Scent is so closely related to your memory that many couples are now looking to create bespoke fragrances for their big day. It’s widely reported that Kate Middleton requested her favourite Jo Malone fragranced candles; Orange Blossom, Grapefruit, and Lime & Basil for her wedding. Many, “normal” (for like of a better word) Brides choose a perfume specifically for their wedding and wear the scent again on select occasions such as their anniversaries and valentines day to transport them back to their big day.
I was recently lucky enough to attend two bespoke fragrance experiences. One was candle making at the Earl of East London and the other was to create my own signature scent with the Experimental Perfume Club (EPC) in London. Both experiences were loads of fun and the finished products so amazing I thought it would be rude not to share. Both places offer really hands-on workshops that you could either do one-on-one or as a bigger group that could be perfect for a hen do.
First up was candle making at the Earl of East London. It would be amiss not to first shout out the beautiful studio space they have and the fantastic coffee. The shop is full of beautiful interiors and well worth a browse.
They start the session by talking about fragrance and the memories it can trigger. You then start brainstorming the sort of memories, colours and ideas that you want to evoke via your perfume. I went for recreating a lazy early morning relaxing in Bali on my honeymoon with the smell of Jasmine in the air. You’re then let loose to play around with fragrance combinations before pouring your own gorgeous soy candle. As someone obsessed with candles it was great to create my own and to have something a little different and unique in my collection as a conversation starter.
The EPC offers a range of workshops and we took part in a quick 1-hour overview which began with us smelling various fragrance groups; floral, green, wood, etc and then ranking them in the order of preference. The idea was to mix 3 of your faves and then add one or two ‘accent’ scents.
I have never found a perfume I am 100% in love with. I have lots of perfume I really enjoy wearing (Byredo’s Rose of No Man’s Land being my recent fave) but nothing I feel is my signature. Perhaps the reason for this is that my favourite smells were Floral, Oriental/Amber and Wood and these are rarely combined together as a threesome. With an added addition of some green and spicy notes, I have created the most perfect (in my opinion) powdery, sexy, floral with a hint of smoke scent I have ever smelt. My husband agrees its the nicest perfume I now own. Rather gutted to have only made a small 12ml vial so I can safely say that I will return to refine the fragrance a little and get myself a 50ml bottle. I’m obsessed and can’t stop smelling myself!
What are your thoughts on a bespoke fragrance? Would you have one made? What’s your favourite fragrance?