Bios Apothecary, perfume making and skincare and haircare teacher

Bios Apothecary

Bios Apothecary

location_on New York City

local_activity classes and kits: Perfume MakingSkincare and Haircare

5.0 (34)
Instagram followers2k

B A H Y - O H S
1. noun; the science of life or living matter in all its forms and phenomena 2. verb; one's life, course, or way of action

Our Ethos:

We strive towards “Sattva” (Sanskrit for purity), a concept in Vedic philosophy which refers to healthy, nutritious and clean products which purify the body.

We blend organic and food grade ingredients with therapeutic grade essential oils selected for their aromatic qualities and medicinal properties.

Our products are designed, manufactured, and packaged in-house and are free of toxic chemicals, parabens, GMOs, artificial scents, colors and dyes.

Our products are mostly vegan and never tested on animals. We make every effort to avoid inflicting harm on any sentient being or the natural world.

Each item is made by hand in our Brooklyn studio and distributed in collectable glass apothecary bottles produced with up to 40% post-consumer content.

We favor locally grown and harvested botanicals and donate a portion of each purchase to sustainable urban agriculture initiatives in the New York City area.

Classes and kits




Isabelle Alves Jun 2024

This class was so fun. The teacher guided us through the perfume making process carefully and made sure we understood each step. We had a lot of fun and would definitely come again!

Perfume Making class review by Isabelle Alves - New York City

Elizabeth Chang Jun 2024

My friends and I had a wonderful time making our individual perfumes. Instructor was very nice, very pretty atmosphere and plentiful selection to choose from. Highly recommend this class.

Teacher's response

Thanks for your review, Elizabeth! We are so happy to hear that you and friends had a wonderful time making your own perfumes in our class. We're glad you enjoyed the atmosphere and the wide selection of scents to choose from. We appreciate your recommendation and look forward to seeing you soon!

Shawnelle Dsouza May 2024

Really fun experience! The actual process was simple but they have a really wide collection of notes to use in your perfume. We were there for a while and didn’t feel rushed which was great! And I love the perfume I got to take home

Teacher's response

Thanks for your review, Shawnelle! We are thrilled to hear that you had a fun experience creating your own perfume. We're glad you enjoyed exploring our wide collection of notes and that you didn't feel rushed during the process. It's awesome to hear that you love the perfume you took home! We look forward to welcoming you back soon.

Tracy Gillooley May 2024

My daughters and I had a great experience figuring out our scents everyone was happy with there perfumes.thank you for great service

Teacher's response

Thanks for your review, Tracy! We are thrilled to hear that you and your daughters had a great experience finding your perfect scents. It's wonderful to know that everyone left happy with their perfumes. We appreciate your kind words about our service are glad we could assist you. We look forward to seeing you again soon!

Rea Rustagi May 2024

Great intimate perfume making experience. I liked the variety of scents and the option to make a roller vs spray perfume.

Teacher's response

Thanks for your review, Rea! We are so pleased to hear that you enjoyed creating your own intimate perfume. We're thrilled that you had a great time and hope to see you again soon.

Quanhong Li May 2024

Great experience,lovely staff, extensive scent collection, need to try if you’ve never done it. Strongly recommend!

Teacher's response

Thanks for your review, Quanhong! We are thrilled to hear that you had a great experience and that you enjoyed our extensive scent collection. We appreciate your recommendation and look forward to welcoming you soon!

Jacqueline Darvin May 2024

Michelle is lovely, as is the space. I had a wonderful time and am super excited about my fragrances. I highly recommend this experience and plan on returning with friends!

Teacher's response

So nice chatting with you on Friday, thanks for coming in!

Molly Dignam Apr 2024

It was great! The employee helping us was wonderful help, and my friend and I had a great time.

Teacher's response

Thanks for your review! We hope you enjoy your new fragrance :)

Julia Dibenedetto Apr 2024

Izzy was fantastic and very knowledgeable! Great experience at Bios Apothecary and will definitely come back!

Teacher's response

Thanks for your feedback Julia! So glad you had a great experience, we look forward to seeing you again.

Reese Jackson Mar 2024

I loved my experience. Very cute and intimate place yet was too romantic just right.

Stephanie Araujo Jan 2024

I booked this experience for my sisters, belated birthday and a date with our mom. The staff was super friendly and knowledgeable about different blends and plant herbs. The process was made super easy and simple. We were never rushed, even though we did go past our allocated slot time. Overall, it was totally my scene being a cosmetic formulator, but it was a whole new and exciting experience for both my mom and sister. My sisters words, “ I didn’t know I was into things like this. Thank you so much for booking this. I would definitely come here again.”
And I have to agree totally worth the shot, & animal cruelty and guilt free.
There were many different scent fragrances that I really loved. I ultimately had to make hard decisions on what I was going to go with that complimented each other. Definitely booking again soon! I’m excited to see what else I can make with what’s available and I love.

Teacher's response

Thanks for your review! We are so glad you enjoyed your experience and look forward to having you back soon.

Brittni Weiss Jan 2024

Overall great class. A very fun and enlightening experience. Will definitely be back and recommend others.

Teacher's response

Thanks for your review, Colleen! We are thrilled to hear that you had a fun and enlightening in our class. We can't wait to have you back and we appreciate you recommending us to others. See you soon!

Sharlene Brandt Jan 2024

Amazing experience, teacher was very patient and generous! Loved that I could customize my bottle. Will be coming back :)

Cheryl Epstein Dec 2023

We had a fabulous time trying to make cologne. We had teenage boys who are into men’s cologne so this was fun chemistry in action. Great day!

