Learn to make perfume and create your very own signature scent, with this fun and fragrant perfume making experience!
- Gift Voucher valid for 1 Participant
Learn to make perfume and create your very own signature scent, with this fun and fragrant perfume making experience!
Learn to make your own perfume, and create your very own
signature scent, with a fun - and very fragrant - perfume making
course! Available at locations throughout the UK, this perfume
making class is a wonderful hen party idea or birthday party idea,
and makes a great experience gift for women who like to stand out
from the crowd!
You'll be welcomed by your fragrance consultant, who will begin the session by talking you through the process of perfume-making. Next you'll be introduced to the 21 different notes that you can choose from to create your special scent. These include top notes, middle notes and base notes, and will include floral, citrus, musky, mossy, fruity, spicy and sweet scents. Your challenge is to follow your nose, and decide on a blend of these that you think will work! Once you have chosen the blends you want in your perfume, your fragrance expert will create it right in front of you. Now all you have to do is name your creation! You'll receive a 5ml glass bottle to take with you in an organza bag at the end of the experience, and will register your perfume within the fragrance library.
If you're looking for a fun birthday party or hen party idea, or a special birthday gift for someone creative and original, why not try one of these fabulous perfume making experiences?!
Various dates each month in each location.
The perfume making London experience is suitable for almost anyone. Under 16's are welcome to participate, but each person under 16 must be accompanied by a voucher-holding adult.
Experience Duration: 01:00
Time Spent at Venue: 01:30
This experience will last approximately 1 hour but expect to be at the venue for up to 90 minutes.
Participants: The Create Your Own Perfume - Gold Experience is for 1 participant.
Max Group Size: +10
Spectators Allowed on Site: No
The group size is generally between six and thirty-two people.
Wear whatever you feel comfortable in.
All equipment will be provided.
The Create Your Own Perfume Experience is not a weather dependent activity.
Average rating: 4 stars out of 5
I decided to purchase this experience for myself and a few of my friends, I have a huge perfume collection and love trying new fragrances, so I thought why not make my own! I had the most amazing time, We had a wide selection of scents to pick from, you start with a the base scents then middles and finally toppers. It was very interested to see what certain people in the group associated certain smells to. We were able to pick up to 6 different scents to make our perfume. I am so happy with the perfume I made, they also offered an option where they can keep our scent information so if we wanted to reorder the same perfume we made, we could! Also the afternoon tea was amazing, you wouldn't think that it would fill you up but it really does!
I had this experience as a Birthday gift this year. I did find the experience interesting as I enjoy wearing perfume, it made me realise what goes into the art of making a new perfume. The only problem I found was that after trying half a dozen of the essences I became nose blind, but overall a pleasant experience.
Was gifted this experience from my wife and we went together. We both love our fragrance so thought it would be great to make our own, which we did! It was fantastic and I now have my own aftershave and my wife her own perfume. Warren was amazing and we learnt so much. I got my certificate by email and will definitely be ordering mine again!
We were disappointed that all of the scent combinations had already been mixed, as we didn't really like most them. The perfumes smelt very chemically and musky and we are still awaiting our certificates over 3 months after the experience day. Although the lady who ran the class was lovely, we wouldn't recommend this experience day to anyone, as the end product is horrid, even after mixing the best of combinations available.
On Saturday the 11th of October I was kindly invited to attend a perfume making class at the luxury Hilton Hotel. The Hilton is located right next to Queensway Station so was extremely convenient to first find and get to. Once inside the Hilton, The Perfume Studio was clearly signposted for, with reception also there for guidance.
The room was elegantly decorated with 6-8 participants per table with about 7 tables across the floor. I was pleasantly surprised with the exceptional turn out and noted the popularity of the experience- with one lady returning for the day (having taken the class a month before). Bottles of still and sparkling water were situated on each table along with a selection of perfume books for us to browse whilst everyone arrived. Helen and Warren acted as our perfume gurus for the afternoon and were excellent. Helen gave us all a warm welcome to the day with complimentary glasses of champagne. After a friendly chat with our table, Warren began the workshop.
Warren was a perfect host and was clearly passionate about his job which was apparent from his extensive knowledge of the perfume industry. Warren’s personable nature and light humour gave the whole afternoon character and a relaxing atmosphere.
I felt spoilt for choice as a collection of 18 scents across the perfume spectrum were displayed before us, ranging from the top, middle and base notes to capture nuances of the most popular fragrances that are currently on the high street. Each fragrance was numbered and handed out chronologically in accordance to Warren’s introduction of each scent. This description included a slight history, origin of terminology and personality type associated to the scent, Warren also referenced high street perfumes that incorporate the given scent into their bottles. This antidote was incredibly interesting as we learnt how to recreate our own designer perfumes at a fraction of the cost!
The different traditional notes of the perfumes varied from Fresh, Floral, and Oriental to Woody ensuring a preference to suit each individual. The sense of smell has direct access to the amygdala, which in other words means that through conditioned responses smell has the power to trigger nostalgia. This can in turn elicit a memory or mood which is an unusual wonder; this was experienced throughout the afternoon as our table recalled fond time capsules from the past. The perfumes stimulated a whole new layer of meaning, when Warren instructed us to mix opposing scents to create a whole new blend in itself also known as an ‘accord’.
