It’s not always easy to find a fragrance that smells good on you. And what smells good on someone else may not smell good on you at all. That’s because the ph balance on everyone’s skin is unique to them which is why bespoke fragrances are such a necessity, rather then a luxury, for perfume lovers.
But having a bespoke fragrance is prohibitively expensive for most people (me included). A bespoke fragrance can start from around £5,000 and that’s a very conservative figure, generally, they are in the thousands. And it’s not enough to simply offer a pre-mixed base, as that isn’t really a bespoke perfume. There are a lot of companies out there who promise a true personalised perfume but then make you choose from pre-made blends that have been made by a perfumer which they then label as bespoke. Well it’s not.
A bespoke perfume is one that takes into consideration, not just your likes, but your dislikes, the way you want the perfume to make you feel, or who you want your perfume to make you become. Because perfume also has the ability to transform a person, to make them become the person they want to be – to play a role.
It is this transformational power that makes it not just mysterious, but powerful too.
Since most of us cannot afford the luxury of a signature scent, perhaps a beautiful compromise is to attend a perfume workshop and make your own?
Our next perfume workshop, where we will be teaching delights of Oriental Perfumes, will be on Saturday 27th May.
Tickets are buy one bring a friend for free, and include prosecco and cake. Get your ticket and reserve your space now! https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/oriental-perfume-making-workshop-with-prosecco-and-cake-tickets-33149324522
Last weekend was our Spring Perfume Making Workshop where I taught a workshop on Spring inspired Perfumes in a beautiful space above a jewellery shop in Hatton Garden.
We drunk prosecco, made some beautiful perfumes and generally made merry – it was a really relaxing, beautiful day and my guests said that they had really enjoyed the experience (infact one of them had even travelled all the way from Munich to attend!). Flattering indeed.
And for me, well to be honest it didn’t really feel like work at all. I really enjoy teaching and though I don’t know everything I enjoy the process of teaching, learning and being taught. Indeed, these ladies had some things to teach me as one was an aromatherapist, and the other a natural skincare maker. It IS nice being in the presence of likeminded fellows. Since our theme was spring we concentrated on making scents that were floral, green/aromatic and/or citrus and I really think we achieved this. The ladies were certainly very happy with their creations.
So since this Perfume Gift Experience seems to be going so well (and since I’m a little bit obsessed with it), I think I will continue!
I have just organised my next workshop which this time will be on Oriental Fragrances.
Oriental Fragrances, along with Florals, are one of the most popular types of fragrance and so I thought it would be a great idea to do a workshop using some of the sexiest aromatic materials around. Think dusky woods, musks, sensual florals and spices.
I love Clerkenwell so I decided to host the workshop in Clerkenwell again, close to Hatton Garden, Sadler’s Wells and Exmouth Market.
If prosecco, cake and perfume making sounds like a good idea to you then why don’t you come along?
Tickets are available on Eventbrite
As you know, scent is a passion of mine. I will not pretend to deny the contentment and happiness a pure and beautiful fragrance brings.
On Tuesday 21st March it was National Fragrance Day. In the fragrance industry this is generally celebrated by lots of fragrance brands having promotions, giveaways and sales so never wanting to be left out I thought I’d jump on the band wagon by offering a little something of my own.
On Saturday 1st April we will be hosting our Spring Perfume Making Workshop and we are really quite excited! Located in London’s famous jewellery quarter Hatton Garden along with complimentary prosecco and freshly baked cake, we will be making perfumes with a spring theme (namely fragrances that are floral, green or citrus). It’s a course that’s popular for complete beginner perfumers and perfume connoisseurs alike.
It was originally priced at £85, which was still very good value but now it has gone down (for a limited time only I should hasten to add), at a steal of a price of a mere £40!! This is in part to celebrate National Fragrance Day and in part to celebrate Mothers Day.
So if you’re wanting to know what it would be like to be a perfumer for the day, or just if you are slightly curious as to what Neroli, Amber or Vetiver smells like, then please come and join us in this fun and interactive perfume workshop this Saturday. It promises to be both fun and informative.
