|Aroma Workshop Chicago 3/13|
In my London experience the perfumer explained that essential oils (which may be synthetically or naturally derived) form the basis of your perfume. Each essential oils contributes a 'notes' of the perfume. A good perfume composition requires base, middle, top and bridge notes. These “notes” are essentially three different levels of scent, each with varying rates of evaporation. The top note is the most volatile, it's the scent you notice first. The base note is the part of the perfume that lasts the longest. The middle note linking the top and base notes together, and set the type of fragrance family for the perfume — earthy, floral, spicy, woodsy, etc. Because the essential oils evaporate at different rates, perfume smells changes as you wear it. Without the base note your perfume will not last. In the London perfumer they systematically walked you through the process of selecting notes, and then weighting blends of up to 10 oils to create your fragrance. They said the best perfumes had roughly equal top and base note percentages and 50% middle notes. In addition, this shop was expert in understanding from your current favorite perfume, what might be a great blend to recommend for you.
Should you decide to go to a make-your-own perfume workshop, you may want to do some research for your self first. If you know what you already like it can be easier to experiment in recreating it or improving it. For example, here are the compositions of two of my favorite perfumes that I obtained from basenotes.net fragrance directory:
- Top Notes - Mandarin orange, Bergamot, Lily of the valley
Middle Notes -Jasmine, Carnation, Myrrh
Base Notes -Vanilla, Patchouli, Opoponaux, Amber
- Top Notes - Hyancinth, Citrus
Middle Notes -Rose, Mimosa, Coriander
Base Notes -Patchouli, Honey
|Essential Oils Section - Whole Foods|
With the oils you then need to combine and blend. A really great options on making your own perfume at home on wikihow which include extraction from herbs and oil blending processes.
If you don't have a shop near you to secure these items - not to worry, Perfume Lab online experience will send you your own kit and even make up items to your percentage specifications.
PS When I came home from Aroma Workshop I added my favorite base note to my perfume