A bag of coffee beans lay on each table to act as a palette cleanser so that our senses could almost revitalise to experience the new aromas that were now tickling under our noses. The ‘Fresh’ scents presented constituted juicy notes of; citrus, fruit and fresh green. The ‘Floral’ range was a mixed bouquet of jasmine, rose, gardenia, lily and a powdery aroma of vanilla or baby powder. The ‘Oriental’ scents composed of sweet spices, incense, amber and musk creating a more sensual and rich aroma. The ‘Woody’ scents also simulated a deeper undertone with scents of soft sandalwood, cedar wood which are more potent with a deep earthy smoky note. This peppery fusion is popular in male aftershave and colognes. The Perfume Studio also accommodate for a male market with a bottle designed as an old fashioned hip flask- an ideal unique gift for your partner or self.
After much consideration I decided on an ozonic spicy blend with hints of jasmine naming it my own special fragrance ‘Poppy’s Opium’ to mimic the warm oriental fragrance by Yves Saint Laurent ‘Opium’. After our individual fragrances had been lovingly handpicked we were handed cards with all the printed 18 scents (referenced through our numbered tabs) to then create our own personalised perfume formula, perfumes consist of about 3-4 blends on average but you can have as many or as little scents as you wish. The perfumes were then amalgamated before us and filled in beautiful 20ml purse-spray atomisers, a perfect travel size! There is also the option to upgrade to different sized ml bottles. Also if you love your personalised fragrance (as much as I do) then your signature perfume formula is saved on ‘The Perfume Studio’s database so your scent can later be recreated at any given time to wear and forever cherish.
I would thoroughly recommend this experience, it is ideal for a day out with your girlfriends or relatives- perfect for hen parties, wedding gifts, anniversaries, birthdays or just an enjoyable day out. ‘The Perfume Studio’ currently offer a delicious decadent Afternoon Tea, which can be enjoyed after your class for a day of true indulgence and sophistication. Thanks to The Perfume Studio for inviting us!
The Perfume Studio have been listed on our website for many years and have a range of perfume making experiences around the UK. This experience gives you the opportunity to create your very own signature scent! You will be provided with a relaxed environment, where you are presented with Prosecco on arrival. You can even purchase a voucher that offers afternoon tea before as well as the perfume making. We caught up with The Perfume Studio to find out a little bit more about what they do, and how their business started!
Please explain a little bit about the background of the perfume studio, where did the concept stem from?
When working within a fragrance house, supplying brands and retailers with fragrance for their products which ranged from fragrance candles and personal care products to high end fine fragrance) we invited customers to visit our factory. We found that they loved to learn about fragrances and how they are designed, so felt there must be an opportunity to open this world to the average consumer in a kind of democratisation of perfume development. There were and are perfumers offering a bespoke design service, but way out of the budget of most mortals (as much as £50k) so we designed a process accessible for all.
What inspired you to get into the perfume business?
Like with most things, it was chance, but I knew immediately that I loved fragrance and could not imagine doing anything else. There are so many facets and fascinating stories. One never stops learning. Fragrance (smell) is such an integral part of the human animal that it will also be important!
What are your objectives for this business?
Simply to allow everybody to design their own signature scent (or several signature scents.) Everyone should have that opportunity, and we try and make it as affordable as possible whilst using the finest globally-sourced raw materials, blended by our team of master perfumers!
What makes this experience unique?
We are affordable, but use the same fine materials that any of the top-level perfume houses access. Most importantly, any fragrance designed with us is recorded and can be re-ordered at any point in the future!
If you could advise the customer on one technique to create the perfect scent for their perfume, what would it be?
There is not a perfect scent. Everyone is unique, and every smell experience is subjective. I would say just be instinctive with your selection. You will select your perfect combination!
What are your most frequently asked questions from customers?
The most frequently asked questions is “How many blends can I use?” to which the answer is: As few or as many as you like – there are no rules! We do try to steer people away from using too many, as each of our blends is a combination of up to 50 fine materials (from extracts to essential oils) so one does not want to complicate the fragrance unnecessarily. There is a trend right now of less is more!
Thank you Ben for inviting Charlotte and I to your Perfume making with afternoon tea. It was an amazing experience creating our own scent that we could take home with us.
The Create Your Own Perfume - Gold Experience can cater up to thirty two people, so you would be fine booking in for 10 people. Dates are subject to availability.
We have a huge amount of locations for the Gold perfume making experience including; Bedfordshire, Kent, Bath, Nottingham, Surrey, Norfolk, Edinburgh, Pembrokeshire, Essex, Hastings, Horsham, Brighton, Inverness, Lothian, London, Manchester, Wales, Cumbria, Reading, North Yorkshire, Lincolnshire, Hampshire, Southampton, Warwickshire and Cheshire.
At the point of purchase the voucher is valid for all of the perfume making venues. When the recipient goes to redeem the voucher, they'll be able to choose which venue is most convenient, and book directly with that location.
The Create Your Own Perfume - Gold Experience isn't suitable able for spectators I'm afraid.
Yes, all ingredients used in the Create Your Own Perfume experience are completely vegan and cruelty free.
Under 16's are welcome to participate, but each person under 16 must be accompanied by a voucher-holding adult.