Tips For Creating A Beautiful Perfume

Perfume making isn’t an exact science; as everyone has different preferences and a different nose!

However if you are wondering whether your scent choices will prove to be a winning combination or not quite how you imagined, it might be useful to think about some of the following tips:

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1) Gourmet perfumes with foodie notes can be very beautiful, seductive, and truly delicious in fact. However extra care needs to be taken when you are adding a gourmet scent to your blend – as it will have a distinctive smell which won’t necessarily go perfectly with everything. You either want your gourmet note to stand alone with other delicious gourmet notes, or to enhance the scent of some other note rather than overwhelming it.

It helps to think like a chef when you are designing a perfume with a gourmet note. Think about classic flavour combinations – lemon and lavender? Chocolate and orange? Caramel and apple? – these are all classics for a reason. If it would work on the palate then it will work on the nose. So if you wouldn’t like to see it served up by someone even as experimental as Heston Blumenthal then it might be best to rethink your scent combinations.

2) Be aware that some scents do have a very distinctive aroma, which just like tea, may be an acquired taste.

We try hard to provide an accurate description of each perfume choice, but as you can imagine it is very hard to verbally describe a smell. So if you are not really sure what something smells like, and you are not in the mood for experimenting, it might be best to stick with something you already know and like.

Some scents to watch out for:


Clary Sage



Soft Leather

These scents have a lot to offer the connoisseur, particularly in male colognes, and are beloved by the Perfumer for their very distinctive aromas and earthy smokiness. Do make sure you like them though – as they have bold personalities!

3) Crowd Pleasers - There are certain combinations which are universally pleasing to most noses. So if you would like to design a perfume based around your favourite scent but want to stay on the safe side, you could bear in mind the following:

·         Floral notes usually go well together! Here a few classic and beloved combinations: Rose/Violet, Jasmine/Rose, Geranium/Rose, Lavender/Rose

·         White Musk, Sandalwood, Cedarwood, Amber, and Vanilla are generally considered to be very pleasing base notes; which mix well with most other scents.

·         The Rose is often, and with good reason, chosen as the flower which is able to be paired most successfully with chocolate. Which stands to reason when you think about it...(take note, gentlemen..)

·         Champagne is light and fizzing and almost ethereal. It pairs prettily with light, delicate flowers such as Lily of The Valley or Elderflower, white tea, and fresh succulent fruits such as Green Apple, Peach, Pear, tropical fruits and citrus fruits. Champagne and roses are another classic combination...

·         Caramel is lovely in the right setting! It is best in combinations with other edibles. Thierry Mugler successfully paired caramel with Jasmine and Rose in his beautiful perfume “Alien” but on the whole we personally recommend pairing it with fruits, chocolate, almond, coconut, or vanilla.

·         Pink Peppercorn is one of our most overlooked scents. It is a beautifully rich and mysterious smell, which provides an alternative to opium if you would like to add a certain spiciness to your perfume.

·         Unless you are aiming for a very intense perfume, it is best not to put three very intense scents together. For instance, in general we wouldn’t advise something like Vetiver, Myrrh, and Leather; it might just be a little bit much for the average nose!

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Finally, and most importantly, we hope that these perfume design tips have been helpful – however do remember that genius and madness are said to be closely related. Take a risk if you wish – it might just pay off.