Oo La Lab Fragrance Customization – Chemistry of Oo

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Fragrances are personal – your olfactory senses will immediately let you know if you like that scent, or not – it could bring back happy memories, it could remind you of someone dear, and make you feel happy and your day better!

So why not create a fragrance that’s unique to you? I love, love love scent workshops – this isn’t the first time I’ve created my own fragrance, and I always take away a little knowledge and learn more about my own preferences from every session I take.

Oo La Lab is a working fragrance lab where perfume ingredients are mixed and hand-poured to order – and they only use the finest raw ingredients, which means you’ll get a fresh scent!

When you attend a Chemistry of Oo class, what you’ll see in front of you are the ingredients they have – 19 fragrances, laid out in their own periodic table format.

Take your time to sniff out every single scent, and to find out your preferences amongst Oo La's offerings. Vanilla here and a vanilla from another fragrance brand may smell different, and you may surprise yourself by liking it after all!

Take your time to sniff out every single scent, and to find out your preferences amongst Oo La’s offerings. Vanilla here and a vanilla from another fragrance brand may smell different, and you may surprise yourself by liking it after all!

Love the amber bottles and the simplistic labels! It makes everything easier to remember in a way.

Love the amber bottles and the simplistic labels! It makes everything easier to remember in a way.

They supply a small amount of coffee beans to “reset” your senses, but the question is – I may like 6 different notes, but they may NOT pleasing at all when they’re put together! In fact, one thing I’ve learnt from my previous workshops is that you sometimes need a heavier base note to put everything together and sort of weigh the fragrance down – an Oriental, Leather, Woody or a Musk base can make a scent more complex, and less “common” in a way.

oo-la-lab-custom-fragrance-singapore-tangs-7In a Chemistry of Oo workshop, you are supplied test strips as well – which I drip a drop of my preferred fragrance on, and then put a few together and wave it near my nostrils to get an inkling of how it’ll be like together. Oo La Labs know that you might not like it after all, so there’s more than one mini 5ml vial for you to do a test mix in!

I take my fragrance mixing very seriously (because I'm sensitive to scents and will get a headache if I mix something that's not to my preferences)

I take my fragrance mixing very seriously (because I’m sensitive to scents and will get a headache if I mix something that’s not to my preferences)

After you’ve figured out your preferred scent and formula, it’s time to add all the ingredients into a beaker! You start slow and add the same number of drops (1-2) for all the notes that you like, then increase the intensity of a particular favoured note. The trick? All Chemistry of Oo workshops will have a mixologist – simply ask them for advice and help! We were extremely blessed to have with us the founder, Terry Jacobson around during our workshop – he played a pivotal role in guiding me towards my final fragrance creation!

After mixing 20ml's worth of notes for your customized fragrance, you send it in for packaging! The bottles are professionally sealed so that your fragrance would not leak, and consistent scent quality is assured throughout.

After mixing 20ml’s worth of notes for your customized fragrance, you send it in for packaging! The bottles are professionally sealed so that your fragrance would not leak, and consistent scent quality is assured throughout.

If for some reason you’re not keen to explore customizing your own fragrances yet, you could always check out Oo La Lab’s range of ready made fragrances (I do like quite a few!), and also they stock home diffusers (which I love!).


To check out their products, a great olfactory experience and to find out workshop availability, please call Oo La Lab at Call +65 6338 3823 or visit their Facebook / Website /  Instagram!

OOTD: Black x Side Zip

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Went for an event where there were two fragrance launches and I usually try to dress according to product theme if I can! Between Black and Skyblue (color themes for the fragrances)… I  chose black of course, haha.



(Yes I don’t like to remove the protective film on my Hermes accessories haha)





Dress & Bag: China, the skull clutch bag was a gift from my mother-in-law
Accessories: Hermes Kelly Dog | Ring from Edge of Ember & H&M
hoes: Nine West Wedges


The sun was already starting to set by then but thanks to Yina for helping me snap these lovely pics! Can always trust her skills haha. It was a launch for two fragrances and these pictures were taken at the lovely Capella! I dressed in black mainly for the first fragrance – Calvin Klein’s Reveal.


