"This is so different from every other party I went to growing up — which were never about me," she marveled. "I like having my own party."
Balhoutis, a documentary filmmaker, developed the shop’s seven signature scents after immersing herself in six years of aromatherapy research. The 28-year-old also sells custom-made scents that retail at the daunting price tag of $700 an ounce.
As guests like Liz Goldwyn and Shiva Rose McDermott sniffed the ready-made wares with names like Fair Verona and Lyric Rain, director Ridley Scott surveyed the scene, apparently taking notes for his latest film, titled "Perfume."