Bespoke Perfume Making At The Experimental Perfume Club

Everyone should have at least one signature scent, a fragrance that your friends get a whiff of and instantly know is you. Even better is to have one that is unique to you, that is made up of notes that you are instinctually drawn to; you couldn’t get more personal than that.

In mid-December, whilst everyone else was deep in Christmas preparations, I met with Emmanuelle Moeglin, founder of the Experimental Perfume Club, at her lab in Dalston. Emmanuelle is keen to demystify the art of fragrance, helping those that are passionate about fragrance to better understand how they are created and to learn how to develop their own. Her background in the industry spans ten years, having been educated at ISIPCA in Paris, before working for brands in Paris, Barcelona, New York and London.

“Scent is a very personal item of someone’s wardrobe, but it can often be difficult to find something truly unique.”

I visited Emmanuelle for a one-to-one taster session. We talked about the types of scents I would usually wear, which are, for the most-part, fairly unisex. I love woody, citrus fragrances with notes of bergamot, vetiver and cedar, like Laboratory Perfumes Amber, Byredo Palermo and Le Labo Bergamote 22.

Emmanuelle had created seven perfumery accords (blends) that span the various different notes that make up most perfumes; citrus, floral, fruity, spicy, amber, woody and musk. She blind tested me to confirm which notes I was drawn to and these formed the basis for the fragrance I created. I instinctually chose (in order of preference) woody, citrus, spicy and floral. The order of preference was important as it determined the proportions of each blend I would use to create my perfume. The fragrance I created, which I called ‘Night Garden’, had a citrus top note, a spicy and floral heart and woody base. I love it, it’s so true to what I would usually choose, and best of all it’s unique to me.

Emmanuelle runs group workshops and one-to-one sessions (for one or two people), as well as an open-access perfumer studio every other Wednesday. The next available session is a one-to-one ‘Perfume Making Masterclass’ on 25th February.

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