The staff for this event were super dedicated – they actually had a change of clothes for the 2nd event which had a dreamy theme of white and blue! It was Marc Jacob’s latest fragrance, Daisy Dream.


The bottle is absolutely gorgeous with a laced daisy cover on both the bottle and the cap! The latest variation of the original MJ Daisy (launched in 2007), Daisy Dream EDT is a woody-floral scent with notes of grapefruit, pear, lychee, blue wisteria and musk – it opens fresh and fruity, then dries down to a sweeter note. The fragrance doesn’t last too long however, so decanting into a travelo (mini perfume spray) for reapplication through the day would be a good idea! 

The collection comes in EDT, Body Lotion & Shower Gel forms and retails $88 SGD for 30ml, $115 SGD for 50ml and $148 SGD for 100ml in Singapore. Available from 21st August ’14 onwards exclusively at all Sephora & MJ stores, and will be stocked in dept stores come Sept ’14. 




Always happy to have my pretty girlfriends at events for company because they brighten up my day immensely! It was a great evening – thank you Coty & LuxAsia for having us! ; )

{ Pictures taken with my Panasonic GF-2 camera }

Choupinette brunch, and the launch of Valentino’s Valentina Acqua Floreale

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Sometimes you know, you just have the feel to blog about something and this was one of those days – couldn’t let it go and hence I’m blogging about a more recent event – at 3:37am. I meant, I’m blogging at 3:37am, not that the event was at 3:37am.

So during the whole haze hoo-ha, I stayed indoors for the bulk of the time and was pretty miserable when the PSI hit 400. I was supposed to have a brunch date with Yina to before an event, but our food tasting session got cancelled! I was salivating and dreaming of french toasts and egg benny the few days before and then boom, cancelled due to the haze. *sigh* So yeah I needed my egg fix and we decided on Choupinette, at Bukit Timah – Coronation Plaza to be exact.

607 Bukit Timah Rd, Singapore 269708
Tel: 6466 0613

Closed on Mondays, 9-8pm on Tues – Thurs, Fridays 9-10pm, Sat 8am – 10pm, Sunday 8am – 6pm
*No reservations for groups of less than 5pax on weekends and P.H!


My eggs benedict ($22 for a set meal with 2 drinks) – it was delicious, I just didn’t like the type of bread! I always prefer soft breads than toasted ones – muffins over brioche.


French Toast with Berries Compote ($19 with a set meal with 2 drinks) – loved this one, I’ll probably just go back for this. Soft bread, checked. Strawberries, checked. Honey, checked. YUM.


I have no idea why they saw the need for 2 drinks – probably good if you’re gonna sit around and chat for a while more, or else you should just share a meal with your friend and save maybe 2-3 bucks! I had tea and juice – the juices weren’t freshly squeezed ones, so I’d recommend you to take the tea!



They also have a whole load of pastries and bakes for you to bring back! Giant donutttttttttt!


I would have ordered the strawberry tart if I wasn’t that full!


Took a picture just because I was still having a good hair day and because I bothered dressing up, and when I uploaded this my friend mocked me along the lines of “you look so serious about breakfast” lololol no offense taken, It was indeed posed anyway, but hey, I am VERY serious about my eggs okay. Can’t live without it. And you think everyone can look chio by accident or at all angles like Barney Stinson meh! Heh.


Accessories of the day: Skull Ring from ASOS, arm swag / bracelet mish mash from Thomas Sabo (the one with the angel wings), Hottopic, and my new CC Skye Lucky Horn Rosary Bracelet from Just Tangy – glad to finally have a local distributor for CC Skye stuff, I tell you! I remember looking for the spike bracelet for so long but I couldn’t ship from USA and kept thinking about it till now.


