Thursday, June 22, 2017 This Week's Paper

Fragrance blending bar blooms at Laughing Lotus

In the days of scrimping, saving and cutting back on life’s luxuries, the Laughing Lotus has introduced a product that allows locals to indulge without breaking the bank.

Cyndi Sorrell, business partner of the local craft jewelry and gift store, launched Tacoma’s newest fragrance blending bar at the shop this month. The bar allows customers to sample and blend more than 30 scents to create custom bath and body products.

The process begins with a naked, scent-free lotion, body mist or shower gel base made of hemp seed or goat’s milk. From there, the fragrance possibilities are endless.

“We want to make it a personal experience,” Sorrell said. “Customers can take their time and play.”

For those needing a little assistance, Sorrell and her team compiled information about each scent, and provide tests and surveys to help customers find their true scent. Consultants will also be on hand to answer questions and help guide the experience.

“It’s really about having fun,” Sorrell said.

When Sorrell is in need of a little pick-me-up, she usually goes for soaps or lotions.

“I consider it a small luxury when I don’t have a lot of money and I want to do something for myself,” she said.

One of Sorrell’s favorite haunts for the past two decades has been the Soapbox, a boutique bath and body shop in Seattle. The shop inspired her to create something similar for people in Tacoma.

With so many bath products out there, Sorrell said Lotus’ bar is unique for two reasons.

“We work hard to get the fragrances as true to the natural scents as possible, so they are not chemical smelling,” she said.

The tests and literature add another element people won’t get elsewhere, she added.

“I haven’t seen anything like that anywhere else,” Sorrell said.

As the bar continues to grow, Sorrell hopes to introduce more scents, add essential oils, and possibly host blending parties for special occasions.

She hopes younger girls and men catch on to the fragrance bar craze, too.

“This should be a place that’s not intimidating and high pressure,” Sorrell said. “It’s a place where you can come play and enjoy simple, small luxuries.”

Laughing Lotus is located at 3013-B 6th Ave. in Tacoma. For more information, call (253) 627-0522.