As my sense of smell STILL isn’t fit for fight (it’s victim of what might either be one mastodont, 2 months and still going strong, cold, or 4-6 consecutive smaller ones) I’m holding off the perfume today. Instead, I want to share a little something I’ve discovered recently. I think I’ve already mentioned that my dayjob has moved and I now work in a different area, close to the very center of Stockholm. To get to know the surroundings I try take a small stroll every lunch break. No special destination, just pick a direction and see what happens. And that’s how I stumbled uppon Stockholms Aeter & Essensfabrik - or in English, ”The Essence Factory”.
This is a 4th generation family business, specializing in spices, spice blends (some for food, but most of them for making schnapps), essences and etherical oils. They also carry a wide assortment of hard-to-find baking ingredients, teas and even a few home blended perfumes. The interior looks like straight out of a museum, but it’s in fine working order.
The brown bottles on the top shelves are all perfume oils. They are very concentrated and made me all dizzy as I tried smelling them straight from the bottle. I think all perfumistas have at some point toyed with the idea of make perfume by oneself (I know, I have), so I’m so happy to have found a place like this where I can actually smell the ingredients beforehand and not have to order blindly from the Intenet.
A visit to Essensfabriken is highly recommended! It’s situated at Wallingatan 14, 111 24 Stockholm (close to Drottninggatan). And if you’re visiting it close to lunchtime on a workday, pop me a mail before and I’ll come and hang out as well
Images: www.essencefabriken.se and my own.