My 3M 6100 half face mask with P100 filters! Thanks to Estrella’s hubby for queuing up at Mass Technologies (Bukit Batok) and letting me ride on their orders, haha. The mask is grey with PINK filters and it’s quite funny to see people’s reactions to me when I’m out with this – I put it on as I was exiting the restaurant and someone was like “isn’t it a little extreme?!” Hell no, thank god I had my mask because I ended up spending some time outside taking pretty pictures for Yina – and also because the Haze suddenly came back and it was quite high at 300+ by 12pm!

It seems to be all clear skies and humid weather now due to the favorable wind conditions, but I think the forests are still burning, and in case the haze ever comes back, I’m all prepared! Fighting the haze with this uber mask (can keep long time, filters last for 2 months), my Best World Lifestyle Uber Air Vac Purifier and Ioniser! Oh oh and my 2 humidifiers from Osim! I heard the purifiers were all sold out, and I’m thankful I got my last 2 sets just before it was totally wiped at my girlfriend’s office. Whew.

Okay enough about the haze!

After a very satisfying brunch, we headed down to Paragon for the launch of Valentino’s latest Valentina Acqua Floreale.


Us in our pretty and new JC heels from P.V.S! (That’s the shop that sells Jeffrey Campbell shoes in Singapore – it’s in Cineleisure, on level 2!)
The pair that I’m wearing is called the AshSky and costs $199 – the prices are comparable, if not cheaper than the online prices (if you include shipping – I hope my husband doesn’t read this!), plus they’re having sales right now – you totally need to check out their Instagram and get an idea of what’s available!
Wearing my studded shirt from Hollyhoque – You can’t really see the studs here (was cold, needed more coverage), but it’s oh-so comfy and I really like the studs on it!

Psssst. Noticed Yina’s white bag? It’s lovely – and it’s up for backorders at!
The pleather snakeskin material is really good (much better than my neon box bag) and worth the buy!

Since I’m talking so much about shopping, let me repeat this here, hahaha. The shorts (if you can even see it, lol) I’m wearing are from Zara!

I love them so much I have 3 pairs in different washes (they actually only come in light and dark washes, but somehow the 2 light ones that I got are of slightly different shades) and I’m super happy with them! They’re a little ripped, but I was afraid they’ll get more ripped so I bought a backup. Haha. Never mind $59.90 – when you find something so comfy you’ll wanna roll in it all day, JUST GET IT.

Whoops, back to Valentina!


(The little clutch/pouch in the coffret is just so nicely made and different from the typical GWP bags you receive! Looks like a really worthy set!)

You know how scents sometimes start off with a main version – then maybe release a different variant every year?

Fashion house Valentino started with Valentina, inspired by Rome and Italian flavors, concocted with with attitude, sophistication and unexpected characteristics in 2011 – and then came Valentina Assoluto in 2012, an intense version of the Valentina original. This year sees the birth of yet another rendition, the Valentina Acqua Floreale, which is a lighter version. making it a total of 3 variants – they all come in similarly shaped, classy looking bottles with black nozzles, and the brand’s name engraved on the silver neck of the bottle.


Valentina EDP (2011)

The original Valentina EDP, housed in a clear, flat circular bottle was concocted by master perfumers Alberto Morillas & Olivier Cresp as a tribute to today’s Valentino woman. It is a floral fragrance, with Bergamot (top notes), Jasmine, African Orange Blossoms, Tuberose (heart notes), and Vanilla, Amber & Cedar as the base notes. I didn’t smell it at first, but there’s apparently a bit of Strawberry in the middle notes too! To me, this is a strong yet feminine fragrance – a distinctively European scent to me (you know, like how some French / Italian ladies tend to smell like) and to be honest, I feel it’s a little too heavy for our Singaporean weather – I can imagine wearing this in the winter in Italy maybe, but in Singapore… Go light handed on this one, please! The scent seems to have a drawing power, it is incredibly attractive – promoters walked past me with the scent on and I really liked the how it smells like after 2-3 hours. Being an EDP, it is incredibly long-lasting, but unfortunately though, I didn’t really like how it ends off – somehow it gives me a bit of a headache at the end of the day.

