Blending Bash with the Scentual Mixtress

Many of you know that I am both a beauty maven and a foodie, so its no wonder I was super excited to attend a Blending Bash at KleanSpa in MindfulNest in Burbank (a super cute store that showcases artisanal designers). I was invited to attend this fab soiree by Jennifer AKA the Scentual Mixtress (LOVE that!) Jennifer is a goddess with beautiful energy and a NOSE (meaning that she really knows the art of smelling and combining fragrances in just the right way.) She is also the creator of KleanSpa, a beautiful line of handcrafted beauty products that are definitely worth checking out.

Jennifer recently began hosting these super fun monthly Blending Bashes at MindfulNest (usually on Sunday Evenings) where you have the  opportunity to formulate your own signature fragrance. During this inspired event, you are able to create, blend and walk away with a roll-on perfume and an extreme moisture shea lotion in a fragrance of your own creation. And to enhance the appeal of this event, KleanSpa usually partners with local restaurants and caterers so that you have the opportunity to sample yummy eats and drinks during the gathering. All this fun and creativity for a mere thirty five bucks! And as an added bonus, you can shop the unique assortment of artisanal items at MindfulNest too.  

During the bash, you  have the unique opportunity to work one on one with this Masterful Mixtress and custom blend your own signature fragrance. The process goes something like this: First you tell the Mixtress what types of fragrances you like and then you start sniffing to see what you like and what you don’t. If you get desensitized she has coffee grinds nearby too. Once you have a few fragrances you like, the Mixtress starts pairing the notes that go well together and eliminating those that don’t and then she starts combining your fragrance–making sure you have the right elements of a good base, middle/heart, and top notes. You sniff along the way to see if it smells good to you or if you want more of one scent or another until you get it just right. Jennifer expertly guides you through this process, so you feel confident and supported in creating something sophisticated and delicious.

Then you put on your apron and mix your custom scent into a luscious creamy shea lotion and give it a name. This whole experience totally appeals to both my beauty and foodie side! I created my Sultry Sassy Spring Blend with notes of  Fern, Fig, White Tea, Pomergranate, New Cucumber, Grass, and Ginger Milk—Green, fresh, slightly fruity, and the ginger adds a little spicy sultriness to the blend and I LOVE it! 

This was such a fun, scentual, creative experience and I highly rec giving it a sniff and a whirl  if you live in the LA area. And if you don’t live near by you don’t have to miss out on these fab products either, because from now through May 2010 Romy Raves Readers get 20% off all products at by entering the code ROMYRAVES20

And as a special treat, I am also doing a Blending Bash GIVEAWAY for you and friend ($70 Value!) , so you both can having the pleasure of creating with the Mixtress. All that you need to do for your chance to win this fabulous scentual experience is become an email subscriber of Romy Raves   AND  a Fan of the Romy Raves Facebook Page  AND post a comment on this blog post telling me what your favorite Spring/Summer fragrance is and why you love it. That’s all you need to do. I LOVE comments and want to encourage my readers to regularly post comments and share your thoughts. This contest will end at midnight PST on Monday, May 3rd, 2010. The winner will be selected using You must live in the Los Angeles, CA area in order to take advantage of this regional prize and only one entry per person.  Good Luck!


  1. Romy,
    I finally went to the Mindfulnest to experience the blending bash that I won from your blog site. I ended up taking by teenage daughter and the two of us had such a fun night out. Jennifer Hardaway, one of the owners, who actually works with you individually to create your own custom sent, is just lovely and very patient. My daughter and I created two totally different scents, mine I called “Delightfully Delicious” and it makes me want to eat my arm right off with a blend of vanilla, brown sugar and maple. My daughter developed a unique sent with a bit of floral undertones, ginger and citrus. While we were waiting for our turn, we enjoyed wine, cheese and crackers and browsing around her store, which sells unique gift items and jewelry. I was pleased to learn that they just opened another Mindfulnest store with an even bigger blending area in Santa Monica on Main Street. What a fun way to have a party or take someone for their birthday.

    Thanks so much for having such a great blog to share all these new places with us

  2. Bonnie Rubin says:

    This sounds like so much fun. I love all of your great information. I am also a fan of your facebook page and a subscriber!

  3. Cardinal Robbins says:

    I think my all-time fav scent is anything with ginger as a top note. I love plumeria and if I won the tickets to the blending bash, I’d see if the Scentual Mistress could work those two scents into something I’d cherish.

  4. my fav scent is lavender vanilla, but I love it year round.
    .-= Rachel´s last blog (Review – Gift guide & Giveaway) =-.

  5. You know I love perfume – I’m surprised I hadn’t heard of this company already! I’ll have to check it out.

  6. Wow- great site!! I’ve never heard of this but would love to try!

  7. Heather L. says:

    I’m sorry I missed this… This is right up my alley. I must go check it out. I have in mind my fav scent.


  8. Cardinal Robbins says:

    That sounds delightful! I missed that one and would LOVE to attend the next one. I found out about MindfulNEST through the Burbank Leader and had to go in and see their Klean products. Have you tried their cube-shaped soaps? Oh, wow — Beach House smells just like the plumeria trees in Kauai.

    I got my sister some of the milk bath, since she’s a home health RN and is on her feet a lot. She loved it! It would be so much fun to go to a Blending Bash to make her something — she deserves it so much.

  9. Sounds delish! Did you know that there are two distinct scents that men and women find to be an aphrodisiac? Pumpkin pie spice and Good’n Plenty candy!! Which is which??
    .-= Swirl Girl´s last blog ..The One Where She Just Needs to Get Back on The Horse =-.

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