Departing the cruise terminal, you will be transferred to the French side of the island, St. Martin, during an approximately 30 minute scenic drive.
Upon arrival at the fragrance shop and small "factory" you will receive a brief introduction to the captivating world of fragrances by the staff. If the Nose, an affectionate term for the lead perfumer, is available, you will get a chance to meet them as well. The "factory" staff's job, is to, through keen knowledge of a large variety of fragrance ingredients, alone or in combination with other fragrances, to make a magical fragrance creation.
On this St. Maarten excursion, you will be shown how perfumes are made, from the layering of scents, through to how they are bottled.
With the process explained, you will then begin the process by choosing from 12 pre-mixed oils. To this, you will choose up to 3 additional oils from a collection of more than 300 scents to fine tune a fragrance soothing to your nose. You will be given three attempts so you can compare and choose your favorite one.
The one you choose will then be sealed into a 1.8-ounce bottle for you to take home along with a gift bag of Tijon products valued up to $45. You will also have an opportunity to browse the perfumes, in addition to lotions, soaps, candles, sunscreens and cosmetics made in the "factory." What better way to remember your day in French St Martin?
Reviewer: Haley Boles
We took a cab straight from the cruise terminal to their store and when we entered we were immediately greeted by the owners themselves! While we were there, there were a couple of tours that came through that were partnered with the cruiseline but they didn't get to actually come in the lab like we did. You get hands-on experience making your own perfume, a goody bag when you leave, and the knowledge that you never have to worry about running out of your perfume because they save your recipe after you leave. I can't recommend this excursion enough.
Reviewer: Laurie A. Watkins-Rios
Absolutely loved, didn't think hubby would enjoy, both of us had a great time. John and wife were perfect host. Would recommend and do again!
Reviewer: Scent Mixologist in Training
An amazing chance to see how perfumes/colognes are made. My wife and I made a date of it and had a blast. The group tried some ""base"" scents and then smelled numerous essential oils overtones to find out what we liked. We also learned of some existing perfume combinations and then were able to test our own creations by mixing various drops of essential oils before choosing a favorite...which we made into our own take-home perfume or cologne.
Reviewer: Travel fever
Incredible to wear and have comments about a fragrance u created.
Reviewer: Shannon The Cruiser
This was an awesome experience. My sister and I went and made our own perfume!! It was really fun. I would do it again if I am in St. Marten. Thank You John