I was pleasantly surprised upon my return to St. Martin (Dutch and French West Indies) after being away for several years to find that a new and interesting activity was available at the Tijon Perfumerie & Boutique in Grand Case (French St. Martin).
At a destination were most activites have to do with sun, sand, and sea, it was a refreshing change to have to use my brain, albeit only for a few hours! I made an appointment with the owner/operator of Tijon, John, who very quickly confirmed my enrollment in their Perfume Making 101 Class. All communications were by email, and were efficiently answered, so that I could plan the rest of my time.
The 101 class consists of a three- to four-hour morning or afternoon. It begins with a history of perfume making, and then, to get the smelling senses ready, some time to sniff some of Tijon's classic scents, to fine tune one's personal likes and dislikes.
Then it was off the lab! Donning our lab coats to avoid having oils spill on our clothing, we then began to mix our own special fragrance. Choosing from over 300 different oils, we began mixing and matching, utlimately making three or four different scents in our session. Of course, as in any lab undertaking, taking copious notes of what we were using and in what quantities was essential. Towards the end of the session, we picked our best scent, and then made a whole bottle of perfume......with a little help from John of course.
All in all, it was a wonderful afternoon, and one that I highly recommend for anyone visiting St. Martin. And if a visitor were to stumble upon some rainy weather while in St. Martin, this is one activity that won't be interrupted due to weather!
I personally like my own private blend and am wearing it daily. What's really nice is that Tijon keeps all the personal secret ingredients on file, and I can order another bottle whenever I'd like--either to pick up on my next visit to the island, or sent directly to me!
I highly recommend a visit to Tijon for a class, or just to "nose" around in the boutique!
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