10 Tips for Making your own Perfume
You know the feeling. You’re looking for a perfume and nothing is exactly right. Maybe you’ve tried all the stores and brands and nothing hits the mark. Maybe you’re tired of noticing other people wearing the same fragrance, and you want something uniquely yours. Maybe you have even tried creating your own perfume. But with more than five-hundred possible ingredients, and infinite combinations, you’ve realized that there’s a reason it takes years to become a master perfumer.
Well, you’ve come to the right place. At The Alchemist Atelier we’ve developed technology and techniques to let you explore, play and create perfume in a totally new way. You can finally develop fragrances that are the finest quality, and totally, uniquely yours.
Before you begin your journey, here are some tips on creating your own perfume from our perfume experts. Visit us to find out more and to try it yourself!
- Let you imagination run wild. You can truly get creative with perfume – it’s an art! Don’t be afraid or limit yourself.
- Think outside the box. You can go off the beaten track. Florals are fine, but everybody is different. This is your chance to really express yourself, so have fun with it!
- When you’re sampling all the scents in our collection, forget about olfactory families, age, gender and so on for a moment. Initially, just go with your gut reaction to each scent, and you’ll be surprised what you might like.
- Think about when you’ll wear your fragrance. If you’re creating something for everyday use, you might not want anything too intense, so go for fresher, lighter scents. On the other hand, if you want something powerful and bold, you can seek out tenacious, striking ingredients and scents.
- We’ll help you to understand the construction, or architecture of fragrance. World-famous perfumer Jean Charles said that in order to be balanced, a perfume should have 25% top notes, 20% heart notes and 55% base notes. Of course rules are made to be broken, and you can do whatever you want, but it’s good to remember that top and heart notes illustrate the smelling life time of the ingredients; how long each note takes to express itself. Mixing different notes gives each scent time to express itself, making a complex fragrance with different chapters.
- Take your time when smelling your fragrance, both on paper, and on skin. The fragrance progresses with time, first giving you the top notes – the first seconds that attract your initial attention – followed by the heart notes giving it a fuller character, and finally the lasting base notes, giving you what’s called the “sillage”, or body. You should only blend your fragrance when it perfectly meets all your expectations.
- When you’re perfecting your blend, before adding additional ingredients, try adjusting the proportions of those you already have. These minor adjustments can fine tune your formulation, as our scents already contain a blend of ingredients, which react differently with others according to their proportion.
- Our process really makes you a perfume creator. You can alter your formulation – change the proportions, add and extract individual ingredients – and create samples to really define and understand the role of each ingredient in your blend, and make sure it’s exactly as you want it. Making your own perfume means you don’t have to compromise at all, or have any limitations on what you create.
- Another part of being a master perfumer, is taking your time. A rushed decision is often disappointing, and perfumery is a complex and reflexive art. Taking your time to get things right isn’t a bad philosophy for life, either!
- Enjoy the process. Experiment, learn, discover and play with our gorgeous ingredients, and remember you can make as many different fragrances as you want. Create it, wear it, share it… and do it again!