Vasse Virgin

The Barossa Valley may be known for its fabulous wine, but a new business building its home in one of the region’s most historic locations is proving to be a treat for the senses in a different way.

The 1880’s Seppelts vinegar house is now a temple to olive oil  – and just about everything you can make with it.  The enterprise is called Vasse Virgin – Vasse being a place near Margaret River, the original home of the business, and virgin being… well, the purest of olive oils.

The range of all-natural soaps and body-care products here is vast, but their beginnings were very simple – 25 years ago, founders Louis and Edwina Scherini lived on a farm in Western Australia, and were struggling to find natural products for their three kids with severe eczema. So, they created their own.

Vasse Virgin now produces a wide range of pure plant-based skin products, but also invites visitors to create their own scents in a fun and fascinating perfume workshop.

First, participants have a practice run with eau de cologne, to learn how to choose a balanced blend of essential oils. Edwina explains about top, middle and base notes, and which categories the various scents fall into. There’s a heady array of scents to choose from, and it’s vital to write down how much of each essential oil goes in, because it’s a very precise art.

You can book in for a perfume masterclass like this, or a lip balm workshop and come away smelling like roses.

You’ll find Vasse Virgin right next to Seppeltsfield Winery, it’s open 7 days a week – but bookings are essential for workshops and masterclasses. It’s a very different treat for the senses in the beautiful Barossa.