottles by hand in her atelier. Her fragrances shirk the stereotypical floral notes, instead incorporating unusual notes such as tobacco, tomato leaf, and sarsaparilla.
Meredith’s meticulous attention to detail extends to her apothecary itself: tiny glass vials occupy wooden nooks, and long metal tables serve as workspace for her perfume-making classes. In addition to classes, Meredith empowers customers to concoct their own scents with DIY kits and private appointments that teach the fundamentals of perfumery, such as figuring out ingredient volatility and determining which nostril regulates the ability to love.