EDP 80ML – $175   |   EDP 50ML – $135   |   EDP 30ML – $95   |   BODY LOTION 200ML – $73   |   SHOWER GEL 200ML – $64

Valentina Assoluto (2012)

Valentina Assoluto is a much more intense, and less floral sister of the original – this time round with patchouli added to the bottom notes, and the inclusion of peach on the top – I honestly didn’t smell any peach, I can tell you that – I think the mixture of Patchouli and Vanilla stood out more and gave me a double whammy headache. It smells more masculine & earthy than Valentina, and usually I enjoy masculine scents, but Assoluto was still a little too sweet for me. Assoluto sees a very slight change in the bottle design, but still distinctive with a darker colored glass and a larger, single rose. In other words, the bottle looks more… intense. Heh.

EDP 80ml – $193   |   VALENTINA EDP 50ml – $149

Valentina Acqua Floreale (2013)

2013 – Valentina Acqua Floreale, the latest release, is my favorite of the three! I’m not sure if it’s because of the exclusion of Vanilla – the scent still smells like a determined woman with Patchouli at the base notes, but it doesn’t give me a headache. Yes, I’m pretty sensitive to certain scents. The lighter, fresher and flirty younger sister of the 3 fragrances is much more befitting for summer and I like it! I think I have a thing for light floral scents after getting acquainted with Love, Chloe and I can foresee myself wearing this more often than any of the other two. The bottle design is very similar to the Valentina EDP, and the only thing that sets them apart would be single white flower to denote that it is a lighter scent. Is it me or did they think of the bottle design for the next 3 years?! (Seeing that the original has 3 flowers of varying shades, haha)

EDT 80ml – $162 |   EDT 50ml – $126

* The fragrances are available at Metro Paragon & Takashimaya – Acqua Floreale is available at Robinsons Raffles City & Tangs Orchard *

The event had some delightful tea time snacks but we were too full for any, so we started on the activity which was much more delightful than the tea time snacks to me, hahaha. The fantastic team purchased stickers, gems, some clear iPhone 4/5 casings and had us decorating happily away! I perked up the moment I saw what was in store for us XD


I loved my gelish manicure done at The Nail Artelier loads!!!
I had to remove it because I had to do swatches for the blog, I’m so sorry Ying T___T I’ll be back for more fantastic artwork for sure.
Blog post on that coming up another time!


Behold, my pretty iPhone 4S casing! ; D


Love the doily stickers in white and turquoise – isn’t it just so dainty and sweet? Okay admittedly this is not my style but I’m still a girl after all and I have a weakness for clear casings with prints! Made another one for Estrella, hurhurhur. You know, maybe I should start making stuff like this since I have tons of iPhone 4S casings lying around T_T Would anyone want one to customize yourself?

Oh look, it’s raining now and a perfect time to sleep! Writing this post took me 2+ hours (including replacing my batteries on my peripherals and rebooting my computer) and I’m not even counting the time I took to edit the pictures, and I have a ton of work to finish this week – Who says it’s easy being a blogger?! ; D But thank you, you and you, for reading this blog. It is nice to know & hear that there are people reading this blog, no matter how many readers. I will be doing a giveaway for the perfumes soon, do stay tuned on my Instagram @evonnz!

Introducing: Crabtree & Evelyn Somerset Meadow® Bath & Body Collection

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“Joining the well-loved ranges of Nantucket Briar and Summer Hill in their celebration of sumptuous flowers and idyllic settings, this charming trio of scents – each infused into its own array of bath and body treasures – offers everyday luxurious treats. The light green fruity-floral scent of Somerset Meadow is an aromatic impression of a beautiful English landscape in bloom.

