Boys and Girls, you can call me Professor Tan! :D
Upon SP’s invitation, I made my way down to their Scent Lab today. Truth be told, I once took a module on cosmetics and perfumes in NUS, so I’m no stranger to top notes, base notes and all. But making my own perfume? It was definitely a first for me, and super exciting. :D
SP offers a Diploma in Perfumery & Cosmetic Science (DPCS) – the only full-time diploma course in Asia for people interested in perfumery! For more information, head to http://www.sp.edu.sg and search under ‘Courses’.
And back to the perfumes I created…
I’m holding Grace No.1 in this picture above, named after Chanel No.5. LOL. There is a Grace No.2 as well – it comes with a hint of jasmine.
The perfumer and lecturer were both impressed with my formulations. I guess it is because of several factors:
1) I chose only the scents I liked. So cedarwood, for instance, did not make it into my formulation.
2) I wrote the ‘ingredients’ down on paper first and listed the quantity by the side, before trying to put it all together. Sniffing and mixing as you go does not help. Even if you get a fantastic scent, you’ll have no idea what went into it, and in what proportion too. :)
3) I used more of the Apple Base and the ‘CK One’ base (the CK One fragrance is one of my all-time favs)!
Did You Know?
- There are Top Notes, Middle Notes and Base Notes. So do not hurry to buy a perfume at first sniff. Once the top note wears off, you may or may not like the middle and base notes. ;)
- The ‘Apple’ scent is synthetic. Unlike oranges, you cannot extract oils from the skin of apples.
- If you are experiencing nasal fatigue from smelling too many scents, you can take a sniff of coffee beans OR smell your own sleeve!
- Any scent with jasmine is likely to be expensive because you need 8,000 flowers to get 1gram of jasmine for your perfume.
- CK One is the first unisex fragrance ever created.
- There is a machine which can distill any perfume and figure out its composition. So you can re-create your favorite ‘branded’ perfumes in the lab. Hehe. ;)
If you’re a student about to enrol in this diploma course, good for you! *envious* You’ll definitely have a lot of fun! :D