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Sensory Tours June 21-23 At Annie Oakley Perfumery In Ligonier

TheAnnie Oakley™ Perfumery in Ligonier is hosting its annual Aromatherapy Open House June 21-23. Free sensory tours and essential oil education sessions will start promptly at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., and 2 p.m. each of the three days at the Annie Oakley™ Perfumery Studio, located at 300 Johnson Street in Ligonier.

Annie Oakley owner/founder Renee Gabet invites guests to come experience “a creative, fun and educational excursion.” In addition to taking an Aromatherapy Sensory Tour, visitors can shop a large selection of pure essential oils, pre-mixed natural perfumes, as well as skin care and spa products. They will have the opportunity to create their own unique natural body mist, room spray and/or body oil, products that promote “happiness and wellbeing,” according to Gabet.

During the sensory tours, visitors will learn about the healing qualities of aromatherapy and pure essential oils and how they can be used to enhance their daily life. Guests will meet with Annie Oakley™ perfumers and sample a variety of organic, aromatic raw materials from around the world. Visitors also will have the opportunity to browse the Annie Oakley™ Gift Shoppe, which will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day, and enjoy refreshments compliments of Annie Oakley™.

All visitors of the Aromatherapy Open House Tour will receive a free gift and can register for a chance to win Annie Oakley pure essential oils or one of the firm’s stainless-steel Aroma necklaces. In addition, the first 50 Open House guests to use the code phrase “Stops Bugs Now” will receive a free bottle of Annie Oakley’s Don’t Touch Me Outdoor Body Spray. This all-natural spray, which is made with pure essential oils, is ten times more effective than DEET in repelling bugs, and also is child and pet safe, according to Gabet.

For up-to-date details on the upcoming Aromatherapy Open House, visit the Annie Oakley™ Perfumery Facebook page. Tour groups are welcomed, but should call 260-894-2016 in advance to set up a specific tour time.


The Annie Oakley™ Perfumery and Studio facility can be accessed from State Highway 5 as it travels north out of Ligonier. Look for signage directing visitors to the studio at 300 Johnson Street, which is east of S.R. 5. More event information and a map can be found on the firm’s Facebook page at

Annie Oakley™ Enterprises is an American success story. Founded by Hoosier entrepreneur Renee Gabet in 1980, Annie Oakley™ has grown from being a home-based business to a world-class perfumery selling millions of bottles of its various products, which include natural and organic fragrances along with pure essential oils and body products.

In 2011, the firm opened the Annie Oakley™ Perfumery Studio to provide tourists to northern Indiana’s Amish country with a rare opportunity to view a perfumery operation and learn how Annie Oakley™ fragrances are created, blended and bottled. The company was named 2012 Innovator of the Year for Northeast Indiana by KPC Media Group and it has been featured on national tourism websites and blogs.

Travel feature writer Malerie Yolen-Cohen, who writes for publications such as National Geographic, Traveler and Newsday, named the Annie Oakley™ Perfumery Studio as being among the “Top 15 Destinations” along U.S. Route 6. She called Annie Oakley™ “a little slice of Provence in the Midwest . . . imbued with fragrant panache.”

Annie Oakley™ products are sold nationally and internationally through more than 1,000 retail locations. Private group tours can be scheduled by e-mailing Tours or by calling 260-894-7219.