Blending a spirit of ‘joie de vivre’ and nature at its most siimple and spectacular, Somerset Meadow® is a delight to wear on the skin. The scent of sparkling bergamot and dew-kissed blackberry buds is refreshing and tart, its juicy sweetness perfectly balanced with the bitter greens of ivy and fern. A heart of white blossoms, water lily and earthy geranium flourishes as if warmed by the morning sun. The scent of left, grass and fragrance petals are suffused by creamy clouds of musk, whilst willow and moss tether all the casually floating notes close to the skin and bring a soft, sensuous touch.”

I’m not being lazy by copy and pasting the press release (actually I typed it out), but you know, when press releases are already so wonderfully written, I’m not sure what I can say in my own words to make it look even as well written as the press releases (which I’m sure they paid good money to get copywritten). Haha.


I can attest to its claim of being a delight to wear on the skin – I used the shower gel today, and then luxuriated myself (hahaha inside joke sorry!) with the body lotion, which was a joy to apply as it spread easily without tugging my skin. The shower gel lathered okay, and smelt really nice in the shower! I’m quite glad that I like this scent, because as much as I enjoy walking into Crabtree and Evelyn all the time, I don’t claim to like all the scents in the shop. My favorite’s La Source, and this Somerset Meadow® comes right after La Source!

I went to dinner after using this, and I offered my girlfriend a whiff of my arm hahahaha – when I told her it was Crabtree & Evelyn’s latest scent, she exclaimed that she wanted to ask me if it was one of Crabtree & Evelyn’s scents as it smelt very C&E-ish. I can’t put a finger to it, but there are scents that smell cheap, and scents that are crisp and simple, yet complex at the same time and just smells so luxurious. Somerset Meadow® is definitely one of them!

Somerset Meadow® Bath & Body Collection

There’s a total of 5 products in this collection, and they are available in stores already – prices range from $25 SGD for the perfume gel, to $58 SGD for the EDT.

Somerset Meadow® Perfume Gel, 12ml – $25 SGD

Somerset Meadow Perfume Gel, $25 SGD

Somerset Meadow  Perfume Gel, $25 SGD

“Massage this luxurious moisturising gel onto the pulse points and revel in the fresh scent of flowers and fruits.”

This is the first perfume gel product for Crabtree & Evelyn, and I think it’s a nifty product for travel as it doesn’t leak during transit nor is it heavy to carry around, and you can use this for touch ups during the day as well. Or if you’re really unlucky enough to meet taxis that smell and sweaty folks on the mrt… just whip this out and smell it.

Somerset Meadow® Eau De Toilette, 60ml – $58 SGD


“Fresh & Lovely, the light green fruity-floral scent of Somerset Meadow® is graciously charming with an addictive allure.”

Somerset Meadow® Bath & Shower Gel, 200ml – $35 SGD


“Formulated with conditioning extracts of water lily and ivy, this richly lathering cleansing gel also creates a wonderful foaming bath that awakens the senses and leaves skin silky smooth.”

CHECK CHECK CHECK! I felt rejuvenated after showering in this – the scent is so lifting and fresh! I don’t think the bath & shower gel lathers up very well, but it doesn’t dry out my skin, and I’m all okay with the not foaming up so much as I’ve been using SLS-free stuff anyway so it’s normal for me. I like that the dispenser is a press top – you depress one side and the other side with a nozzle flips up – I prefer squeezing rather than pumping the shower gel out.

Somerset Meadow® Scented Body Lotion, 200ml – $40


“With all the freshness of a dew-kissed meadow, this moisture-rich lotion beautifully softens and rehydrates the skin with sweet almond oil, shea butter, and conditioning water lily and ivy extracts.”

This was packed along with the shower gel for our press kit to bring home, and I used it to complement the shower gel – the scent lingered on all day – I’m still smelling it now, even after a good 8 hours! As mentioned earlier, I loved how it spreads well without tugging my skin.