Tickets are available to buy on Eventbrite or from our website.
Get your ticket now or forever hold your piece! 🙂
Following the success of our last Perfume Making Workshop, we have another one planned for Spring.
In our Spring workshop we will be making bespoke fragrances with a distinctly spring-like feeling, so there will be fresh, green fragrances, florals and citrus fragrances.
All materials for this workshop are provided including Essential Oils and a complimentary notebook to record your formula’s. We will also be serving prosecco and freshly baked cake!
Date: Saturday, 1st April 2017
Location: Hatton Garden (full address and access details will be sent after booking)
Price: £85 pp
For more details and to buy tickets please visit our website
“Make me a Fragrance that Smells like Love”
This Saturday 11th February I am going to be hosting a Valentine’s inspired Perfume Making Workshop and it’s wonderfully exciting!
When I first started learning about Perfumery some years ago, it was partly the love for the complexity and beauty of the oils that seduced me but also the mystery of this elusive and magical art. The thought of being a perfumer to me was very romantic. And somehow forbidden, because back in the days a Perfumer was to be also an alchemist, an aromatherapist, and a sacred person.
Perfumery has always been a very secretive profession and there are only a smattering of Perfumery Schools these days who even teach it. I was lucky in that I was interested in learning mainly about natural perfumes (most of the perfumes you buy these days are made with chemicals) so I was able to find a local course teaching perfumery by a very eccentric Chinese perfumer and botanist who seemed reasonably delighted with my amateur creations. I was hooked.
What I always wanted to do however was make bespoke perfumes for people. It’s why I started making candles, to assuage my need for creating fragrances, and why I started The Secret Scent Société and why I finally, after finding the right space to do it in, have started offering Bespoke Perfume Making Classes in London. In this respect I think I’ve finally found my calling.
The first event is in London with the theme of Valentines Day which means different things for different people, but for me it definitely means flowers! So we will be making perfumes with a variety of different essential oils (as it’s a natural perfume making workshop), and people will be smelling, selecting, building, and blending their very own creations on the day.
I’m really excited about offering this experience to people and I look forward to doing many more in the future!
If you would like to know more, are thinking of coming along or know someone who might like being a perfumer for the day then forward this onto them!
Limited tickets are available to buy here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/valentines-perfume-making-workshop-tickets-30845865815
Learn the ancient craft of Perfumery with The Secret Scent Société in our brand new Perfume Making Workshop in London’s glamorous jewellery quarter Hatton Garden.
Using a collection of pure essential oils with expert guidance and attention, you will get to create a unique and natural perfume that is beautiful and harmonious to take away with you on the day.
We will be serving refreshments including Champagne and Cake.
This unique experience is a great way to learn a little about the history of Perfumery, discover a new skill and connect with other Perfume lovers. It’s perfect for beginners and connoisseur alike and a perfect treat for your Valentine!
In this workshop we will be concentrating on the love theme, so think soft florals and decadent woods. All are welcome.
Limited tickets are available to buy online from Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/valentines-perfume-making-workshop-tickets-30845865815
See you there!
Design and create your very own Natural Perfume with the help of The Secret Scent Societe’ Master Perfumer. Our hand blended Artisan Perfumes will be made using a blend of high grade Essential Oils that are safe for the skin and your environment. Working with these luxurious natural ingredients you will be able to create a Fragrance that is 100% natural and compliments you perfectly giving you a true taste of what it means to wear your own Signature Scent. This experience is perfect for Hen Parties, Bridal Showers, Birthdays or as a one to one consultation.
What will happen on the day?
You will learn about the History of Perfume, Blending Techniques, Fragrance Families and get to smell and choose the Aroma Blends for your Perfume. Once your Perfume has been created you will name it!
This fun and interactive experience is hugely enjoyable and informative, providing you with a unique insight into the mysterious world of Perfume and a beautiful natural fragrance to take home with you.
Where are the experiences held?
Your Bespoke Perfume Party will be held in a Central London location or it can be held in your home (London only) – and if you invite a group of friends then you will get your Bespoke Perfume free!
Prices start from £60. Please contact us for more information: email@example.com