Step back in time for a delightful afternoon or evening when you join us at beautiful Rock Ridge Farm just outside Meredith Village, NH. Wander the enchanted gardens, sip a cup of hot tea in the tea nook, browse our books, put on an LP from our great collection, view the work of local artists, and create your very own "signature scent" with the help of Tamsan, a master perfumer who has made perfumes for celebrities, writers, artists, musicians, professors, lawyers, doctors, chefs, trades people, crafts people, mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, uncles, aunts, kids, a queen, and 22,000 others of all professions.
Rock Ridge Farm is beautiful in every season...
Essense originally began as a perfume oil workshop called Body Scents in Woodstock, New York during the 1970s. After moving to Martha's Vineyard in the early 1980s, it became Essence Natural Perfumes, making its home among the front porch shops of The Colonial Inn located in Edgartown, Massachusetts for two decades. In 2001 Essense of Martha's Vineyard quietly nestled itself into a custom-built Caribbean style green tin-roofed "shack" among the scrub oaks next to the Manuel F. Correllus State Forest in Oak Bluffs.
Essense was the first and original perfume-blending bar on the island of Martha's Vineyard. After 42 years, three owner/perfumers and five location changes, Essense remains an essential perfume apothecary-style workshop to create body scents and perfume oil blends.
A personal note from the current and third owner/perfumer of Essense:
From 1991-2011, I mixed perfumes on the island of Martha's Vineyard, creating thousands of "secret recipes" for my customers Although I often created perfumes for exclusive clientele, as I evolved and matured, I realized that my favorite customers are "everyday" people. The experience of creating a signature scent for themselves or others, gives people a memorable and much needed break from the whirling chaos of noisy, busy lives. I love the harmony created by mixing the perfect perfume for each person. Essense customers, who wish a brief creative "time out," can make themselves a small vial of joy. As one of my favorite writers, Diane Ackerman, asserts in her book, A Natural History of the Senses, "when we give perfume to someone, we give them liquid memory."
In 2012 Essense relocated to historic Rock Ridge Farm, circa 1796, on the outskirts of Meredith Village. Near the shores of Lake Waukewan, The Snake River, Lake Winona, and Lake Winnipesaukee, the new home of Essense Parfumerie is the 221 year-old post and beam barn that used to be a county dance hall. The barn, with the original maple floors still intact, has been newly renovated with reclaimed barn wood and beams, to incorporate the Essense perfume bar, so that it resembles an old-world apothecary.
Please come visit Essense soon. Email Tamsan@Essense.com for directions. We look forward to seeing you!
Essense is now open by appointment only until May 2017.
Essense will reopen for the 2017 season on Memorial Day Weekend, Thursday, May 25th. Hours will be Thursday-Saturday, 12 Noon-6pm. Other days and evenings, 12 Noon-8pm, by appointment only or by private party. Closed Sundays. For appointments, private parties, or mail-orders, please call and leave a message at 800-332-6315 or email Tamsan@Essense.com.
I love that you take the ancient and the spiritual and put it in a bottle. That is way too cool! I just love these rare and magic things, it doesn’t get better than this. Tamsan is a divine alchemist. —Gretchen B., Bisbee, AZ
ROCK RIDGE FARM outside Meredith Village on the other side of Lake Waukewan PO Box 689 ~ MV, NH 03253
Essense Parfumerie at Rock Ridge Farm is open Thursday ~ Saturday, from 12 Noon ~ 6 PM Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day weekend. Other days or evenings, and other times of the year, by appointment only. Closed Sundays. Mail-Order All Year. Please call Tamsan at 800-332-6315 to leave a message, or email: Tamsan@Essense.comcom Mail-order is available year-round.
The memory is the perfume of the heart. ~ George Sand