Somerset Meadow® Hand Therapy, 100g – $33 SGD


“Dry hands – including nails and cuticles – will delight in this superior moisturising and conditioning blend of macadamia nut oil, shea butter, antioxidant-rich vitamins C & E, plus waterlily and ivy extracts. This restorative hand treatment also leaves a subtle, tantalizing aroma on the skin.”

If there’s one thing they’re famous for, it’s their hand therapy creams, and I’m sure there are people who will get this just because it is a new scent! This 100g tube can last you forever – I never managed to finish any of the big tubes I have, hehe.

A bunch of us were invited to Crabtree & Evelyn’s Somerset Meadow® launch at their VivoCity outlet, where there was a huge flowery standee entrance and we were also given a floral headband to wear!

Valerie, Yina, Felicia, Juli, Peggy & I! Pic from Yina's camera, thank you!

Valerie, Yina, Felicia, Juli, Peggy & I! Pic from Yina’s camera, thank you!


Juli actually tied her hair the other way because she knew I would be there and would "chope" the left profile for photo-taking, hahahahah!

Juli actually tied her hair the other way because she knew I would be there and would “chope” the left profile for photo-taking, hahahahah!

Bun, looking really cute even on the other profile hahaha and darling Val & I! Who sat down to take a picture with me because... do you really still need to ask? Hahahaha.

Bun, looking really cute even on the other profile hahaha and darling Val & I! Who sat down to take a picture with me because… do you really still need to ask? Hahahaha.

There was a cookie monster in our midst...

There was a cookie monster in our midst… ahem!

Thank you, Crabtree & Evelyn! It’s always fun hanging out with great company – we had a super fun dinner afterwards! XD Looking forward to going out with you girls again soon! ; )

Where to buy – Crabtree & Evelyn locations

If you’re interested in getting a whiff of the new scents, Crabtree & Evelyn stores are located at:

Star Vista #01-03
The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands #B2-16A
Paragon #B1-26
Ngee Ann City (Takashimaya) #B1-13
The Centrepoint #01-12A
Raffles City Shopping Centre #B1-29
VivoCity #01-09
Suntec City Mall #01-129
Bugis Junction #01-14
Tampines Mall #01-31A
Parkway Parade #01-07

Hand Therapy Paint Tin Box promo – 12 x 25g for $88 SGD!

Need a gift for mother’s day? Or just looking for a gift for 8-12 persons?


If you are at least 25, you would have received one of Crabtree & Evelyn’s famous hand therapy cream or their gift sets before, at least. This is such a great gift for the office ladies! I’ve always loved gifting the hand therapy creams, especially during Christmas. It’s not Christmas yet, but there are more than one ways to gift this box – as a whole set to a Crabtree & Evelyn lover, or you can always keep the box for yourself and give the hand therapy creams away individually as office gifts or such! 12 x 25g of hand therapy fragrances for $88 SGD would make it $7.33 SGD for each one – pretty good looking doorgift for a small party, or for your bridesmaids!

Available now at all 11 Crabtree & Evelyn stores in Singapore! ; )

Earth Day: Get $10 Off Your Next Fragrance!

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Earth Day EDM rev 2

Do you have an old fragrance you’ve grown out of? How about that old perfume which has a few drops left?

That old bottle of perfume (any brand) can earn you $10 off your next fragrance if you turn it in at Metro Paragon’s collection drive, happening from today, 19th – 22nd April!


And in turn, you can get $10 off participating brands like Marc Jacobs, Chloe, Calvin Klein and Davidoff, which all have popular and lovely scents (especially Love, Chloe!). If you haven’t tried Love, Chloe, it’s a great time to!

Thank you, COTY!

And in case you’re waiting for fragrance reviews, I have a few coming up real soon – Chloe See, Prada Infusion d’Iris L’Eau d’Iris, and Lanvin’s latest fragrance! <3


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