They’re proof that not everyone needs common scents.
And Experimental Perfume Club founder Emmanuelle Moeglin (“a classically trained nose”) and her team certainly don’t either. You see, she set the place up to help people design their very own completely bespoke fragrances, through a series of workshops held in a bright, airy space under a railway arch in London Fields.
HOW IT WORKS
There are three different types of workshop at the EPC: Apprentice, Expert and Open Access (as well as the option of a personal one-to-one with an expert perfumer, who’ll create something for you). For beginners, the best option is Apprentice, a thorough introduction that takes place over the course of half a day (3.5hrs, to be exact. There are biscuits, fear not). That’s just how long it takes to get the basics of professional fragrance blending. You’ll be placed in an intimate group of just a dozen or so people, all gathered around a workbench, where you’ll then get an expert-led masterclass in olfactory exploration by an experienced perfumer, using industry-based techniques to show you how to blend up to 20 base scents into your own personal fragrance.
Once you’ve got it nailed, you’ll then blend it into your own personal 10ml perfume bottle, which you’ll get to take home at the end of the day. You’ll also get to take home your workbook filled with information learnt during the class, and your fragrance formula – so you can swing by and remake the stuff whenever you want.
The Expert workshops, meanwhile, allow you to level up – taking place over the whole day, you’ll be taught more advanced perfumer techniques, make two perfumes, and (thanks to your more finely honed nose) will gain access to a wider variety of more complex fragrances. Finally, there’s the Open Access option, a monthly drop-in session in which you can sample the different ingredients and experiment at your own pace, with a perfumer on hand for loose guidance. You can even take home a small bottle of your efforts for every hour spent there.
Now that makes scents.
NOTE: Open Access at the Experimental Perfume Club is £25 per hour, and workshops start at £115. You can find out more, and make a booking right HERE.
Experimental Perfume Club | 4 Netil Lane, E8 3RL
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