We'd like to invite you for a little digital excursion, an e-visit if you like. We’re taking you on a behind-the-scenes photographic expedition of the three flights of our beautiful Block Arcade premises. The tour starts now!
Visitors to the Collins wing of Melbourne’s iconic Block Arcade tell us that they smell our boutique before they see it. You never know which Essence Blend you might smell puffing from our famous diffuser upon entering The Arcade.
The elaborate contraption out front of our store was designed and built by our founder Nicole’s son Lachlan (pictured at bottom). It’s made using a one-of-a-kind Portuguese essential oil distil, industrial-strength fragrance diffuser and a powerful cold-steam humidifier. The two most common questions we get about it are: “Why isn’t it hot?” and “Can I buy it?”…
When founder Nicole (pictured above) was designing the interior, she noticed a patch of brickwork where the existing plasterboard had chipped off. Having gained the blessing of Arcade management she proceeded to have much of this plasterboard removed to reveal the gorgeous original brickwork below. The arch visible below was formerly a walkway to the adjacent store.
Although quite a challenge on a daily basis for our staff, the original staircase is just stunning. The chandelier and shelving were actually transplanted from our previous store in Maling Road, Canterbury. Bizarrely, they all fit just perfectly. This store was meant to be.
Perhaps not the prettiest of our spaces, the mezzanine level (pictured below) is a highly functional one critical to the day-to-day operation of our brand. Here, we store our inventory for the shop below and pack our internet orders. Whenever you place an order on our site, one of our team quickly gets to packing it. All of our shipping packaging is recyclable and biodegradable. We’ve recently implemented the EcoBin colour-coded waste disposal system site-wide. This makes it easy for us to properly recycle any waste we produce. The pedal-controlled machine on the left of the bench unfurls reams of our honeycomb paper packing mesh.
We’re so thrilled to showcase this space. In the midst of one of Victoria’s lengthy 2020 lockdowns, we took a leap of faith and leased a gorgeous light-filled studio space directly above our store and mezzanine level. It’s a totally separate title and accessed through a different door. Nicole actually wanted the studio before even entering having fallen in love with the door and handles!
When moving in, The Arcade elevator - which is conveniently located next to our studio door - was being replaced. Everything in the studio had to be taken the long way around from the Elizabeth Street entrance. It was a logistical nightmare and quite the workout to say the least.
Formerly the home of the renowned Van Der Toorren photographic studio, the space is just perfect for the production needs of our growing business. Every Essensorie product is now handmade in this studio with love by Nicole and Lachlan.