Near the end of 2022, I had a fantastic experience visiting the Experimental Perfume Club in London’s Monmouth Street to find out more about what the brand offers to those of us with an interest in creating fragrance. The shop is a gorgeous venue, that’s inviting and enticing; it makes you want to unleash your inner perfumer!
The Experimental Perfume Club is designed to help you find your personal fragrance. They have various ways of doing this, depending on how committed you are to personalising your experience, with different levels of effort, so you can find your perfect match. They offer an entirely bespoke service, where you literally work your way through all the different possible fragrance notes before carefully and considerately putting together your completely individual scent, or, if that sounds like too much work (I want to do it so much, it’s on my bucket list!) then there’s the lighter version, which gives you an insight into fragrance creation and a taster of how it all works: this is the experience I was invited in for.
I will say now that my memory of the whole thing is unfortunately pretty blurry; I was still very much consumed by the grief of losing my father, but I did have a lot of fun at the venue, having a play around with different fragrance combinations and concentrations before finding my final fragrance. There are just a few fragrance options available for this particular experience, which I personally think is a really good thing as it would be quite easy to get overwhelmed and if you’re not used to using your nose for such an intense experience, it could become a bit of a struggle!
The process basically involves reducing the notes you like until you’re left with the ones you’re going to feature in your personalised fragrance. You then decide the concentration and you mix the perfume yourself, before deciding on what name you would like to give the scent (I went for “For The Good Times” which was one of my dad’s favourite songs) and you are also given a breakdown of what your fragrance includes so you can refill it when you’ve finished it.
After you sniff each note, you can sniff a jar of coffee beans to refresh your nose so you’re able to keep sniffing. What I found really interesting was how useless my nose was after a while! I remember completing the fragrance and thinking it wasn’t really something I liked that much, because, by the end of the experience, my ability to smell was so heavily distorted, that I couldn’t really pick out anything I liked from the scent. Then, once about half an hour had passed and I was on my way home, I could smell normally again and the fragrance smelled incredible! It was a really fascinating and insightful experience, and I think, if you’ve ever been interested in creating your own fragrance, this is a great place to start in a really fun, casual and enjoyable environment.
The experience I had at The Experimental Perfume Club was a Blending Consultation, which costs £145 and includes a 50ml bottle of the fragrance you create. You can find out more about the experience here – link.
Disclosure: PR appointment