Perfume Personalisation: What Makes the Perfect Perfume?

Heather Dilts-Baiano
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Today, everyone wants to be unique. One way to do that is with your very own perfume personalisation. With hundreds of perfumes, it is important to find something that matches your personality and lifestyle. The question is, what makes up a great perfume? Let’s start by taking a look at the different elements in perfume.

In High Demand – Essential Oils

Perfumes have essential oils, also known as essences. If left open, these oils are quick to evaporate. They usually come from leaves or flowers of a variety of plants. One example is the common lemon smell. It comes from the leaves of a lemon plant, an essential oil called Limonene.

Essential oils used in perfumes are very expensive and sometimes very difficult to get. Throughout history, these oils have played a large role and traders have gone to great lengths to attain the oils. Two essential oils you’ve probably heard rather a lot about are frankincense and myrrh.

Many Layers – Aroma Compounds

There are three parts to this next element. Aroma compounds, or chemicals, usually come from essential oils which are modified and easier to mix. When essential oils are too expensive or next to impossible to find, aroma compounds are used.

  • Accord – an accord is a perfume equivalent to a music chord. Two or more smells are combined to produce a third which is the most distinctive. This can be from a simple or more complex mixture.
  • Aroma Chemical – a chemical compound developed for its scent characteristics can be from essential oils or synthetic compounds. Remember, not everything with the word chemical is bad or toxic. Chemicals make up everything around us, including the wonderful plants and smells we can use for perfume personalization.
  • Body – This is where the perfume’s notes come in. The body is what you can call the theme of the perfume. Notes make up the body, and there are three types, bottom or base, middle or heart note and the top note.

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Take Note of the Notes

As mentioned above, there are three main notes involved in a single perfume. These notes are seriously considered during the perfume making process.

  1. Base or Bottom Note  The longest lasting part of the perfume, the underlying smell. It appears several hours after you first put the perfume on. Perfumers evaluate this note the most, to see the perfume’s strength and smell.
  2. Middle or Heart Note This is the main part of the body, the character of he perfume. It determines which fragrance family the perfume will be placed in.
  3. Top Note This is the first impression of the perfume. It is the smell you experience when you first spray or dab it on. It is usually very strong and fresh, but evaporates quickly.

There are a wide variety of notes, or smells, so you can have a perfume personalisation to match you exactly.

Now that we know what goes into a perfume, instead of going shopping in a crowded mall, why not have a unique, one-on-one perfume experience with Britain’s most prestigious perfumer’s?

Design Your Own Fully Bespoke Perfume

If you don’t want to go the whole hog, you can design one bespoke perfume with experiences for men and women, so that everyone can have their very own personalised fragrance or perfume, and express themselves in a unique way.


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