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The Perfume Studio Experience

Last Saturday I joined the likes of Britney Spears, Jo Lo and Beyonce in an exclusive club.

No I didn’t release a single. Trust me the world does not need to hear me sing. My friends are still cringing from the time I sang A Whole New World at karaoke and I wasn’t even drunk. No the club I’m talking about is the creating your own perfume club.

Yes I made my own fragrance.

I was a very lucky gal to have been given this as a gift and all I had to do was pick a time and a place. Hosted by The Perfume Studio there are a range of perfume experiences you can choose from at a location that is most suitable for you. Living in Liverpool and being quite lazy I chose the Malmaison Hotel in Manchester and so early Saturday morning I was off on the train channeling my inner celebrity and thinking perfume thoughts.

Cava at the perfume studio experience, manchester

Held in groups of around 25 we were all greeted with a glass of Cava, whilst Freda our Perfume Studio Stylist provided us with insights into the wonderful world of perfumery and explained how we would blend the different perfume notes to create our own signature fragrances.

All of the blends on offer at the masterclass have been exclusively chosen by the master perfumer Francois Robert and you get to sample each one whilst their properties and ingredients are explained to help guide you to a scent that’s completely unique.

perfume blends at The Perfume Studio experience, malmaison Manchester

perfume blends at The Perfume Studio experience, malmaison Manchester

at home perfume making kit The Perfume Studio experience, malmaison Manchester

We were taught the importance of each type of note from base notes that provides longevity, middle notes which set the tone of the whole fragrance to top notes which although fleeting are very memorable.

It was so interesting to see how one person would smell a blend and immediately love it whilst another would pull a face of disgust. However, that is the most important thing to remember when creating a perfume, you can choose whichever blends appeal to you. Whether you’re feminine with florals or prefer something more warm and sensual, a personalised fragrance is exactly that, personal.

I went for the “go with the flow” approach to choosing my components. Very un-me but I wanted my perfume to evolve as I created it and not allow myself to try and create a preformed scent that I already had in my mind. Boy was it difficult.

You can pick as many blends as you want but the classic combination is one of each, Base, Middle and Top notes. After smelling each one about a gazillion times, I was as daring as I’ve ever probably been in my life and went for two bases, a middle note and a double dose of top note!

So if you’re ever in the Liverpool area and you pass someone who smells of “An opulent oriental accord that opens with zesty bergamot infused with subtle spices and ends as a warm, sweet, resinous blend along with An intense yet powdery bouquet of bold florals including jasmine, ylang-ylang with the distinctive scent of alluring tuberose rounded off with full-bodied sandalwood.” then come say hello!!

The Perfume Studio experience, malmaison Manchester

making our final perfumes The Perfume Studio experience, malmaison Manchester

If creating a unique perfume wasn’t hard enough, it was time to think of a name.

Obviously mine had to be A Love Affair with Beauty but others on my table were very inventive with names such as Me by Me, Selfish and Panty Dropper. Mmmmm doesn’t that sound lovely!!

It was such a fun day made even more special with a walk through the Festival Gardens back in Liverpool. It was unseasonably warm but one of those perfect Autumn days where the sun shone through the golden leaves creating the perfect memory to associate with my fragrance.

Festival Gardens Liverpool, The Perfume Studio experience, malmaison Manchester

Festival gardens Liverpool, The Perfume Studio experience, malmaison Manchester

Festival gardens Liverpool, The Perfume Studio experience, malmaison Manchester

Festival gardens Liverpool, The Perfume Studio experience, malmaison Manchester

Festival gardens Liverpool, The Perfume Studio experience, malmaison Manchester

You can book a fragrance experience direct from The Perfume Studio or from Virgin Experiences and once you have created your perfume, the formula is kept online in your own fragrance library so you can re-order with ease whenever you want. Plus once you’ve had the opportunity to sample all of the scents on offer you can go online and create as many different perfumes as you desire. A Love Affair with Beauty perfume collection here I come!

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  1. October 22, 2017 / 7:16 pm

    Wow!! That is literally the coolest thing ever! That must have been so interesting to learn about how all the top and bottom notes work. I really want to smell the perfume you created! I wonder if they offer the experience in NI as I’d really love to create a ‘PaleGirlRambling’ fragrance!
    PaleGirlRambling xo

    • A love affair with Beauty
      November 1, 2017 / 7:41 pm

      It was a really lovely gift! Unfortunately I think the nearest place is the Isle of mann but you can also buy sets that don’t have quite as many fragrances but are still a good price and make your own fragrance at home! A PaleGirlRambling perfume would be great! xx

  2. October 22, 2017 / 7:24 pm

    OMG, this sounds absolutely fantastic! I would love to make my own perfume! It would probably smell of cinnamon ahah! lucky you! xx corinne

    • A love affair with Beauty
      November 1, 2017 / 7:42 pm

      A cinnamon perfume would be amazing plus perfect for this season! I just bought The Body Shop Vanilla Chai mist and it is cinnamon vanilla goodness!! xx

  3. October 22, 2017 / 8:04 pm

    This sounds amazing! I’ve always wanted to do something like this as I’m so picky with fragrance. A little bit jealous 😂.

    • A love affair with Beauty
      November 1, 2017 / 7:43 pm

      I know exactly what you mean. I dislike so many popular fragrances so to get the chance to make my own was so much fun xx

  4. Alicia (UnderBeautysS)
    October 22, 2017 / 8:09 pm

    This sounds great! I just wish I could smell it lool, I will defo check this out it sounds like an awesome personal experience and I love the idea of creating your own fragrance xx

    • A love affair with Beauty
      November 1, 2017 / 7:44 pm

      Definitely have a look. It’s obviously not cheap but not majorly expensive either and I had a fantastic time and a fragrance to remember the occasion xx

  5. October 22, 2017 / 8:10 pm

    Wow this is such an amazing idea! I loved the way you wrote this post too and to be honest your perfume sounds right up my street ❤️ Glad you had a great time

  6. October 22, 2017 / 8:26 pm

    That looks so so fun!!x

  7. October 22, 2017 / 8:31 pm

    There’s nothing better than creating your own fragrance. I love how you chose the name. Looks like such a great activity to do. True luxury.

  8. October 22, 2017 / 8:37 pm

    Wow what an amazing idea, I had no idea you could do things like that! Creating a perfume would be dream but I’d be so overwhelmed with choices. Your scent sounds lovely though!

    Kirsty | The Monday Project | themondayproject.co.uk

  9. October 22, 2017 / 9:11 pm

    Omg this sounds sooooo amazing! I love the sound of your perfume, it sounds right up my street! I didn’t know you could get bespoke perfumes without spending a fortune!


  10. A love affair with Beauty
    November 1, 2017 / 7:38 pm

    Neither did I until I received it as a gift! I was loving the whole things. Thank you. Hopefully people walking past me enjoy it too! haha. xx

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