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When Cindy Dassinger Vasilas moved her Scented Studio to 3437 S. Broadway, it made Englewood home to a unique business where staff assists customers to create their own unique fragrance.
“When I decided to make fragrance creation my career, I searched to see if there were similar businesses,” the Centennial resident said. “I found a few businesses but all of them helped customers create fragrances that were used to make specific products like bath oils, perfumes or soap. We offer customers the opportunity to create their own fragrance that can be placed into any of our home, bath and body products."
She said no formal training was available, and neither were owners of other shops she could ask about setting up and operating the business. So she did an extensive amount of reading and even then, a lot of the lessons were learned by trial and error.
“It is a matter of training the olfactory senses to respond and be open to detecting a wide range of fragrances,” she said. “Basically the primary skill is to have a nose for fragrances.”
People coming into the Scented Studio are greeted by staff members who tell them about the cabinets filled with prepared products.
An individual who wants to create his or her own fragrance then joins a staff member at the oil table, where there are more than 500 fragrant and essential oils to choose from. There are floral oils like rose and orchid, sweet oils like sugars, and clean oils like mountain meadow and rain.
A small amount of a client's oil choices are placed on small fragrance strips so the person can smell the combinations of scents. When the client decides on his or her fragrance, those oils are used to create the body or bath product or products the customer selects. The cost for using the chosen oil to create a product can range from $19.95 to more than $100.
Client Mindy T. created her own unique fragrance at the oil table on Jan. 13.
“I am visiting my daughter, we found this shop and I decided to check it out,” the Dallas resident said. “I really didn't know what to expect but it was a great experience. The staff was so helpful and I am really pleased that I have now created my own unique fragrance that will be used to make bars of soap.”
She said it was a fun experience that she would recommend to anyone.
Dassinger Vasilas said another option is the workshop. The clients watch a video about how personal fragrances are created. Then they are provided 22 oils and staff members assist them as they pick up to five scents that will be used to create their unique perfume or cologne. The cost of the workshop is $55 or $75 per person depending on the size of the bottle chosen.
Whether you create a scent with the workshop or at the oil table, all formulas are kept on file for future orders.
“We have also become a popular bachelorette and bridal shower party location,” the owner said. “We feel that the appeal is our services are unique and probably not like other party themes. Those coming to the party can bring their own refreshments and we play the music they like to enhance the party atmosphere.”
Dassinger Vasilas said one surprise was Scented Studio's services also appeal to men.
“We thought we probably 20 percent of those who take advantage of our services would be men,” she said. “The surprise is that about 49 percent of our clients are men.”
The Scented Studio opened in Cherry Creek mall area. After six years, their building was scheduled for demolition and the decision was made to move to the Broadway location in Englewood. The business opened in the new location in May 2017.
“We are glad to be in Englewood and just love it here,” she said. “We were welcomed to Englewood by city officials and other merchants.”
She added that return clients are a big part of the business and getting the word about what the studio does is because it offers a unique service.
Ever since coming to Englewood, she says business has been doing great especially with booking private parties.
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