Whether you're tired of BYOB painting classes or simply looking to try something new this year, Roosevelt Row's Revera Beauty has a pretty sweet DIY activity.
The locally owned boutique specializes in all-natural bath and perfume products and offers custom perfume-blending classes for those looking to get more hands-on with what they put on.
Led by Revera business partner and in-house aromatherapist, Violet Brand, the custom blending classes are offered at either the store location (with a maximum of four students per class) or off-site for larger parties. (Brand and her business partner Susan Kerr have a travel kit for the just the occasion.)
Revera's perfume classes run about three hours long, which seems daunting at first, but, trust us, the time flies by.
Brand starts each class with casual introductions: names, reasons for attending; and most importantly, favorite scents. After making detailed notes about each person's aromatic preferences, Brand takes her students through an informative -- and rather fragrant -- sampling of nearly every ingredient Revera has to offer.
In the first hour of the class, students sip hot tea and take in whiffs of lavender, patchouli, and a number of scents. Brand takes this time to give facts about the origins, usage, and complementary pairings of each scent sampled.
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Once students have picked their favorite scents, Brand gets them hooked up with a sort of My First Chemistry Set. It's at this point she brings out the wine, immediately making the whole experience better than any high school science class.
As students drop, shake, and blend their personalized perfumes, Brand provides a complimentary bottle engraving with your choice of title (e.g., PHXCulture by Jackalope Ranch). After each custom-blended perfume has been bottled, the personalized formulas are kept on file for future refills.
In-store classes cost $100 per person ($80 per person if you purchase as a group of 3 or 4) and include a bottle of custom-blended perfume to take home. To sign up for an already scheduled class or to make an appointment for a larger group, visit the Revera website or e-mail the shop at firstname.lastname@example.org.