Last week I joined escentials' fragrance appreciation workshop event in collaboration with Indonesian Professional Association (IPA). It's an interesting event where I learned so much about what lies below the fragrance that we usually we put everyday. The workshop has brought me deeper into the ingredients and the philosophy of some fantastic fragrances from around the world.
Located at Paragon level 3, escentials has such a huge and beautiful shop. When I entered the shop I could immediately smell something nice. I really like the way they decorate and display pretty products in the shop too.
Before the workshop started, we relaxed a bit at the sitting area in the middle of the shop while enjoying the light refreshment.
|Our instructor on the left most, Ms. Shahrul|
escentials prepared some items that are usually used in fragrances.
Do you know that perfumer is a chemist too? It's because they need to know what and how to mix the ingredients to build the wanted scents.
In order to create the scent, there are usually few things mixed together. Here are the most common ingredients escentials had introduced to us during the workshop:
Rose has been used since centuries ago for its scent. Rose centifolia is most commonly used in essential oils. They are expensive because can only be found in Southern France and can only be harvested in May.
|Rose Centifolia (source: wiki)|
Surprisingly, Jasmine scent has been used for men fragrances too. Usually this flower need to be harvested in the early morning before the sun and need to be taken extra care as it's easily bruised. Once Jasmine is bruised it doesn't smell nice anymore. Jasmine can be found in many countries and they don't smell the same.
|Jasmine (source: wikipedia)|
This flower is easily found in Southeast Asia.
|Cempaka (source: wikipedia)|
Bergamot comes from citrus family. And the part used for fragrances is the skin. The scent from citrus family usually don't last long. However, once it's mixed with other ingredients, it will last longer.
Lavender is popular for its relaxing scent. Fragrances with Lavender scent are categorized as aromatic and usually found in men fragrances.
Sandalwood is used as the base of fragrances. The woods and the oil of this slow-growing tree have been highly valued since centuries ago.
Cinnamon and pepper smell are categorized in spice family. They give "spiciness" smell to the fragrance.
According to the concentration percentage, there are four types of fragrances from the least lasting to the most lasting: eau de cologne, eau de toilette, eau de perfume, perfume.
Annick Goutal's Petite Cherie
Annick Goutal create this sweet floral scent for her daughter. She described it as being "reminiscent of a young girl's cheek that you want to lovingly kiss". It's suitable for daily use as the scent is quite light. It comes with cute bottle too.
|Petite Cherie EDT (source: www.annickgoutal.com)|
Creed's Silver Mountain Water for Men
This is definitely the favourite of the guys participants. Oliver Creed created this scent to remind him about his Swiss Alp holiday. This fragrance is categorized as aromatic with a mix between sandalwood, musk, bergamot.
When you smell the scent you will immediately smell the ginger. This fragrance can be for men and women.
Coming from Oman, the fragrance from Amouage that we got to try was very woody. The fragrance is based on the gum of the Oud tree.
Maison Francis Kurkdjian's OUD silk mood
This is one of my favourite smell. It's described as reminiscent of the rustle of silk or the soft touch of rose petal. The OUD series come in 3 scents: silk mood, velvet mood, cashmere mood.
Ms. Shahrul also shared with us about diptyque brand which is famous for their candles. The candles are soya based and it can last for 90 hours for the standard size each. There's a proper technique on how you should burn the candles. You should burn the candles until it form a pool surround the fire for the first time before you blow it off (approximately 2 hours). This is to ensure the candles to be evenly and maximally burned.
If you visit the shop you will see the brand called Le Labo. The unique thing is they will mix the fragrances you want on the spot. You also can customized the label to have your name written on it. It's perfect for gift too!
I learned so much about fragrances that day, I got to know many nice perfumes from well respected perfumers, and I got some product samples to bring home and try. One more thing to share is escentials is giving 10% discounts for all IPA members. Members just need to show their membership cards at the shop. That's awesome, right? Do sign up for IPA membership at www.ipa.org.sg if you haven't! You have more benefits queuing on the line!
Thanks escentials for having us! For more details about the products and services, visit www.escentials.com.sg or visit their shop at Paragon #03-02/05.