So. It’s over. And it went rather well actually.
The part I was most worried about – losing my voice, never came to pass, as I was given a microphone to use for the workshop.
I had never visited the London Transport Museum before, so when they approached me about doing a Perfume Workshop for the launch of their new exhibition I was both excited and flattered. When I arrived there I was at once impressed by the size of the place – it was huge, not to mention the artifacts and various modes of transport in the museum. I got a brief look inside the gallery too, and what I saw was great – huge, colourful pieces of artwork from as early as 1910 to present day, and all done by women. What a privilege. I was going to be hosting my workshop in the Design Gallery which they had set up with me with some easels with the artwork on, a table and chairs cinema style, a fan and a microphone. I still had absolutely no idea how I was going to be able to talk to people for 3 hours but I had told myself that I was going to try to relax and just enjoy it. And enjoy it I did!
After introducing myself and providing a little background about The Secret Scent Société and how it all began, I told them some Perfume History and then let them smell some selected perfume ingredients. Afterwards, I began blending.
I had created 3 perfumes especially for the occasion: A Green scent to describe the woody, earthy, mossiness of Mabel Attwell‘s “Country Fair” artwork. A glamorous Floral to describe the glamour and excitement of Freda Beard‘s “Molesey Regatta” and a Floriental, to describe the exoticism and vibrancy of Jennie Tuffs “Kew Gardens”. I was happy enough with the fragrances that I had created but of course it was the process that was most enjoyable. Through the evening I made the perfumes from scratch in front of a live audience who then got to take the perfumes away with them on a scent strip to refer to in the gallery whilst they perused the artwork. It was a really fun way of making perfume and I would love to do it again!
Here are some descriptions of 2 of the pieces of artwork that I created for the Poster Girls event:
Jennie Tuffs, Kew Gardens
“An exotic, sensual take on a floral bouquet, this perfume showcases the vibrancy and beauty of sweet blooming flowers with a sophisticated fusion of soft, powdery florals and an exotic Amber base.
With radiant top notes of Bergamot and Sweet Orange, this fragrance delights with a romantic and timeless heart accord of Jasmine, Rose and Ylang Ylang, before it’s opulent base of Amber, Sandalwood, Vanilla and Patchouli arrives”
Freda Beard, Molesey Regatta
“An intensely floral and feminine fragrance, depicting the glamour, elegance and joy de vivre of a fine summer’s day at the Regatta, opening with a lusty burst of Grapefruit and Lemon, with sensual heart notes of Tuberose and Neroli, before drying down to a soft wood and sheer musk base with hints of Sage, Pink Pepper and sweet, rich Blood Orange”
Mabel Lucie Attwell, Country Fair
“Green and aromatic, with middle notes of Juniper, Galbanum and Sage, this natural fragrance opens first with a fresh accord of Petitgrain and Linden Blossom, before Frankincense makes it’s entrance, giving it a magical and luminous quality before mellowing into a woody, earthy and mossy base of Oakmoss, Vetiver, Cedarwood and Benzoin”
Considering this was my first time hosting a workshop in this format, I felt I handled it pretty well.
I received lots of positive feedback following the workshop, from people saying how much they learnt and how much they enjoyed the experience and enquiries from people interested in booking on one of my Perfume Experiences so definitely think it was worth doing and I had lots of fun doing it! In addition, and perhaps most importantly, it provided me with a challenge and gave me some ideas about what I could do in my own workshops: Art & Scent Therapy anyone?