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, cousins, daughters, sons, kids, teens, even a queen ~ as many as 22,000 wonderful humans in all ~ of varied 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 very first original "indie" perfume-blending bar in New England, located on the island of Martha's Vineyard for 3 decades. After 45 years, 3 owner/perfumers and 5 location changes, Essense remains the authentically essential perfume-oil apothecary-style artisanal perfumer's workshop ~ an indie parfumerie ~ to help Essense customers and everyday purveyors of scent create one-of-a-kind, unique, original signature-scents, Essense custom-blended "essenses."
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. It took a year to remodel the historic barn that houses the "new" Essense. Near the shores of Lake Waukewan, The Snake River, Lake Winona, Squam Lake, and Lake Winnipesaukee, Essense Parfumerie at Rock Ridge Farm is inside the 223 year-old post and beam barn that used to be home to: cows, ballet dancer's summer camp, the county dance hall, race horses, and 30 years of antiques. The barn, with the 1940's maple dance floors still intact, has been newly renovated with reclaimed barn wood and beams, and antique wagon-wheel chandeliers, in order to create an atmospheric backdrop for Essense Parfumerie's perfume "bar," in a historic setting, now resembling an old-world apothecary of previous centuries.
If you'd like to visit Essense soon, please email: Tamsan@Essense.com, for driving directions. Sometimes my customer's GPS systems will mistakenly guide them to the opposite side of the lake. With so many lakes, rivers, and mountains, decorating in The Lakes Region, it's easy enough to get lost; but it's usually worth the drive, if only for the area's remarkable topography. Looking forward to meeting some of you, and possibly mixing-up some fanatically fragrant sumptuous scents!
Essense reopens May 23rd for Memorial Weekend, 2019.
Essense will reopen for its 46th season on Thursday, May 23rd. Hours are Thursday~Saturday, 12 noon~6 pm. Other days and evenings, by appointment only. Closed Sunday & Monday. For appointments, private parties, or mail-orders, please call and leave a voice-mail message at 603-677-7244, 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
ESSENSE PARFUMERIE AT ROCK RIDGE FARM outside Meredith Village on the other side of Lake Waukewan bordering The Snake River GPS: 48 Waukewan ROAD New Hampton 03256
The Snake River
The "Essense Barn," early 1900's
ESSENSE PARFUMERIE at Rock Ridge Farm is Open Seasonally Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day Weekend Thursday ~ Saturday Noon ~ 6 pm Other days & early evenings available by appointment only Closed Sunday & Monday Year-round mail-orders & appointments Text or call 603-409-2799 Email: Tamsan@Essense.com
The memory is the perfume of the heart. ~ George Sand