I would like to get my hands on first-hand news for new brands, events or hidden gems at ION Orchard. And after this ION Insider workshop, I have three to recommend.
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The showroom is neatly categorized based on lifestyle – outdoor, bedroom, study, kitchen etc.
Nearer to the entrance is the outdoor range where you can find your ice cooler, picnic tables, plates and even portable grills etc! The Picnic Cooler (above in red) looks so chic and handy, and it even comes with bottle opener. Nice. You can also spot the Table In A Bag at the bottom rack, which is actually a portable folding table.
One of the featured products is the Hickory Wood BBQ Grilling Plank, imported and made in USA. Grilling your meats on it will give them the smoky barbecue flavour! The instructions are also engraved at the back, in case you didn’t know how to use it.
We spent quite a bit of time in the kitchen section because it was huge. Lots of glassware in interesting shapes for juices, cordials and water, it’s perfect for parties and weddings. There is also a rack full of useful kitchen tools such as the cute 3-in-1 Avocado Slicer by OXO. They also have garlic chopper, herb mincer, strawberry huller and the cherry pitter.
I thought the showroom layout was brilliant because they would place a product like the Egg Platter next to a cookbook that will guide you to make the perfect deviled eggs. Saves me (the shopper) time by helping me locate the right book for the right tool.
In the middle of the showroom facing the cashier counter is the small gifts section. Here you can find items like candles, totes, flasks, ring dish and journals. I highly recommend this section for your Christmas shopping.
The dining setups are lovely, and here you can look for inspirations for your dining area with a large selection of drinkware, dinnerware and serveware.
Colour up your rooms with bold, vibrant placemats like these!
Entertain friends and family at home with your very own popcorn tub and cooker.
Bakers will appreciate the fine selection of baking tools they carry, such as mini ramekins, reversible double griddle, and cast iron mini cocotte.
My eyes are set on these chairs for my parents’ place as they are moving house now.
Go further into the showroom and you’ll be able to find other accessories like lamps and study desks.
Crate & Barrel is located at #04-21/22, and #03-25.
Our third stop is also on level 4. Next to the escalator you will see VOM FASS. This German company offers exclusive cask-aged vinegars, exquisite oils, select wines, spirits and liqueurs and, direct from the cask.
Although the shop space is a little tight, you can still see barrels of liquor stacked against the walls when you enter.
On the other side of the room are racks of flasks containing sweet liqueurs, gourmet vinegars and oils.
We got to try the popular Elderflower Liqueur, which tastes really nice and sweet almost like lychee!
For cooking or making salads, you may want to try their Waldburg Star Apple, which is sooooooo good. It turns out that it is a preparation of concentrated apple juice and apple vinegar stored in oak cask to give that intense fruit aroma.
The best part about VOM FASS is that you get to customize the bottle. If you don’t think you need that much quantity of any liquids in the shop, you can opt for smaller bottles and come back for a different refill every time with the same bottle.
An example here is a pre-packaged mini bottled whiskeys in five different flavours (you can mix-n-match your own).
They also have unique flasks and glass bottles suited for special events like F1 (see above race cars in the flasks!) and you can print names on the bottles. I would say these are perfect for gifts if you want a more personal touch.
Before we left, we were also shown a beautiful pink vodka with gold flakes displayed in a diamond bottle.
P.S. You can request for just the gold flakes to be added in your desired liquor.
VOM FASS is located at #04-25.
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Our last stop for the day is one level down at Penhaligon’s! Penhaligon’s is the place to go to if you’re looking for luxury, one-of-a-kind perfumes and gifts for your loved ones.
After a short introduction by the gorgeous Caroline (she’s so pretty seriously), our group was split into two. In my group, our experienced perfume consultant was Shafiq (I didn’t have to photoshop his picture because he is naturally good looking :O). He told us to describe ourselves or the scents we like in three adjectives before letting us smell the different scents in their collection.
I chose fresh, fruity, sweet.
My favourite turned out to be Vaara (top pic), which is a celebration of Jodhpur, created by Bertrand Duchaufour for His Highness the Maharaja Gaj Singh II. The fragrance is meant to capture the colorful spirit of this fascinating part of India. It was a balance of fresh, fruity, sweet, with a bit of musk.
All fragrances come in two sizes, 50ml and 100ml. You may also notice the signature fragrance bottle is still the original design from more than a century ago: clear glass with a distinctive ribbon-wrapped stopper. Special scent like the Iris Prima has a genuine leather label, very nice touch I must say. The Sartorial and Endymion are gentlemen’s favourite, for the sensual yet sophisticated modern man who appreciates the English tradition.
The shop is well-decorated and the shopping experience was really pleasant. It’s nice to have someone guide you along, explaining the stories and ideas behind each scent.
At Penhaligon’s, they specialize in Scent Profiling, where the consultant build a profile based on your likes and dislikes, personality, background, how you usually dress, what kind of fragrance you’re looking for and what you would like your fragrance to say about you. You are then introduced to a selected group of pre-scented fragrance spills, and from there the choices will be narrowed down to The One.
Penhaligon’s also recommends Fragrance Layering, a technique to lock down the fragrance down to the skin and making it softer and longer lasting. Scents should be applied in the following sequence:
– Fragrance bath oil
– Spritzing fragrance onto skin
– Applying hand and body cream
– Dusting talc
I once knew a friend who smells so good throughout the day (yep I secretly keeps smelling her when hanging out), I’m guessing that’s what she did because I always see her carrying and applying scented lotion.
Ladies, they also have a very nice area where you can take pictures, as demonstrated below hehe:
Penhaligon’s is located at #03-16, next to the escalator.
I love the colorful plates from Crate & Barrel (saving them for my new house!), gourmet liquids from VOM FASS and a travel atomizer with the scent of our choice from Penhaligon’s. 😀
On a closing note: Chermaine, thank you for the invitation!
2 Orchard Turn, Singapore 238801
How to get there by train: Red line, Orchard station