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.
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.
In 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!
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!
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!).