Sabrina Cook Dec 2023

Was a very fun experience! The shop has so many interesting fragrances and it was organized in a way that kept it from being too overwhelming. Our instructor was helpful but also gave us space to explore. The wine was a nice touch for sure.

Sonja Weber Nov 2023

I had a beautiful experience, the teacher was lovely and I’m happy with the result <3 thank you so much!

Roxanne Moadel-Attie Nov 2023

3 ClassBento workshops attended • 3 reviews

This workshop included theory on perfume-making and a review of 50 perfume oils derived from natural sources. We were given a perfume bottle to fill with a combination of perfume oil drops after selecting a combination of oils. BIOS also provides flower petals and gemstones to add to the perfume bottle for decoration.

DIY Perfume Making Class review by Roxanne Moadel-Attie - New York City

Samantha Ferrufino Oct 2023

2 ClassBento workshops attended

Had a great time for our team bonding activity! Hostess made it fun and educational. Everyone loved their perfumes.

Samantha Cohen Sep 2023

No revisions! Incredible experience all around. My team absolutely loved it! The instructor was amazing.

Ivana Andersen Aug 2023

2 ClassBento workshops attended

It was fun and i learned a lot and created a beautiful perfume i wear everyday

Amber Smalls Aug 2023

Nancy was amazing accommodating and informative. I absolutely loved the class and will do it again! When my perfume was not what I expected towards the end she helped me level it all out to PERFECTION! Thank you for this experience, highly recommend!

Perfume Making class review by Amber Smalls - New York City

Kerry Gilder Jun 2023

Very helpful despite my novice level of knowledge and an awesome experience. Awesome perfume at the end as well.

Gina Partite Jun 2023

Had a great time with my team! Energy of host could have been higher to make experience exceptional, but overall a fun event and something different!

Make Your Own Perfume at Home review by Gina Partite

Edwardo Hodgson May 2023

This workshop was really cool and a lot of fun. Very educational & would highly recommend as a nice date activity.

DIY Perfume Making Class review by Edwardo Hodgson - New York City

Seymond Raggs Mar 2023

Good job,keep bringing in students to your classes.have a great day.wonderful time there.

Dennéil Larmond Jan 2023

Michelle was really attentive and detailed. She answered all the questions I had in a knowledgeable way and made me feel welcomed. The venue was equipped with all the materials we could possibly need for our class and spacious enough for students to work. All the materials that were provided were adequate for the task at hand. There were even ingredients that are usually hard to find that I was quite happy to work with. The class was a very valuable experience and I learnt to make natural perfumes.

Mahashraya Sundararaman Jan 2023

Nancy was a patient and fun teacher - we learned a lot about how scents were crafted and my friends and I loved the fragrances we made :)

Perfume Making class review by Mahashraya Sundararaman - New York City

Eileen Becker Dec 2022

We attended a DIY perfume making class this week with a group of my colleagues for a small holiday gathering. We had a fantastic time - our teacher Michelle was knowledgable, helpful and flexible. Overall we had a great time and would highly recommend!

Anne Arundale Dec 2022

Our instructor was the best, clear, fun, knowledgeable and engaging.
The venue is just gorgeous, the material provided is of the best quality, such a special experience! I highly recommend

DIY Perfume Making Class review by Anne Arundale - New York City

Jessica Caballero Oct 2022

Had a great time! loved the class, highly recommend! If you like perfumes this is the class for you and your loved ones!

Jessica Caballero Sep 2022

It was such an awesome experience, I had so much fun with my friends and I’m obsessed with the perfume I made! The teacher is really great too, she’s super informative and really helpful and very welcoming! I definitely recommend this place and will definitely be coming back. After smelling my perfume, my husband wants to go and make his own!

DIY Perfume Making Class review by Jessica Caballero - New York City

Stephen Williams Sep 2022

2 ClassBento workshops attended • 2 reviews

Michelle provided a wonderful experience for our corporate event that took place onsite after-hours. Communication leading up to the event was seamless and she led with a great deal of attention and care when discussing our interest and needs. All that attended have been raving about how much they truly enjoyed their experience. We're looking forward to working with Michelle and Bios in the future!

Matthew Talmage Jan 2022

Context: workshop gifted to me by my partner because she knows I like to swing by cologne counters and check out offerings. Andbest gift EVER!
Michelle lead our workshop with much info, ease and aplomb! She started out with a few slides with information on perfume structure and scent categorization then quickly pivoted to passing around and smelling scent samples from their collection. We smelled a dizzying number of scents (I had to re-up on the mimosa 1/2 way through) as Michelle explained how each was derived/extracted; its characteristics and behavior in relation to other scents; and common pairings/combinations. If we liked the scent we dipped our tester strip into the sample and kept it at our workstation.
The next step was to use our sample strips to come up with a combination we liked and create our own perfume. I appreciated her encouragement for creativity and intuition on our part during this process as much as she was willing to make suggestions when asked to do so by one of my fellow workshop mates.
My group was small (7 total), diverse, friendly and engaged; overall, a very relaxed, friendly atmosphere that Saturday morning. Our workshop leader, Michelle, provided tons of information but avoided lecturing, listened intently to and provided answers to questions throughout the workshop. I had a great time immersed in smelling and designing. It reminded me of wine tasting where you set aside time to compare and explore with one of your senses--but here you walk away with your own creation! If you're at all curious or interested in scents, perfumes, colognes, I highly recommend this workshop.

Genevieve Lynch Dec 2021

Phenomenal class! I took my 14 year old goddaughter, 16 year old daughter her friend. In two hours we got an in-depth lesson on how to structure a perfume. We were able to sample more than 50 different unique natural essential oils and then craft our own signature scent in a pretty bottle that we even customized further with dried flowers and gemstones. It was such fun - it even included snacks and wine! Highly recommended!

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