I’ve heard time and time again lately that one of the best ways to bond and grow as a couple is to pick up a shared hobby - to create something together, have something new to discover and discuss. I think the same thing can be said of how to date in current society. It’s not just about dinner and a movie anymore, it’s about a more involved, shared experience…maybe with some wine or beer to help things along.
Here at Scent & Sip, we have come across a ton of couples creating scents together, and having a ton of fun! Whether it’s a sweet, loving couple who encourage each other and create a scent together or a quirky, snarky couple who enjoy egging each other on, everyone ends up finding their fun over wax and wine. We tend to be pretty good at meeting you wherever your energy is at, and are happy to give you as much help or as much freedom and independence as you want.
Looking for a first date idea? Is it your turn to choose the date? Are you tired of dates revolving around restaurants and you’re looking for something not primarily involving food? (I know I am, is that just me?) Here are some tips if you are curious about having a date night at Scent & Sip or want to improve your next date night experience:
If it is that thought that counts then handmade gifts are the best. How to approach it can be nerve racking for some. The key is to keep it thoughtful. Here are some quick tips on how to give the gift of scent.
1) Keep it personal. Create a scent that creates a sentiment that you want to share. How do you do this - First, think of a personal experience that brings you happiness, joy or peace. Is it baking cookies? Trimming the tree? Enjoying a mimosa on the beach at sunrise? We all have them, think of yours and recreate it with scent! Next, convey that message with your personal label. Let the recipient know why this is special to you. This gift creating approach works well for teachers, coaches, hostess gifts, and your work friends.
2) Total Recall. Thanks to our neuro receptors, our sense of smell is our longest lasting of all our sense memories. We all have those moments we share that are surrounded by scent. It could be the smell of cedar, tobacco and a clean shave that reminds us a Grandpa. Maybe it's the smell of the ocean with a hint of caramel popcorn that brings you back to that time in Ocean City. Is it the smell of roses and hydrangea growing in Mom's garden? Think of a special memory of a person and recreate it. They will be brought right back to that place with you every time they experience this highly personal scent blend. This is the most scentimental of all the approaches and is perfect for those special people in our lives: Your BFF since grade school, family, dear-friends, and your significant other.
3) Funny always works! First, let me say that just because it is funny doesn't mean shouldn't smell good. Bacon & Whiskey is wonderful! Looking for a great bathroom scent - anything with a strong citrus will work. All the single ladies love a "mandle". Some of the more memorable Scentables include Daddy Issues, Not Tonight, Tonight is the Night, Repellent, Coffee High, & Hoppy to see you. I will let pictures do more of the talking for this one...
4) Gift Cards Rule! I admit it, normally I am not a fan of giving gift cards. I like to shop too much :) A gift card that I get to have an experience with someone is different. So, if you are still hesitant to create a personally scented gift, get them a gift card for Scent & Sip. In the card just let them know that you would like to share this experience with them. See you then!
What's the best smelling gift you have received? We want to know!
5 blends to try with Clean Freak
Let us know what you have used with Clean Freak! We would love to know what you think of it.
5 blends to try with Apple Ale
Let us know your favorite Apple Ale scent blend! We would love to hear from you.
5 blends to try with Bourbon
I would love to hear what you have concocted with Bourbon! I don't love the drink but I sure do love the fragrance.
All you Bamboo lovers, I would love to know your favorite blends. Please let us know what has worked for you.
5 Blends to try with Awapuhi
I would love to hear your favorite Awapuhi blends! This is one of our more popular in-store fragrances. Let us know what you think.
5 Blends to try with Race Fuel
Please let us know if you have used this fragrance and what you thought! This fragrance may not be our most popular but it sure does get people talking.
If you have had the drink or used the smell - I would love to hear what you think!
5 Blends to try with Straight Razor
If you like a soft, masculine scent - we do not think you can go wrong with this choice. Have you used this one? We would love to know what think!
5 Blends to try with Vetiver
If you are thinking of crafting your own cologne, this is a must try! Please let us know if you have used this and what your thoughts are. We would love to hear from you!
Designing your fragrance may seem daunting to some. Don't worry about a thing! Here are some helpful tips to get you started.
1) Determine how, when and where the scent will be used. Is this a personal fragrance item, like a lotion? A body mist for a special occasion? Or are you shooting for a reed diffuser for the bathroom? We think of fragrances differently for different uses. The answer to these questions will begin your scent journey.
2) Start with what you love.I know, you probably want other people to instantly love what you do and if they don't it can be worrisome. The truth is that we all born with different scent preferences and then build upon those preferences with every memory made. There is no universally loved smelled. Statistically, Vanilla is the most loved scent. That's not to say that everyone loves it. We have had plenty of guests let us know that they didn't care for it. Assuming that you are making this for you to enjoy - start with what you love.
3) Mix it up.Start by pairing an opposite scent type with your favorite. These types of blends will highlight each scent. When you get it right - both will shine.
Next, pair your favorite with something similar. Generally, you will get a rounder blends where you don't smell the lines as clearly between the fragrances.
From here, pick a path and run with it! Mix in a third fragrance to see if you can make it even better! A 3 fragrance blend is where most people end up. This isn't a rule, it is just where we are seeing our scentologists find their perfect personal fragrance creation.
There is no "wrong" way to create your scent. Do what smells great to you! Have fun & enjoy the experience.
5 Blends to try with Agave
We would love to hear from you! Please share your thoughts on this fragrance below.
5 Blends to try with Lace
We would love to know how you have used this fragrance! Please comment below.
5 Blends to try with Butter
Have you used Butter fragrance in any of your blends? I would love to know how it worked out!
5 Blend to try with Bubble Bath
I would love to if you have used our Bubble Bath fragrance and how it worked out!
5 Blends to try with Cannabis
Let me know what you think of this one! Would you use it in blend?
Imagine yourself opening up that little seasoning packet in your favorite soup from college. That is this scent exactly! It is a little freaky at first. It is loaded with dashes of garlic, basil and cumin mix with a dry sage base note to create an appetizing fragrance. Now, where are the noodles?
Personally, I am not lover of the food smells - but I do not judge! If a bubble bath full of flavor makes you happy - go for it!
5 Blends to try with Ramen
Please let me know your thoughts on this one!
5 Blends to try with Slate
I would love to hear from you if you have use this one! Truly one of my favorites. I guess I love a good smelling man :)
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