The Art Of Perfume Making

Many cities have perfume shops where you can talk to an expert perfumer about the act of crafting a new scent or fragrance, and perfume recipes. Many cities even have do-it-yourself perfume shops, such as The Aroma Workshop ( in Chicago; 2050 N. Halsted St., 60614; 773-871-1985, or The Nova Studio ( in San Francisco, 24 W. Richmond Ave., Point Richmond, CA 94801, 510-234-5700. Classes cover Basic Perfume Terminology, Essential Oil Blending, Equipment & Supplies, Essential Oil Precautions, 12 Top, 12 Middle & 10 Base Notes, and Recipes and Blend Ideas. Even better, you get to keep the scents you create!

The Perfume Studio ( in London, Littlefield, Arlington, East Sussex, BN26 6RU, even offers a private consultation with a master perfumer who will tailor a signature scent to your needs and record the formula in their database so you can replenish your homemade perfume or cologne supply any time you like, by mail or in-person. They also actively recruit 'Fragrance Ambassadors', people who would like to represent them by conducting perfume-making parties and tailoring custom scents for their own growing list of customers.

The Fragrance Shop New York (, 21 E. 7th St., 10003, 212-254-8950, carries more than 200 essential oils to choose from and will even try to match your favorite designer fragrance on the spot, while North Carolina's The Fragrance Shop (, 16836 D Birkdale Commons Pkwy, Huntersville, NC 28078, 704-895-5903, offers this service by mail. They will ship you the results and give you up to two additional revisions to your replicated scent, after which they will extend a partial refund if you're still not happy with the results. They also offer “How To” videos on perfume making and cologne creation and carry 1 milliliter sample sizes of all their oils. Additionally, two online alternatives are ScentCrafter ( and Scent Design (, 418 Boston St., Topsfield, MA 01983, 978-771-7661. Both stores let you complete the entire process online, choosing which oils you would like to blend (with some help, if needed) and shipping you the resulting perfume blend.

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